How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6/5/4

Want to transfer music from computer to iPhone but do not know how? Read on this guide to learn how to transfer music from computer to iPhone via 3 quick methods, with/without iTunes.

By Joy Taylor | Posted on: Oct. 20, 2018, Last Updated: Jun. 19, 2019
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Now you get the new iPhone 8/X/XS (Max)/XR and can’t wait to add music to it so that you can enjoy the music on the way home. Since all your favorite songs are stored on computer hard drive, then how to transfer music from computer to iPhone?

When it comes to transferring music from Mac or PC computer to iPhone, the traditional way is using iTunes. However, since iTunes has lots of limitations, it is kind of complicated and also time-consuming, many users are seeking for other quick ways to complete the job. So here in this guide, besides the traditional iTunes way, we will also show you another easy and quick way to transfer music from Mac/PC computer to iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6/5/4.

Part 1. How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone without iTunes

If you don’t want to lose anything on your iPhone while transferring music from computer, or prefer a simpler and quicker way to complete the job, then try the best iTunes alternative – AnyTrans for iOS to do you a favor. It has been highly recommended by millions of iOS users for data transfer between computer and iDevices. And below are its incomparable features on copying music to iPhone.

Now, Free Download AnyTrans for iOS on your computer firstly, and then follow the simple steps below to transfer music from computer to iPhone in 1 click.

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Step 1. Launch AnyTrans > Connect your new iPhone to the computer via USB cable > Choose Device Manager > Go to the category management page.

How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone – Step 1

How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone – Step 1

Step 2. Click Audio > Choose Music.

How to Transfer Music from Mac/PC to iPhone – Step 2

How to Transfer Music from Mac/PC to iPhone – Step 2

Step 3. Click “+” button > Select the songs you need > Click Open to start transferring songs to your iPhone.

How to Add Music to iPhone – Step 3

How to Add Music to iPhone – Step 3

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Besides transferring music between iPhone and computer, AnyTrans for iOS also allows you to transfer music between iPhone and iTunes. Also it can help you delete multiple songs from iPhone directly. In a word, it is said to be the most comprehend iPhone music management tool.

Bonus Tip: Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone Wirelessly

If you don’t have available USB cable, or your computer cannot detect your iPhone, you might need to find a way to transfer music from computer to iPhone wirelessly. Here we recommend AnyTrans app, please keep reading and check more details.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Visit anytrans.io on your computer browser, you could see a QR code here.

Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone Wirelessly - Step 2

Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 2

Step 3. Open AnyTrans app on your iPhone, tap the scan icon on the upper right corner to scan the QR code on your computer.

Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone Wirelessly - Step 3

Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 3

Step 4. When your iPhone has connected your computer, you could select Music, and choose the music you want to transfer and click “Download”.

Part 2. How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone with iTunes

iTunes is probably the most common iOS tool when people are talking about iPhone data transferring as it is from the official. But normally, we do not recommend it to iPhone newbies because of its complicated and unfriendly interface. There place so many functions, which will easily confuse you. So if you are new to iTunes, please read and take the detailed steps below, carefully.  Now let’s head to how to transfer music from computer to iPhone 4/5/6/7/8/X/XS (Max)/XR with iTunes.

With this iTunes way, you need to know these things firstly:

  1. If you’re using an iPhone, you can add music or videos only from a single iTunes Library, If you’re using an iPad or iPod, you can add music from multiple iTunes Libraries, but videos from only one iTunes Library.
  2. iTunes only enables you to transfer purchased songs at iTunes store, while items downloaded from other resources, or copied from CDs. are not in the list, because they will not be recognized by iTunes library at all.
  3. If you sync a couple of songs or the whole iTunes library to iPhone, you will lose the existing media files on your iPhone like music, ringtones, and playlist, etc. Because iTunes syncing will erase all data.
  4. Since iTunes will erase all the content on the iPhone with that in iTunes library, users prefer to try Part 1 to transfer music to iPhone, without data loss.

iTunes Sync Will Erase Existing Songs

iTunes Sync Will Erase Existing Songs

Step 1. Open iTunes > Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable.

Step 2. Click the Device icon > Choose Music > Sync Music > Choose Entire music library or Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres.

Step 3. Click Apply to transfer music from iTunes to iPhone.

How to Transfer Music from iTunes to iPhone

How to Transfer Music from iTunes to iPhone

Part 3. How to Transfer Music from Mac to iPhone via AirDrop

AirDrop is a feature that Apple developed for iOS users to share or transfer files like photos, music, etc. between Apple devices, like iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, etc. So, if you are a Mac user, just try AirDrop to move music from your computer to iPhone. Make sure both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are active.

On Your iPhone:

1. Launch Control Center by swiping up from the bottom bezel of your iPhone.

2. Press and hold your finger on the upper-left box with the airplane buttons > Tap AirDrop.

3. Tap Contacts Only or Everyone to turn AirDrop on.

How to Transfer Music from Mac to iPhone via AirDrop - iPhone Screen

How to Transfer Music from Mac to iPhone via AirDrop – iPhone Screen

On Your Mac:

1. Open Finder > Tap AirDrop. If your Mac’s Bluetooth or Wi-fi is turned off, you will be asked to turn them on.

2. In the AirDrop window, choose “Allow me to be discovered by everyone” option > Click your iPhone.

How to Transfer Music from Mac to iPhone via AirDrop - Mac Screen

How to Transfer Music from Mac to iPhone via AirDrop – Mac Screen

Step 1. Select the music you want to AirDrop from Mac to your iPhone. You can drag and drop the file from Mac to AirDrop to transfer them to your iPhone.

How to Transfer Music from Mac to iPhone via AirDrop

How to Transfer Music from Mac to iPhone via AirDrop

Step 2. On your iPhone, tap on the “Accept” when you get the message to accept the music file from Mac.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, AnyTrans for iOS can help you transfer music from computer to iPhone in an easy and quick way. Besides music, it also supports managing photos, videos, ringtones, contacts and more. So why not give it a try?

Joy Taylor

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