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An iPhone 11 that syncs with the Finder app.

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With the Release of MacOS CatalinaApple has made some important changes to the use of your Mac. For starters, iTunes is nowhere to be found, developers can tweak iPad apps to run them on the Mac, and you can use your iPad as a second monitor with sidecar.

To Installation of MacOS CatalinaYou'll find that you have new Apple Music, Podcasts and Apple TV apps – but not iTunes.

That's right, Catalina marks the official end of iTunes, a program that I believe we love and hate all at the same time. Yes, it was slow and deadlocked when Apple tried to do too many things in one program. How do you sync or secure your iPhone or iPad without iTunes? Let us show you. And do not worry, it's just as easy as before.





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How to sync your iPhone or iPad on Windows

If you're reading this, you're probably using a Mac, but just to illustrate it: iTunes is still alive and running on Windows. Syncing your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch has not changed unless you are a PC user.

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To sync your iPhone or iPad when using a Mac

Although Apple has split iTunes into several different apps – Music, TV and podcasts – You will not find a "sync" app on your Mac. After updating to Catalina, you will continue to connect your Apple device to your Mac via a USB cable. Instead of opening iTunes, however, you open Finder (the same app that you use to manage files and folders).

If you have an iOS device connected to your Mac, it will appear under Locations Section of the sidebar in the Finder; Click on your device.

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It may look a bit strange at first, but managing your iPhone or iPad feels like home in the Finder.

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When you connect an iPhone or iPad to your Mac for the first time, you may be asked to trust your device's computer. click trustthen unlock your phone or tablet and follow the instructions.

When a trusted connection is made, Finder is updated with a screen that looks like much like the device section of iTunes. There is a slightly new layout, but for the most part it's the same.

Finder looks the same as iTunes when your iOS device is connected.

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Above is information about your iOS device. Below are several tabs for managing music, movies, audiobooks, and files synced to your iPhone or iPad.

The General Use this tab to download and install software updates, make an encrypted backup stored on your Mac, or restore your device from a previous backup.

After you sync your device, unplug it from your Mac and it disappears from the Finder.

After you know how to sync with your Mac after the death of iTunes, learn more about the new music app and check out other important features like Sidecar.