How to connect an iPhone to a computer via USB

how to connect iphone to pc

Updated: July 30, 2022

iPhone’s users often have trouble connecting their phone to their computer. Due to the closed file system of iOS, the usual methods of data transfer for the Android OS are not suitable for iOS devices. To connect the iPhone to the PC, you need to use another way, which we will talk about in detail in this article.

Ways to connect an iPhone to a computer

There are two ways to do this:

1. Wired via a USB cable.

2. Wireless via Wi-Fi.


No matter which connection type you choose, data is exchanged between your phone and your computer via iTunes and/or other programs.

In the following article, we will describe the main features of a wireless connection compared to a wired one.

Connecting an iPhone to a computer via USB


1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer. The application contains drivers, and it is also needed to properly identify and interact with your smartphone. If you have iTunes installed, check the current version of the application and update it if necessary.

2. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable. Once the smartphone is identified, the connected device will appear as a separate removable drive in My Computer. With iTunes not turned on, you can only transfer photos taken by the phone.

3. Run iTunes. In the left column, select the relevant section to upload or download a certain type of files.

Main advantages:

1. Easy to connect via USB.

2. High communication speed.

3. Synchronization and backup creation.

4. Ability to install and uninstall applications.

5. Battery charging during synchronization.

Main disadvantages:

1. USB cable required.

2. The phone is connected to your computer for the duration of data copying.

3. It takes up USB port, which is critical for netbooks with two ports.

How to connect your iPhone to your computer via Wi-Fi


To connect your iPhone to your computer wirelessly, you need to use the same Wi-Fi network. A Wi-Fi router or a Wi-Fi module in a laptop is suitable for this purpose.


1. In the control panel, open the “Network and Sharing Center”. Select “Change Adapter Settings”, click “Preferences”/“Assign Fixed IP Address.”

2. In the column IP-address, enter “”, the subnet mask is “”. Leave the other parameters unchanged.

3. Create a wireless network on the Network and Sharing Center page. Click on the “Setting up a new connection or network” column, in the next window select the network type – computer-computer.

4. Specify the wireless network name, password, and security type – WEP.

5. On your iPhone, open the Wi-Fi menu and connect to the newly created network.

6. Run iTunes to transfer content.

Main advantages:

1. The smartphone is not connected to a computer.

2. Apps can be downloaded from the App Store.3. No synchronization cable is required.

Main disadvantages:

1.It takes more time to set up a Wi-Fi connection.

2. Unstable connection.

3. Communication speed is slower.

4. The device discharges during data transfer.

5. It is impossible to restore or update the firmware. It is also impossible to restore backup copies of some files.

In descending order of seriousness and complexity, here are the things you should try if your PC or Mac isn’t recognizing your iPhone when you connect it using a Lightning-to-USB cable.



To transfer large files such as video, photos, or audio from your iPhone to your computer, connect via USB or Wi-Fi. If you’re in a hurry, don’t have a cable on hand, or only need to transfer media files, use a Wi-Fi connection. In other cases, especially when restoring a backup or updating firmware, connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable.

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About the author

Alex Gustman

My name is Alexander.
I am the author of articles, reviews and videos on the YouTube channel of I have been testing various electronic devices, mobile games and Android applications since 2012.

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