How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone X, XR, XS

This guide will show you how to transfer music from computer to iPhone X, XR, XS (Max). Whether you want to transfer music to iPhone via USB cable or wirelessly, you can find the way here.


By Lena / Updated on June 13, 2023

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Want to transfer music from computer to iPhone X?

In addition to purchasing and downloading music from the iTunes Store or Apple Music, you can also download songs from other places. If your songs are saved on your computer, how to transfer music from PC to iPhone X so you can listen to music anywhere and anytime?

Transfer music to iPhone X

In this article, we will list the best three methods on how to transfer music from PC to iPhone X, XR, XS (Max). Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, you can choose the one that suits you best according to your situation. Let’s get it on.

Way 1. How to transfer music from computer to iPhone X with iTunes

iTunes is the most frequently mentioned tool when it comes to PC to iPhone transfer. It is developed by Apple and is the official solution to sync music to iPhone. However, its complicated and unfriendly interface may confuse you. Besides, you need to be very careful when transferring data with iTunes, otherwise, you will lose the existing files on your iPhone.

iTunes sync may lead to data loss. When you click the sync button, it will replace the existing files on your iPhone with the newly added items.
You can’t transfer music to iPhone from iTunes if you use iCloud or Apple Music to sync music across all your devices. iCloud Music and iTunes sync are not compatible.

In short, iTunes indeed can help you transfer music to iPhone X but you may lose existing songs on your device. If you prefer a more flexible way to complete the transfer, you can move to the next method.

If you don't mind losing the music on your iPhone X, you can download iTunes from Apple website and follow the steps to transfer music.

How to add music to iPhone X from computer with iTunes sync

Step 1. Add music to iTunes library

First of all, you should add your songs to iTunes library. Open iTunes > Click File from the menu bar > Choose Add File to Library or Add Folder to Library to add the songs to iTunes library.

Add File to Library

Step 2. Transfer songs from iTunes to iPhone X

1. Connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable > Follow the on-screen instructions to connect iPhone to iTunes.

2. Click Device tab when iTunes recognizes your device.

3. Go to Music > select Sync Music > choose either to sync entire music library or selected playlists > click Apply > Sync to confirm.

Sync Music

How to put music on iPhone X from computer manually

You can also choose to add songs to iPhone X manually.

1. Open iTunes and plug in your iPhone X.

2. Click the Device icon > Choose Summary > Go to Options section > Check Manually manage music and videos > Click Apply to confirm.

3. Go to your library > Select the songs you want to add to iPhone > Drag and drop songs to the device area on the left side of iTunes.

Dray songs to iPhone

Way 2. How to transfer music from computer to iPhone X without iTunes

If you do not want to lose any existing songs on iPhone or want an easier way to complete the transfer, then you can try FoneTool, one easy-to-use iOS data management tool for Windows users.

With FoneTool, you can easily transfer purchased and non-purchased music from computer to iPhone X. It will only put music on iPhone and will not delete existing songs or any other data on the device.

Click the download button to install FoneTool and see how to transfer music from computer to iPhone X, XR, XS (Max).

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1. Launch FoneTool > Plug in your iPhone to computer.

2. Click Phone Transfer option on the left pane > Go to PC to iPhone and click Start Transfer.

PC to iPhone

3. Click Music icon > Drag and drop songs to the box. Or you can click anywhere in the box to browse and choose the songs you want to transfer.

Choose Music

4. Click Start Transfer to add music to iPhone X on computer.

Start Transfer

5. Click OK when the transfer is completed.


As you can see, songs can be transferred to iPhone X with just a few clicks. FoneTool supports data transfer between iPhone and computer. You can click iPhone to PC to transfer music from iPhone to computer.

FoneTool also supports data transfer between different Apple IDs, which means you can easily share music with family and friends. You can go to this guide to learn more: How to Transfer Music from One Apple ID to Another.

Way 3. How to transfer music from computer to iPhone X wirelessly

If you do not have a USB cable at hand, you can take advantage of cloud storage services to transfer music from computer to iPhone X. First upload music files to cloud on computer and then download music on iPhone. Here we take iCloud Drive as an example, you can also use Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.

1. On your computer: open a browser and go to > log in to your account with your Apple ID and passcode > choose iCloud Drive > click the Upload button to upload the songs you want to transfer to iPhone.

Upload songs to iCloud Drive

2. On your iPhone X: go to Files app > choose iCloud Drive to find your songs.

Music in iCloud Drive

You can tap a song to play it. However, you cannot add them to Music app. If you want to add MP3 to Apple Music app, you can try FoneTool or iTunes.

Final words

That’s all about how to transfer music from computer to iPhone X, XR, XS (Max). iTunes can help you add music to iPhone but it will erase the existing music on device. If you do not want to lose your songs, you can use FoneTool to transfer songs to Apple Music app. Or you can save songs to iCloud Drive so you can listen to them on iPhone.

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.