How to Transfer Music from Laptop to iPhone without/with iTunes

Want to transfer music from your laptop to iPhone but don’t know how? Read on the following guide to see how to transfer music from laptop to iPhone with 2 methods, with and without iTunes.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jan. 03, 2020
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When it comes to transferring music from laptop to iPhone, iTunes can be the first way that comes to iOS users’ minds. However, instead of merging with the previous songs on iPhone, iTunes will wipe the existing music during the syncing process. In other words, iTunes syncing will cause data loss on your iPhone.

Then is there any other ways to do the task easier and without data loss on iPhone. The answer is absolute YES. And here in the following guide, we will not only show you the typical iTunes way but also share you another simpler and quicker way to transfer songs from laptop to iPhone without wiping anything on your iPhone.

Method 1. Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone without iTunes

Although iTunes is highly recommended by Apple, we have to admit that it is not easy to use when we want to manage non-purchased music or non-Apple music. After all, there are many music player software for us to choose from. That’s why we need a third-party tool to help us manage iPhone music.

To transfer music from laptop to iPhone, AnyTrans is a good choice. Actually, this software can be used as an iTunes alternative. Let’s see what can AnyTrans do.

AnyTrans – iPhone Music Transfer

  • Support to transfer both purchased and non-purchased songs.
  • Transfer music in a few seconds, save both time and labor.
  • No harm to your iPhone data, there will be no wiping and no erasing.
  • Support transfer music fromiPhone to computer, to iTunes, and more.

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

Step 1. Launch AnyTrans > Connect your iPhone to laptop via cable > Click on “Device Manager” > “Music” to copy songs from laptop.

How to Transfer Songs from Laptop to iPhone – Step 1

How to Transfer Songs from Laptop to iPhone – Step 1

Step 2. Click “+” at the top-right corner menu bar, select songs you want and import them to iPhone by clicking “Open”. After this, all selected songs will be transferred from your computer to iPhone Music app.

How to Copy Music from Laptop to iPhone – Step 2

How to Copy Music from Laptop to iPhone – Step 2

After transferring successfully, you’ll find these songs in your Music list now and you can enjoy them on your iPhone at any time.

Check Transferred Songs in iPhone

Check Transferred Songs in iPhone

By using the top-right menu bar on the screenshot we showed above, you can delete iPhone songs, extract iPhone music to laptop and even directly transfer songs to another iOS device, such as iPod/iPad or another iPhone.

Bonus Tip: How to Transfer Music from Laptop to iPhone Wirelessly

When you do not have a USB cable at hand, your iPhone 6/6s (Plus) cannot be recognized by your computer, you can give a try to this tool – AnyTrans app, which can easily help you to transfer music from laptop to iPhone wirelessly.

More than transferring photos between iPhone and laptop, after installing it on two devices(both iOS and Android are compatible), you can directly transfer files from one device to another wirelessly via this app.

Before we start, make sure both your computer and iPhone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and cellular data would not work in the following steps.

Step 1. Install AnyTrans app on your iPhone.

Step 2. On your laptop: Enter anytrans.io in your browser, then you shall see a QR code on this page.

On your iPhone: Open AnyTrans app, and tap on the Scan button to scan the QR code on your laptop.

How to Transfer Music from Laptop to iPhone Wirelessly - Step 2

How to Transfer Music from Laptop to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 2

Step 3. Then enter Music tab > Click “Add to Device” button > Select the songs you want to transfer > Click “Open”.

How to Transfer Music from Laptop to iPhone Wirelessly - Step 3

How to Transfer Music from Laptop to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 3

Method 2. Transfer Songs from Laptop to iPhone with iTunes

If you are using the Apple music and have a lot of purchased songs, then iTunes is definitely your best choice to transfer music from laptop to iPhone. Even though iTunes will wipe out iPhone’s existing media files before transferring, you can send them back to your iPhone with it. So there’s nothing to worry about. And transferring music from computer to iPhone with iTunes is both quick and safe. Here’re the detailed steps of how to transfer music from iTunes to iPhone:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your laptop and launch iTunes. You could see all your iTunes music under the Library category.

Step 2. If you need to add music to iTunes library, click the “File” option and select “Add File to Library”, then select the music files you want to transfer and click “Open”.

Step 3. Choose Music, and click “Sync Music” > Choose the music you want to transfer from laptop to your iPhone > Click “Apply”. You can choose music by Playlists, Artists, Genres and Albums.

Transfer Music from Laptop to iPhone with iTunes

Transfer Music from Laptop to iPhone with iTunes

Choose Erase and Sync button when it pops up. Depending on the size of the songs and the network speed, the progress bar might need a few minutes to an hour to finish. Don’t disconnect your iPhone and your laptop, or the progress will pause.

Transfer Songs from Laptop to iPhone with iTunes

Transfer Songs from Laptop to iPhone with iTunes

The Bottom Line

Now without iTunes, you can use AnyTrans to easily copy music from computer to iPhone without erasing. In addition, this tool is also helpful for transferring pictures, videos, contacts and more from/to your iPhone. If you would like, you can even use it to backup text messages, notes to computer. And the good news is that AnyTrans now provides you free trial version download. Thanks for your viewing, and welcome any comments on this topic how to transfer songs from laptop to iPhone. Of course, if there are some iTunes sync problems you meet, you can also post it here to discuss.

Joy Taylor

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