iCloud Wi-Fi Sync Assistance Thread

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bonskovsky, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. bonskovsky, Jan 4, 2013
    Last edited by a moderator: Feb 26, 2013

    bonskovsky macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2012

    Wi-Fi sync on your iPhone not working for ya?

    Wi-Fi Sync only works when plugged in?

    We have answers.
  2. KoukiFC3S macrumors 6502a

    Jul 4, 2010
    Get iTunes Match and you won't get that issue. :)
  3. AFDoc, Jan 4, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013

    AFDoc macrumors 68030

    Jun 29, 2012
    Colorado Springs USA for now
    Your phone hates you. I would take it back and try and exchange it.

    I believe it only syncs over wifi when it's plugged in, that's probably your issue. All you really have to do is go into iTunes-->more-->purchased-->music-->click on song to Dl.

    Plus why are you using your devices on a cafe (aka not secured) wifi? Someone has all your bank info now!
  4. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    I'm not really sure what iCloud has to do with the fact that the open(!) wifi you're on has restrictions...
  5. takeshi74, Jan 4, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013

    takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Works fine for me. You seem to be confusing "you" and "I".

    iCloud is not WiFi sync. WiFi sync takes place between iTunes on your computer and your device. Automatic downloads take place between each device and Apple's servers. The point of automatic downloads is that you don't have to sync (WiFi or wired) to have your purchases on your devices.

    See also:

    Emphasis added:
    You're able to sync over WiFi when you couldn't before because you plugged your iPhone into a power source when you connected the cable. Make sure you understand the requirements.

    Again, check the requirements.

    Lack of understand and possible improper setup. Don't overlook the Apple site and Google searches (how I found these) as resources.

    Hotspot restrictions aren't the issue. Read the OP again. WiFi sync works when the USB cable is plugged in. If the restrictions were the problem it would not work either way.
  6. heyyoudvd, Jan 4, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013

    heyyoudvd macrumors regular

    May 13, 2011
    Wi-Fi Sync has been broken ever since iOS 6.

    I don't know what Apple changed, but ever since the release of iOS 6, the feature has been a complete mess for countless people. I have the exact same problem with Wi-Fi Sync and when I looked into it, I discovered that it is incredibly common.

    I really hope that iOS 6.1 fixes this.


    To the user above me, your statement about the device needing to be plugged in is absolutely incorrect. For battery purposes, Apple always recommends that you plug in the phone when doing any sort of wireless updating, but it has never been an actual requirement. On iOS 5, I used to sync my iPhone's music library over iTunes all the time without plugging it in. As long as I had over 20% battery life, it would let me sync. With iOS 6, the feature is broken, in that the Sync button is grayed out 90% of the time, even though it shouldn't be.
  7. whsbuss macrumors 68040


    May 4, 2010
    SE Penna.
    +1 on all your comments.
  8. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    I love Apple, but whoever is writing their wireless drivers is an idiot.
  9. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    Yep, never works for me either. The devices show up in iTunes and when I press sync it can never locate them.
  10. Mrbobb, Jan 4, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2013

    Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    I got 6.01 and iTunes 11 and it works fine for me at my home WIFI. AC initiates sync automatically if configured so but one can always hit the SYNC button even when on batt.

    At the Mcdonald's I frequent I notice they got 2 hotspots with different SSID so perhaps u want to make sure both devices are talking to the same hotspot to insure same-network.

    THEN if I was the cafe's manager I may disable anything that my 2 dollars, sit-all-day customers can't do torrent all day!

    Oh when u upgrade the software, u may want to toggle the WIFI SYNC setting. Dunn know why I had to do that but that did it 4rme.

