How to Transfer Music from Windows 10 PC to iPhone [4 Ways]

How to transfer music from Windows 10 PC to iPhone? Whether you want to transfer all songs or selected songs, you will find the method in this guide.


By Lena / Updated on June 27, 2024

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How to Transfer Music from Windows Laptop to iPhone

Now you want to transfer MP3 to iPhone so that you can enjoy the music anywhere. How to pass music from computer to iPhone? When it comes to transferring music to iPhone, iTunes may appear in your mind first. Almost every iPhone user is familiar with iTunes. After all, it is the official application developed by Apple to manage our iOS devices. However, iTunes has its limitations so you may not want to rely on iTunes.

Well, here in this guide I’ll show you how to transfer music from Windows 10 to iPhone with iTunes. Besides, you will also learn other two methods to help you add music to iPhone without iTunes. Here we go.

Method 1. The Easiest Way to Transfer Music from Windows 10 Computer to iPhone

If you want an easy and quick way to transfer songs from Windows 10 to iPhone, then FoneTool is one professional iOS data transfer tool, that is your best choice.  It allows you to transfer purchased or transfer non-purchased music to iPhone.

Top PC to iPhone Music Transfer App
  • Transfer unlimited music between iPhone and PC.
  • Send music, videos, photos, etc without losing quality.
  • Quick transfer doesn't erase and compress files.
  • Fully/selectively backup iPhone with ease.
  • Compatible with the latest iPhone and iOS version.

With its user-friendly design, you can transfer music from Windows 10 PC/laptop to iPhone in only a few clicks. Download this tool on your PC and connect your iPhone to computer. Then follow the steps below to learn how to add music to iPhone for free.

Step 1. Run FoneTool. Click Phone Transfer on the left pane, and choose PC to iPhone mode. Click the Start Transfer.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 2. Choose the Music option from the top of the interface. Then Click the file icon to choose the songs you want to transfer to iPhone.

Select music

Step 3. Finally, click the Start Transfer button to transfer music from PC to iPhone without iTunes for free.


Note: FoneTool can also help you move purchased or non-purchased music from iPhone to computer. You can go to this Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer guide to learn more.

Method 2. How to Transfer Music from Windows 10 to iPhone with iTunes

Something you should know:
1. iTunes requires you to pair your computer with your iPhone, that’s to say, you can’t sync music from different iTunes libraries to the same iPhone. Besides, the newly added songs will erase the old ones. If you want a no-data-loss way to transfer selected songs, please go to Method 1.
2. To successfully transfer music from iTunes to iPhone, you may need to go to "Settings" on your iPhone > Tap "Music" > and turn off iCloud Music Library. 

If you don't mind the limitations of iTunes, read to see how to transfer music from Windows 10 to iPhone with iTunes.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer via the USB cable and run iTunes. Please make sure you have installed the latest version of iTunes on your PC.

Note: For the first connection, a window will appear on your PC and you should click “Continue” to allow iTunes to read your iPhone data. Also tap “Trust” on your iPhone.

Step 2. Click the Device icon > go to Summary > uncheck the Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected option and check the option Manually manage music and videos > click Apply button.

Step 3. Click File option > choose Add File to Library from the drop-down list to add music files to iTunes you want to move to iPhone.

Add File To Library

Step 4. Go to Music > select Sync Music > choose either sync entire music library or selected playlists > click Apply button to sync music from computer to iPhone.

Sync Music

Method 3. How to Transfer Music from Windows 10 PC to iPhone via Cloud Services

If you want to transfer music from Windows 10 to iPhone without iTunes, you can try some cloud services to help you make it, like Dropbox, Google Play Music, Amazon Cloud. Here we take Dropbox as an example to show you how to transfer music from PC to iPhone without iTunes.

Dropbox functions like a container where you can store all your files and it offers 2 GB of free storage space. After installing Dropbox app on PC, you just need to drag and drop your songs to it. And then install Dropbox on your iPhone and sync it, you will find songs are there and you can download the song for offline listening.

Step 1. Sign up for a Dropbox account. Download Dropbox on both your computer and iPhone. And log in to your account.

Step 2. Copy and paste the songs you need to the Dropbox folder on your PC and wait for the songs to upload. Dropbox supports music in .mp3, .aiff, .m4a, and .wav formats.

Step 3. Go to the Dropbox app on your iPhone. You can listen to these songs via network. Or If you want to save the song for offline listening, you can swipe the song that you want to keep on the device from left to right and hit the “Star” to mark the song as a favorite.

Dropbox Player

Method 4. How to Transfer Music from Windows Laptop to iPhone with iCloud

Transferring music from a Windows 10 computer to an iPhone using iCloud involves a few steps. Here's a step-by-step guide:

Sure, here's a simplified version with each step in one sentence:

Step 1. Download and install iCloud for Windows from the Apple website.

Step 2. Open iCloud for Windows, sign in with your Apple ID, and enable iCloud Music Library.

Step 3. Open iTunes, sign in with your Apple ID, add your music to iTunes, and it will automatically upload to iCloud.

Step 4. On your iPhone, go to Settings > Music, enable iCloud Music Library, and open the Music app to see your uploaded music.

enable iCloud Music Library

Note: Ensure your iPhone is online, signed in with the same Apple ID, and wait a few minutes if the music doesn't appear immediately.

FAQs on transferring music from computer to iPhone

If you have other questions about passing music from Windows 10 to iPhone, I hope this section can answer all your doubts about how to how to transfer music from laptop to iPhone with USB.

#1. How do I transfer music from my laptop to my iPhone using USB?

Way 1. Connect your iPhone to laptop with a USB cable. Launch iTunes and tap the iPhone icon in the upper left corner. Then transfer the songs according to the steps of Method 2. 

iTunes device icon

Way 2. Connect your iPhone and laptop with a USB cable. Launch FoneTool and follow the steps of Method 1 to transfer music from computer to iPhone.

#2. Can you drag and drop music to iPhone without iTunes?

You can certainly drag and drop music to iPhone without iTunes, and in this article we provide two ways, FoneTool and cloud storage services such as Google Drive and Dropbox can help you transfer music from Windows 11 to iPhone.

FoneTool is characterized by fast transfer speed and can transfer music to iPhone without network. The feature of cloud services is that you can sync music between your computer and iPhone when you have an internet connection. Both ways allow you to drag and drop the music you want from your PC to their selection area for transfer, and you can choose the one that suits you better.


That’s all about how to transfer music from Windows 10 to iPhone. Compared above three methods, FoneTool offers an easier way to help you import both purchased and non-purchased songs from PC to iPhone without data erasing.

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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.