How To Transfer Music Files to Your iPhone

Moving music to Apple devices has always been more difficult than it needed to be for as long as I can recall.

When you’re used to using a variety of devices with simple drag-and-drop file transfers, using iTunes to manage your music might be a pain.

The good news is that it’s gotten a lot better than it was previously.

There are now a host of new ways to obtain music onto your iPhone from your PC and other sources.

You won’t have to waste as much time as I did tinkering with Apple’s software to take all of your favorite tunes with you on the move.

That’s something I’ve already taken care of for you.

What Is the Best Way to Transfer Music Files to My iPhone?

Apple’s iTunes is the most common way to transfer music files from your computer to your iPhone. You can use iTunes to search for and buy new songs. It may also control the storage of your music files. This means it comes with built-in file transfer capabilities to and from your iPhone.

Usually, that’s all you’ll need to complete the task.

The disadvantage is that you didn’t probably buy all of the songs in your music library from iTunes. That’s OK.

That song will be available on your iPhone.

How to use iTunes

Using iTunes To manage your music library, you should first learn how to use iTunes.

Apple has a history of going to great lengths to get users to use iTunes.

As part of that endeavor, they’ve included the tools you’ll need to add music from other sources to your iTunes library.

Here’s how to transfer music to your iPhone using iTunes.

  1. You’ll need to make sure iTunes is up to date before you can start moving your music to your phone. Updates are normally handled by the software on their own.
  2. After that, double-check that you have the music you wish to transfer on your iPhone. This can be done by purchasing albums from iTunes or MP3 sites such as CDBaby.
  3. Using a USB cord, connect your iPhone to your computer. The lightning cord that came with your phone provides the fastest connection. Wireless connectivity, such as network sharing or Bluetooth, is also available.
  4. You’ll need to use the “Add File to Library” function in the File menu of iTunes if you have music from a different source than iTunes. Simply select the option and navigate to your music files’ location.
  5. Once your collection is on iTunes, go to the device icon and choose your iPhone. Then select “Music” from the drop-down menu.
  6. In your device’s “Music” settings, you’ll need to enable music synchronization. If you’re an audiophile, your collection is almost certainly too huge to sync and fit on your iPhone. Synced playlists or music groups may be a preferable option.
  7. Your part of the job is done once your iPhone starts synchronizing. Allow it to complete the file transfer and you’re ready to go.

You won’t have to repeat the process each time you wish to change your music.

Simply modify the list through iTunes the next time you wish to manage your synced playlists.

When your iPhone connects to your network or your computer directly, the playlist sync is automatically updated.

iTunes isn’t the same without it.

If you dislike iTunes or have a large library of music from other sources, using iTunes to organize your music may not be the best option.

iTunes has a history of eliminating tracks from the music collection that were not purchased through iTunes.

MP3s that you manually added to the list may be removed after each update or sync as a result of this.

As a result, you might wish to consider using third-party phone management software.

Here’s a rundown of a few different utility software suites that will accomplish the job safely:

  • iPhone Manager Media Monkey Dr. Fone Manager
  • These management suites are no easier to use than iTunes.
  • They just substitute a non-Apple-branded alternative for iTunes.

These suites’ capability is comparable to, but not superior to, that of iTunes.

I would only recommend using one of these applications as a backup if you’re having difficulties getting iTunes to remove music you bought elsewhere.

If you’re more tech-savvy, the good news is that the file management system in each successive version of iOs becomes more like a whole operating system.

This means you’ll be able to transfer data via external hard drives, online storage services, and file transfer protocol exactly like you would on a regular computer.

All you have to do now is learn how to use your iPhone’s file management system.

You won’t need me to show you how once you’ve mastered the basics.

Apple Music is a service that allows you to listen

There is another way to create a library on your iPhone, but it is a laborious procedure.

Songs can be discovered and downloaded using the Apple Music app.

Unfortunately, you’ll need a subscription to use this, and it won’t work with tracks you already have in your digital library.

