How to Change Sync Options for the iPhone

By Matt Koble

Updated August 29, 2017

Whether you're managing your syncing options through iTunes or Apple's iCloud service, Apple offers easy-to-navigate sync options, which are particularly useful when you want to sync some content but not all. For example, you can configure iTunes or iCloud not to sync your music to your iPhone if you have a large collection that would take up the phone's entire storage capacity.

Syncing Through iTunes

Plug your iPhone into your computer using the USB cable that came with the phone. Open iTunes and click your iPhone under the Devices entry in the navigation panel.

Place or remove check marks under the Options section to enable or disable specific options. Click the "Info" heading near the top of iTunes. Using this screen, you can sync calendars, contacts, mail accounts and similar options.

Click the "Apps" heading to view and edit your App syncing options. Continue through with the "Music," "Movies," "TV Shows" and other headings to configure how each media type syncs to your iPhone through iTunes. Click "Apply" when you're finished to save the settings. Click the "Eject" icon next to your device in the Devices menu to disconnect your iPhone from iTunes.

Syncing Through iCloud

Tap your iPhone's "Settings" menu. Tap the "iCloud" entry to edit your phone's iCloud sync settings.

Turn on syncing for an item by moving the slider for that entry to the "On" position. For example, turn on Calendars syncing by swiping your finger across the Calendars slider until it reads "On."

Click an entry if it has a right-facing arrow next to it to see further settings for that entry. Your iPhone remembers the settings you change, so press the phone's Home button when you're finished.


From your iPhone's Settings menu, tap "Store" to configure your device to automatically download iTunes music, apps and books.