Easy steps to sync iPhone X to your Windows 10 PC [tutorial]

Since not every #iPhoneX user is a Mac fan, we’ve decided to create this brief tutorial to teach those wanting to sync their iOS device to a Windows 10 PC. Though syncing your iPhone X to a Windows machine is more complicated compared to the straightforward Mac to iPhone sync, it’s not rocket science at all. It can be done relatively easily too so hopefully you’ll find this tutorial helpful.

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How to install iTunes 12 on your Windows 10 PC

The first thing that you need to do to start syncing your iPhone X with your PC is to install the latest iTunes version. At the time of this writing, the latest iTunes you can install is version  12.7.2. If you haven’t added this program into your computer yet, here’s how:

  1. Open your browser and go to www.apple.com/itunes/download/.
  2. Click Download Now.
  3. Click Save to begin downloading.
  4. Once the download is finished, click Run. Let your computer open the installer package.
  5. Click Next.
  6. Click Install after you’ve set all installation parameters you like.
  7. Click Finish.
  8. Sign in to your

Authorize your Windows 10 computer to access contents in your iPhone X

Making sure that your computer has permission to read and access files and contents in your phone is important. To do that, here’s what you need to do:

  1. In your Windows computer, click on Start button to access the Start menu.
  2. Look for iTunes and open it.
  3. Click Account from the menu near the top-left corner of the window.
  4. Click Authorizations.
  5. Click Authorize This Computer.
  6. Type your password.
  7. Click Authorize.

The steps above should now allow your computer to access contents in your iPhone. Should you change your mind later and opt to deauthorize it, here’s how it’s done:

  1. In your Windows computer, click on Start button to access the Start menu.
  2. Look for iTunes and open it.
  3. Click Account from the menu near the top-left corner of the window.
  4. Click Authorizations.
  5. Click Deauthorize This Computer.
  6. Type your password.
  7. Click Deauthorize.

How to move data from your iPhone X to your Windows 10 PC

Syncing data from your iPhone to Windows is not really that simple. In its bid to prevent piracy, Apple makes it a bit tricky to sync an iOS device to a Windows PC. each type of data has a slightly different way to sync so let’s discuss each one of them.

Syncing your movies and music. While it’s relatively easy to move movies and music from your windows 10 PC to your iPhone X, the other way around is not so. The easiest way to sync movies and music is by buying them from iTunes in your iPhone X first. After that, you can then sync those media to your computer via Apple’s cloud service. Just make sure that you sign in to the same Apple ID on both devices.

Syncing your photos. Syncing your photos to a Windows 10 PC can be more complicated, especially for those who are not that computer savvy. The steps involve using Microsoft OneDrive account and then downloading files to the PC. Make sure that you have a Microsoft account first before you attempt to sync your iPhone X to your PC. Once you’ve set up everything, your images will constantly be syncing with your Windows 10 PC in the background.

  1. In your Windows computer, click on Start button to access the Start menu.
  2. Type Phone companion into the search box.
  3. Click on Phone Companion from the top of the Start menu.
  4. Click iPhone or iPad.
  5. Type in your Microsoft account credentials (username and password).
  6. Click Sign in to just this app instead.
  7. Click on Get started button.
  8. Click on Yes, This is Me! Button.
  9. Type in your email address and click Send. Wait for the email from Microsoft that gives you a direct link to OneDrive in the iOS app store. If you click on the link in the email, it will open the download page in the App Store for OneDrive. Alternatively, you can manually search for OneDrive app in the App Store and download it.
  10. Select Get button next to OneDrive on your iPhone.
  11. Tap Install.
  12. Select Open.
  13. Type in your Microsoft account name and click Go.
  14. Enter your Microsoft account password.
  15. Tap OK or No, Thanks depending on your preference.
  16. Tap the User icon in the upper left corner.
  17. Select the Gear icon.
  18. Tap Camera Upload.
  19. Move the switch next to Camera Upload to the On position.
  20. Hit OK button.
  21. Pick either Don’t Allow or OK, it doesn’t actually matter, so defer if you’re trying to limit notifications.
  22. Turn the switch next to Upload In Background to the On position.
  23. Tap Turn On in the bottom right corner to agree to Location Tracking for OneDrive. This is a necessary feature if you want to use OneDrive’s automatic upload system.
  24. Tap Allow to give Location permissions to OneDrive.
  25. In your Windows 10 PC, select I’m signed in to the OneDrive app on my iPhone or iPad by putting a check in the box next to it. Then click Next.
  26. Put a check in the box next to I turned on Camera Upload in the OneDrive app on my iPhone or iPad. Then click Next.
  27. Click Done.
  28. Click on Start button to access the Start menu.
  29. Type Photos in the search box.
  30. Select Photos.
  31. Tap the Gear icon to access settings.
  32. Move the slider under Show my cloud-only content from OneDrive to ON position.
  33. Wait for OneDrive to import all photos on your iPhone to its servers and the Photos app.

Syncing your files. Copying files from your iPhone to your Windows 10 PC is best done via the cloud. If you want to stick with Apple services as much as possible, you can use iCloud. Other alternatives to iCloud includes Dropbox, Google Drive, or Microsoft OneDrive. Each of these services has its own set of configuration steps but basically, you can just install their iPhone app, and then install their Windows 10 equivalen application as well. For example, if you’re a Google user that relies too much in online spreadsheets, you can install Google Sheets on the App Store, then access your files using your browser. The same is true for Slides and Docs.

How to move data from your Windows 10 PC to your iPhone X

Moving your photos, videos, music, etc. to your iPhone X is less complicated than doing it the other way around. Basically, all you need to do is download and install iTunes into your computer. Once that’s done, you can then proceed to syncing your data.

  1. Connect your iPhone X to your computer via the lightning cable that came with it.
  2. Click Continue if prompted whether you want to to permit your PC to access your phone.
  3. Click the Phone icon in the top bar.
  4. Click Sync. This should initiate the sync function. If nothing works, go to the sidebar and enable Sync checkboxes for Music, Apps, Movies, TV shows, Photos, etc.
  5. Wait until sync is finished.


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