How to Make Your iPhone and iPad Appear in the macOS Catalina Finder

With macOS Catalina, Apple broke up the iTunes app into three separate apps: Apple Music, Apple TV, and Podcasts. Previously, you could connect iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches to your Mac and their icons would appear in iTunes. No longer. 

Now that — as well as syncing — is handled entirely in the Finder. To manage your iOS or iPad device in macOS Catalina:

Connect it to your Mac.

Unlock your device and tap “Trust.”

"Trust this computer" popup window on iPhone.

Enter your passcode when prompted.

Open a Finder window and scroll down the sidebar until you see the name of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Click on the device and click “Trust.”

"Trust iPhone" popup window on a Mac.

However, sometimes your device may not show up even after going through these steps. If so:

  • Go to the Finder and select Preferences (under the Apple icon in the top left-hand side of your Mac’s screen).
  • Click the Sidebar button.
  • Check the box under the Locations section that reads CDs, DVDs, and iOS Devices.
macOS Finder Preferences window with Sidebar tab selected

Now your connected device should appear in the Finder.

Screenshot of iPhone management in the Finder of macOS Catalina


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