[3 Ways] How to Transfer Music from Dell Laptop to iPhone

Need to transfer music from Dell laptop to iPhone? This guide will show you three ways in detail about how to transfer music from Dell laptop to iPhone.


By Demi / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Transfer music from Dell laptop to iPhone

Hey, I’ve been trying to transfer music from my Dell laptop to my iPhone XR by dragging it to iTunes but it doesn’t allow me. How can I transfer music from Dell laptop to iPhone with iTunes or without it? Thanks in advance.

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In the case of transferring music from computer to iPhone, iTunes is often the first option that you may consider. However, some demerits of iTunes may hold you back. Is there any alternative method to do the work on the iPhone that is less time-consuming and does no harm to the iPhone data?

The answer is undoubted YES. Here in this guide, we will not only introduce you the typical iTunes way, but also other easier and faster methods about how to transfer music from Dell laptop to iPhone. The methods below are also workable for any other Windows computer, as well as iPad and iPod.

How to transfer music from Dell laptop to iPhone via FoneTool

If you want to transfer music from Dell laptop to iPhone without iTunes, then FoneTool, the professional iOS data transfer tool, must be one of the best choices for you.

★ Preview and selective transfer. You can select the songs you like to import to iPhone.
★ No-purchased music allowed. You can be free transfer non-purchased music to iPhone with the aid of FoneTool, such as music on CDs.
★ No data loss. The transfer process does no harm to the previous files on your iPhone. It doesn’t degrade the quality of the transferred songs, either.
★ Offline and Fast transfer speed. With a stable USB connection, it takes you no more than 10 minutes to transfer 1000 songs.

Get the tool by clicking the icon below. Let’s transfer music from Dell laptop to iPhone with USB in three simple steps.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool and click Phone Transfer > Locate PC to iPhone and click Start Transfer.

Transfer To iPhone

Step 2. Click the box icon to browse and choose the songs from the folder on your laptop. You can also drag and drop the wanted songs to the box directly.

Select Files

Step 3. Make sure you have added all wanted music > Click Start Transfer to start the task.


When it is complete, you can unplug your iPhone and all the transferred music will be saved in the Music app.

The powerful transfer functions in FoneTool also allow you to transfer videos, contacts, photos from iPhone to computer, and vice versa. You can also backup your iPhone to computer with the aid of its backup functions.

How to transfer music from Dell laptop to iPhone by iTunes

If you choose to transfer music from Dell laptop to iPhone by the sync function in iTunes, there are some restrictions you may need to be aware of:

• You’re allowed to pair your iPhone with only one computer. In other words, you cannot sync music from different iTunes libraries to your iPhone.
• The sync process will overwrite the existing media files on your iPhone. Therefore, you may encounter some data loss after sync.

If you are OK with them, then you can follow the steps to add music from computer to iTunes library and sync music from Dell computer to iPhone with iTunes.

Add music to iTunes library
Step 1. Update your iPhone to the latest version > Connect your iPhone to computer with USB.

Step 2. Click the phone icon > Summary > Uncheck Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected and check Manually manage music and videos > Click Apply to save the change.

Step 3. Click File > Choose Add File to Library from the drop-down list > Locate and add music you want to sync to iPhone from the local folder on computer to iTunes.

Add File To Library

Sync music from iTunes Library to iPhone
Step 1. Keep connecting your iPhone to computer > Click Music > Check Sync Music.

Sync Music To iPhone

Step 2. According to your needs, choose Entire music library or Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres > Click Apply to start syncing music.

How to transfer music from Dell laptop to iPhone with Dropbox

If you prefer a wireless way to import music from Dell laptop to iPhone, cloud service can be a nice try for you. Here in this guide, we will take Dropbox as an example. But please be noted that most cloud services provide you with limited storage space for free, like 2 GB of free storage space for Dropbox.

Here are the detailed steps to transfer music from Dell laptop to iPhone with Dropbox.

Step 1. Download Dropbox on both your Dell laptop and iPhone > Log in or register your Dropbox account.

Step 2. On your Dell laptop, copy and paste the songs you want to the Dropbox folder > Wait for the songs to upload.

Step 3. Go to the Dropbox app on your iPhone, you can listen to the music online from here. Optionally, you can download the wanted songs for offline listening, too.

Dropbox Player


That’s all for the three ways of how to transfer music from Dell laptop to iPhone in every detail and instruction. Compared with each other, FoneTool may be the most workable tool you can take advantage of, which helps you free from complicated steps and transfer more wanted music to iPhone faster.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.