How to Sync Locally (Without iCloud) in OS X Mavericks

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Apple’s iCloud is a convenient means of syncing your contacts and calendars between your iOS and Mac devices, but the service is useless if you don’t have internet access. While the initial version of Apple’s OS X Mavericks operating system nixed the ability to sync content between your iOS device and Mac via a USB cable, the recent 10.9.3 patch has remedied this problem. If you prefer transferring content the old-school way, here’s how to sync locally in OS X Mavericks without the use of iCloud. 

1. Make sure your Mac is running OS X Mavericks 10.9.3. You can do this by clicking the Apple icon at the top left of your home screen and select About This Mac. If you’re not up to date, select Software Update from the same menu. 

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2. Connect your iOS device to your Mac via a USB charging cable. 

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3. Open iTunes. If iTunes asks for permission to sync with your device, select Continue. 

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4. Select your device from the top right of the iTunes interface. 

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5. Use the tabs at the top of the device screen to check off which content you’d like to sync. For example, you may want to check off Sync Contacts in the Info tab, or Sync Music in the Music tab. 

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6. Once you’ve chosen the content you want to sync, select Apply and then Sync from the bottom right of the iTunes screen. 

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If you want to expedite this process every time you plug in, you can select the automatic sync option from the Summary tab. 

Michael Andronico
Michael Andronico
A devout gamer and tech enthusiast, Mike Andronico joined the Laptop team in July 2013. With a B.A. in Journalism from Purchase College and experience at GameNGuide, Examiner and 2D-X, Mike tackles everything from iPhone rumors to in-depth hardware reviews.
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  1. Dmytro Says:

    probably you just simply idiot!
    If you choose iCloud as a backup storage by pressing Apply you’ve been asked to sign in iCloud acc.
    “Check that you are signed into iCloud on this iPhone.”

  2. Sal Says:

    I have downloaded 10.9.3 to my mac. When I connect my iOS device the menu for the device does not include (info) so I still can not sync my contacts. What do think?

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