    Oh and at one airport I frequent, iCloud access is disabled. I dunno if this is intentional but at public hotspots u have to assume they really gives u browsing/email access but the rest cannot be guaranteed.
  11. BHP41 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2010
    United States of America
    I've never understood why people will spend 30+ minutes for something that cost a dollar.
  12. raam89 macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2011
    The Golden state
    "quit/close" itunes and reopen it. iTunes will look for the known iDevices in the same wireless network and detect them. Try sync now. It always works for me..
  13. hafr macrumors 68030

    Sep 21, 2011
    As long as the iPhone is recognised by iTunes (showing up to the left), the phone does not have to be connected to a power source to sync.

    I reread the OP, and I interpret it the same way now as I did then. He connects his phone to his computer in order to sync. Ergo, it's not syncing over wifi and therefore it's not proof of lack of restrictions or restrictions not being the problem.


    I don't understand what you mean, care to explain, please?
  14. Defender2010 macrumors 68030


    Jun 6, 2010
    Doesn't the fact you are in a cafe affect syncing? I believe all devices have to be connected to the same SECURE network. Public cafe wifi hotspots are not secure.
  15. SanjeevRana macrumors 6502a


    Aug 2, 2011
    Also, the iCloud Tabs thing ... again the iCloud Server may be totally unreachable due to the type of network you are logged onto ...

    Also, I have seen people open some browser windows and in a few seconds, put their laptops to sleep ... there isnt enough time to sync with iCloud ... it needs some moments for the tabs to be open for a sync ... Also, type on network your iphone is connected to further slows down the sync back of those tabs.
  16. bonskovsky thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2012
    Okay, let me put a password on my wifi then, because now I'm at home.

    I hate to keep coming back to this, but it's really annoying.

    I hate to keep plugging my iPhone in even though it's supposed to sync over Wi-Fi. I'm doing a double handed facepalm on this.
  17. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    I re-read the manual, doesn't say your HAVE to be on a SECURED network. OK it makes sense personally but I would wonder why Apple would make it mandatory.

    For u geeks "on the same network" means you are on the same subnet (99% of your homes would be this way).
  18. bonskovsky, Jan 12, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2013

    bonskovsky thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2012
    That's not even something that anybody would know. It should work regardless. If you have two Apple devices signed into the same iCloud account and you press Sync, it should work.

    No matter what, you have to plug it in anyway. i wouldn't bet my life on Wi-Fi sync, it's broken.

    I've given up on it.
  19. bonskovsky, Feb 19, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2013

    bonskovsky thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2012
    I noticed something. If you click the little iCloud icon of the left side on the new iTunes.

    It resets and works after that. Wow.
  20. Smartass macrumors 65816

    Dec 18, 2012
    doesnt work for me like so many things from apple lately lol
  21. bonskovsky thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2012
  22. quietstormSD macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
    I get this issue too. I think it maybe an issue with my wifi network at home. I have a pretty cheap router.
  23. bonskovsky, Feb 19, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2013

    bonskovsky thread starter macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2012
    I'd had this problem constantly.

    Wi-Fi Sync not working: iPhone "cannot be found"
    iTunes Wifi Sync not working
    iPhone 5 wifi sync not working
    If Wireless Syncing DOES NOT Work For You...

    I've posted about this topic more than anyone can count, yet there seems to be no definitive answer. I'm not going to mess with my router. It's fine the way it was set up. It shouldn't matter about firewalls, or secured Wi-Fi networks or, whatever...

    When your Macbook and your iPhone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, iCloud is supposed to work.

    I knew it had to be something else. I think this may be the answer:

  24. wxman2003 Suspended

    Apr 12, 2011
    I finally figured out why wifi sync has been failing on me, and not my ipad or ipod. In short what was happening is that everytime I tried to sync, it would work the first time, and then fail after that. I had to always reboot my imac and then it would work once, and then fail again. I noticed everytime I did a sync, whether cable or wifi, one song was always being listed as being backed up, even though it was already on my phone. I deleted that song from the phone and it hasn't failed since.


    Never mind my last post, it failed again. :(
  25. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    This happens to me sometimes too! Although doing a manual sync isn't the WORST thing in the world.

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