How to Connect My iPhone

By Kevin Lee

The iPhone is a multifaceted product that blends multimedia, communications and games in a hand-held device. After purchasing an iPhone, you do not have to attach it to anything. The fun begins, however, when you connect your iPhone to a computer. Apple gave its iTunes software the ability to synchronize files between your computer and the phone. By learning to connect your phone to the computer, you can use and enjoy a variety of new applications, movies from the web and music on your iPhone.

Connect Using Data Cable

Step 1

Locate the white cable that comes with your iPhone. This cable has a small USB plug on one end and a larger flat connector on the other.

Step 2

Plug the connector into the cable into the connector port on bottom of your iPhone.

Step 3

Plug the other end of the cable into a USB slot on your computer.

Connect Using Dock

Step 1

Plug the flat connector end of the cable that came with your iPhone into the back of your iPhone dock.

Step 2

Plug the other end of the cable into an available USB port on your computer.

Step 3

Place the iPhone into the dock.

Connect to iTunes

Step 1

Download iTunes from the Apple website (see Resources) and install it. Proceed to the next step if you already installed iTunes.

Step 2

Click the Windows "Start" menu button and type "iTunes." An iTunes icon will appear at the top of the Start menu.

Step 3

Click the icon to launch iTunes. An iPhone icon will appear on the left side of the iTunes window. Click the icon to select it.

Step 4

Click the "Sync" button in the bottom right corner of the iTunes window. ITunes will synchronize the data on your computer with the data on your iPhone.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you click the "Sync" button, iTunes synchronizes all items. You also have the option to specify the items that you wish to synchronize. After selecting the iPhone icon, iTunes presents you with a row of tabs at the top of the window. These tabs include "Music," "Ringtones," "Photos," "Contacts" and "Video." Clicking a tab allows you to define synchronization options for the corresponding tab item. For example, after clicking "Music," you will see a window that allows you to choose the music that you want to synchronize between your computer and the iPhone. By customizing these sync settings, you can copy only the files that you need to your iPhone. Press "F1" whlie running iTunes for help on synchronizing files.