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

Want to download 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.

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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 mind. 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 absolutely 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. How to Transfer Music from Laptop to iPhone without iTunes

If you prefer a simpler and quicker way, and don’t want to erase anything while transferring music from laptop to your iPhone, then the #1 iTunes alternative – AnyTrans for iOS is the exact tool that fulfills these terms. And below are its outstanding features that better than iTunes on music transfer.

  • Save Both Time & Labor. According to test, it takes only 32 SECONDS to transfer over 3000 songs. And 1 click to complete the job.
  • Supports Transferring All Songs. Unlike iTunes, both purchased and non-purchased songs can be transferred to your iPhone.
  • No Data Loss. Unlike iTunes, all data on your iPhone will be kept 100% secure, no wiping, no erasing, no replacing.
  • Transfer to Other Directions. You can also transfer favorite music from iPhone to computer, from iPhone to iPhone, to iTunes, and more.

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

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

How to Transfer Songs from Laptop to iPhone – Step 2

How to Transfer Songs from Laptop to iPhone – Step 1

Step 2 Click “+” at 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 laptop to iPhone Music app.

How to Copy Music from Laptop to iPhone – Step 3

How to Copy Music from Laptop to iPhone – Step 3

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. How to Transfer Songs from Laptop to iPhone with iTunes

Using iTunes will wipe all the media files on the device, such as music, iBook, ringtones, etc. So, if you don’t want to lose any data on your iPhone, suggest you adopting  Method 1.

Step 1 Connect your iPhone to your laptop and launch iTunes > Click the phone icon.

Transfer Songs from Laptop to iPhone with iTunes - Step 1

Transfer Songs from Laptop to iPhone with iTunes – Step 1

Step 2 In “Summary” section, scroll down and under “Options” > Uncheck “Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected” > Click “Apply”.

If you need to add music to iTunes library, click File in the menu bar, and select “Add to Library”, choose the song on computer click Open.

How to Sync Music from Laptop to iPhone with iTunes

How to Sync Music from Laptop to iPhone with iTunes

Step 3 Choose Music, and click Sync Music > Choose the playlists/artists you want to transfer from laptop to your iPhone > Click Apply.

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 from Wi-Fi too soon, 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 laptop 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.