Stepwise Tutorial: How to Sync Music to iPhone with Ease

This post mainly gives you multiple options to easily sync music to iPhone with or without computer. No matter you’re trying to sync music to iPhone from a phone or a computer, you can find a suitable solution here.


By Ellie / Updated on June 12, 2023

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How do I sync my music to iPhone?


I’ve downloaded some music on my old iPhone and on my computer as well. Now I got a new iPhone. I wonder how can I sync my music to my new iPhone from my old iPhone and my computer?”

-Question from Apple Community


How to sync music to iPhone with a computer

Here in this section, we'll introduce 3 options on how to sync music to iPhone from Mac or PC. You can follow the same way to transfer photos from computer to iPhone.

Option 1. Sync music to iPhone using the Finder

If you're using macOS Catalina or later, you can use the Finder to sync your iPhone, iPad, or iPod with your computer.

Step 1. Open a Finder window and connect your device to your computer using a USB cable. Then select the device in the Finder sidebar.

Finder Side Bar

Step 2. Click Music in the button bar.

Select Music

Step 3. Select the “Sync music onto X's iPhone” checkbox to turn on syncing of your music. With the checkbox selected, syncing is set to transfer all your music to your device.

Sync Music onto iPhone

Step 4. You can choose either to sync "Entire music library" or sync "Selected artists, albums, genres, and playlists".

Step 5. When you’re ready to sync, click Apply.

Option 2. Use iTunes to sync music to iPhone

If you're using macOS Mojave or earlier or a PC, you can use iTunes to sync music to iPhone. Follow the steps below to see how to sync music from iTunes to iPhone.

Step 1. Download the latest version of iTunes on your computer from the Microsoft Store and then open it. Connect the iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.

Microsoft Store iTunes

Step 2. Click the device icon on the left corner of the iTunes screen.

Device Icon iTunes

Step 3. Go to Music, select Sync Music, and then choose sync Entire music library. After this, click Apply.

Sync Music

Note: You need to pay attention to the following two things if you’re trying to sync music from PC to iPhone via iTunes.

  • Limited music sources allowed. You are only allowed to sync songs purchased from the iTunes store via iTunes; items downloaded from other sources or copied from CDs are not on the list because they will not be recognized at all.
  • Data loss. Any current media files on your iPhone, like music, ringtones, playlists, and so on, will be lost if you sync a few songs or the complete iTunes collection to the iPhone. Because synchronizing with iTunes will wipe out all of your existing information.  

Option 3. Sync music to iPhone from PC without iTunes

If you have encountered problems like iPhone not showing up in iTunes when trying to sync music using iTunes, or you don't want to lose any existing data on your iPhone, you can choose an iTunes alternative, for example, FoneTool, a free yet powerful iOS transfer program allows you to transfer music to iPhone without iTunes.

It has the following advantages over transferring music via iTunes:

Fast speed. With high transfer speeds, you can share any type of music from any source, whether purchased or non-purchased music.
Free of data loss. The existing media files on your iPhone are unaffected when you sync music from your PC to it.
Multiple functions. It not only supports iOS data transfer but also data backup, data restore, data erasion, photo deduplication, etc.
Wide compatibility. It is compatible with almost any iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, as well as Windows 11/10/8.1/8/7.
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Step 1. Download and install FoneTool on your computer. Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable and then open FoneTool. Go to Phone Transfer, locate PC to iPhone option, and then click Start Transfer.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 2. Click the box area to add or drag and drop music that you want to transfer to your iPhone from your computer.

Select Files

Step 3. After you have added all music you want, click Start Transfer to transfer the music to your iPhone.


How to sync music to iPhone without a computer

If you need to sync music to iPhone from an iPhone or iPad, you may also use Sync Library and FoneTool without a computer. Both methods allow you to sync music to iPhone wirelessly. Take the actions outlined below.

Option 1. Turn on Sync Library with Apple Music on iPhone

If you’re using Apple Music on your iPhone, there is no need to transfer music manually. You could just activate Sync Library and get your song on all your devices that have the same Apple ID logged in. 

On your new device, go to Settings > Music > Turn on Sync Library > then your purchased music will appear on your new device after logging in to the same account.

Music Sync Library

Option 2. Sync music to iPhone with the MBackupper app

If you want to transfer music or any audio files that are downloaded from other sources other than Apple Music, you can also use the free FoneTool app. It allows you to transfer all music downloaded between iOS devices easily.  

Step 1. Scan the QR code or go to App Store to get MBackupper.

MBackupper QR Code

Step 2. Open MBackupper on both iPhones. Go to Connect Device and tap the avatar on either iPhone to establish a connection. Go to Music, choose the music that you want to transfer, and tap Send to start.

Transfer Music to Others

Note: In this way, you could do iPhone to iPhone photos, videos, contacts, and files transfer without computers.


This post mainly introduces how to easily sync music to iPhone with or without a computer. If you need to sync music to iPhone from your computer, you can use iTunes and FoneTool. If you need to sync music to iPhone from other iOS devices, then you can use Sync Library features on iPhone or use the FoneTool app to transfer music between iOS devices.

Ellie · Editor
Ellie, a professional and experienced writer who is good at solving iOS-related problems and writing iOS backup/transfer tips.