By AOMEI / Last Updated January 22, 2021

How to transfer iTunes library to iPhone?

I have many songs on iTunes on my dell computer. Now, I would like to transfer some of them into my new iPhone 12. What is the specific way?

- Question from Apple Community

iTunes library stores your favorite albums on computer. Adding the music files to your iPhone makes it convenient to listen to music anywhere and anytime. What’s more, the whole iTunes library could be copied to another computer. If you are interested in this, refer to this guide: How to Backup iTunes Library?

iTunes Logo

Data transfer between iPhone and computer is not so easy as between Android and computer. If you are new to transfer files from PC to iPhone, you might be confused about how to send files to the internal storage of iPhone, because directly putting files into iPhone doesn’t work.

Indeed, transferring data to iPhone always requires tool, and iTunes itself could be used to send iTunes library to iPhone. Know the specific steps in the following sections.

Section 1. How to directly transfer iTunes library to iPhone with iTunes?

Your purchase history is stored in the server so you could directly download the purchased music in iTunes Store app on iPhone. For the non-purchased music, they are not in the server so you need to know some techniques to transfer non-purchased music to iPhone.

Except for download music on iPhone, you can also manually transfer music in iTunes without the Internet.

Steps to transfer songs in iTunes library to iPhone:

1. Open iTunes and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

2. Click the device icon of your iPhone in iTunes.

3. Select Music section in the sidebar.

4. Check Sync Music, select music from iTunes library, and click Apply.

Sync Music to iPhone

Note: Transferring music using iTunes is convenient but there is a very obvious disadvantage. Your iCloud Music Library on this iPhone will be removed. If you want to transfer music but also keep iCloud Music Library. You need the note in the next section to transfer music from pc to iPhone without iTunes.

Section 2. How to safely transfer iTunes music to iPhone?

Except for iTunes, AOMEI MBackupper is also an excellent PC to iPhone transfer. It is a professional data transfer and compared with iTunes, it has many advantages.

  • Direct Transfer: You don’t need to add music to iTunes library. Just add any music from the partitions on computer to your iPhone.

  • Fast Transfer: AOMEI MBackupper is much faster than iTunes when transfer data between iPhone and computer.

  • Safe Transfer: You can feel free to transfer music with AOMEI MBackupper because your data on iPhone won’t be influenced. To export music, refer to this guide: How to Transfer Music from iPhone to iTunes?

  • Transfer to PC: iTunes could only send specific data to iOS device but can’t export them to computer. AOMEI MBackupper could do both.

  • Widely Compatible: AOMEI MBackupper supports iPhone 12 Pro Max/12 Mini/SE 2020/11, iPad 8/ Pro 4/ Air 4, iOS 14/13, and other previous devices and systems.

Steps to transfer iTunes music to iPhone:

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

Step 2. On the home screen of AOMEI MBackupper, select Transfer to iPhone.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 3. Click any area in the box to add music from computer.

Tips: How to locate the music files in iTunes library?
You can add music into iTunes library from any partitions on computer but it is not necessary to add them from every folder. Just select all of them at a time.
Click Files in iTunes > select Library > select Consolidate Files. iTunes would make a copy of all the music files into one folder. Usually, it is C:\Users\YourUserName\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media so you can select your music in the folder iTunes Media.

Select Files

Step 4. After selecting all the music from iTunes library, click Transfer to send them to your iPhone.


Section 3. How to sync music to iPhone on Mac?

iTunes is dead on macOS Catalina so what would happen to your previous iTunes library? iTunes has been split into Music, Podcast, and TV. You can enjoy your music in the new Music App but when you want to sync music from Mac to iPhone, you turn to Finder.

Steps to import iTunes library to iPhone with Finder:

1. Open Finder on Mac and connect your iPhone to Mac with USB cable.

2. Select your device in the sidebar of Finder.

3. Select Music section in the button bar.

4. Check Sync Music to iPhone and select the songs.

5. Click Apply to sync iTunes library.

Sync Music Mac

Last Words

iTunes library contains your favorite music. It is worth being enjoyed on your iPhone. The above content has introduced how to transfer iTunes library to iPhone on Windows and Mac. You can use the 3 ways to enjoy your iTunes music on iPhone.

AOMEI MBackupper is recommended to you because it is simple to use and meets all your needs.

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