How to Sync iPhone or iPad to Your Mac in macOS Catalina

how to sync iphone and ipad with mac on macos catalina

With iTunes gone in the latest macOS Catalina, many of us were utterly shocked and surprised. I mean iTunes was basically the only medium for us to transfer and sync data from our iPads or iPhones to our MacBooks. Moreover, with the medium gone how were we supposed to sync our files right? Wrong, the iTunes is not completely gone all its features are residing under finder. And in this tutorial, I will share with you how to sync your iPhone and iPad with your Mac running macOS Catalina.

To give you guys a brief back story, well the iTunes no longer exists it is replaced by three new Apple Music, Apple Podcasts and Apple TV. Thus, all your device related features and settings are in the Finder now. However, in my opinion, it is actually much simpler now because everything in one app was very cluttered.

How to Sync iPhone or iPad to Your Mac in macOS Catalina

Step 1: Plug in your iPhone with a USB-C to Lightning Cable or USB-A to Lightning Cable.

Step 2: The Finder will automatically pop-up or if not then Launch Finder.

Launch Finder on macOS Catalina

Step 3: Under the Locations tab you will spot an iPhone or iPad. Click on iPhone/iPad and the device information window will open.

Click iPhone Under the Locations tab to Sync on macOS Catalina

Step 4: If you wish to sync your entire device then from under the General Tab you can sync.

Click to Sync iPhone and iPad on macOS Catalina

(Please Note: If you wish to sync only your music, movies, tv shows, podcasts, audiobooks, books or photos, then you will have to go under each of the particular tabs to sync that particular category).

Parting Words…

See, didn’t I say that it is rather easy to sync your iPhone or iPad with your MacBook running macOS Catalina. It is very much similar to how you copy and paste data from an android device to a windows computer. Let me know in the comments below if you have any such tutorials that you wish us to do.

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Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of, who has a keen eye for news, rumors, and all the unusual stuff around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting content on social media.

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