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Josh Brown Aug 28, 2023

2 Quick Ways to Sync iPhone Over Wi-Fi Without a Cable

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Sync iPhone over Wi-Fi following 2 workarounds we demonstrated below. You will not only learn how to sync an iOS device with iTunes but also how to do this completely iTunes-free.

Seems like in the 21st century we simply don’t have enough patience to plug-in an iPhone into a computer. 

Luckily, there’re a few workarounds to bypass the pain and sync iPhone over Wi-Fi. 

To set-up a new ‘wire-free’ connection, you need to make sure that:

First – your iOS device and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network

Second – your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch are running iOS 5 and higher.

The tutorial below will show you how to sync iPhone over Wi-Fi with iTunes or without it. Also, you can learn more about how to sync iPod to iTunes.

How to Sync iPhone over Wi-Fi without iTunes using WALTR 2

First off – take just one minute to watch this video tutorial demonstrating the whole workaround:

When we launched our application WALTR 2 last year – it was a blast. Mainly because it was extremely easy to use: Plug-in your iPhone, take music or movies in any format and drop it into the app. Two minutes – and voila!

We received tons of positive reviews and feedback from our users.

It was never that easy to transfer music & video to iPhone before. Well, after a year of working on the application and polishing it – besides of the pretty nice chunk of useful features, we managed to make it even smoother – no cords needed. Use Wi-Fi to get music to your iPhone or iPad.

This solution can be especially useful if you are trying to add music to iPhone without iTunes or you've got a problem that iPhone cannot be synced at all.

Or, as an option, you can check how to sync iPod to iTunes.

Here’s the simple workaround on how to make this scheme working:

Step 1. Download WALTR 2.

The app works equally smoothly on Mac and PC.

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After you’ve installed it – make sure that your iPhone and computer are connected to the same network.

In the app’s window, you’re going to see all the devices available.

Step 2. Drag your music file to the application window.

Within seconds the app will transfer files to your iPhone.

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Step 3. Play your file.

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Comparing to the iTunes solution WALTR has a number of benefits:

  • iTunes’ good for smaller files like songs or short clips. But what if you’d like to transfer something bigger? Let’s say – a movie?

  • No format impediment.

  • You don’t need to sync your entire device to transfer a single media file to your iPad or iPhone.

  • We know how uncomfortable and annoying is the fact that one device can only be synced with one iTunes library. No such thing with WALTR. Sync any device with WALTR without ANY restrictions.

How to Sync iPhone Wirelessly with iTunes

Turns out – not everyone knows about the iTunes' Wi-Fi feature. But yes – you can sync iPhone wirelessly with iTunes.

After making a quick poll at our Softorino headquarters – more than 30% of people didn’t have any clue thariTunes wireless sync feature actually exists despite being well-versed with Apple's products.

The ability to sync files over Wi-Fi was added to iTunes 10.5. It works for everything – you can sync music, photos, apps, contacts, videos & more – all wirelessly. As a bonus, you can learn how to convert VOB to MP4.

Here’s the guide on how to sync your iPhone over Wi-Fi using iTunes:

Step 1. Plug in your iOS device to your computer using USB

The paradox is that in order to sync iPhone over WiFi without cable, first, you have to connect your iPhone to the laptop with a cable. Only then you will be able to activate the iTunes wireless sync. 

Step 2. Tap on the ‘iPhone’ icon in iTunes > in the Summary tab hit ‘Sync with this iPod over Wi-Fi’

(in this guide we’re using an iPod touch, but it goes the same well for an iPhone too)how to sync iPhone over the air

You can disconnect your device right this minute. But the good thing – it still stays there, even if disconnected. Now your iTunes sync over WiFi is enabled. 

Step 3. Pick ‘Music’ tab on the sidebar menu.

Step 4. Then take the music file you want to transfer (provided it’s MP3 or M4A) and drag & drop it into iTunes' window.

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Wait until upload is finished (it’s usually slightly slower than if you to transfer the file via USB). You can always try to convert any files you have from VOB to MP4 as well.

Step 5. Then just head to the stock & find your file there.

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We have to warn you here. There are tons of complaints on the web saying that iTunes Wi-Fi sync does not work. Usually, this is how it happens: You enabled ‘Sync over Wi-Fi’ option.

But: when you pull your iPhone from the computer – the ‘iPhone’ tab just disappears and iTunes not syncing with iPhone anymore.

Quick tips to fix the issues with iTunes Wi-Fi sync:

1. First, double-check that your device and computer are connected to the SAME network.

2. Turn off Wi-Fi connection on your device and on again in just 10 seconds.

3. Relaunch iTunes.

If it still appears to be not working – try to use WALTR 2, an app we showcased earlier. Let us know in the comments if the iPhone won't sync problem stays. 


Even though it is very convenient, iTunes is not very "wireless" friendly so to say. The slower speed and inconsistencies with the connection definitely prove that statement. 

WALTR 2, on the other hand, is a completely different story. It has been created with the utmost simplicity and convenience in mind. Check it out and let us know what you think!

We sincerely hope that this article shines some light on the best ways to sync iPhone over WiFi without cable. Enjoy! 



How to transfer music from iTunes to iPhone without USB cable?

You can access the iTunes Store from your iPhone and get music from there with no need to use the computer.
Alternatively, if you need to access it from the laptop, you can use iCloud music Library or sync the file over Google Drive so that you can easily access any song you need from your cloud accounts on both your computer and iPhone.

How to sync iPhone over Wi-Fi without being plugged in?

You can do it by enabling Wi-Fi connectivity in the iTunes app on your computer: launch iTunes and click on the device button (in this case, iPhone) > Summary > select this checkbox: "Sync with this device over Wi-Fi" > click Apply.

How to connect iPhone to PC via Wi-Fi without iTunes?

There are three possible ways to do so:

  • App connectivity when particular software requires connecting your iPhone to computer e.g. WALTR 2 or SYC
  • Cloud connection when you share the same iCloud account on both your computer and iPhone. This allows you to see all your files on both devices and manage them from one of them.
  • Third-party apps that can control your desktop remotely from with your phone.
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