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How to add songs from iTunes to iPhone?


Last Updated on November 17, 2020 by uzma

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In this article, you will learn how to add songs from iTunes to the iPhone in detail. There are various methods for doing so.

Adding music from iTunes to your iPhone is one of the many ways to put your favorite music on your iPhone to make your music library much more pleasing.

With iTunes, you do not have to buy any third-party software or service to transfer music to your iPhone, which makes it a great choice for people who want to transfer their music from PC to iPhone for free.

Method 1: How to Add Music from iTunes to iPhone?

This is so easy to do, there is a potential issue that you may face when you add music to an iPhone by using iTunes.

As you may already know, iTunes moves the music to your iPhone by syncing, which means that iPhone files, which include existing music, movies, TV shows, and books which are not existing in iTunes will be deleted and then they are replaced by the synced items. Therefore, there may be data loss after you transfer your music from iTunes to iPhone.

If that is acceptable and it’s okay for you, then follow the step given below to put your music from iTunes to iPhone.

Before you start anything, here are some of the preparations which you have to make:

  • Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your PC.

add songs from iTunes to iPhone

  • Add music files to iTunes library before you transfer music from iTunes to your iPhone by going to the “File” > “Add File to Library” in the iTunes window.

add songs from iTunes to iPhone

Now do this method given below:

Automatically Add Music to iPhone from iTunes

If you want iTunes to automatically add songs to your iPhone when it is connected, this is how you can do it.

Automatically transfer the music from iTunes to iPhone:

  • Connect your iPhone to the PC with a USB cable. (iTunes will run automatically.)

add songs from iTunes to iPhone

  • Unlock your iPhone and then if asked, enter your iPhone password as needed.

add songs from iTunes to iPhone

  • Click on the device icon and then choose “Music”.
  • Check the option “Sync Music” and then choose “Remove and Sync” in the new iTunes window.
  • Choose to sync the “Entire music library” or “selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres” from iTunes to your iPhone. If you choose the latter, then continue to choose the specific items which you want to transfer.

add songs from iTunes to iPhone

  • After the selection, click on Apply and then Sync to start the transferring of the music from iTunes to your iPhone.
  • When the sync is over, you can then check the songs on your iPhone by going to Music > Library > Songs.

add songs from iTunes to iPhone

Method 2: Manually Transfer Music from iTunes to iPhone

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

add songs from iTunes to iPhone

To manually transfer the music from iTunes to  iPhone:

  • Connect your iPhone to your PC and ensure that iTunes is running.

add songs from iTunes to iPhone

  • Unlock your iOS device, and then trust the computer.

add songs from iTunes to iPhone

  • In the iTunes window, click on your iPhone icon and select “Summary” from the left panel.
  • Check on “Manually manage music and videos” in the Options section and then click on Apply to save the settings.

add songs from iTunes to iPhone

  • Go to Devices > Music. Open the folder which has the songs, select the items which you want to sync, then drag and drop them to the left panel or the center of the window. (you can also drag and drop the songs from the iTunes library to your device if you want to.)

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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 tasks on the Mac. Therefore, if you want to move the music to your iPhone from a Mac which is running macOS Catalina, you should then use Finder instead of iTunes.

  • Open a Finder window and then connect your iPhone to the Mac.
  • Choose your iPhone and then select the type of content which you want to sync, namely “Music”.
  • Select the option “Sync music on to [your iPhone name]” and then choose the items which you want to transfer.

add songs from iTunes to iPhone

  • Click on the Apply to start syncing music to your iPhone from the PC.

It is important to think again that using iTunes or Finder to sync the music to your iPhone will cause a loss of the existing media files on your iPhone.

Apple own form may help: here


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