How to Transfer Music from an iPhone, iPad or iPod to iTunes

Don’t know how to transfer music from iPhone to iTunes? Read on this guide to get two simple methods to transfer songs from iPhone to iTunes quickly. Apply to all iPhone models: iPhone 11/XS/XR/8/X/7/6s/6/5s/SE/5/4s.

Roger Smith Posted on: Aug. 29, 2018, Last Updated: Nov. 08, 2019
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How to Transfer Music from iPhone to iTunes

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to iTunes

You may spend thousands of dollars and hours building an awesome music library on your iOS device – iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or an older iPod. However, data like music on your device might be in danger as millions of smartphones are lost, stolen or damaged every day. In this case, it’s quite necessary yet important to backup your iPhone files.

If you want to make a smart backup of your iPhone music to iTunes, or just want to get your Apple music back to your iTunes library, follow this guide to see how to transfer music from an iPhone, iPad or iPod to iTunes with two simple methods.

Part 1. How to Transfer Songs from iPhone to iTunes (Purchased Music Only)

You can also import music from iPhone to iTunes using the traditional way –  iTunes. But only the purchased music files from iTunes store can be transferred with this method. Those non-purchased songs are not included. Below are the detailed steps about how to use iTunes to move music.

  1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.
  2. Make sure the computer you’re transferring music to is authorized to play iTunes Store purchases (choose Account > Authorizations > Authorize This Computer, then click Authorize).
  3. Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable.
  4. Click “Transfer Purchases” in the window that appears, or choose File > Devices > Transfer Purchases From [your iPhone name].
  5. When the process ends, click “Recently Added” in the left panel of iTunes to check the newly imported songs. If you want to save them to computer, choose the music and hit “Download”.
How to Transfer Songs from iPhone to iTunes - Using iTunes

How to Transfer Songs from iPhone to iTunes – Using iTunes

Part 2. How to Transfer Music from iPhone to iTunes (Purchased & Non-purchased Music)

Note that your iOS device is not a storage/backup device, and syncing iPhone iPad iPod with iTunes is one-way access – iTunes to iPhone. So you need an iPhone to iTunes transfer software to add music to iTunes. AnyTrans for iOS, a professional iPhone to iTunes music transfer tool can be a good choice. It supports all kinds of iPhone, iPad and iPod models: including the latest iPhone 11/XS (Max)/XR, from iOS 5 to the newest iOS 13.

AnyTrans – Sync iPhone to iTunes

  • Unlike iTunes, it transfers both purchased and non-purchased music.
  • Keep playlists and metadata, like play counts, ratings, mp3 tags, etc.
  • View and transfer the content in the iTunes library to iPhone.
  • Transfer music from iPhone to computer, and vice versa.

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The following step-by-step guide with screenshots will guide you to transfer music from iPhone to iTunes:

1. Download AnyTrans for iOS and install it on your computer > Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

2. Choose “Device Manager” mode > Select the “Audio” option to get your music, playlists, ringtones, voice memos, etc.

Transfer iPhone Music to iTunes with AnyTrans - Step 1

Transfer iPhone Music to iTunes with AnyTrans – Step 1

3. Click on “Music” > Select the songs you want to transfer to iTunes > Click on “Send to iTunes” button to transfer the selected music files from your iPhone to iTunes Library.

Transfer iPhone Music to iTunes with AnyTrans - Step 2

Transfer iPhone Music to iTunes with AnyTrans – Step 2

Actually, these steps can also be used to import music from iPhone to your computer. If you want to transfer music from iPhone to computer, just click  button (To Computer) in the last step to do the task.

Here we have prepared a video to demonstrate how to transfer your iPhone music to iTunes or computer with AnyTrans:

Bonus Tip: Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer Wirelessly

If you don’t have USB cable aside, but want to transfer music from iPhone to iTunes, you can try to transfer music to computer first. Here we recommend AnyTrans app. With this tool, you could transfer music to computer without USB cable. Please follow the steps below to see how to manage it.

Please make sure that your iPhone and computer are connected in the same WiFi.

Step 1. Install AnyTrans app on your iPhone.

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

Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer Wirelessly - Step 2

Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer Wirelessly – Step 2

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

Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer Wirelessly - Step 3

Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer Wirelessly – Step 3

Step 4. When your iPhone has connected with your computer, choose the music you want to transfer, tap “send” to start the transferring process.

Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer Wirelessly - Step 4

Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer Wirelessly – Step 4

Part 3. How to Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone

There may be times when you want to transfer music from your iTunes music library or computer to your iPhone. And here we would like to share you the ways to sync music from iTunes to iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Here’re steps how you can sync Music to iPhone with iTunes.

  1. Make sure that you have the latest version on your computer.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer.
  3. Connect your iPhone to your computer via matched USB cable.
  4. Tap “Trust” on your iPhone to continue.
  5. Click “Options” under “Summary” tab, cancel “Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected” and check “Manually manage music and videos”. Don’t forget to click “Done” when it’s done.
  6. Import music into iTunes library from computer by clicking “File”.
  7. Then “Add File to Library”. Once transferred successfully, you can select the music icon on top to see all the songs.
  8. Click “Music” under “Settings” tab. Choose “Sync Music”. You can either sync entire music library or selected playlists as you like. Then click “Done” button at the bottom.
How to Transfer Music from iTunes to iPhone

How to Transfer Music from iTunes to iPhone

If you prefer other ways to do the task or need to transfer music from your computer to iPhone, then refer to this guide: How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone. It offers you all possible ways to transfer music to iPhone, even without iTunes.

The Bottom Line

We believe Playlists is as important as the music itself and will benefit every music lovers, especially people who want to relieve their anxiety, sharpen memory, increase concentration, improve their mood or even relieve pain. Hopefully, this brief tutorial will successfully help you transfer music from iPhone to iTunes library on your computer. If you found this solution works well, please feel free to share it or join the conversation by leaving a comment.

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Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.