How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone

In this post, I will be showing you how to transfer music from computer to iPhone using the best possible and easiest ways. Once you follow the step by step guide listed in this post, you will find out that method of transferring your favourite songs from computer to iPhone is quite hitch-free.

Apple products such as the iPhone, can easily replace most devices you probably could not see yourself living without them. For instance, it has been a while since mobile phones have kicked MP3 players out of the market. Since then, music playing capabilities of smartphones have increased. With iOS devices (iPhone and iPad), you can use iTunes to transfer music from a computer to iPhone or iPad. Read on to see the available steps.

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How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone

How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone Using iTunes

The most reliable method of transferring music from computer to iPhone is to sync music from iTunes. It is the official app for transferring music. Before proceeding with these steps, make sure that you have iTunes installed on your computer with the latest version. You can download iTunes for desktop from HERE.

You should also bare in mind that iTunes synchronization goes one way, only to an iOS device from a computer. If there is a song on an iPhone that is not on the computer, it will be deleted. However, you first of all need to connect the phone to your computer and find it on iTunes.

Connecting the Phone with Computer

  • Plug your phone into the computer. Do this by using the USB port.
  • Open iTunes on your computer.
  • While inside iTunes, click on the phone icon in the menu in the top-left corner.
  • Below these menus, you should now see your iPhone on the “Devices” list.

Using the Sync to Transfer Music Automatically

  • Once your phone is selected, click on the “Music” tab in the sidebar to the left.
  • Near the top of the screen, there’s a checkbox that says “Sync Music.” Check it if it’s not checked already.
  • If you want to transfer all of your music, click the “Entire music” radio button. Otherwise, select the “Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres” button. Here you can select the things mentioned in the button’s name for syncing.
  • When you’re done, click on the “Apply” button to begin the automatic transfer.

Transferring Music Manually

Before you transfer the music manually, make sure you have enabled this option in iTunes. To do this, first select “Summary”, which is the tab at the top in the “Settings” section of the sidebar found on the left. Once you have done this, check the “Manually Manage Music and Videos” box and click on “Apply”.

Once you have done this, you can transfer your music to your iOS device with ease:

Find the “Library” section on the sidebar to the left. Click on the preferred option, depending on if you want to sort music by song name, artist, album, or genre.

When you’ve selected the music that you want to transfer to your device, you can drag-and-drop it there. You can also see the device on the sidebar.

Note: To select multiple songs, hold the Control (Command on Mac) key while choosing them.

Keep in mind that you can do the same with playlists, dragging and dropping them to your device in iTunes. Should you use this option, it might even save you some time.

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How to Resolve Syncing Issues

If you are finding it difficult to sync an iOS device with iTunes because of an unknown error on Windows, there are several things you should consider to try. Let me explain each and every one of them.

Update iTunes

Once you are experiencing a syncing error, it  may be as a result of an outdated iTunes or Windows version. What you should do is to update iTunes, install Windows updates, and reboot your Windows. Try and see if this will help in solving the problem.

Configure Your Firewall

An overly protective firewall might also be the cause of this problem. Firewalls can sometimes black a program just because it is using the systems resources. If you want to check if this might be the cause, simply disable t temporarily and see if you can sync the music after that. If you can, then simply make an exception for iTunes in your firewall.

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Check if Windows’ Drivers are working

Once you detect a faulty driver, you can delete and reinstall it using the Device Manager provided there is one in your Windows.

  • Open the Device Manager. The easiest way to do this is by letting the Run program open it for you. To open Run, press Win + R. Note: You can do this in all Windows versions.
  • In the Device Manager, find the “Universal Series Bus Controllers.” Click on the plus sign that’s next to this section.
  • You can delete faulty drivers by right-clicking on them and selecting “Uninstall.” Such drivers will have error symbols next to them.
  • Select the “Action” tab. It’s on the top of the screen.
  • Choose “Scan for Hardware Changes.”

Don’t close the Device Manager just yet, as there’s one more thing you can try out here:

  • Back in the USB Controllers section, double-click on any part of it. You’ll eventually need to configure all the USBs.
  • In the following window, click on the “Power Management” section.
  • If the “Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power” box is checked, uncheck it.
  • Click on “OK.”

After you’ve configured all the USBs this way, it’s optional to reboot Windows, try syncing again.


Conclusively, you can only use iTunes to transfer music from computer to iPhone or iOS devices. However, it is the official Apple’s way of doing this which makes it very convenient. I doubt if these is any way the app will get discontinued from using this feature. You can share your thoughts or experiences in the comment box below if you are already making use of this feature.

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About Chibuzor Aguwa 339 Articles
Chibuzor Aguwa is an Article Writer, ICT Specialist and an Online Entrepreneur. Like the saying does "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy", some of my hobbies are listening to inspirational songs and watching football. A big fan of Manchester United Football Club.

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