Keeping your devices in sync

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Notwithstanding its name, iTunes is as much about keeping all of the apps, data and media of your iOS devices and MacBook in sync as it is about buying and listening to music. With the introduction of iCloud for iOS 5, iTunes' role may become confusing, though. Should you still use it to keep everything in order, or should you exclusively rely on iCloud instead? 

One of the advantages of using iTunes instead of iCloud is that it lets you sync media that you either got from a source other than Apple or created yourself, asserted Macworld's Serenity Caldwell in her recent guide to iTunes. In contrast, iCloud is limited to App Store apps data and iTunes purchases, and is with certain Apple apps like iPhoto and Aperture.

iTunes provides a way to move almost any kind of content from your Mac to your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch. You can essentially drag any media file from your computer onto the iTunes dock icon to instantly add it to your library. Some iOS apps also allow you to add individual files to them directly from your computer, via iTunes, wrote Caldwell.

Setting up sync with one or more devices
You're probably familiar with connecting your iOS device to your MacBook with a USB or Lightning cable, but after the first time doing it, you can set it up to sync wirelessly. You'll need to have iOS 5 or later versions on your mobile device and at least iTunes 10.5 version on your MacBook to use Wi-Fi syncing. To set it up, connect a device to iTunes and click on its name. Then, click “Summary” and put a checkmark in the box for wireless syncing.

But what if you have two iPad minis and wanted to keep them both in sync with the same iTunes library on your Mac? You can do that, although it requires a bit of careful setup, according to CNET contributor Donald Bell. The easiest way is to create multiple user accounts on the same computer, he advised. The alternative is to disable automatic syncing between your device and your iTunes library and instead manage everything manually. That way, one of your iPads wouldn't be synced with a bunch of media that you didn't want on there.

While you're keeping your iPad or iPhone up to date with your iTunes library, make sure that you're also looking out for damage or issues. If you experience any problems, send your device to iResQ and we'll put our expert knowledge in iPhone repair and iPad repair to work!

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