There is a misconception that iPhones can only be connected to a Mac and you cannot sync data from an iPhone to another PC. Yet, in fact, you can connect an Apple device to non-Apple devices. Thanks to modern technology, there are different ways to transfer data from an iPhone to a non-Apple laptop/PC or vice versa. So, if you want to connect your iPhone to PC to transfer files, to create backup or to import images, look no further.
How to Connect iPhone to PC?
Today, we will discuss three different ways to connect an iPhone to PC. You can choose any one of these methods depending on the types of content you want to transfer or access.
So, let’s begin!
Method 1: Connect iPhone to PC Using a USB Cable
Like any other mobile phone, you can also connect an iPhone directly with a PC using a USB cable. This is one of the easiest ways to connect an iPhone to a computer. Yet, as convenient as it is, it limits the functionality. For example, you can only move images and videos with this method. If you want to transfer other files (like music) from iPhone to a computer, then this method will not work. Thus, it is the simplest but not the most optimal fix.
Follow these steps to connect iPhone to PC using a USB cable:
Step 1 – Connect iPhone to PC
Use a Lightning to USB cable to connect your iPhone with PC. If you are considering buying a USB cable, just choose one from Syncwire lightning cables. For under $10 you can get an MFi-certified charging cable that syncs data 20% faster than uncertified cables. Insert the USB end of the cable into the USB port on your CPU or Laptop. Insert the other end into the charging port of your iPhone.
Step 2 – Trust the Device
Once the iPhone is connected to the PC, a “Trust This Computer?” prompt will appear on your iPhone screen. Unlock your iPhone and tap on “Trust” to trust the device.
Step 3 – View Data
Another prompt will ask you what to do with the device. Tap "Open device to view files" and go to "Internal Storage". Here you will find different folders containing the data present in the internal storage of your iPhone. For example, the "DCIM" folder will contain all the images under subfolders like thumbnail, “100 Apple”, etc.
You can copy and paste files from the computer to move data between your iPhone and PC.
Method 2: Connect iPhone to PC Using iTunes
iTunes is Apple's recommended way to connect an iPhone to PC. It allows you to sync data, move files, and backup and restore data. iTunes allows you to sync videos, photos, videos, ringtones and a lot more.
Here is how you can connect iPhone to PC with iTunes wirelessly or with a USB.
● Connect iPhone to iTunes via USB Cable:
Step 1 – Connect iPhone to PC
Connect your iPhone to your PC with a USB cable. Use Syncwire lightning to USB cable.
Step 2 – iTunes Launch
If your desktop has iTunes installed, it will launch automatically once the iPhone is connected to PC.
Step 3 – Sync Data
Now you can use your iPhone with iTunes to add/remove music files, create backup or sync data. To sync data, go to the "Device" tab in iTunes. Here you can choose from Music, TV Shows, Movies, Photos, or Info to sync data from your PC to iPhone. On the other hand, go to Summary > Back up Now, to sync data from your iPhone to PC.
● Connect iPhone to iTunes Wirelessly
Enable the option to sync data between iPhone and PC wirelessly. For this, go to Device > Summary > Sync with this iPhone over WiFi in iTunes.
Now follow these steps whenever you want to connect your iPhone to iTunes wirelessly.
Step 1 – Connect Devices to WiFi
You should have the latest version of iTunes on your PC. Connect your PC and iPhone to the same WiFi network.
Step 2 – Launch iTunes
Once you launch iTunes and connect your iPhone to the charger. Data will start syncing automatically.
Step 3 – Disconnect the Devices
Once the synchronization is complete, disconnect the devices or switch off the WiFi network.
Method 3: Connect iPhone to PC Using WiFi
To connect your iPhone to PC over a WiFi connection, enable the option of wireless connection first.
1. Connect your iPhone to PC with a USB cable;
2. Open iTunes if it does not launch automatically;
3. Click on the iPhone icon in the upper left corner of the window;
4. Now to go Options and tap on “Sync with this iPhone over WiFi";
5. Click on Apply and wait for your iPhone to enable the changes.
Now follow these steps to connect your iPhone to your PC over a WiFi connection.
Step 1 – Go to Settings
Open your iPhone's Settings app on the home screen and go to “WiFi”.
Step 2 – Connect to WiFi
Connect to a WiFi network. Make sure your PC and iPhone are connected to the same WiFi network.
Step 3 – Go to iTunes WiFi Sync
Once your iPhone is connected to WiFi go to Settings > General > iTunes WiFi Sync. Now tap on your PC to sync.
Step 4 – Wait for Sync
Make sure iTunes is open on your PC. Once you tap on “Sync Now”, your iPhone will sync with your PC using WiFi.
Step 5 – Disconnect Devices
To disconnect the devices, turn off the WiFi connection or close iTunes on desktop.