By AOMEI / Last Updated September 23, 2020

Why can't I transfer music to my iPhone?

I have 100+ songs in iTunes and I want to import them to my iPhone 8. iTunes works perfectly before but Add to Device is not working when syncing music to iPhone. I have iPhone 8 (256GB), iOS 13.2.3, and iTunes 12.10.8. Any solutions to this problem?

- Question from Apple Community

You can play music on computer when you are reading or doing your chores. If you need to enjoy your favorite albums on iPhone when you are running in the morning, you need to transfer songs from computer to iPhone.

iTunes is a common tool for Apple users to transfer data between iOS devices and computer. You can use it to backup and sync iPhone data. There are so many features in iTunes and this makes it clumsy and difficult to use.

iTunes Logo

You might find you can’t transfer music to iPhone and are asked to authorize the devices again and again or you can’t even add music to iTunes library. This could be very annoying. You need the answer in the next section.

Section 1. How to fix iTunes won’t add music to iPhone?

Before you follow the suggestions to fix iTunes issue, you need to know that even if you successfully synced music to iPhone, the music library on your iPhone will be overwritten. If you want to safely import iPhone and save iPhone music to computer, you will get the perfect solution in the next section.

#1 Leave enough storage on iPhone

Lacking storage on iPhone might be the reason that you can’t transfer music to iPhone. If you have selected several hundreds of songs to transfer, there should be at least several GB of free space on iPhone. You need to check iPhone storage before sending music to iPhone. If you find that there is not enough space for music importing, delete some apps to receive the songs.

1. Go to Settings app on iPhone

2. Select General section

3. Scroll down to locate and select iPhone Storage.

iPhone Storage

#2 Enable Share my library on my local work

You want to add music from computer but iTunes won’t let you do so. This time, you need to get the permission from iTunes.

1. Launch iTunes and click Edit at the top.

2. Select Preferences section.

3. Click Share in the pop-up.

4. Check Share my library on my local work, click OK and close iTunes.

5. Open iTunes share music again.

Share My Library on My Local Network

#3 Keep iTunes up-to-date

Old iTunes might not be able to support your latest iOS on iPhone, and there could also be some bugs not being fixed in the previous iTunes.

If you download iTunes from Microsoft Store, iTunes would check updates every time you open this application. If your iTunes comes from Apple Support, you need to manually update it.

Simply click Help at the top of iTunes and select Check for Updates.

iTunes Check For Updates

#4 Check Manually manage music and videos

You need to allow iTunes to add or delete music on iPhone.

1. Connect iPhone to iTunes with USB cable.

2. Click the device icon in the upper-left-corner.

3. Select Summary in the sidebar.

4. Scroll down the windows to find Options at the bottom.

5. Check Manually manage music and videos.

Manually Manage Music And Videos

Tips: If you still can’t drag and drop music to iTunes playlist. You need to uninstall the iTunes downloaded from Microsoft Store and reinstall it from Apple Support.

#5 Disable iCloud Music Library on iPhone

Like you use iTunes to sync photos iPhone, you need to stop iPhone syncing from iCloud. It means you need to turn off iCloud Music Library if you have subscribed to Apple Music.

1. Go to Settings app on iPhone.

2. Locate and select Music

3. Switch off iCloud Music Library.

iCloud Music Library

Note: when you turn off it, you will be warned that This will remove all the Apple Music songs from the device. If you wish to make your music stay, try the tool in the next section to save them.

Section 2.How to easily transfer music to iPhone?

iTunes always does the job in its own way and never considers user experience. If you don’t want to delete music on iPhone or keep failing add songs to iPhone with iTunes, you can drag and drop music to iPhone in another way.

AOMEI MBackupper is an excellent iPhone music transfer. It would be a brand-new way for you to share music.

  • Free Software: Transfer unlimited songs between iPhone and computer for free.

  • Offline Transfer: Need no Internet to add music from computer.

  • Safely Transfer: Safely import songs without deleting iPhone music.

  • Widely Compatible: Support all iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

Step 2. Select Transfer to iPhone at the bottom.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 3. Drag and drop music from computer to the box or click the Plus icon to locate and add music.

Select Music

Step 4. Click Transfer to send songs to your iPhone immediately.



You want to listen to the iTunes music on iPhone, but it won’t let you add music to iTunes or you just can’t transfer music to iPhone. iTunes seems giving no clues for you to solve the problem, but you could follow the 5 ways to troubleshoot and fix the issue.

There is also a perfect iTunes alternative for you. AOMEI MBackupper is easier to use than iTunes when transferring music. It could also be used to backup iPhone to computer.

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