How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac (iMac, MacBook Pro /Air Included)

Just got a span-new MacBook and want to transfer some songs from iPhone 6s/7/8/X/XS (Max)/XR to Mac? Read on this easy-to-understand post to transfer music from iPhone to Mac (iMac, MacBook Pro /Air) in minutes.

By | Last Updated: May. 28, 2019
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We received a lot of requests asking about how to transfer music from Mac to iPhone. If you also are stuck on this problem and want to know how to sync music from iMac/MacBook to iPhone iPad, please move to this guide: How to Put Music on iPhone iPad from Computer without data loss >

Question: “Just bought a MacBook Pro as a birthday gift for my husband and he is thrilled with it. He hasn’t used an OS X Mac before, but since he has an iPod, iPad, and iPhone, he decided to give this MacBook Pro a try. Now he is extremely happy with his new Mac. Only one question: How can we transfer the music from our iPhone to the MacBook Pro?”

Answer: iTunes is almost helpless on this for the single-way transferring feature for it only allows you to sync music from the computer to your iPhone and transfer purchased items from iPhone to iTunes Library. When it comes to the opposite way: transferring music from iPhone to MacBook Pro/Air, you will need the help of an iTunes alternative that lets you transfer songs from iPhone to any Mac and vice versa. Let’s read through this article and get two quick methods to transfer music from iPhone to Mac (iMac, MacBook Pro /Air) within steps.

Also Read: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac >

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac via iTunes

For most users, iTunes is the first option to go when they need to transfer music and other media files. But you need to know that iTunes only supports transferring purchased items from iPhone to iTunes Library. Let’s check the detailed steps below to see how can you transfer music to Mac with iTunes:

Step 1: Run iTunes on your Mac computer and connect your iPhone via a USB cable. Remember to check if your iTunes is the latest version.

Step 2: Click on File > Device > Transfer Purchased from “My iPhone”. (My iPhone is the name of your device)

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac via iTunes

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac via iTunes

When the transferring process is finished, you could check the music in the iTunes on your Mac.

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac via AnyTrans

As we have mentioned before, iTunes would only allow users to transfer purchased music. If you have free music to be export, pick a third-party software might be a better choice. As a full-way iOS content management tool, AnyTrans for iOS is equipped with many incomparable features that help you transfer music from iPhone to Mac with great ease. Check some main features below:

  1. Superfast transfer speed. It enables to transfer 1000+ songs from iPhone to Mac computer within several minutes.
  2. You can transfer music from iPhone to a computer file folder or to Mac iTunes Library directly, which makes it flexible to manage music on iPhone.
  3. It supports managing your music easily: delete music in batches, backup music from iPhone to computer and transfer music from iPhone to iPhone.
  4. Supports all versions of Mac computer including iMac,MacBook Pro/Air, and Mac mini. It’s also compatible with all models of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

Now just free download AnyTrans for iOS to your computer and then follow the steps below to transfer music from iPhone to Mac with ease.

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Step 1: Run AnyTrans for iOS on your Mac > Connect your iPhone to computer > Choose Device Manager > Scroll down to go to the category management screen.

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to MacBook Pro/Air–Step 1

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to MacBook Pro/Air–Step 1

Step 2. Click Audio > Choose Music.

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to MacBook Pro/Air–Step 2

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to MacBook Pro/Air–Step 2

Step 3. Select the songs you want to transfer to Mac from iPhone > Click To Computer button to transfer music from iPhone to MacBook.

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to MacBook Pro/Air–Step 3

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to MacBook Pro/Air–Step 3

Bonus Tip: Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac Wirelessly

If you don’t have an USB cable aside, you could try AnyTrans app to transfer music from iPhone to Mac wirelessly. Here are the specific steps.

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

Step 1. Download AnyTrans app on your iPhone.

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

Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac Wirelessly - Step 2

Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac Wirelessly – Step 2

Step 3. Open AnyTrans on your iPhone, on the upper right corner, there are two icons. Tap the scan icon to scan the QR code on your computer to connect with it.

Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac Wirelessly - Step 3

Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac Wirelessly – Step 3

Step 4. Choose the musics you want to transfer, tap “Send” on your iPhone.

Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac Wirelessly - Step 4

Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac Wirelessly – Step 4

The Bottom Line

Transferring & managing your iPhone data on Mac would be much easier with the help of AnyTrans for iOS. It also helps you transfer music and more among iDevices, iTunes and Mac/PC computer.

Faye Clarke

Member of iMobie_Inc, an enthusiastic fan of Apple and Jazz music, always ready to offer advice and solutions to any iOS & Android related issues.