How to Download Music on iPhone without iTunes

If you are sick of using iTunes to add music to your iPhone, the following guide should teach you how to download music on iPhone without iTunes. It describes multiple methods of adding music to your iPhone without the need of iTunes.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Apr. 10, 2020

iTunes is more than a music management and music player app as it allows you to interact with your iPhone from your computer. Most of the users use iTunes to add music to their iPhones while the feature works pretty well, there are users who do not like using iTunes to perform tasks on their iPhone.

If you are one of those users and you do not wish to use iTunes to get music on your iPhone, you are at the right place. In the following guide, you are going to learn how you can download music on the iPhone without the need of the iTunes app. You are going to learn several methods of adding music to iPhone without iTunes and let’s check out the guide without further ado.

How to Download Music on iPhone without iTunes

You do not need to stick to iTunes to sync music with your iPhone as there are now a number of methods available to let you download music to your iPhone without the use of the Apple’s famous music app.

Here are those methods for you:

Method 1. Download Music on iPhone with Dropbox

Dropbox is a cloud storage provider that allows you to keep your files including your music files on the cloud. Using the service, you can upload all of your music files from your computer and other devices over to your Dropbox account. Once uploaded, you can get the app on your iPhone and access your music.

Here is how you do it:

Step 1: Head over to the Dropbox website and log-in to your account. Create a new account if you don’t already have one.

Step 2: When you have logged in to your account, click on the option that says Upload files on your right-hand side. Upload all the music files you want to add to your iPhone.

Upload music files to Dropbox to then download on iPhone

Upload music files to Dropbox to then download on iPhone

Step 3: Launch App Store on your iPhone and download and install the Dropbox app and Log-in to your Dropbox account and you will be able to listen as well as download the available songs on your iPhone.

You have successfully downloaded music to your iPhone without the iTunes app, all thanks to Dropbox.

Method 2. Download Music on the iPhone with Apple Music

Apple Music is a music streaming service that allows you to listen to a number of music tracks on your iPhone.One of the features of the service lets you make your music files available offline so you can listen to them even when you are not connected to the Internet.

The following is how you use Apple Music to download music to your iPhone:

Step 1: Launch the standard Music app from the springboard of your iPhone.

Step 2: When the Music app launches, find and tap on the song you want to download to your iPhone.

Step 3: When the song opens, tap on three-dots on your screen to open a menu. When the menu opens, select the option that says Make Available Offline.

Make selected tracks available offline in Apple Music on iPhone

Make selected tracks available offline in Apple Music on iPhone

Apple Music will make the selected song available offline on your iPhone.This way you will be able to listen to the song without having an Internet connection.

Method 3. Download Music on iPhone with Google Play Music

Google Play Music is a music service by Google that allows you to upload and keep 50,000 songs for free in your Google account.If you have your songs lying around and you wish to download those on your iPhone, Google Play Music is the way to do it.

All that this method requires is a free Google account which can be created in a couple of minutes.

Step 1: Head over to the Google Play Music website and log-in to your Google account if you have not already.

Step 2: Once you are logged in to your account, click on the option that says Music library in the left sidebar. It will open your Google Play Music library.

Access your music library on Google Play Music

Access your music library on Google Play Music

Step 3: On the following screen, you will find an option saying Add Your Music. Tap on the option to add music files from your computer to your Google Play Music account.

Add your music files to Google Play Music

Add your music files to Google Play Music

Step 4: After you have added your music files, launch the App Store on your iPhone and download and install the Google Play Music app. Launch the app and log-in to your account to access your music.

Method 4. Download Music on iPhone with WhatsApp

While WhatsApp is more of a messaging app, it can be used as a music downloader as well. To use it as a music downloader, what you need to do is create a group and add at least one of your friends to the group. Then, send the song to the group and download it on your iPhone.

Here’s how you do it:

Step 1: Create a group using the WhatsApp app on your iPhone.

Step 2: Launch WhatsApp web on your computer and send your music files to the group.

Step 3: Open the group in WhatsApp on your iPhone and tap on the music files to download them.

You are all set. Your computer music tracks should now be available on your iPhone.

How to Download Music on iPhone without iTunes via AnyTrans for iOS

As you can see, most of the methods mentioned above require you to upload all of your music files to the cloud and then download them to your iPhone.If you do not have a fast Internet connection, those methods are not recommended for you.

Instead, you can use an app like AnyTrans for iOS that allows you to download music from your computer on your iPhone locally.It works even when you do not have an Internet connection and it is pretty easy to use it.

The following is how you use the app to download music on your iPhone:

Step 1: Download and install the AnyTrans for iOS app on your computer. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a suitable cable and click on categories in the app.

Access categories in the AnyTrans for iOS app

Access categories in the AnyTrans for iOS app

Step 2: On the screen that follows, click on the option that says Audio and then selects Music. You are telling the app you want to download music to your iPhone.

Select Audio followed by Music to download music to your iPhone

Select Audio followed by Music to download music to your iPhone

Step 3: Click on + (plus) sign on the following screen and load all the music files you want to add to your iPhone.Click on Open and your files will be downloaded to your iPhone.

Select music files to be downloaded to your iPhone

Select music files to be downloaded to your iPhone

You are done. The selected music files should be available in the Music app on your iPhone.

Conclusion

Thanks to all the download methods available out there, you no longer need iTunes to be able to download music on your iPhone.The alternate download methods work just fine and let you easily add music to your iPhone.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.