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This is how you will sync your iPhone or iPad on macOS Catalina

By 2019, connecting an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac via cable to transfer data to the device sounds almost surreal. Mobile devices, after all, have gained their independence long ago, and with the proliferation of cloud services, the need for a cable to transfer data from one place to another has become almost nonexistent, yes, we have come a long way since The first iPhone arrived basically as a Mac extension that needed to be plugged into it constantly to be fed with news.

Still, there are those who, for "N" reasons, keep syncing your iTreco The issue is that, in macOS Catalina 10.15, the iTunes app responsible for this process (and some 9,479,398 things) has been extinguished and split into a number of other apps, none of which has a download function. of data for iOS. Who inherited this tool, then? Of course, the Finder.

Starting with the new macOS, the act of connecting an iPhone or iPad via cable to the Mac becomes identical to the act of plugging in a USB stick or external HDD: there is no iTunes to open automatically or any warning that something has happened. You will find your device simply by going to Finder and looking for it in the sidebar, just as you already do with your external drives.

By clicking on your mobile device, what will appear on screen is an interface very similar to what we have today in iTunes.

Syncing iPhones and iPads on macOS Catalina 10.15Syncing iPhones and iPads on macOS Catalina 10.15 | Image: Vincius Porto

You can sync music (Music app files that are available locally on your computer or purchased from the iTunes Store), movies and TV shows, podcasts, books and audiobooks, plus photos and files in the latter case, with the benefit of simply dragging. any file on your Mac to sync.

In Finder, you will also be able to apply general settings on your device and sync contacts, as has always been possible in iTunes.

Of course, all this is done only if you really want it: Music purchased from the iTunes Store will appear in the Apple Music app on your iOS device, after all, while purchased movies and series will be available in the Apple TV app, and podcasts will naturally be in the Podcasts app. Similarly, your photos will be synced between your devices as long as you use iCloud's Photo Library feature, and books and audiobooks will be in the Books app. Everything is automatically synchronized, so such manual work in Finder will only be needed in very specific scenarios.

Still, for those who need it here.