By AOMEI / Last Updated December 14, 2020

Sync iPhone and iPad

> Apple has released a series of devices and has its own way to connect the devices.

> iCloud and iTunes are the most common tool to backup, restore, and sync iOS devices.

> Most data could be shared between iPhone and iPad but still, something can’t be shared.

You might consider importing data from one iOS device to another because you have photos on iPhone and want to use them on your iPad or you have songs and movies on your iPad and want to enjoy them on your iPhone.

Syncing data between iPhone and iPad is easy. You would know how to sync iPhone and iPad, partial sharing or full migration in this guide.

Section 1. Transfer photos, videos, and music between iPhone and iPad

Photos, videos, and music are all large files. Sharing them via the Internet is not convenient. To do partial sync, you can finish the progress on PC.

AOMEI MBackupper is the best iOS data transfer. It is very professional at transferring data and it supports all iOS devices.

★ Preview and Select: You can preview the items on your iPhone and iPad and then select the needed ones to transfer.

Widely Compatible: It supports the latest iOS 14/13, iPhone 12/11/SE, and iPad 8/Air 4.

For example, steps to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad:

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

Step 2. Select Transfer to Computer on the home screen.

Transfer to Computer

Step 3. Click the plus icon to add the photos you would like to export.

Select Files

Step 4. Preview the photos on your iPhone, select the needed ones, and then click OK.

Choose Photos

Step 5. Click Transfer to get photos off iPhone. You can keep these photos on your computer after the progress. Disconnect iPhone and then connect iPad to computer.


Step 6. Select Transfer to iPhone this time one the home screen.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 7. Still, click the plus icon to select the photos from computer and then click Transfer to send photos to your iPad.


You can sync videos and music between iPhone and iPad in the same way.

Section 2. How to sync iPhone to iPad wirelessly with iCloud?

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 data between 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 import data to iPad when you sign in iPad with the same Apple ID. Before using it, you should know how to backup iPhone with iCloud. If you restore iPhone from iPad backup, not everything would be imported because some apps could only be used on iPad only.

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 the store after restoration. You could also use it to share just photos, contacts, or messages. Switch on the button and there would be the same content on the two devices.

Backup iPhone On iCloud

Section 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.

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

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

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

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

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


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.


Data sharing between your iOS devices is necessary. In this guide, you have known 3 ways about how to sync iPhone and iPad on your computer or with the Internet.

Partial migration with AOMEI MBackupper is recommended because it let you transfer what you really need without the Internet.

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