[2024 Guide] How to Sync iTunes Playlist to iPhone

Are you wondering about how to sync playlists in iTunes to iPhone? Just keep on reading and you will find the best way to import iTunes media files from PC to iPhone.


By Kathy / Updated on June 7, 2024

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For iPhone users, iTunes is a software program that acts as a media player, media library, and mobile device management service, and it is used to purchase, play, download, and organize digital multimedia. You can also use this software to transfer data between iPhone and Windows PC.

When you need to share music from PC to iPhone, it will come to iTunes syncing playlist to iPhone. But how to complete the process? Now we will give you 2 methods to sync iTunes playlist using a cable or wirelessly.

How to sync iTunes playlist to iPhone

When you sync iTunes playlist to the iPhone, you may encounter the loss of existing songs, movies, TV shows, books, and other data, as illustrated in the following screen. So it’s better to back up your iPhone before the iTunes sync.


If this iTunes issue troubles you a lot, you can skip to the next part to transfer iTunes media files without losing data.

Option 1. Sync iTunes playlist to iPhone via iTunes

Now you can know how to sync playlist in iTunes to iPhone using iTunes by following instructions:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. If iTunes doesn't open automatically, launch it.

Step 2. Click on iPhone located at the top of the iTunes window. Then select Music and check the box next to Sync Music.

Step 3. Choose Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres and select the playlist you want to sync to your iPhone.

Step 4. Click Apply button at the bottom to add the selected playlist to your iPhone.


Once the sync is complete, click On this iPhone at the top to view the newly added playlist on your iPhone.

Option 2. Sync iTunes playlist to iPhone via iCloud

Before the process, you must ensure you have an Apple Music subscription. Then you can know how to sync iTunes playlist to iPhone wirelessly using the iCloud Music Library from following steps.

Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer. Navigate to menu bar at the top of the iTunes window, select Edit > Preferences. Turn iCloud Music Library on under the General tab, then click OK.


Step 2. Allow iCloud to match and upload your music library. Once the process is complete, access the Music app on your iPhone. Click My Music tab and choose iCloud Music Library.

Your music library, including playlists, will now be synced with your iPhone.

iCloud Music Library requires an Apple Music subscription, which comes at a $10 monthly cost and only music available in the iTunes Store can be synced through this method.

From these two methods, you can get that there exist some limitations when you need to import iTunes playlist to iPhone with iTunes/iCloud. And now we would introduce another free iTunes/iCloud alternative for you to transfer iTunes library to iPhone without losing data.

Bonus: Transfer iTunes music to iPhone without syncing

Now you have known the steps for syncing iTunes playlists to iPhone. But syncing music with iTunes may overwrite some items on your iPhone. In addition, if you have non-purchased songs, iTunes is not the best choice.

Here we would like to provide a professional iPhone data transfer tool, named FoneTool.It provides a seamless solution to transfer both purchased and non-purchased music between your PC and iPhone without the risk of data deletion.

FoneTool offers significant advantages over iTunes/iCloud, making it a superior app for managing your iTunes music.

Direct Transfer: Easily add music from any computer partition directly to your iPhone. You don’t need to add them to your iTunes playlists.
Fast Transfer: Experience faster data transfer between iPhone and computer compared to iTunes/iCloud.
Safe Transfer: Your data on your iPhone remains original quality during the transfer with FoneTool. And you don’t need to worry about any data loss.
Easy to use: With the user-friendly interface, you can finish all operations within a few clicks in FoneTool.
Widely Compatible: FoneTool supports a wide range of devices, including all models of iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, as well as various systems even the latest iOS 16 and 15.

Before the process, you should add music to your iTunes library from different partitions on your computer first, but there's no need to add them individually from every folder. Simply select all the music files at once. If your music files were stored in other folders, you can transfer the iTunes music by FoneTool directly.

Find files by opening iTunes > Files > select Library and click on Consolidate Files. iTunes will automatically copy all the music files into a single folder, it’s typically located at C:\Users\YourUserName\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media. From there, you can easily select your music in the "iTunes Media" folder.

Now you can click the download button to get FoneTool and finish the music move task in a few minutes.

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Step 1. Launch FoneTool and connect iPhone to computer using a USB cable.

Step 2. On the home screen of FoneTool, choose Phone Transfer > Move the mouse to PC to iPhone > Click Get Started.


Step 3. Click any area in the box to choose music from your Windows PC.


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



From this article, you can know how to sync iTunes playlist to iPhone. And must keep in mind that you may lose some data when you finish the process using iTunes/iCloud.

In this case, FoneTool will help you a lot. You can not only selectively/fully transfer your iTunes music to iPhone, but also transfer music from USB to iPhone without iTunes. And for more queries or feedback, please feel free to contact us.

Kathy · Editor
Kathy is an editor of FoneTool, who prefers to help more users address a series of iOS-related problems. She likes traveling and being close to nature makes her relax. She is also keen to engage in social activities and spend much free time with her friends.