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Wireless charging & backing up

Pagemakers

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I guess it’s impossible to wireless charge and backup/sync to iTunes at the same time with the 8 or X?

I assume you’d need to plug a lighting cable into the phone?
 

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My 8plus wirelessly backs up with no problem, and I only use wireless charging at home.
 
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Pagemakers

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I guess there is no harm in re-trying. That said, if wifi sync is enabled and i put my phone on the wireless charger will the sync start every time? That may not be a great idea
 
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Applefan4515

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To iTunes?

I don’t backup to iCloud.

Sorry I should have been clearer.
I guess I’m confused then? The phone would be plugged in to back it up to iTunes, so it would be charging by wire, why would you need to be wirelessly charging too?
 
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fischersd

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@Applefan4515 We're talking about doing everything wirelessly...

@Pagemakers You could opt to only do it manually, so it's not syncing with your Mac every time it's within wifi range. So you'd have Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi selected and have Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected unselected.

Then you just go into iTunes, select the device and backup when you want to.

Edit: Just did a test (my Mini's still on 802.11n) - but it was connecting to the WAP at 450Mb/s - my iPhone 6s was connected via 802.11AC at 585Mb/s and a 2GB backup took about 23 minutes (seemed to stall for about 5 or 6 minutes in there where the progress bar didn't move) - so it's still far from perfect, but it works.
 
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Pagemakers

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So it looks like if I have a wireless charger next to my Mac I’ll also need a lightning cables for backups. Kinda makes the wireless charger pointless. Hmmmm
 
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Jesla

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So it looks like if I have a wireless charger next to my Mac I’ll also need a lightning cables for backups. Kinda makes the wireless charger pointless. Hmmmm

Remember your in the minority, I think most use Wireless charging and iCloud backup.

There are wireless charging devices available that that have a built in hard drive for backup(still has a short cable for backup).
 
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Pagemakers

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When you put your phone to wireless charge (with auto WiFi sync enabled) what happens if you remove the phone from the charger. Does the sync continue?
 
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Nanotyrns

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My 8+ backs up every night while charging wirelessly. But still do,a,weekly iTunes back up just for insurance.
I haven't been paying attention to that feature since I'd planned to order the X -- has the Qi charging been enabled in iOS 11 yet?
 
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fischersd

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What happens if you remove your phone from the wireless charger during the backup? Does it continue to sync?
Yep, pretty sure it would continue to backup. Apple didn't built the logic into iTunes to only sync when the device is externally powered. (at least, I know I can do it with my Mac and my 6s) :) Did that to test the speed of it - I still do nightly iCloud backups.
 
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LiemTa

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Never thought of that. I used it years ago and it was terrible. Has it improved?
Who knows. Any “automatic” service Apple provides is usually ****. Think iPhoto syncing, AirDrop detection, Bluetooth pairing
 
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maflynn

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If I were to have a phone that supported wireless charging (I only have an SE), I'd probably keep plugging it into my mac, not only for charging but also syncing.

I don't sync via iCloud and I see no need for wifi syncing, when its so much faster if I just plug it into my iMac - that's just me, YMMV
 
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