Looking for a suitable method to transfer music from your computer to your iPhone? Or simply want to add some favorite songs to it? You’ve come to the right place!
In this article, I will show you 6 methods to put music on iPhone or iPad. The first one is the regular way using iTunes. If you don’t want to rely on iTunes to organize and sync your music library, one of the other methods may be the alternative you’re looking for.
Keep reading and find out the best way to enjoy music on your lovely iPhone!
1. Transfer Music to iPhone & iPad Using iTunes
(+) Pros: If iTunes is the main music player on your computer, you can easily sync the library with your iPhone.
(-) Cons: If you have music files synchronized from another computer before, using this method will remove all the old files.
iTunes is the iOS device management software made by Apple. Make sure you’ve installed the latest version of this program on your computer. Then follow the steps below to transfer music from your computer to your iPhone.
1) Connect your device to your computer.
2) Launch iTunes. First, you need to add your music files to iTunes Library. To do so, click File > Add to Library, or press Ctrl+O (Windows) / Cmd+O (Mac).
Now you can select the music files or the whole folder you want to transfer to the iPhone.
3) Your music is now added to iTunes. It’s time to synchronize the iTunes library with the iPhone.
Your connected device appears as an icon in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window. Click on it, then under Settings on the left side of the iTunes window, select Music.
4) Check Sync Music. You can choose Entire Music Library or specific albums / playlists / genres / artists to get synchronized.
Finally, click Sync to start transferring music from your computer to your iPhone.
2. Put Music on iPhone Using Cloud Services (Free)
Cloud storage is so popular these days. For music lovers, there are some free & big-name services that let you upload and sync your music collection on all of your devices.
(+) Pros: Save your music in the cloud and sync across all of your devices.
(-) Cons: Need to connect your device to the Internet and re-download the files.
OneDrive & Groove
Microsoft OneDrive offers 15GB of free storage for beginners and I believe this capacity is more than enough for most of us to store music. You can use the web-based version, but I recommend installing the OneDrive application on your Mac or PC.
The application will create a new folder named OneDrive on your computer and anything inside it will be synced to the cloud. So if you want to upload your own music, all you need to do is copy your files to this folder.
On your iPhone or iPad, don’t install the OneDrive app. Microsoft has a music streaming app called Groove (download) and it supports OneDrive perfectly.
Once you’ve logged into your Microsoft account, all music stored in OneDrive will show up in the My Music section of the Groove app. You can download tracks to your iPhone for offline playback by tap and hold on a song and select “Make Available Offline”.
It would be much better if the app had an option to select multiple files at once. As of now, you can only select songs one by one if you’d like to download, delete or add them to playlist, now playing.
Google Play Music
Google Play Music is a cloud-based music streaming service and it offers two listening plans: Free and Unlimited. With Its Free plan, you’re allowed to upload up to 50,000 of your own songs from the desktop for free.
If you’ve been using Google Chrome, you can upload tracks directly through the browser. If not, you will need to download Google’s Music Manager software.
Once you’ve finished uploading your music collection to Google’s server, you can play it from any devices. For iOS, just install the Google Play Music app on your iPhone or iPad then sign in with the same account you used to upload music earlier.
Now, to see your uploaded songs, open the side navigation menu of the app, then select “Music library”. To download music tracks to your iPhone for enjoying them without an Internet connection, simply “pin” them in the app.
If you don’t want to keep a song in the app, you can remove it without worrying about the file being lost, as the original file is now stored in the cloud. In the future, you can keep using Play Music’s website, or the Music Manager application to add new songs and get them synchronized on your iPhone.
In some countries, Groove and Google Play Music may be not available to install. If that’s your case, you can use Dropbox as an alternative.
Like OneDrive, you can install Dropbox app on both your computer and your iPhone to make syncing music between them easier. The free Dropbox account comes with 2GB of storage, and there are a couple of ways you can try to extend the space storage for free.
Although you’re able to save music offline, or minimize the app in the background and still listen to the playback, the built-in media player of Dropbox is not designed to be a fully-featured media player.
You can’t create your favorite playlists or play songs continuously. The solution is to install an additional cloud music player on your iPhone. Musicloud is a free and good app like that. The app will scan your Dropbox account for music files then ask you what you want to import locally.
3. Transfer Music to iPhone Wirelessly via Wi-Fi (Free)
There are a couple of apps that can let you transfer music from your computer to iPhone or iPad wirelessly via Wi-Fi. Your MP3 files are not added to the core library, instead, they are stored in these apps’ local storage.
(+) Pros: Send music or video files to your iPhone wirelessly.
(+) Cons: The transfer speed is slower than syncing via USB cable.
VLC for iOS
The VLC app for iOS can create a small web server which you can use to send files directly to your iPhone through a web browser.
