How to Fix: Some Songs Won’t Sync to iPhone, iPad, or iPod

Find iTunes not syncing all music to iPhone, iPad, or iPod? This article will show you some quick solutions to fix the some songs not syncing to iPhone problem easily.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Dec. 13, 2019
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Question 1: I have had the iPhone 11 Pro for some time now, and I am frustrated with the fact that I can’t sync music to my iPhone. It’s almost as if anything I purchased prior to getting the iPhone 6s will not sync. I have tried syncing music, removing everything, restoring, and my iPhone not showing up in iTunes.

Question 2: iTunes syncs fine with my iPod with no issue. No matter what I try about 200 of the 500 songs I am trying to sync are actually on my iPhone, yet all of them are on the iPod just fine. To the point, I bought two of them a second time.

Although we just list two examples of some songs won’t sync to iPhone or iPod, it also happened on the iPad. In all, if you are stuck on this problem – iTunes won’t sync music to iPhone, iPad or iPod, you can try to fix it with the following solutions.

How to Fix: iTunes Not Syncing All Songs to iPhone, iPad or iPod

  1. Install the latest version of iTunes on your computer. Sometimes the iTunes issue is just because your iTunes does not update to the latest version.
  2. Open iTunes on your computer.
  3. Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.
  4. Click on the iDevice icon when it appears.
  5. Choose the “Music” tab, then check the “Sync Music” box.
  6. Make sure that the option “Entire music library” is selected.
  7. Click on the “Apply” button to start syncing songs, playlists, etc. to your iOS device.
Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone

Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone

Other Fixes to iTunes not Syncing Music to iPhone, iPod:

  1. Double-check if the songs on your iTunes library have the same folder location as before. Sometimes iTunes does not indicate which songs it cannot find until you select them. Songs in your library that iTunes can’t locate, won’t be synced to your iPhone, iPad or iPod.
  2. When syncing music to iPhone, iPad, iPod with iTunes, go to the Music tab – is the “Entire music library” selected? If not, go to Music (in your iTunes library), click on the checkmark next to the “Name” column header (to sort by checked music) and scroll to the bottom, or any unchecked music won’t sync.
  3. If iTunes says “iCloud Music Library is On”, just go to Settings on your iPhone > Settings > Music > turn off the “iCloud Music Library” off. To do so, from the iPhone screen, navigate to  and place the switch to the Off position, next reconnect the iPhone with iTunes.
Turn off "iCloud Music Library" on iPhone

Turn off “iCloud Music Library” on iPhone

Fix Music Won’t Sync to iPhone with an iTunes Alternative

No matter which situation above you have stuck on, you can transfer music from iTunes to iPhone by using this #1 iTunes alternative – AnyTrans for iOS. It offers you a smart way to transfer iTunes music to iPhone, iPad, iPod. And fitted with some fantastic features, like:

AnyTrans – iTunes Music to iPhone

  • Unlike iTunes, it syncs both purchased and non-purchased songs.
  • Sync music to iPhone without replacing any existed data on iPhone.
  • Support transferring music from iPhone to iTunes or computer as well.
  • Selectively sync files from computer to iPhone, like photos, videos, etc.

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Step 1. Get AnyTrans for iOS installed on computer, run it and then connect your iPhone or iPad to computer > Click on the left-side menu, choose iTunes Library.

Choose iTunes Library in AnyTrans for iOS - Step 1

Choose iTunes Library in AnyTrans for iOS – Step 1

Step 2. All the music in your iTunes will be listed on the panel> Select the songs that can’t sync to iPhone/iPad/iPod > Click To Device button to transfer music from iTunes Library to iPhone/iPad/iPod again.

Click To Device Button in AnyTrans for iOS - Step 2

Click To Device Button in AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

Step 3. After the process completes, you can check whether your iTunes library music have all synced on your iPhone.

Apart from syncing devices, iTunes is also overhauled with iTunes Store, Media Player functions. So it’s no wonder iTunes get everything well-organized. However, iTunes might not be the only choice when users want to sync media files (like Music, Apps, iBooks, etc.), as users may meet many kinds of iTunes problems, such as:

  • iTunes synced songs are greyed out, and can’t be played.
  • When syncing iTunes music, it will remind you “Are you sure you want to remove existing music, movies, TV shows, books and tones from this iPhone/iPad/iPod and sync with this iTunes library?”. iTunes will replace the existing files on your device while syncing music to iPhone.
  • iTunes fails to recognize your device when you connect your iPhone to your computer. And it pops up a message saying “iTunes could not connect to this iPhone. You do have permission”.
  • Or just like the problem mentioned in this article, songs on iTunes won’t sync to iPhone, iPad, iPod.

Bonus Tip. How to Transfer Music from iPhone, iPad, iPod to iTunes

To sync music from your iPhone, iPad or iPod to iTunes, you have two options to do the job: Using iTunes and iPhone music transfer tool. But iTunes only supports transferring the purchased music from your iPhone. Here’s how you can sync music from your iPhone to iTunes:

  1. Update iTunes to its latest version on your computer.
  2. Connect your iPhone to your computer via USB cable.
  3. Choose “File” at the upper-left corner of iTunes screen > “Devices”.
  4. Click on the “Transfer Purchases From [your iPhone name]”.

After the process completes, your purchased music should be saved in iTunes. If you would prefer to transfer your non-purchased songs, refer to this guide to get more details: How to Transfer Music from an iPhone to iTunes >

The Bottom Line

As you can see, it is not hard to fix “iTunes not syncing all songs to iPhone/iPad/iPod”. As an iTunes alternative, AnyTrans for iOS not only does great in fixing iTunes syncing problems, and also does well in managing iOS contents, like music, photos, videos, contacts, messages, etc. Why Not Download AnyTrans for iOS and Try It Now >

Joy Taylor

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