What is the difference between a standard and auto sync? donald.lawton Updated October 06, 2016 23:01 Follow A "standard sync" is a sync that you initiate. An "auto sync" is a sync that is initiated automatically by your iPhone. Related articles How do I perform a "standard" sync? How do I perform an "auto" sync? Should I disable Google contacts in my iPhone Settings? Why isn't auto sync working? How do I send group emails and text messages? Comments 0 comments Please sign in to leave a comment.