iTunes Wireless Sync problem
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iTunes Wireless Sync problem
I've been trying to wireless sync my iPad 3 but it's not working. I have set both the iPad and iTunes to to wireless sync option but it's not working. Also I do have the iPad plugged into an outlet and both of them are on the same network. When I go into the settings>general>iTunes wifi sync the sync now button is greyed out. I've tried to search the forum but couldn't figure out what's wrong. Thanks for the help
03-30-2012 10:24 PM
This is most under-rated and under-appreciated problem since the iOS 5.0 update. So many moving parts and so little Apple help. Based on my experience, the firewall is the number one suspect; immediately followed by routers settings, assuming everything else has been properly set up.
Try to turn off the firewall, restart itunes, restart iPad, see if you can get it. if not, Google wifi sync failed or grayed out, you will see tons of threads.
Just trying to help .. If u have already done this ignore the reply...
1. Connect ur iPad through USB. And select the sync over wifi option .. Apply and come out ...
2. Remove the IPAD from USB.
3. Make sure ur iPad is connected over wifi.
4. Go to settings and general ..click sync now
5. Plug ur iPad to power source without fail.
Hope it will work
If it doesnt work ..
Check run iTunes on ur comp. check if ur seeing iPad in the devices tab.
If u see it fine .. Otherwise it means u r not on the same network
Right click it and do sync now ...
Hope it will start syncing now ..
if this happens first time . Form next time it will sync automatically
WiFi sync is a joke.
I used to have it working on all three of my devices. It was very slow and very shaky, with devices appearing and disappearing almost randomly at times.
Now though, none of my devices will even show up via WiFi any more. Nothing has changed and I've checked everything, all is configured properly and no firewalls are in use, it just doesn't work.
Given that all three devices stopped working simultaneously, I suspect the PC itself and, more specifically, iTunes. I think the only way I'd get it working again is to totally reinstall iTunes but frankly, I can't be bothered. I'll just stick to USB as it's faster and more reliable.
Totally agree with you. It hasn't worked well from day one for me. It's just easier for me to synch via the wire. It's probably my old Toshiba laptop but no money to replace so I have to put up with it.
Macbook Air 13" IPad 3 32GB wifi, iphone 5 32gb, 2x iphone 4, iPhone 3GS 32GB , ipad 1 32GB ,2x iPod touch 2G, BT keyboard
All for One and One for All!!!
From Somerset UK
Originally Posted by Vertigo1
Although I experienced the same problem as you and shared the same frustration, I must say that in your setting "SOMETHING" was indeed "CHANGED." And it is likely to be caused by streaming software or network-related stuff that prevent the firewall from behaving properly. I got mine to work beautifully but each time I added a new streaming server on my PC such as VLC Streamer, Air Display, AudioGalaxy, ServetoMe, the Sync is guaranteed to gray out. I had to go through the debugging all over again.
There are certain firewalls that the Sync won't like such as my AVG. No matter what I did, the AVG firewall simply won't work properly unless I completely shut it down, thus leaving my PC without protection. I switched to Comodo and it was far more flexible and I eventually solve the problem and get it to work for the first time. But then each time I did something, this feature is gone.
Someone else on Apple Support Forum says they had success with router setting change such as IGMP snooping or Upnp setting. I didn't touch those...
Debugging is painstakingly tedious. However, if you truly like this feature like I do, then you may wish to spend some time to tweak your firewall or router.
Like I said originally, this feature is very "un-Apply-like" since it is so un-user-friendly. It was widely reported all over the Internet since iOS 5.0 was first launched and the problem persisted till today and Apple still hasn't figured out a good way to allow the user to systematically solve the problem.
A lot of people commented that one must "click" the "sync with Wifi" option on the Summary Page in iTune. Although I understand that these folks were trying to help, but each time I read someone said something so stupid, it makes my eyes roll up.
Last edited by grouchomarx; 03-31-2012 at 10:48 AM.
Wifi sync works for me. Seems to help if the two devices first get to know each other physically first which means connecting via a cable first. After that works well, then the wireless sync tends to work well.
I agree-I am performing a wifi sync right now with my iPad. I did the direct connection back in October when the iOS 5 was released-since than, I have only performed a wifi sync. Maybe my iPad has less apps and/or things that can impact the sync process, I don't know-but it has worked well for me!
Originally Posted by AQ_OC
I hope you guys can get it sorted out.
iPad 2 ~ Wi-Fi ~ 32 GB | MacBook Air 13-inch 4 GB RAM/128 GB | Apple TV (3rd Gen) | iPod Classic 80 GB | iPod Touch 32 GB (4th Gen)
I only managed to sync my iPad 1 on the wifi only once, the first time after I downloaded the iOS 5 point something that allowed wifi syncing. Since then it has never worked and there fore always been using the wire. Infact when the wire is not connected the wifi sync switch us greyed out and only becomes functional when the wire is connected. But the 1st time the sync worked perfectly cause I remember doing it from the bed and the computer was on the table and I could see the process on the iTunes screen and the entire update happened without a wire connection
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