How do I connect my iPhone 6 to my computer?

Connecting your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus to your Windows or Mac desktop or laptop is easier than you might imagine. Once you’ve made the connection, you can sync music, apps, photos and videos between your iPhone and your computer. Here’s how to do it.

iPhone 5S / 5C / 5 Lightning to USB Sync & Charge Cable - WhiteConnect using a Lightning to USB cable

The first way to connect your iPhone 6 to your laptop or PC is to use the Lightning to USB cable that came with your iPhone. If you need a spare or a replacement, then it’s easy enough to find an official or third-party Lightning cable. For example, this unbranded white Lightning cable works perfectly with the iPhone 6 and costs less than a tenner.

Plug the Lightning end of the cable into your phone, and the USB end into a USB port on your computer. Then, download and install iTunes from Apple’s website. Launch iTunes once it is installed.

From here, click Devices then select your iPhone. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up your iPhone.

From here, you can copy across music, photos, videos, apps and more. You can also unlock our second option – connecting wirelessly.

Connect using a wireless network

You can also sync your iPhone 6 with your PC or Mac wirelessly after the initial connection has been made.

To do this, connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes. Select your iPhone, click Summary, then select ‘Sync with this device over Wi-Fi’. Then, disconnect your iPhone from your PC.

To begin the wireless syncing process, you have three options:

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync, then tap Sync Now.
  2. In iTunes on your PC, click the Devices button, then click Sync. You can also sync manually by clicking Add To, dragging items to the pane on the right, then clicking Done.
  3. Charge your iPhone 6 using a wall charger. Syncing will begin automatically.

Wireless syncing is slower than wired syncing, but it may be more convenient for you. Also note that you can’t restore your iPhone using wireless sync.

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2 thoughts on “How do I connect my iPhone 6 to my computer?

  1. What does it mean you can’t restore your iPhone using wireless sync when you sync your PC and iPhone to set up WiFi?

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