6 Best Ways to Fix Apple Books Not Syncing Between iPhone and iPad
Apple Books is a great app for reading ebooks on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. The app eliminates the need for a third-party e-reading app or a dedicated e-book reader like a Kindle. In addition to purchasing books from Apple’s store, you can also save PDFs to the Books app on your iPhone and iPad.
One advantage of Apple Books is that it syncs downloaded books across all devices connected to the same iCloud account. If you start reading a book on your iPhone, you can continue where you left off on your iPad or Mac. However, sometimes Apple Books doesn’t sync between devices, requiring you to start from the beginning. Fortunately, there are ways to fix this issue.
1. Ensure Both Devices Are Connected to Wi-Fi
The syncing of content between an iPhone and iPad occurs through iCloud. Both devices must be connected to a Wi-Fi network. An unstable Wi-Fi network can also disrupt sync, affecting book additions on your iPad from your iPhone.
Connect both devices to a Wi-Fi network, preferably a 5GHz band if you have a dual-band router. Give them a few minutes to sync Apple Books data. We recommend a stable Wi-Fi connection instead of a mobile data connection or hotspot.
To ensure your books sync across your Apple devices, make sure all devices use the same Apple ID. Here’s how to check on your iPhone:
1. Open the Settings app and select your profile at the top.
2. Access iCloud settings.
Scroll down to the bottom. Here you will see all the devices logged in to the same Apple ID listed.
If your iPad isn’t listed here, it means you’re using a different Apple ID. Log in with the same Apple ID as your iPhone, and your books will sync.
If there is no issue with your Wi-Fi network, check if iCloud sync for Apple Books is on. The books on your iPhone will not reflect on your iPad without enabling iCloud sync for the Books app. You’ll need to turn on this sync option on all devices using the same iCloud account. Here’s how to enable iCloud sync for Books.
You’ll need to follow the steps on your iPad or Mac as well.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Tap on your name at the top of the Settings screen.
Step 3: Press the iCloud option.
Step 4: Tap Show All.
Step 5: Scroll down and find the Books option. Enable the toggle next to it. If it’s already turned on, turn it off and then turn it on again.
4. Sign Out of Your Apple ID and Sign Back In
To resolve sync issues, sign out of your Apple account and sign back in. This will re-enable iCloud sync on your devices. Then, you can read books from your iPhone on your iPad. Follow these steps:
1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone and tap on your profile to access iCloud settings.
Step 2: Scroll down to the bottom of the page. Tap Sign Out.
Step 3: Enter your Apple ID password and select Turn Off in the top-right corner.
This will sign you out of your Apple account. Connect to Wi-Fi, sign back in using the same ID, and allow your iPhone and iPad to sync.
5. Update the Books App From the App Store
Using an older version of the Books app might often throw a glitch. If the app has a bug, an updated version will fix it. This is how you can check for updates on your iPhone.
Step 1: Open the App Store on your iPhone and tap on your display picture in the top-right corner.
Step 2: Scroll down to see a list of all pending updates. Select the Update option next to Books if there is an update available.
6. Uninstall and Reinstall the Books App
If there’s no update for the Books app, try uninstalling it from your iPhone and iPad before reinstalling it. That should fix any misbehavior on your devices.
Step 1: Press and hold the Books app icon on your homescreen.
Step 2: Select the Remove App option in the pop-up.
Step 3: Choose Delete App from the prompt.
Step 4: Tap on the Delete option to confirm the action.
Step 4: Go to the App Store and search for Books.
Step 5: Download the Apple Books app and wait for the installation to finish.
Read Your Books Across Devices
The Apple ecosystem lets you start a task on one device and continue on others. However, there may be issues preventing this. These steps should help you fix Apple Books. For iPhone readers, refer to ways to customize the Apple Books app.
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