Which sync method is faster, USB or wifi?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by ru4real, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. ru4real macrumors member

    May 19, 2010
    Since I had problems with my upgrade to iOS 5 and had to wipe and restore my entire phone, I've got a big-a** restore to run now as I re-sync all my music. I was doing it by usb, but it was soooo slow that I switched to wifi. It seems somewhat faster, but is this just my imagination? Is it possible that wifi is the faster method to sync?
  2. KGWVU macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2010
    USB will undoubtedly be faster.
  3. phamtq macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2010
    Portland, OR
    My Wifi syncing seemed faster too. More accurately, there seemed to be less "hang ups" and pauses compared to Wifi. But then again it could be that I was syncing an increment rather than the whole thing.
  4. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    USB. Especially for large games like Infinity Blade.
  5. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Definitely USB. Wifi sync takes a bit longer ... especially if you restore from an iCloud backup. It took me literally all night (~12 hours) whereas a USB restore takes me 1.5 hours on a full to the brim 16GB iPhone.

    The great thing about wifi sync is that it is very convenient and you don't have to be tethered to your computer.
  6. ghall macrumors 68040


    Jun 27, 2006
    Rhode Island
    I honestly haven't noticed a huge difference in speed. USB transfers aren't as constant as wifi though right?
  7. wesk702 macrumors 68000


    Jul 7, 2007
    The hood
    Wireless will always be faster. One day wires will be as fast as wireless and then we can have wires connected to everything. The future.
  8. Nachoconqueso macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2011
    Wifi is a little slower as far as I can tell. It's not that big of a difference though.

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