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How to Transfer Music from iTunes to iPhone in Simple Steps

Daisy updated on Apr 07, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

In this guide, you will learn how to add music from iTunes to iPhone in detail using two different methods. Besides, if you want to add music to iPhone without syncing, another way on how to transfer music from computer to iPhone without iTunes is also provided for you.

Adding music from iTunes to your iPhone is one of the many ways to put music on your iPhone to enrich your music library. With iTunes, you don't need to buy any third-party software or service to transfer music to your iPhone, which makes it a good choice for users who want to transfer music from computer to iPhone for free. If that's exactly what you want, learn how to add music from iTunes to iPhone in two different ways.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Part 1. Add Music from iTunes to iPhone Connect the iPhone to the computer > Launch iTunes > Choose the music files > Find your device...Full steps
Part 2. Transfer Music from PC to iPhone Connect the iPhone to the computer > Launch EaseUS MobiMover > Select the storage path...Full steps

Part 1. How to Add Music from iTunes to iPhone

Convenient as it is, there is a potential issue that you may encounter when you add music to an iPhone using iTunes. As you may know, iTunes moves music to your iPhone by syncing, which means the iPhone files, including existing music, movies, TV shows, and books, that are not existing in iTunes will be deleted and replaced by the synced items. Thus, there may be data loss after you move music from iTunes to iPhone. 

If that's acceptable for you, follow one of the two methods below to put music from iTunes to iPhone. If you prefer to transfer music from computer to iPhone without syncing, learn how to do it from Part 2.

Before you start, here are some preparations you need to make:

  • Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.
  • Add music files to iTunes library before you transfer music from iTunes to your iPhone by going to "File" > "Add File to Library" in iTunes window.

Ready? Let's see how to sync music from iTunes to iPhone in two ways.

Method 1. Automatically Add Music to iPhone from iTunes

If you want iTunes to automatically add songs to your iPhone when it's connected, here is how to do it.

To automatically transfer music from iTunes to iPhone:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable. (iTunes will run automatically.)

Step 2. Unlock your iPhone and trust the computer. If asked, enter your iPhone password as required.

Step 3. Click the device icon and choose "Music".

Step 4. Check the option "Sync Music" and choose "Remove and Sync" in the new iTunes window.

Step 5. Select to sync the "Entire music library" or "Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres" from iTunes to your iPhone. If you choose the latter, continue to select the specific items you want to transfer.

Step 6. After the selection, click "Apply" > "Sync" to start transferring music from iTunes to your iPhone.

Step 7. When the syncing is over, you can check the songs on your iPhone by going to "Music" > "Library" > "Songs".

How to add music from iTunes to iPhone automatically

Method 2. Manually Transfer Music from iTunes to iPhone

If you prefer to take more control over the data transfer, you can choose to manually copy songs from iTunes to your iPhone.

To manually move music from iTunes to iPhone:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and make sure iTunes is running.

Step 2. Unlock your iOS device and trust the computer.

Step 3. In the iTunes window, click your iPhone icon and choose "Summary" from the left panel.

Step 4. Check "Manually manage music and videos" in the "Options" section and click "Apply" to save the settings.

Step 5. Go to "Devices" > "Music". Open the folder that contains the songs, select the items you want to sync, then drag and drop them to the left panel or to the center of the window. (You can also drag and drop songs from iTunes library to your device.)

How to transfer music from iTunes to iPhone manually

Bonus Tip: Add Music to iPhone from Computer via Finder

iTunes has been discontinued in macOS Catalina and Finder does the data syncing and device backup jobs on the Mac. Thus, if you want to transfer music to your iPhone from a Mac that is running macOS Catalina, you should use Finder instead of iTunes.

To put music to iPhone via Finder:

Step 1. Open a Finder window and connect your iPhone to the Mac.

Step 2. Choose your iPhone and select the type of content you want to sync, namely "Music".

Step 3. Check the option "Sync music on to [your iPhone name]" and select the items you want to transfer.

Step 4. Click "Apply" to start syncing music to your iPhone from the computer.

How to sync music to iPhone via Finder

It's necessary to stress again that using iTunes or Finder to sync music to your iPhone will cause loss of the existing media files on your iPhone. Therefore, if you want to avoid data syncing to keep your files, you will need to transfer music from computer to your iPhone without iTunes or Finder.

Part 2. How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone Without iTunes

If you want to put music on your iPhone more flexibly without syncing,  you should use professional iOS data transfer software like EaseUS MobiMover. EaseUS MobiMover is an iOS data transfer tool as well as a video downloader that will help you:

  • Transfer files from PC or Mac to iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch
  • Copy files from iOS device to computer
  • Transfer data from one iPhone/iPad to another
  • Download videos from YouTube or other sites to your computer or iOS device

Apart from music, it also supports photos, videos, contacts, ringtones, audiobooks, messages, and other files.

To transfer music from computer to iPhone without iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and run EaseUS MobiMover.

Allow this program to access your iPhone, click "Allow" on the program and tap "Trust" on your device to confirm.

On the PC to Phone section, click "Select Files" and move to the next step.

how to transfer music from computer to iPhone - step 1

Step 2. Browse the storage location on your computer to select saved Music files, and click "Open" to continue.

how to transfer music from computer to iPhone - step 2

Step 3. Selected music files will be classified in Audios, check the box and click "Transfer" to start the transferring process.

If you want to add more files, drag and drop new items at this window, and click "Transfer" to confirm.

When the process finishes, you can open the Music app on your iPhone to check these transferred files. 

how to transfer music from computer to iPhone - step 3

In addition to using iTunes to add music to your iPhone, you can also choose the download music to your iPhone directly to enrich your iPhone music library. If you want to know how to download music on iPhone, refer to the related guide for full steps.

The Bottom Line

Now you know how to add music from iTunes to iPhone and how to transfer music from the computer to iPhone without iTunes to avoid syncing. Carry out the method best suited to your needs to add songs to your iPhone. Afterward, you will be able to enjoy your favorite songs wherever you are and whenever you like.