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How to sync your iPhone with your iPad

iPhone syncing with iPad

Want to sync your iPad® and iPhone®so you have access to the same data and files on both devices? It's easy. We'll show you how.

At Asurion, we fix your tech and help you get the most out of it—whether you want to learn the best keyboard shortcuts for your iPhone or how to use AirDrop®. Follow these simple steps to sync your iPhone and iPad.

Sync your iPhone and iPad using iCloud

Every Apple® device has a secure, built-in storage system that allows you to back-up, access, and share your music, photos, contacts, and other data—anytime, anywhere. It's called iCloud®, and it connects to all your devices in the Apple ecosystem.

If you want to know how to set up iCloud, check out or guide. If both your devices are already on it, here's what to do next:

Check your iCloud storage

Before you sync, make sure storage is available on your iCloud account.

  1. On your iPad or iPhone, go to Settings,and tap your name at the top.
  2. Tap iCloud > Manage Storage.
  3. You can see iCloud storage details on the graph at the top of the screen.

How to get more iCloud storage

The free iCloud service comes with 5GB of storage. If you're running low, you can free up space by deleting data, or you can buy more storage by upgrading to iCloud+.

  1. On your iPad or iPhone, go to Settings, and tap your name at the top.
  2. Tap Manage Storage > Buy More Storage or Change Storage Plan.
  3. Choose a plan and follow the on-screen instructions.

Choose apps to sync

If you're syncing your iPhone with your iPad, the next thing you need to do is sign in to iCloud on both devices and choose the apps you want to sync. You may need to download an app on your iPhone that is not already on your iPad and vice versa.

On your iPhone:

  1. Go to Settings, and tap your name at the top.
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Under Apps Using iCloud, turn on every app you'd like to sync by tapping the switch.

On your iPad:

  1. Go to Settings, and tap your name at the top.
  2. Tap iCloud.
  3. Under Apps Using iCloud, turn on every app you'd like to sync by tapping the switch.

If both devices are connected to the internet and you've signed in with the same iCloud settings and Apple ID, they'll stay connected once they're synced.

Turn on Automatic Downloads

Once you've synced those apps on your iPad and iPhone using iCloud, you can also turn on Automatic Downloads to sync other apps found in Settings, such as Music, Apps, Books & Audiobooks, and Updates. Follow these steps for both your iPhone and iPad:

  1. Open Settings, and tap App Store (or iTunes & App Store.)
  2. Under Automatic Downloads, you can turn on automatic app and app update downloads by tapping the switch for each setting.

After completing this step, any app you download on your iPhone or iPad will automatically appear on both devices.

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