For New iPhone | How to Put Music on iPhone XS/XS Max/XR with/without iTunes

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Myra Updated on Sep 14, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Applies To: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS or earlier iPhones running iOS 8 and later

After copying the most import files from your previous iPhone to your new iPhone, like transferring contacts from iPhone to iPhone, now you need to add your favorite songs to your device to enjoy them whenever you like and wherever you are. In this article, we'd like to show you five methods to put music to your iPhone XS/XS Max/XR. Carry out the one best suited to your needs.

All the five methods introduced in this article will help you listen to music on your iPhone in one way or another. Read on to get the details and decide which one is the best for you.

Part 1: How to put music to iPhone without iTunes

Method 1: Transfer music to iPhone without iTunes using EaseUS MobiMover

Unlike using the cloud services presented below, with the free iTunes alternative, EaseUS MobiMover Free, you can transfer music from computer to your iPhone XS/XS Max/XR directly without the uploading process from the computer. In addition, you can also use MobiMover to transfer music from iPhone to iPhone if you need to.

What can MobiMover transfer or manage for you:

Photos: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Photo Videos

Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos

Audios: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks, Playlists

Others: Contacts, Notes, Messages, Voice Mails, Books, and Safari Bookmarks

Briefly speaking, EaseUS MoMobiMover is a versatile tool for iOS data transfer, file management, and video download. With MobiMover installed on your computer (PC/Mac), you can:

  • Transfer files between a computer and an iOS device (iPhone/iPad in iOS 8 or later) or between two iOS devices.
  • Manage content on your iPhone/iPad from the computer.
  • Download videos from websites to your computer or iPhone/iPad.

Whether you want to add music to iPhone, as in this case, save iPhone text messages to computer, delete iPhone photos on PC or download Vimeo videos to iPhone, you can use this tool to get things done without any cost or limitations.

Now, follow the steps below to put music on your iPhone within minutes.

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

Tap "Trust" on your phone and click "Allow" on EaseUS MobiMover to let it access your device.

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

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Step 2. Browse to select saved Music files on your PC and click "Open" to continue.

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Step 3. Select music files will be classified in Audio, check it and click "Transfer" to start the transferring process. 

When the process finishes, open the Music app on your iPhone and you'll be able to see these transferred music files.

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Method 2: Download music on iPhone XS/XS Max/XR with Apple Music

By joining Apple Music on your iPhone and turning on iCloud Music Library, you can download songs on your iPhone XS/XS Max/XR for offline listening, which is also a way to put music to your iPhone without iTunes. However, it's not free like Method 1. It's true that you can try it free for three months, but you will need to pay for Apple Music when the trial ends. Besides, to use Apple Music, you need to prepare: the Apple ID and password that you use to make purchases and a valid payment method. If you get things ready, now learn how to add music to your iPhone from the following steps. (If Apple Music is not working properly on your iPhone, learn how to fix it first.)

Step 1: Join Apple Music

  • Open Music App on your iPhone, click For You, and tap Try It Now.
  • Select the type of subscription your like and click Start Trial.
  • Then you will be asked to sign in with your Apple ID and make the payment.

Step 2: Turn on iCloud Music Library

  • Go to Settings > Music and toggle on iCloud Music Library.
  • If you have music files on your iPhone, choose whether to keep the music existing on your device or delete and replace them with the content from iCloud Music Library.

Step 3: Download music on your iPhone XS/XS Max/XR

Open Music App on your iPhone.

Go to the song, album, or playlist you want to add to your iPhone.

Click the more icon (three dots) next to the music.

Tap Make Available Offline to start getting the music to your device.

How to transfer music to iPhone without iTunes

Method 3: Put music on iPhone without iTunes using Google Play Music

With Google Play Music, you can upload the songs you like from your computer to the cloud storage and then download them to your iPhone. However, although Google Play Music allows you to upload up to 50,000 songs for free, you will need to pay for downloading the music to your iPhone for offline listening. Honestly speaking, if you are considering using this way, why not try Method 1 to put music to your iPhone XS/XS Max/XR from the computer directly at no cost? While if you don't have a USB cable available, you can try this tip you add music to your iPhone from computer.

Step 1: Download and install the Google Music Manager on your computer.

Step 2: Sign into Google Play Music (https://play.google.com/music/) with your Gmail account or YouTube account.

Step 3: Upload songs to Google Play from your computer. (You can choose to upload the songs automatically.)

Step 4: Install the Google Play Music App on your iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus, or iPhone XR and sign in with your Google Account.

Step 5: Go the song, album, or playlist you want to add to your iPhone and click the more icon next to it.

Step 6: Click Download to get these items to your device.

How to put music on iPhone without iTunes

Method 4: Add music to iPhone XS/XS Plus/XR using Dropbox

Similar to using Google Play Music, using Dropbox to transfer music to your iPhone without iTunes is a process of uploading songs to Dropbox from computer and then downloading them to your iPhone. Dropbox provides you with 2GB of free storage. If your music files are less than 2GB, you can choose this method to copy music to your new iPhone.

Step 1: Sign up for a Dropbox account.

Step 2: Download and install Dropbox on your computer and copy the music you want to transfer to your iPhone in the folder created by Dropbox.

Step 3: Install the Dropbox app on your iPhone and sign in.

Step 4: Find and swipe over the songs you want to put on your iPhone and click the star icon to mark them as Favorite, after which the songs will be downloaded to your iPhone for offline listening.

How to add music to iPhone without iTunes

Part 2: How to transfer music from computer to iPhone with iTunes

Things you should know before you use iTunes:
The newly synced items will replace the existing ones on your iPhone. (Go to Method 1 to transfer music to iPhone without syncing.)
Although you can select the playlists, artists, albums, and genres to transfer, you can't choose the specific songs if you need to.
If you intend to sync the purchased songs from iTunes to your iPhone, you should go to Account > Authorizations > Authorize This Computer and enter your Apple ID and password first.

Here are the steps to transfer music from computer to iPhone X/8/7/6 using iTunes.

Step 1: Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone XS/XS Plus/XR to computer, run iTunes, then go to File > Add File to Library, and choose the songs you'd like to copy from computer to your iPhone. (If your iPhone is not connecting to iTunes, learn what to do.)

Step 3: Click the device icon and choose Music.

Step 4: Keep the checkbox next to Sync Music selected and choose to transfer the entire music library or selected categories to your device.

Step 5: After the selection, tap Sync to start transferring music from computer to your iPhone.

How to transfer music from computer to iPhone