Transfer music from PC to iPhone

There is no direct way to transfer music files from Windows computer to Apple devices: iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. You must use iTunes, cloud storage services, or third-party data transfer tools.

We’ll show you how to transfer music from PC to iPhone with iTunes and cloud services. Even if you are a new iPhone user, you will find the steps quite easy.

Transfer and sync music wirelessly with iTunes

This method requires an internet connection, preferably Wi-Fi, on both devices (PC and iPhone). Install the latest version of iTunes from Apple’s website or Microsoft Store and follow the steps:

  1. Select Account on the menu bar and choose Login
  1. Enter your Apple ID email and password in the dialog boxes and select Login† Continue to the next step when iTunes syncs and lists your music library.
  1. It is essential that iCloud Music Library on iTunes is enabled for this method to work. So, select edit on the iTunes menu bar and select Preferences† Use the Ctrlcomma) hotkey for faster access.
  1. Go to the General tab, check the iCloud Music Library box and select Okay to save the change.
  1. Select File on the menu bar (top left corner) and select Add file to library† You can also press CtrlO to open the “Add to Library” window.
  1. Select the songs you want to transfer and select Open
  1. iTunes uploads the songs to your Apple Music library on all devices associated with your Apple ID. Select the moving circle icon next to the search bar to check the song upload/transfer progress.
  1. Select Recently added in the “Library” section of the sidebar to view the songs in your music library.

Open your iPhone Music app, go to the Library tab and check the ‘Recently added’ section. You should see the songs you uploaded to iCloud Music Library in the list.

Transfer music over a wired connection

This method does not require an internet connection. All you need is a USB cable and iTunes. The trick is to send numbers to your iPhone using an intermediary app.

One major drawback of sending music over a wired connection is that the songs don’t sync to your iCloud Music Library. Therefore, you cannot play them in the Apple Music app on your iPhone.

Connect your iPhone to your Windows PC using a USB cable and follow the steps below:

  1. Tap Allow on your iPhone to allow your PC to access your media files.
  1. Launch iTunes and select Get on at the authorization prompt.
  1. Then unlock your iPhone, tap To trust at the prompt and enter your iPhone passcode.

Make sure not to skip steps two and three. Otherwise, you cannot transfer files from your computer to your iPhone. The next step is to link your Apple ID or iCloud account to iTunes. If your account is already associated with iTunes, go to step #.

  1. Select the iPhone or Mobile device icon next to the media selection menu.
  1. Select Share files in the sidebar and select the app that will act as an intermediary between your PC and iPhone.

You can select any app, but we recommend using a media player as an intermediary or file sharing app. The songs are added to the music library in the media player app on your iPhone. We will be using the VLC Media Player as the file sharing app for this tutorial.

  1. Drag the songs you want to transfer to the [App] Documents section.
  1. Select Done to complete the music transfer.

iTunes will transfer the songs to your iOS device as audio files. Use the Files app or third-party media players to access the songs on your iPhone.

  1. Open the media player to access the songs. You can also use the . to open Files app, go to the To leaf through section, tap on my iPhoneand open the app’s folder.

Supposing you have chosen Chrome as your file transfer app (in step 5), open the Chrome folder in the Files app to access the songs.

Using cloud services

You can also upload songs to cloud storage services and then access them remotely on your iPhone. Only use this method if you want to send a few numbers. Using cloud services to transfer your entire music library is not recommended. Except of course, you have an unlimited internet subscription.

Another drawback: you cannot play songs transferred via cloud services in the Apple Music app. You can play them in the cloud storage app or listen locally through third-party media players.

We show you how to use it Google Drive and Dropbox to copy songs from a Windows PC to your iPhone.

Transfer music from PC to iPhone with Google Drive

Install the Google Drive app from the App Store, sign in with your Google account and follow the steps below:

  1. Open your PC’s web browser, sign in to your Google Drive account and upload the song(s).
  1. Start the Google Drive app on your iPhone and open the folder containing the songs you uploaded from your PC. Tap a song to play it in the Google Drive app.
  1. To download a song to your iPhone, tap the menu icon with three dots under the number and select Open in
  2. Tap Save to files in the action menu.
  3. Select your media player’s app folder and tap Save† If you don’t have a media player, save the file in a new or pre-existing folder.

Transfer music from PC to iPhone with Dropbox

If your Google Drive storage quota is maxed out, Dropbox is an easy-to-use alternative. Install Dropbox on your iPhone, create a Dropbox account if you don’t already have one, and follow these steps:

  1. Open your Dropbox account in your PC’s web browser and upload the songs to your preferred folder.
  1. Launch the Dropbox app on your iPhone and open the songs folder. Press select icon in the top right corner and select the songs you want to transfer to your iPhone.
  2. Tap Export and select Save to files in the action menu.
  3. Wait for Dropbox to download the songs and save them to your preferred folder in the Files app.

Import music to your iPhone

Remember that iPhone supports the following audio formats: MP3M4AM4RM4BAACWAVand AIFF† If your iPhone can’t play a song, it’s probably in an unsupported format. Convert the number to a compatible format and resend it to your iPhone.

To copy music from iPhone to PC, you need third-party file sharing apps like Xender. Refer to this tutorial on transferring files from iPhone/Android to PC for detailed instructions.

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