You can easily sync your data from your computer to iPhone. While the case is different from syncing iPhone and iPad, Apple doesn't provide any direct approach to this issue besides iCloud. Today, we have gathered a couple of quick and handy ways to help you sync your iPhone and iPad with or without iCloud. Now you can read our post to get these methods. 

Part 1. How to Sync iPhone and iPad via iCloud

iCloud is a cloud service offered by Apple to help users sync data, documents, and files across devices. With it, you can easily access and work on the same file without having to transfer it from one device to another. If you want to keep the data on your iPhone and iPad in sync, connect both your iPhone and iPad to the internet and follow these steps to do it. 

Go to the Settings app on your iPhone > tap your Apple ID > select iCloud > turn on toggle switches next to the category of files you wish to sync between your iPhone and iPad. Photos, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Messages, Safari data, Wallet, and more categories can be synced across your iPhone and iPad via iCloud. 

Then go to your iPad and make sure you have signed in with the same Apple ID you used on the iPhone. Repeat the above process on the iPad to enable iCloud sync, then all the selected data categories will be synced to your iPad from the iPhone.

Sync iPhone and iPad via iCloud

If you want to sync passwords, you can go to the Settings > tap "Passwords & Accounts" > make sure your email accounts are set up the same on your iPhone and iPad.

Sync password between iPhone and iPad

If you want to sync purchased items from Music, Apps, Book & Audiobooks, and Updates, you can go to the Settings > tap "Apple Store" or "iTunes & App Store" > turn on toggle switches next to Music, Apps, Books & Audiobooks, and App Updates on both devices. Then your new purchases on one device will be automatically downloaded on other devices.

Sync iTunes and App Store between iPhone and iPad

By this method, you can sync certain types of data between iPhone and iPad. You can also sync iPhone and iPad using iCloud backup, which syncs all data at one time.

Part 2. How to Sync iPad and iPhone in One Click

iCloud only syncs part of your data from iPhone to iPad or from iPad to iPhone. Data like ringtones, WhatsApp chats & attachments, and Podcasts are not included in the types of data that iCloud supports. In that case, you'll need an iPhone data transfer tool - EaseUS MobiMover to help.

As a comprehensive data transfer tool, EaseUS MobiMover allows you to sync all kinds of iOS data like messages, photos, music, contacts, etc. Besides, it has the ability to transfer, delete, add, and edit data on your device, batch convert HEIC to JPG, and convert video to MP3.

EaseUS MobiMover syncs iPhone and iPad via a USB cable. Thus you can use it even if you don't connect to a network. Besides, EaseUS MobiMover won't overwrite your existing data when adding files from iPhone to iPad. There is no risk of data loss. Here are the steps to sync iPhone and iPad via EaseUS MobiMover.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone and iPad to your computer with compatible USB cables and tap on "Trust This Computer" on both devices. Start EaseUS MobiMover and navigate to the "Phone to Phone" mode. For data syncing between iPhone and iPad, you need to switch to the correct direction (transfer data from iPhone [name] to iPad [name]). Click "Next".

how to transfer files from iPhone to iPad - step 1

Step 2. Here, MobiMover allows you to transfer all types of data, like audio files, pictures, videos, messages, contacts, etc. You need to selectively choose the category/categories you want to transfer to your iPad, and click "Transfer" to initiate the process.

how to transfer files from iPhone to iPad - step 2

Step 3. Wait some time to let MobiMover finish transferring all the selected files. After that, go to the related apps to view the synced files on your iPad.

how to transfer files from iPhone to iPad - step 3

Part 3. How to Sync iPhone to iPad using iTunes

There is no direct way to sync iPhone and iPad with iTunes. While you are able to sync your iPhone to iTunes by creating a backup of your iPhone, then you can restore the backup to an iPad. Through the two processes, you could sync data from iPhone to iPad.

Now let's see how to backup iPhone data using iTunes and then restore it to another iPhone or iPad.


1. If you want to back up and restore your passwords between iPhone and iPad, you need to create an encrypted backup for your iPhone.

2. Restore iPhone and iPad from an iTunes backup will erase all existing data on the target device. Therefore the approach is more favorable when the iPad or iPhone has not been set up yet.

3. The backup will take a relatively long time. Make sure your device is connected to the PC during the backup process.

Step 1. Run iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone/iPad via a USB cable.

Step 2. Click on your phone icon when it appears on the interface. 

Step 3. Click "This Computer" and tick "Encrypt local backup" in the Backups section. Then enter your backup encryption password and confirm it. 

Step 4. Then click "Back up Now" to start the backup process. Wait for the backup process to complete and plug off the iPhone.

Step 5. Then connect another iPhone/iPad to your PC. Click the phone icon on the iTunes interface.

Step 6. Click "Restore Backup" and select the backup you just made. Click "restore" and enter the password for the iPhone backup. Check here for what to do if you forgot iPhone backup password.

Step 7. After the restore completes, your iPhone/iPad will start. Follow the on-screen instruction to set it up. Then you will find data like contacts, messages, Calendars, and Notes restored to the iPhone/iPad.

Sync iPhone and iPad via iTunes

The Final Words

All the methods introduced in this article are for data syncing between iPhone and iPad. We have compared the Pro and Cons of the three approaches. You can check and choose the one that is best for your situation. 

  Pros Cons
iCloud Sync

Sync data across all your Apple devices

Sync file types based on your needs

Sync passwords between iPhone and iPad

You may need to upgrade your iCloud plan to sync enough files.
EaseUS MobiMover Sync file types based on your needs
Doesn't request a network to sync data between iPhone and iPad
Sync WhatsApp messages individually
Won't erase data on the target device
Settings won't be synced
iTunes Sync settings between two iOS devices
Sync passwords between iPhone and iPad
It overwrites data on the target iPhone/iPad.

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Updated by Daisy

Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.

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Written by Myra

Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.

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