How to Connect iPhone to MacBook: 4 Easy Ways

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There are a number of reasons why you require connecting your iPhone to your Mac. To back up your device, delete data, sync content, or use the Continuity feature. Whatever the reason may be, connecting your iPhone with your Mac makes your work easier.

Connecting your phone with your MacBook should not take more than 10 minutes. This article will help you set up your iPhone on Mac in a few simple steps.


What Items Do You Need to Connect Devices?

Connecting Apple devices with each other is simple. You can connect your iPhone to your Mac via iCloud, iTunes, or using the Continuity feature. Also, the items you need to complete the process include an iPhone, MacBook, port adapter, charging cable, and reliable WiFi.

If you wonder why a port adapter is needed, we will discuss the process to connect both devices using a cable as well as via BlueTooth towards the end of this article. Connecting the devices with a cable will allow you to connect and disconnect iPhone from Mac quite easily, simply by plugging and unplugging the cable to the ports.


Setup iPhone on MacBook Using iCloud

To connect your iPhone and Mac using iCloud, make sure that both devices are signed in to the same account and have the same sync settings enabled. After connecting the devices, if you add or remove data on one device, it will sync to iCloud and then to another device.

After signing in to iCloud, you can sync apps, including Apple News, calendars, notes, emails, contacts, reminders, Siri data, Safari bookmarks and files, Stocks, usernames and passwords from Keychain, and Homekit data.

Once your iPhone and MacBook are signed in to iCloud, ensure that the sync settings on both devices match.


Setup iPhone on MacBook Using iTunes

On macOS Mojave or previous versions, you can use iTunes to connect iPhone and Mac. Using iTunes for syncing devices will enable users to move videos, music, files, books, and other items across devices. There are two different methods to sync devices using iTunes:

Wired Sync: Connect your iPhone to your MacBook via a cable that comes With your iPhone. Plug one end of the cable into the iPhone and the other end into the USB port on the MacBook. Then sync the iPhone to your MacBook.

Wireless Sync: You can sync your iPhone to your MacBook over WiFi. Make sure that the phone and laptop are connected to the same WiFi network. Also, iTunes settings on both devices should match.
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Connect iPhone to MacBook Using Continuity

One of the great features that Apple devices offer is their ability to work in sync with each other. Continuity is one such excellent feature that allows users to write an email on a MacBook and send it over from the iPhone or answer phone calls from their Macs.

To use the Continuity feature, make sure to sign into iCloud from the same account on all devices. Ensure to turn on BlueTooth on iPhone and Mac. Also, all the devices need to be connected to the same WiFi network.

Next, turn on Handoff on both iPhone and MacBook. On your MacBook, go to System Preferences and click General. Now, check Allow Handoff between this Mac and your iCloud devices.

On your iPhone, navigate to Settings, tap General, click Handoff, and toggle the Handoff slider to green (On). Now, you are all set to use the feature on all the connected devices. Handoff allows you to start reading an article on your iPhone and keep reading it on your Mac.


Connect iPhone to Mac via BlueTooth

More often, users prefer establishing connections between devices wirelessly since it’s the most convenient way to transfer data. You can use BlueTooth to transfer data from one Apple device to another.

Plus, it allows you to access features like Handoff, AirDrop, and AirPlay. Instant Hotspot, Universal Clipboard, and Continuity Camera on your iPhone and MacBook. Again, you need to ensure that the iPhone and MacBook are connected to the same WiFi. To get started, you will need to pair your iPhone and MacBook via BlueTooth.

Click on the BlueTooth symbol displayed in the upper-right menu and select BlueTooth preferences on MacBook. Keep the phone in proximity and make sure it’s discoverable on Mac. Select Connect and enter the authentication code required.

On your phone, go to Settings, tap General, and click AirPlay & Handoff. Before you move further, ensure Handoff is enabled. You can now see the Handoff icon on the apps that work with Handoff in the Dock.

The Conclusion 

Above are the potential methods that allow you to connect your iPhone to your Mac and sync data. The method you use depends on what and how much data you need to sync across devices. Make sure that the WiFi is working properly and that there are no signal interruptions that can keep your devices from staying connected.