By Dylan / Last update September 8, 2021

How to move my iTunes library to my new iPhone

{I have many songs on my iTunes library. And I plan to buy the iPhone 13 when it comes out. Then I wondering how to transfer my iTunes songs to my iPhone. Thanks.

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Need to transfer iTunes library to iPhone?

iTunes library stores your favorite albums on computer. Adding the music files to your iPhone makes it convenient to listen to music anywhere and anytime. What’s more, the whole iTunes library could be copied to another computer. If you are interested in this, refer to this guide: How to Backup iTunes Library?

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When you have a new iPhone like iPhone 13/12, you may want to transfer iTunes library to iPhone, so you can enjoy your playlists wherever you go.  Then you can follow the guide below, we will help you how to move iTunes library to iPhone.

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How to transfer iTunes library to iPhone 13/12/X/8/SE easily

Generally, your purchase history will be stored in the Server, and you can directly download the purchased songs in iTunes. For the non-purchased music, they are not on the server so you need to know some techniques to transfer non-purchased music to iPhone.

Except for download music on iPhone, you can also manually transfer music in iTunes without the Internet.

Steps to transfer songs in iTunes library to iPhone:

1. Open iTunes and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

2. Click the device icon of your iPhone in iTunes.

3. Select Music section in the sidebar.

4. Check Sync Music, select music from iTunes library, and click Apply.

Sync Music to iPhone

Note: Transferring music using iTunes is convenient but there is a very obvious disadvantage. Your iCloud Music Library on this iPhone will be removed. If you want to transfer music but also keep iCloud Music Library. You need the note in the next section to transfer music from pc to iPhone without iTunes.

How to transfer non-purchased music to iPhone without iTunes?

You may not familiar with iTunes or just don't want to use iTunes. Besides, If your PC store some songs that are not purchased on iTunes, it is not the best tool. Then we recommend AOMEI MBackupper, which is one of the best iOS transfer tools. It can help you to move purchased and non-purchased music from PC to your iPhone with ease. It is a professional data transfer and compared with iTunes, it has many advantages.

  • Direct Transfer: You don’t need to add music to the iTunes library. Just add any music from the partitions on computer to your iPhone.

  • Fast Transfer: AOMEI MBackupper is much faster than iTunes when transfer data between iPhone and computer.

  • Safe Transfer: You can feel free to transfer music with AOMEI MBackupper because your data on your iPhone won’t be influenced. To export music, refer to this guide: How to Transfer Music from iPhone to iTunes?

  • Transfer to PC: iTunes could only send specific data to an iOS device but can’t export them to computer. AOMEI MBackupper could do both.

  • Widely Compatible: AOMEI MBackupper supports iPhone 13/12 Pro Max/12 Mini/SE 2020/11, iPad 8/ Pro 4/ Air 4, iOS 14/13, and other previous devices and systems.

Steps to transfer iTunes music to iPhone:

Step 1. Download and install AOMEI MBackupper and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

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Step 2. On the home screen of AOMEI MBackupper, select Transfer to iPhone.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 3. Click any area in the box to add music from computer.

Tips: How to locate the music files in iTunes library?
You can add music into iTunes library from any partitions on computer but it is not necessary to add them from every folder. Just select all of them at a time.
Click Files in iTunes > select Library > select Consolidate Files. iTunes would make a copy of all the music files into one folder. Usually, it is C:\Users\YourUserName\Music\iTunes\iTunes Media so you can select your music in the folder iTunes Media.

Select Files

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


Wait for seconds, you iTunes library will be moved to your iPhone.

Section 3. How to sync music to iPhone on Mac?

iTunes is dead on macOS Catalina so what would happen to your previous iTunes library? iTunes has been split into Music, Podcast, and TV. You can enjoy your music in the new Music App but when you want to sync music from Mac to iPhone, you turn to Finder.

Steps to import iTunes library to iPhone with Finder:

1. Open Finder on Mac and connect your iPhone to Mac with USB cable.

2. Select your device in the sidebar of Finder.

3. Select Music section in the button bar.

4. Check Sync Music to iPhone and select the songs.

5. Click Apply to sync iTunes library.

Sync Music Mac

Last Words

iTunes library contains your favorite music. It is worth being enjoyed on your iPhone. The above content has introduced how to transfer iTunes library to iPhone 13/12/11/X/SE on Windows and Mac. You can use the 3 ways to enjoy your iTunes music on your iPhone.

AOMEI MBackupper is recommended to you because it is simple to use and meets all your needs.

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