How to Add music to iPad/iPhone and Listen Offline

To enjoy music anytime and anywhere, you want to add music to your iPad and listen offline. This post will provide 2 methods of how to put music on iPad easily.


By Dylan / Updated on May 31, 2024

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I have some music on my computer, and I want to import them on my iPad 9th generation. How can I do that?

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iPad is a popular tablet PC to run Apps, watch movies, and work. And it is also a good music player especially the iPad Pro. Sometimes, you may be unable to connect to the internet or don’t have much cellular data, to enjoy your song collections anytime, you need to add music to your iPad or iPhone for listening offline.

Besides, if you have a new device, music is important to be sent to the new device, you want to transfer some data from iPad to new iPad, like the playlists. Next, you can follow this article, we would like to guide you on how to put music to iPad/iPhone easily.

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How to add music to iPad and listen offline easily

Here we would like to provide 3 tools-iTunes, FoneTool, Apple Music to add music to your device.

Method 1. Sync music to iPad from iTunes library

iTunes is the official music manager to purchase music and manage media files. With this tool, you sync your music playlists among different devices. Firstly, add your songs to your iTunes library and send them to your iPad.

But before we get started, you should pay attention to:
1. You can only pair your iPad with one computer with iTunes.
2. iTunes will sync playlists among different devices so you may lose your songs that were previously added.

Step 1. Install and run iTunes on your computer. Connect your iPad with the computer.

Step 2. Choose a phone-like icon on the top corner. 

Step 3. Click "Summary" > Make sure "Automatically sync when this iPhone/iPad is connected" is unselected > Check "Manually manage music and videos". Click "Apply".

Step 4. Choose "File" on the menu, and click "Add File to Library" to add the music you want. 

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Step 5. Click the device icon and choose “Music”.

Step 6. Check “Sync Music” > Choose sync entire music library or select playlists artists, albums, and genres.

Step 7. Hit “Apply” to sync your music.

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Method 2. Manually add music to iPad

As you can see, iTunes is not so flexible to share music collections. Syncing music can delete some items if your playlists are different on your devices. Besides, some people report that they encounter some issues like "sync session failed to start" when they use iTunes. So some people need a way to transfer music to iPad without iTunes.

Here, we recommend a popular iOS/iPadOS transfer tool named FoneTool. This tool allows you manually put music to your iPad from a computer/iPhone/iPod or other devices. In addition, it performs well in the following aspects.

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Selective transfer data: You can transfer all music or choose some music between your devices.
Fast speed: By contrast, FoneTool is obviously much faster than iTunes and other tools.
Easy-to-use interface: This tool uses an intuitive interface, so you can complete data transfer within a few steps.
Complete transfer tool: Whether you keep your music on your old iPhone/iPad/computer/external disk, FoneTool can easily import them to your iPad.
Great compatibility: You can share data between your iPad and different PCs/iPhones. And it supports various iPad models, like iPad, iPad Air, iPad Pro, iPad Mini.

Then we would like to guide you on how to easily add songs to your iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Mini, or iPad Air.


  • If you need to transfer music from one iPad/iPhone to another iPad. Please firstly transfer music from iPad to computer.

  • If you want to transfer iTunes library to iPhone/iPad, please consolidate files: 1. Click "Files" in iTunes > Select "Library" > Click "Consolidate Files".

Step 1. Connect your iPad to computer. Launch FoneTool, and click “Transfer to iPhone”.

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Step 2. Click the “+” icon, and choose the music you need.

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Step 3. Click “Start Transfer” to start the process.


Wait for it to get finished. Then you can enjoy your music collection offline.

Method 3. Download songs with Apple Music

If you subscribe Apple Music service, you can download tracks or albums on your iPhone or iPad. Then you can enjoy them without the Internet.

Step 1. Run the Music app on your device. 

Step 2. Search the music you need. Tap it and hold. Then choose "Add to Library". 

Step 3. Tap "Library" > "Playlists" or "Albums". Then download whatever songs or albums you want to download.

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Wait for the downloading process to get finished. Now you can listen to the track offline. 


With iTunes, FoneTool, Apple music, you can easily add music to iPad/iPhone and listen offline. Apple Music is able to download millions of songs to your device. Then if you want to transfer local music from computer to iPad, iTunes and FoneTool can help you. 

But by contrast, FoneTool is more flexible. You don't need to worry about data loss, and you can selectively or fully transfer songs to your device. In addition, it is also an iPad/iPhone to PC transfer software helping you send data from the iPad to a computer.

Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.