By Nick / Last Updated February 8, 2020

Sync iPhone and iPad

If you are a fan of Apple products, you don't want to miss iPhone and iPad. When you got the new device, you should consider syncing iPhone and iPad to start to use it as usual. You may have many photos on iPhone and want to view them on iPad. You may have multiple media files on iPad and want to transfer songs to iPhone.

Apart from them, you should back up the important information on iPhone and iPad no matter whether you want to transfer files at the present time because, in the era of information, data disaster is always threatening. Make a backup of iPhone and iPad could help you retrieve lost data when necessary.

#1 Preview files and sync iPhone and iPad as you wish

If you don’t like the limitations of iCloud, like signing in the same ID, no previewing files, you could try the professional backup software.

AOMEI MBackupper could be used for syncing Apple’s mobile devices like iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. It allows you to backup photos, videos, music tracks, contacts, and messages to computer and transfer data to other Apple devices from that backup for free.

Preview and Select: You could preview the files and select the wanted ones when syncing iPhone to iPad.

Transfer Media Files: You could save your favorite movies and songs to computer and transfer them between iPhone and iPad.

Widely Compatible: It could be used for nearly all Apple’s mobile devices and would be perfectly compatible with the latest iOS 13.

Sync iPhone to iPad in 4 steps

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper for free. Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable and tap “Trust” on it.

Step 2. Click Custom Backup. Click an icon to preview files. After selecting the needed files, click OK to return.

Select Files

Step 3. Click Start Backup to transfer files to computer in seconds and then disconnect iPhone.

Click Start Backup

Step 4. Connect iPad to computer with USB cable and tap “Trust” on it. Select the backup task in Backup Management and click Restore.


#2 How to sync iPhone to iPad wirelessly?

If you got a new iPad and want to sync iPhone to iPad, you could use it to sync iPhone to iPad without computer. Use iCloud by going to iPhone Settings > [your name] > iCloud.

You could see the features and buttons. If you switch on the button, it means you would like to upload the data to iCloud and then you could sync iPhone and iPad with iCloud. For example, you toggle on Messages to save iPhone text messages to iCloud on iPhone, then sign in iPad with the same Apple ID, toggle on Messages in iCloud Settings on iPad, and iPad could download the same messages from iCloud.

Usually, you couldn’t view files in iCloud but iCloud Photos are kind of special. You could go to the website or use iCloud client to download iCloud backup to computer.

Except for syncing some files, you could also sync the whole iPhone to iPad. You could find iCloud Backup in iCloud settings. It means creating a backup of your iPhone and you could use it to sync iPhone and iPad when you sign in iPad with the same Apple ID. Before using it, you should know how to backup iPhone with iCloud.

You have only 5GB of free storage in iCloud and backing up iPhone with it doesn’t mean saving everything on iPhone, checking iCloud backup size in iCloud settings. You could use it to sync apps between iPhone and iPad and just need to download the components of the apps and media files from store after restoration.

Backup iPhone On iCloud

#3 Sync whole iPhone to iPad on computer with iTunes

iTunes does the job like iCloud for what iTunes backup includes is nearly the same as iCloud backup. It would create a backup of your iPhone to computer and you still can’t view that backup copy. Syncing iPad with that backup would transfer the data like apps and settings from iPhone to iPad. Follow the steps below to sync iPhone iPad with iTunes.

Step 1. Download iTunes. Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable and tap “Trust” on it.

Step 2. Click the phone-shape icon in the upper-left corner. Enter Summary in the left sidebar.

Step 3. Click Back Up Now and it would take minutes to back up your iPhone. After that, disconnect iPhone.

Step 4. Connect iPad to computer with USB cable and tap “Trust” on it.

Step 5. Enter Summary as in Step 2. Click Restore Backup and select the right iPhone backup and click Restore.

Tips: Restoration with iTunes would erase all the existing data on iPad. You should save the needed files beforehand if you have already used this iPad.



You’ve got 3 methods of syncing iPhone and iPad. You could use iCloud to sync iPhone to iPad wirelessly, use AOMEI MBackupper to View iPhone files and then sync iPhone to iPad on computer, or just use iTunes to sync all the iPhone data to iPad. If you like this passage, would you please share it to help more people?