Macbook Finder

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Before you use the Finder to sync content to your iOS or iPadOS device, consider using iCloud, Apple Music, or similar services to keep content from your Mac or PC in the cloud. This way, you can access your music, photos, and more on your devices when you aren't near your computer. Learn more about using Apple Music or iCloud Photos instead of the Finder.

Macbook Finder Remove File White Space

How to show hidden files on Mac in Finder. Click the Finder app in your bottom toolbar (it's the half-tone face icon). If you don't see your computer's name listed in the Finder sidebar. Mar 31, 2020 Apple designed this window for quick file searches. In the macOS shortcut settings, it’s officially called the “Finder Search Window.” As part of Finder, you can use its sidebar and toolbars as if it were an ordinary Finder window. When you call up the Finder Search Window, it makes Finder the active app. Nov 24, 2020 The Finder in macOS is your gateway to all of the files, apps, and downloads on your Mac. Everything, from your Dropbox folders to your cool new desktop wallpaper, can be located in the Finder. You also have a lot of control over what the Finder will show you and how different parts of the Finder will work.

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If you use iCloud or other services like Apple Music to keep your content up to date across all of your devices, some syncing features through the Finder might be turned off.

What can you sync with the Finder

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  • Albums, songs, playlists, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books, and audiobooks.
  • Photos and videos.
  • Contacts and calendars.
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Sync or remove content using the Finder

  1. Open a Finder window and connect your device to your computer using a USB cable. If you connect your device to your computer with a USB cable and your computer doesn't recognize your iPhone, iPad, or iPod, learn what to do.
  2. Your device appears in the sidebar of the Finder window. Click the device to select it.
  3. If prompted, trust your device.
  4. Select the type of content that you want to sync or remove. To turn syncing on for a content type, select the checkbox next to Sync.
  5. Select the checkbox next to each item that you want to sync.
  6. Click the Apply button in the lower-right corner of the window. If syncing doesn't start automatically, click the Sync button.

Macbook Finder Remove File White Space

* You can only sync your device with one Apple Music or Apple TV library at a time. If you see a message that your device is synced with another Apple Music or Apple TV library, your device was previously connected to another computer. If you click 'Erase and Sync' in that message, all content of the selected type on your device will be erased and replaced with content from this computer.

Sync your content using Wi-Fi

After you set up syncing with the Finder using USB, you can set up the Finder to sync to your device with Wi-Fi instead of USB.

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  1. Connect your device to your computer with a USB cable, then open a Finder window and select your device.
  2. Select “Show this [device] when on Wi-Fi.'
  3. Click Apply.

When the computer and the device are on the same Wi-Fi network, the device appears in the Finder. The device syncs automatically whenever it's plugged in to power.

Get help

Macbook Finder Preferences

  • Learn how to sync content with iTunes.
  • Learn what to do if you see an error when you try to sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  • Learn how to redownload items that you purchased on another device.
  • Learn how to import photos and videos to your computer.