Automatic Downloads and Syncing for iPad – How To

Apple has updated iTunes again. This iTunes update is designed to help sync your music in all of your iOS devices, automatically. You will need to have an iTunes account and need to turn this feature on in both iTunes and your iOS devices.  Here’s how.

First, download the latest version of iTunes (currently 10.3.1 you may need to use the Software Update). Next, open iTunes. In iTunes preferences, go to the store and turn on the things (Music, Apps, Books) you want to sync.

Next, on your iOS device, go to Settings and tap Store.

You will see Automatic Downloads. Switch the settings to on to initiate the automatic downloads. Note that you can turn on Cellular to use the cell system if Wi-Fi is not available. However, unless you have an unlimited plan, you may incur additional costs.


8 thoughts on “Automatic Downloads and Syncing for iPad – How To

  1. When I tried updating iTunes, it only updated to 10.3. How did domi download 10.3.1? Thanks.

    1. You can follow the steps in this Apple article.
      Basically, you need to connect the iPad to the computer it was last synced with. However, any new data on the iPad will be lost.
      In the article, Apple states “If you cannot remember the passcode, you will need to restore your device using the computer with which you last synced it. This allows you to reset your passcode and resync the data from the device (or restore from a backup). If you restore on a different computer that was never synced with the device, you will be able to unlock the device for use and remove the passcode, but your data will not be present.”

  2. Thank you for this article. I have a problem with ITunes Store: the “music” option in automatic download simply does’t exist. It is not possible to download music. Any suggestions? I have just downloded iOS 5.

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