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How to Connect iPhone to iPad without Effort? (7 Practical Ways)


"I'm pretty sure this is possible, right? I can't figure out how to get my tabs to sync between my iPad and iPhone. I've looked through all the settings (iCloud Safari is on, Handoff on, etc.), but I still don't see them syncing up. Any help would be greatly appreciated!"


If you own an iPhone and iPad, you may wonder how to connect iPhone to the iPad to sync files to secure data or free up more iPhone storage. Luckily, this article introduces seven proven ways to make the iPad and iPhone connections. Check the step-by-step instructions below if you are interested.

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Part 1. How to Pair iPhone to iPad When There Is Not Enough iCloud Storage?

Generally, you can sync iPhone to iPad with iCloud. However, suppose there is insufficient iCloud storage left, and you don't want to upgrade the iCloud storage plan. In that case, you can connect iPhone to an iPad on a computer and sync files with Coolmuster Mobile Transfer.

The highlights of Coolmuster Mobile Transfer:

  • One-click to sync contacts, calendars, bookmarks, eBooks (PDFs & ePubs), and notes (not supported in iOS 11 or up) from iPhone to iPad.
  • Connect iPhone and iPad to a computer via USB.
  • Move data between Android and iOS.
  • Support iOS devices running iOS 5 to iOS 15 or later, such as iPhone 14 Pro/14/SE (3rd generation)/13 Pro Max/13 Pro/13/13 mini, iPad 9/8/7/6/5/4/3/2/1, iPad Pro 6/5/4/3/2/1, iPad Air/Mini series, etc.

How to sync iPhone to iPad without iCloud?

01Install and run the program on your computer, and tap Mobile Transfer to continue.

02Connect your iPhone and iPad to the computer using two Apple USB cables, and trust the computer on your iDevice if asked. Ensure to put the iPhone in the Source position. If necessary, click the Flip button to switch them. Once connected, it will display Connected under the device images.

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03Choose the file types you wish to sync and hit the Start Copy button to sync the iPhone data to the iPad.

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Part 2. How to Connect iPad to iPhone via iTunes from a Computer?

iTunes is a trusted and reliable way to sync iPhone to iPad. But the syncing process may erase content on the target iPad.

How to connect iPhone to iPad with cables?

01Connect both devices to the computer using two USB cables. Next, open the latest version of iTunes on your computer and wait for it to detect your devices.

02Click your iPhone icon at the top-left corner under Devices > Summary > Back Up Now to sync your iPhone data to the computer. Later, disconnect your iPhone from the computer.

03Choose your iPad under Devices > Summary > Restore Backup to sync the iPhone backup to your iPad.

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Part 3. How to Sync iPad and iPhone Messages via iTunes Wirelessly?

Suppose you are tired of cable connection. In that case, you can connect your iPhone to your iPad with iTunes over Wi-Fi. Before you start, ensure that you have activated the iTunes Wi-Fi.

To sync iPhone to iPad without a computer:

01Run the latest version of iTunes on your computer and plug your devices into the computer. Tap the iDevice icon when it appears in the iTunes window.

02Click Options < check the Sync with this iPhone/iPad over Wi-Fi option > hit Apply > eject both devices from the PC.

03The iTunes Wi-Fi is enabled. You can sync files from one Apple device to another without a computer.

04Go to your iPhone/iPad Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync > Sync Now.

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Part 4. How to Sync Apps from iPhone to iPad via AirDrop?

Since all modern Apple devices have the AirDrop feature, you can connect your iPhone to the iPad and sync photos, videos, documents, and more via AirDrop.

Connect iPhone to iPad via Bluetooth and AirDrop:

01Enable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop on both iDevices and make one device discoverable by selecting Everyone or Contacts Only.

02On one device, open the file you want to transfer and hit the Share icon > AirDrop > the other device's name.

03Wait for a while until you receive files on the target device.

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Part 5. How to Sync iPhone to iPad without a Computer via iCloud?

iCloud is a prior choice for some people who prefer wireless connection. With iCloud, you can access videos, photos, messages, and other backup files across all your Apple devices.

Here's how:

01Open Settings on your iPhone > tap your name > iCloud > turn on the switch next to the data types you want to sync.

02Repeat the above operation on your iPad.

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Part 6. How to Link iPad to iPhone via Personal Hotspot?

Another way to connect iPhone and iPad is using the personal hotspot. You can use the iPhone cellular data as a Wi-Fi hotspot and connect to the hotspot on your iPad.

Let's check how it works:

01Head over to Settings on your iPhone > click Cellular > enable Cellular Data.

02Set up the Username and Password and save the settings.

03The Personal Hotspot option will appear when opening Settings. Please toggle on the Personal Hotspot option.

04Switch on the Wi-Fi option on your iPad. Afterward, open iPad's Settings > Wi-Fi > tap the hotspot name > configure the password. Once done, your iPad will connect with your iPhone.

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Part 7. How to Connect iPhone to iPad with Cable Directly?

You can also use an Apple lightning USB Camera Adapter to directly connect your iPhone to your iPad, which causes no trouble and transfer files fast.

How to pair iPhone 13 to iPad via a cable?

01Buy an Apple lightning USB Camera Adapter from the Amazon web store.

02Connect the respective ports to each device.

03Tap Allow to trust the device if asked.

04Open the Photos app on your iPhone, select the pictures you want to transfer and hit the Import button to get them onto your iPad.

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Bonus Tips to Remember

1. How to Turn Off Sync between iPhone and iPad?

You can sign out of the Apple ID on either device to disable syncing data between them. Or, you can toggle off iCloud Syncing next to each data type from Settings > iCloud.

2. How to Sync Music from a Computer to an iPhone?

You can make it with iTunes.

  • Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.
  • Launch iTunes on your computer and tap the iPhone icon when detected.
  • Click Music on the left panel > check Sync Music > Apply.
  • You can also choose Summary > Manually manage music and videos to sync songs manually.


That's how to connect iPhone to an iPad. Coolmuster Mobile Transfer is the best way to connect iPhone and iPad via USB cables and sync files in one click if you prefer a simple operation.

If you have some queries to let us know, please comment below.

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