If a user plugs in an iPad into the USB port of a computer which is running iTunes, iTunes recognises iPad, and allows the user to manage apps or media files on the iPad from iTunes.

I know iTunes allows users to do that wirelessly (meaning that the iPad is not connected to the USB port of the computer running iTunes) if the iPad and the computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, but it seems that one must first connect the iPad to the computer at least once to make the iTunes recognise the iPad.

Is there any way to set up the wireless connection between an iPad and an iTunes (computer) without the initial USB connection?

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  • You should be able to setup your iPad to a wireless network the same way you setup any other device. I'm not sure what you mean by 'USB connection' because the iPad doesn't have a USB port. Can you please clarify what you're trying to do and what equipment you have? – fsb Aug 19 '16 at 15:21
  • I have added the details. – Damn Vegetables Aug 20 '16 at 7:10
  • @fbara the iPad has either a 30 pin or Lightning to USB A connection – Jaime Santa Cruz Aug 21 '16 at 2:47
  • @JaimeSantaCruz I'm aware of the ports on an iPad. My question was because the OP mentioned 'USB connection' and the iPad doesn't have a USB port. – fsb Aug 22 '16 at 14:00

No, they have to the 'paired' via USB first.

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