How to Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR

Want to learn how to get all of your iTunes music tracks on your shiny new iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR? This guide shows how to sync songs from iTunes to an iPhone using the simplest way available.

By Abby Walsh | Posted on: Aug. 31, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 28, 2018
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For most Apple users, iTunes has been a place where they have kept their favorite songs as the app makes it easy to organize and play music on both Windows and Mac machines. The reason most users prefer to use iTunes for their music management is that it allows you to easily sync songs with your iPhones.

When you get a new iPhone X or iPhone XS (Max)/XR, you can just launch the iTunes app and have it sync all of your songs with your device. Soon as it’s done, you can play your favorite music tracks on your iPhone. If you’re new to this and wish to learn how to sync music from iTunes to the iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR, the following sections will help you out.

AnyTrans – iPhone Music Transfer

Want to transfer music from iTunes to your new iPhone XS (Max) or iPhone XR? This article is intended to show you two ways to transfer sync music from iTunes to iPhone. Keep reading on this post to learn more.

How to Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR with iTunes

If you have just bought a new iPhone XS (Max)/XR and there are no music tracks on this, then you should prefer this method as it will ensure all your songs are synced and nothing gets lost. However, if you already have a few music tracks on your iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR and you wish to keep them, then skip to the second section given below.

Step 1: Open the iTunes app on your computer. If you are on a Windows PC, double-click on the iTunes icon on your desktop and the app will launch. If you are on a Mac, use your launcher to launch the iTunes app.

Step 2: Connect iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR to your computer using a USB cable. iTunes will recognize your device and then click on the device icon in the app.

How to Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR with iTunes - Step 2

How to Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR with iTunes – Step 2

Step 3: When you can see options for your device in the left panel, click on the option that says Music. Then, checkmark the Sync Music option and select Entire music library if you want to sync all of your songs. Otherwise, checkmark the ones you want to sync and click on the Apply button.

How to Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR with iTunes – Step 3

Depending on how many songs you have, it will take from a few minutes to half an hour to get all of your files synced. You will be notified once iTunes finishes syncing your music files.

While iTunes works great to help you keep your songs in sync, it falls short at one thing: if you already have music files on your iPhone, those will be erased before the new files are synced. If you wish to keep the existing files, you can’t sync your music library with iTunes and you’re kinda stuck as there really is no other official option. However, there’s an app that helps you do it.

How to Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR without Wiping Data

For those of you who can’t live without their existing songs on their iPhones, you have an app called AnyTrans for iOS  that lets you sync your songs without having to erase any data on your iPhone XS.

AnyTrans for iOS  is an app that allows you to manage and sync content between your computer and your iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR. With regard to music syncing, it’s fast, efficient, and gets the job done with minimum hassle. You can have up to 3000 songs transferred to your iPhone in just a matter of five minutes. Not only does it help sync music but it also helps transfer a number of other file types to your and fro your iOS device.

The following is how to sync music from iTunes to iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR without wiping data using AnyTrans for iOS:

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR to your computer and launch the AnyTrans for iOS app on your machine. Click on the icon that says iTunes in the app.

How to Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR – Step 1

How to Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR – Step 1

Step 2: On the following screen, click on the tab that says Music (it has a music icon) and you will see all of your iTunes music files listed on your screen. Checkmark the songs you want to sync to your iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR and click on the To Device button at the top-right corner as shown below.

How to Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR – Step 2

How to Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR – Step 2

Your iTunes music tracks should immediately be available on your iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR as the app does the job faster than the iTunes method.

The Bottom Line

We all love music and it should not be hard to sync music from iTunes to your iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR. You have got two methods to sync music with your iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR and both of them have their own advantages. Go with the one that you think is good for your requirements and you will have your entire music library available on your iPhone in no time. Just get this tool and have a free trial now >

Abby Walsh

Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan and a horror movie lover. Always be willing to solve all kinds of Apple-related issues as well as Android's.