It’s not a transfer option, but it is a possibility if you want to start from scratch.

Transferring Music from Various Sources

Transferring data from your computer to your iPhone, or any smartphone for that matter, has become a cliche.

They can employ the same technologies and transport files of similar sizes and types at nearly the same, if not faster, speeds.

This implies that music files can be relocated at any time.

It’s worth noting that if the music files you manually copied aren’t in the directory the player refers to, your player program could not detect them automatically.

If you’re using a third-party music player, go to the settings and add the new directory to your library sources.

If you’re having difficulties with Apple Music, consider one of the following alternatives:

  • Cs: Classic Music Player VOX 
  • – MP3 & FLAC Music Player
  • Ecoute 
  • Spotify
  •  with Spezza Music Player
  • Sound share

How to Move Music From One Device to Another

I’ll go over a few different ways to move data from one device (tablet, computer, phone) to your iPhone in the sections below.

Transfer from iPhone to iPad

Third-party developers have already thought of a solution to your dilemma if you need to transfer music from your iPad to your iPhone.

Transferring data from an iOS device.

To make this work, you’ll need to be able to link your iPad and iPhone to your computer.

Once they’re both connected, download and install iOS Data Transfer.

Simply launch the application if you haven’t previously.

The application will automatically detect any devices that are connected. To begin exploring your device’s storage, go to the “Music” option.

Select each music you want to transfer by clicking the selection box next to it.

Click the “Export” button underneath the navigation tabs once your list is complete.

“Export to (the name of your iPhone)” should appear.


Uploading your music library to the cloud or via AirDrop on your iPhone is the slowest option available.

Cloud storage provides various benefits, such as universal device access, but it normally requires a monthly subscription for sufficient storage to operate regularly.

Only music from your Apple Music collection is sent via AirDrop.

It isn’t compatible with older collections or CD rips. If you need to share music with pals that are nearby, however, here’s how to accomplish it.

1. To access the AirDrop feature, swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone’s screen.

2. Choose “Everyone” for AirDrop.

3. Locate the music you want to send in the Music app.

4. The three-dot button should be clicked. Then select “Share Song.”

The file will now be accepted by other AirDrop-enabled devices.


Dropbox, Onedrive, Google Drive, and a variety of other cloud storage providers can also assist you in moving your music library.

All you have to do now is choose which cloud storage service you wish to use.

Then download the app on both your iPhone and your PC.

Open your cloud storage on your Mac or PC and begin uploading your music files.

Open the cloud storage app on your iPhone once the transfer is complete.

Select the music files now.

From the drop-down box, choose “Download to Device.”

Rep for as much music as you desire.

Albums and playlists should be organized in folders.

Then, rather than selecting each music separately, move the folders.

Although uploading and downloading will take longer, the physical procedure will be simpler.

Transferring Manually

Depending on your home computer, there are a few possible manual transfer techniques.

Apple uses a more proprietary file transmission method, although Windows still has to use iTunes.

Files can be transferred from your Mac to your iPhone.

1. Using a USB cord, connect your iPhone to your Mac. This can be accomplished with a USB connection or by using Wi-Fi syncing.

2. Open a Finder window on your Mac. From the sidebar, choose your iPhone.

3. At the top of the Finder window, select “Files.”

4. From the drop-down box, select “Transfer from Mac to iPhone.”

5. You can transfer music files to your iPhone by dragging and dropping them.

Files can be transferred from Windows to your iPhone.

1. Install the most recent version of iTunes on your computer.

2. Using a USB cord, connect your iPhone to your computer.

3. Open the iTunes application.

4. On the upper left of the iTunes window, click the iPhone button.

5. From the drop-down option, select “File Sharing.” Choose an app from the drop-down menu.

6. From the drop-down box, select “Transfer a file from your computer to your iPhone.”


You should now have sufficient knowledge to transfer your music library from any device you own to your iPhone.

If you don’t have a 512 GB model, you’ll have to make difficult judgments about what to keep.

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