How to Transfer Files to an iPhone

By Todd Bowerman

Apple's iPhone was designed to assist users in managing their communication, music and video libraries, address books and tons of other elements of daily life. The phone uses third-party software, or "apps," to perform a wide variety of tasks from acting as a flashlight to GPS navigation. The iPhone was intended to be synced to a Mac or PC to share media and back-up important data.

Things You'll Need

  • Apple iPhone sync cable

Step 1

Download and install the iTunes software by following the link provided in "Resources." Syncing your iPhone to your computer must be done using the iTunes software.

Step 2

Open iTunes by double-clicking the icon on your desktop (single-click it on the dock for Mac users).

Step 3

Drag all of your media files including music and movies into the iTunes main window to import the content into iTunes.

Step 4

Connect your iPhone to your computer using the Apple iPhone USB sync cable included with your phone.

Step 5

Follow the on-screen instructions to sync the iPhone with your computer. All media files stored in iTunes will automatically be transferred to your iPhone.

Tips & Warnings

  • Syncing your iPhone is a good way to backup your contacts and application data in the event that your phone is lost, damaged, or stolen.