Initiate Wi-Fi Sync without USB?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by ArtOfWarfare, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Does anyone know how to initiate a Wi-Fi Sync without connecting your iPhone to iTunes?
  2. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    As lonng as the device is plugged in (charging) and on the same WiFi network it should just show up. Did for me on my iOS 5 devices.
  3. theperipheral macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2008
    settings > general > itunes wifi sync

    this allows you to sync without being connected to anything
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    You have to connect it at least once to enable the option.
  5. sooner518 macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2011
    i can sync thru wifi manually, but it never automatically syncs when i plug it in to the wall charger. anyone know how to fix that? doesnt work for ipad2 or iphone 4
  6. FamiliaPhoto macrumors 6502a


    Jul 24, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I like WiFi sync, works well. I have been able to sync without being plugged in which is nice, but I can see why they want you plunged in; so you don't run out of power during a sync which could be devistating.
  7. kring macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2011
    I think two things... it does it only when the screen is locked, and it's not instant, it probably waits a while on a schedule, i.e. like every hour it checks... it probably also won't do it if you synced recently... it shows last sync, so probably won't do 15 times a day.
  8. spblat macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2010
    I'm still trying to figure this out. Any firm information on this? I've been running the GM iOS 5 for several days and have yet to see evidence of of an automatic sync, even when plugged in and locked overnight.

  9. JoeShades macrumors 6502a

    Sep 1, 2010
    Williamstown, NJ
    you can't run out of power when syncing, once you get to 20% battery it stops and says must charge
  10. ArtOfWarfare thread starter macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    I found the button in settings, but my iPhone says the sync will resume when it finds my computer.

    They're both on the school network, but my understanding is that connections between devices isn't allowed on the school network.

    The weird part is, even if I have my computer set up an ad-hoc network and have my iPhone join it, they still don't see each other. Normally using ad-hoc works around these kinds of issues... I've managed to get my wireless printer and my laptop to connect to my iMac by doing it.

    So maybe it's not the network that's causing the issue?

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