9 Replies Latest reply: Oct 22, 2011 1:21 PM by Displacedbeachbum
Colton254 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm running a MacBook Pro with OS 10.7.2 and iTunes 5, iPhone 3GS with iOS 5, and 4th Gen iPod Touch with iOS 5.  Both my iPhone and iPod sync fine over wi-fi when I do it manually through Settings > General > iTunes wi-fi Sync > Sync now, but neither of them are automatically initiating a wi-fi sync when I connect to power.  MacBook Pro is on with iTunes running, both are available under Devices in iTunes, Sync with wi-fi box is checked on summary page of both devices, but neither is syncing automatically.  Anyone else having this issue/know a fix?

iPhone 3GS
  • 1. Re: Automatic wi-fi sync
    Colton254 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    iTunes 10.5...not 5 haha

  • 2. Re: Automatic wi-fi sync
    j.goldin Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same issue.

  • 3. Re: Automatic wi-fi sync
    Jon Baumgartner Level 2 Level 2 (205 points)

    I'm having the same problem. WiFi Sync seems like such a great idea, but it's way too restrictive. You have to have the Mac turned on, with iTunes running; you have to plug the phone into a power source; it seems that it only checks once a day. This morning, I wasn't even able to sync manually, even though iTunes was running. I had to uncheck "Sync with WiFi" in iTunes for my phone, then plug the phone in to the Mac so iTunes could see it, check "Sync with WiFi" again, and then a manual sync worked.


    But I have still been completely unsuccessful with automated sync.


    iCloud's Photo Stream works perfectly. I want iTunes sync to work like that (with the obvious difference being that iTunes has to be running on my local network.)

  • 4. Re: Automatic wi-fi sync
    maxxxxc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same here. Manual sync works in 90% of all cases but I have never had it sync automatically. Is there any mention for how often this is suppose to happen?

  • 5. Re: Automatic wi-fi sync
    Ruprick the Monkey Boy Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    I just got mine working!  I too could manually Sync over WiFi, but no automatic syncing even after 8hrs on the charger, for either my iPhone 4 or iPad.


    On a few sites they recommend checking iTunes Preferences -> Devices and ensure that


    "Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically" was unchecked -


    Which mine was.


    I had also uchecked/checked the "Sync with this iXxxx over WiFi" was enabled - no luck for days.


    Finally I noticed a consistent item on screenshots of those who claimed it was working:


    The "Open iTunes when this iXxxx is connected" option was checked - since I have my iTunes set to start when the iMac does mine was unchecked.


    I enabled that for both, rebooted everything and it worked like a champ.


    To validate I disabled the "Open..." item on my iPad and left it enabled for my iPhone 4 - the iPhone still syncs on WiFi when I put it in my desktop dock (that is only plugged into the AC/USB power supply) but the iPad does not.  I re-enabled it for the iPad, re-docked and the sync started immediately.

  • 6. Re: Automatic wi-fi sync
    verwon Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Double check and make sure that the prevent autosync options isn't checked in the iTunes preferences.

  • 7. Re: Automatic wi-fi sync
    Colton254 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I checked the "Open iTunes when this device is connected box," and that did it.

  • 8. Re: Automatic wi-fi sync
    Displacedbeachbum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm running a Windows 7 Ultimate with iTunes 10.5, iPhone 3GS with iOS 5.


    iPhone will not sync over Wi-Fi and is not even seen in iTunes unless plugged into laptop.


    Sync with wi-fi box is checked on summary page.

    Open iTunes when this device is connected box is checked

    Prevent autosync is not checked

    under Device Preferences >Devices >Prevent iPods, iPhones.... is unchecked.


    On iPhone iTunes Wi-Fi Sync remains greyed until connected directly to laptop via USB



  • 9. Re: Automatic wi-fi sync
    Displacedbeachbum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay I knew I had everything set correctly.  Shutdown my laptop and left for an hour.... came home fired up laptop itunes started and... connected automatically via WiFi and sync'd.


    So just use the above settings and go to the store like I did.... LOL