How to Connect iPhone to MacBook: A Step-by-Step Guide

See Intro to syncing your Mac and your devices. Connect your device to your Mac using a USB or USB-C cable. In the Finder on your Mac, select the device in the Finder sidebar. ... Click General in the button bar. Select the “Show this [device] when on Wi-Fi” checkbox. Use the button bar to turn on and select sync settings. More items...

If you’re an iPhone user and a MacBook owner, syncing your devices can help you manage your content more efficiently. Whether you want to transfer music, photos, or other files between your devices, syncing your iPhone with your MacBook is essential. Here’s how to connect your iPhone to your MacBook.

The first time you want to sync your iPhone with your Mac, plug the charging cable into your MacBook’s USB port. Then, connect the lightning end of the cable to your iPhone. If your phone is locked, unlock it to allow the USB connection to work. If your iPhone is connected to your Mac, you’ll be asked whether you trust your Mac. Click “Trust” or tap “Trust” if it’s untrustworthy. You’ll also need to enter your iPhone’s passcode to access the Mac.

After connecting your iPhone to your MacBook, go to the Finder. You should find your iPhone in the locations list near the top of the pane on the left. Click on it, and it will open up the sync information about your phone. Here, you can see how much storage you’re using, what you’re using it for, your battery status, and your iPhone’s operating system level. You can also update your iPhone software and restore a backup of your iPhone from iCloud.

To manage your backup options, click on the options for communication between the Mac and the iPhone. You can set your backup options and back it up now, manage the backups, and more. You can choose to manually manage everything or automatically sync when the phone is connected or on Wi-Fi.

Across the top of the screen, you have all the different content types that you might have on your iPhone and MacBook. You can decide whether to sync when you sync the iPhone, and you can do that manually by clicking the sync button down there at any time. When you sync the iPhone, you can choose to transfer your music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, audiobooks, books, photos, files, and information from one to the other.

Now that you know how to connect your iPhone to your MacBook, you can manage and synchronize your content between the two devices with ease. With this easy-to-follow guide, you’ll be syncing your devices in no time.


How do I connect my iPhone to my Mac without USB?
On your iPhone, Go to Settings >, General >, Bluetooth. Toggle ON the Bluetooth. Similarly, on your Mac, Go to Apple menu >, System Preferences >, Bluetooth. Upon switching on the Bluetooth, you'll see a list of available devices to connect.
Why my iPhone is not connecting to MacBook?
Try a different port, cable, or computer The issue could be related to your computer, its USB port, or the USB cable connecting it to your device. If possible, try a different computer, USB port, or USB cable. Also check for any debris in the charging port on the bottom of your iPhone or iPad.