By Dylan / Last Updated April 14, 2021

Can add music to iPhone without syncing?

iTunes is an easy-to-use tool for managing media files among different Apple devices. And Apple provides iTunes for Windows that allows you to add music to your iTunes and sync music to iPhone, iPad, iPod on a Windows PC.

However, using iTunes to add a playlist of songs to iPhone, or other iOS devices will delete the previous music. So can add music to iPhone without syncing and erasing? Yes, you can change iTunes setting or turn to a third-party transfer tool.

How to transfer music from iTunes to iPhone without syncing?

iTunes gives you the option of “manually manage music and videos” to disable the iTunes syncing function. If it isn’t working for you, you can use a powerful iOS transfer tool.

Method 1. Disable sync function to transfer music

Step 1. Download and install iTunes for Windows, and launch it.

Step 2. In iTunes, click the phone icon on the top of the interface. Choose “Summary”.

Step 3. Check “Manually manage music and videos” and disable automatic sync. Then click “Apply” to save the change.

Manually Manage Music And Videos

Step 4. Then choose “Devices” > “Music”, you can directly drag and drop music to iTunes.

Method 2. Transfer music using iOS transfer tool.

If you are not satisfied with iTunes software, or the iTunes can’t recognize your iPhone, you can also turn to a third-party iOS transferring tool called AOMEI MBackupper. This tool enables you to transfer music to your iPhone without deleting any existing songs or other data. Besides, this software supports several features that give you the best experiment to transfer songs.

● It supports selectively transfer & backup: You can make a partial data transfer if there are some songs you don't want to move.
● This tool provides the fastest transfer speed: Compared with iTunes and other tools, AOMEI MBackupper can be one of the fastest music transfer software. For example,1000 songs can be transferred in only 9 minutes and 14 seconds based on a test.
It can transfer non-purchased music to iPhone and other music on your iTunes and computer storage.

Now download this transfer tool and refer to the following steps to see how it works:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to a PC via USB cable. And trust the PC.

Step 2. Download, install and launch AOMEI MBackupper, and click “Transfer to iPhone”.

Step 3. Click the “plus” icon to select the music you want to transfer. You may need to download them on your iTunes. And click “OK”.

Step 4. Then click “Transfer” to start the process. Wait for the transferring process to get finished. You can enjoy music on your iPhone.


This is how to transfer music from iTunes to iPhone without syncing and erasing. This method can be also applied to add music from iTunes to iPad, iPod Touch especially if your iTunes has some issue like error code 4000. Hope this article can really help you.