To be able to use this feature, your PC and iPhone need to connect to the same Wi-Fi network. In the side navigation menu, you’ll find an option named “Sharing via Wi-Fi”. Simply toggle it on to activate the feature.
Once you’ve turned it on, the app will show you two URLs right beneath the “Sharing via Wi-Fi” option. Now launch the web browser on your computer and go to either of the URLs shown in the app. For example, the first URL shown in my app is http://192.168.5.101, so I will access it on my computer.
When the web page is loaded, simply drag your music files and drop them onto the web interface, just like copy files between two windows. Alternatively, you can simply click on the “+” button to use the file picker dialog.
After transferring, your songs should appear in the app immediately. The VLC app also supports videos in most formats, so you can make use of it to put videos on your iPhone as well.
Documents is a file manager app for iOS devices and it provides a similar way to put music on your iPhone. The neat and tidy interface and the ability to make playlists of music files automatically are the reasons I included this app in the list.
After installing the app, tap the gear button in the top-left corner to access Documents’ settings. Now select Wi-Fi Drive and turn on this feature. The next steps are similar to the process of sending files to the VLC app above.
To create a playlist of your music, just put them in the same folder using the app’s file manager. Documents’ music player looks pretty nice and it has all the essential functions to control music playback.
Capriccio is not a free app but it has a lot of fascinating features for playing music. The app supports iTunes File Sharing, Wi-Fi transfer, iPod library music, cloud storages and even FPT/WebDAV connections.
Not only can you add music to your iPhone easily via a Wi-Fi network connection, you can also create and manage your playlists, and sort your music by album, artist, and genre.
4. iTunes alternatives
The process of transferring music to iOS devices using iTunes, for some people, can be a hassle. Luckily, we don’t have to rely on this bloated software all the time to manage our music library.
Here are a few alternatives to iTunes that will let you add music to your iPhone effortlessly. Music will be transferred to the core library, which means you can listen to your songs using the stock Music app.
You just need to connect your iOS device to the PC via a cable and a drag & drop affair will add music directly to your device.
(+) Pros: Transfer music to your iOS device easier.
(-) Cons: Only for Windows.
3uTools (Windows only)
3uTools is a free iOS file and data management tool that makes it easier to manage apps, photos, music, ringtones, videos and other multimedia files on your iOS devices. It also allows you to view fully your device’s statuses such as jailbreak, battery, iCloud lock,…
Importing music using 3UTools is pretty simple. Once you have installed the application on your PC, connect your iPhone to the PC via the USB cable. 3uTools will detect your device and show you the device’s different statuses on the home screen.
Now click “Music” on the left sidebar, then click “Import”. You can choose a single music file or an entire folder from this option. Once you’ve selected and confirmed, 3uTools will start importing music to your iPhone. Wait until the transferring process is finished and you can find all the songs in the Music app.
CopyTrans Manager is another free program that can fully replace iTunes for Windows user. The application allows you to quickly drag and drop music and videos from PC directly to your iOS device. Playlists, podcasts, audiobooks, and ringtones can also be imported to your iPhone/iPad easily using this tool.
The ability to edit tracks and artwork is one of the outstanding features of CopyTrans Manager. You’re able to edit track album names and genres, meta-data such as track ratings and song lyrics as well. Overall, CopyTrans is a great option for people who need to transfer or backup their music libraries.
5. Streaming Music Services
With the advent of smartphones and always-on connections, the streaming service reigns supreme. Now by paying a flat monthly fee, you can access a selection of millions of songs from any devices.
These services allow you to build your own catalogue of music in the cloud, as well as download them to your device for offline use.
iOS users can choose Apple Music as it’s integrated into the stock Music app and iCloud. Any changes you make to your music library will sync across all of your devices.
If you feel like Apple Music is not for you, there are many options out there with varying similarities and differences: Spotify, Tidal, Pandora, SoundCloud, Google Play Music, Amazon Music, Microsoft Groove. Most of these services come with a free trial, so you can try them by yourself to see which one is right for you.
6. Cydia Tweak (Jailbroken only)
If your iPhone is jailbroken, then you can easily bypass the restrictions of the iOS file system. There is a Cydia tweak that takes advantage of this and lets you import music directly to your iPhone’s music library, its name is Bridge. It also seems to be the only working tweak at this time.
Bridge allows you to import music and videos straight to your media library from multiple sources like files received in an email, files stored in other apps, and files downloaded from the Internet. Just select the “Open in” feature when sharing a file from other apps, you’ll find the option to import it into the Music app offered by the jailbreak tweak.
This is a must-have tweak for jailbroken users. No need to use iTunes and PC anymore! Just a tap and your songs will immediately show up in the stock Music application. It’s compatible with iOS 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and available for $1.99 from BigBoss repo.
And those are 6 methods to have songs on your iPhone. Do you use any other ways that are efficient and convenient? Have you tried any of these methods already? Either way, let us know in the comment section below.