By Demi / Last update September 19, 2022

Copying music to your iPhone

Why can’t I longer simply drag and drop a song to my iPhone? I try to manage a playlist but that isn’t syncing. Anyone can help me?

- Question from Apple Community

iTunes, an official tool issued by Apple, enables Apple users to manage media files among different Apple devices. Most of the time, you can transfer music from iTunes to iPhone without syncing.

iTunes Logo

However, you may find that sometimes you cannot drag or drop music from PC to iPhone with iTunes, In this passage, you will get 4 ways to drag or drop music to iPhone without iTunes.

Way 1. Drag and drop music to iPhone without iTunes but with FoneTool

Instead of using iTunes, you can make use of the best iTunes alternative for iPhone backup and transfer to drag and drop wanted music files to iPhone. The feature-rich FoneTool is a nice choice for you. It outweigh its iTunes counterpart from many aspects. Let's take a view first.

✓ Faster transfer speed. It takes less than 10 minutes to transfer 1000 songs from computer to iPhone.
✓ Transfer more music you want. You're free to select the songs you want to transfer to iPhone no matter whether they are purchased or not and where they are downloaded from.
✓ Simple design and operation. FoneTool provides you a clear interface and simple operation. Only within three ABC clicks, can all your wanted files be added to your iPhone.
✓ No error or any data loss. FoneTool promises a smooth transfer process, enabling you to enjoy lossless music on iPhone.

Download FoneTool by clicking the icon below to have a try.

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Step 1. Connect iPhone to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool > In the Home interface, click Phone Transfer. Locate the PC to iPhone. Click Start Transfer.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 2. Click the Music icon> Locate the folder that saves the music you'd like to transfer > Drag and drop the music  from computer to the box.

Select Files

Step 3. Make sure you have added all music you want, and tap Start Transfer to start the task.

Transfer

It won’t take much time to finish. When you see Transfer Completed, click OK. Then you can unplug iPhone and check if the music has transferred to your iPhone. 

Way 2. Drag and drop music to iPhone without iTunes via Dropbox

Besides the iTunes alternative, you can also try Dropbox, which provides you 2 GB of free storage space to sync music between PC and iPhone. You need to drag and drop specific music from PC to Dropbox and sync it to the Dropbox app on iPhone.

Following the steps below to know how to put music to iPhone without iTunes via Dropbox.

Step 1. On your computer, go to Dropbox and sign in your Dropbox account. Then upload music you want to transfer to iPhone from computer.

Step 2. On your iPhone, download Dropbox from App Store and sign in the same account you used on computer. Then, you can listen to music via a network in this app.

Dropbox Player

You can also mark the specific songs as favorites to listen to them offline by swiping the song from left to right and hitting the “star”.

Way 3. Drag and drop music to iPhone without iTunes by AirDrop alternative

There are kinds of AirDrop alternatives for Windows available, such as SHAREit, Snapdrop, and so on, allowing you to drag and drop music without iTunes. Let's take transfer music to iPhone without iTunes wirelessly by Send Anywhere as an example.

Step 1. Go to the webpage of Send Anywhere on your computer > drag and drop music you want to send > Select Direct and click Send and you will be given a 6-digit code and a QR code on the screen of Send Anywhere.

Send Anywhere Screenshot

Step 2. On your iPhone, go to the webpage of Send Anywhere or its app > Enter the 6-digit code or scan the QR code to get music from computer.

Receive Files From Send Anywhere

Way 4. Automatically add music to iPhone by syncing library

If you want to drag and drop music to iPhone without iTunes because some errors happen and you can't transfer music to iPhone from iTunes, you can add music to iPhone automatically with the sync function as long as you have subscribed Apple Music or iTunes Match. The most obvious demerit is that you cannot transfer songs as you like.

By default, Sync Library is turned on. Just in case, go to Settings > Music > Make sure Sync Library is on.

Sync Library

Conclusion

That’s all about how to drag and drop music to iPhone without iTunes. You may try iTunes alternatives or automatically add music to iPhone. For more queries or suggestions, feel free to contact us.

FoneTool Runs Perfectly on

iOS Versions
  • iOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
  • iPadOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
iOS Devices
  • iPhone 14/14 Pro (Max), 13/13 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 12/12 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max)
  • iPhone X/XR/XS/XS Max, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s/6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st, 2nd, 3rd generations)
  • iPod touch 1/2/3/4/5/6/7
  • All models of iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro and iPad