By Nick / Last Updated April 20, 2020

“I have some files like music and movies on computer needed to be sent to my iPhone, but I know little about how to transfer files from PC to iPhone without iTunes. Any useful tips?”

Usually, it is very convenient to use iPhone, but because iOS is a strict and closed source operating system, it is hard to interact with another device. Your files could not be directly copied to your iPhone from computer, you need iTunes or other tools.

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How to transfer files from PC to iPhone with iTunes?

You could use iTunes to sync photos, music, movies from PC to iPhone, but there are two things you should know:

1. You need to turn iCloud Photos on iPhone and then iPhone would allow iTunes to sync photos from computer. If you turn on iCloud Photos later on iPhone, the photos transferred from computer would be replaced with the photos from iCloud. To avoid any photo loss, you should backup photos from iPhone to PC.

2. Every time you transfer files from PC to iPhone by clicking on Sync, the existed files would be replaced, too.

#1 How to sync photos from computer to iPhone using iTunes?

Step 1. Download and launch iTunes. Connect iPhone to computer with USB. Locate the pictures on computer

Step 2. Click the phone-shape icon in the upper-left corner and then select Photos in the side bar.

Step 3. Select the folder containing your photos and click Sync.

Sync Photos Using iTunes

#2 How to sync music and movies from PC to iPhone with iTunes?

Generally speaking, you could transfer sync these media files as you sync photos, but before you do that, you should locate the files on your computer and add them to Library. Then, you could enter Songs or Movies from the sidebar and select the files you want to transfer to iPhone from PC.

Add File to Library

#3 How to transfer other files from PC to iPhone with iTunes?

Apart from media files, you might have other files you want to send to your iPhone. iTunes would let you directly send files to some apps using file sharing. For example, if you want to send an eBook to Kindle app, you could do:

Step 1. Step 1. Download and launch iTunes. Connect iPhone to computer with USB. Prepare the eBook(.mobi).

Step 2. Click the phone-shape icon and then select File Sharing.

Step 3. Find Kindle in the list and drag the eBook to the box or click Add.

You could check the eBook in the Kindle app on iPhone. If you want, you could also transfer videos from PC to iPhone in the same way.

Files Sharing Kindle

How to transfer files from PC to iPhone without iTunes?

You might want more advice so you could get the best solution. The following content would guide you to use other tools like iCloud and AOMEI MBackupper to easily transfer files from PC to iPhone.

#1 How transfer files from PC to iPhone with iCloud/iCloud drive?

You might often use iCloud on your iPhone, but have you ever visit the page of iCloud or download the client of iCloud? They could also be used to download iCloud backup to PC.

Method 1. Transfer files on the page of iCloud: Go to iCloud, sign in your Apple ID, you could upload contacts, photos, notes and excel files to iPhone. You could even use iCloud drive to save any kind of files and then check them in Files app on iPhone.

iCloud Site

Method 2. Transfer files via iCloud client: Download iCloud client to computer, enable the features you want, and then you could conveniently transfer photos from PC to iPhone. You could right-click the icon of iCloud in the lower-right of desktop to upload/download photos and use iCloud drive.

iCloud Photos

#2 How to easily protect and transfer important files on computer?

You should protect the important data on your iPhone. Keeping a copy on computer is considered a wise way. You could transfer them from PC to new iPhone, too. AOMEI MBackupper is a free professional tool that allows you to quickly transfer all the photos, videos, music, contacts, and messages to computer.

★ Preview and Select: You could preview all the important files on your iPhone and select the needed ones to transfer.

★ Safely Transfer: Whenever you backup or restore the device with AOMEI MBackupper, it would do nothing with the files on your iPhone. You could use it with no misgivings.

★ Widely Compatible: It supports the latest iOS 13 and the previous version. Your iPad and iPod Touch could also be protected by AOMEI MBackupper.

Easily transfer files between PC and iPhone

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper for free. Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable and tap “Trust” on it.

Step 2. Click Custom Backup. Click an icon to preview and select the files you want to transfer and click OK to return.

Select Files

Step 3. Click Start Backup to quickly save them to computer.

Click Start Backup

Step 4. When you need to transfer files from PC to iPhone, you could connect the target device to computer, select the backup in Backup Management and click Restore.

Restore to Device


You’ve got 6 ways to transfer files from PC to computer with or without iTunes. To protect the important data on iPhone, you should use AOMEI MBackupper to leave a copy of iPhone data to iPhone and it would be very convenient to transfer the copy from PC to iPhone. If you like this passage, you could share it to help more people.