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How to transfer music from iPhone to iTunes: A complete guide

iTunes is not available to sync music from iPhone to iTunes library, but that doesn't mean you can't transfer it. Here's how to put songs from your iPhone to iTunes.

Elma Ellis Updated on Apr 27, 2023 11:55 AM

About transferring music from iPhone to iTunes, you need to know:

1. Unfortunately, iTunes' one-click sync function is one-way and only supports syncing music from iTunes to iPhone.

2. iTunes allows iOS users to transfer music from iPhone to iTunes with no effort, but it works just for music purchased from the iTunes store.

3. For those who want to add music from iPhone to iTunes through one-click syncing, you can resort to iPhone Data Transfer. It's a lightweight iPhone-to-iTunes music transfer tool, delivering users simple operations and transfer of multiple iPhone music formats to iTunes.

Transferring music from your iPhone to iTunes is a great way to save storage space for the phone.

Nowadays more and more people tend to use their iPhone to store and manage songs so that they can listen to music anywhere on a portable device. However, as the music collection grows, they may need to import music from iPhone to iTunes on PC for better music library management, data backup, or music database rebuilding on your computer.

Below, we'll show you step-by-step how to transfer songs from iPhone to iTunes. Aside from just introducing how to transfer music from iPhone to iTunes with its own music transfer feature, we'll also provide a more efficient solution to move songs from iPhone to iTunes with syncing.

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What is iTunes?

iTunes is an entertainment app where you can access your favorite music, movies, TV shows, and podcasts. As to the music transfer feature, it allows users to transfer music, including albums, songs, playlists, podcasts, and audiobooks between devices, create custom playlists, and purchase music from the iTunes store.

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Transfer music from iPhone to iTunes free

If the version of iTunes on your Mac or Windows computer is old, you will need to download and use the latest version of iTunes that supports your iPhone's iOS version, so that you can transfer music from your iPhone to iTunes music library successfully.


  • When you purchase music from the iTunes Store, it is tied to your Apple ID, and you will need to authorize any computer that you want to transfer that music to.

To authorize your computer with the same Apple ID before transferring purchased music from your iPhone to iTunes, follow these steps:

Step 1. Open iTunes on your computer, and click on "Account" in the top menu bar. Then choose "Sign In" from the drop-down list to sign in to your Apple ID.

Step 2. Go to the "Account" menu again, and then select "Authorizations > Authorize This Computer". You will be prompted to enter your Apple ID and password.

Step 3. Click "Authorize" to complete the authorization process.

After authorization, check the following tutorial to start transferring iPhone music to iTunes:

  • Connect your iPhone to computer using a USB cable.
  • Open iTunes on your computer and Click on "File > Devices" in the iTunes window.
  • Then select "Transfer Purchases From [your iPhone's name]." This will transfer any purchased music from your iPhone to your iTunes library.

Once the transfer process is complete, you can check for recently imported music in the iTunes library by selecting the "Recently Added" option in the left-hand menu of iTunes.

Tip: If you want to record music on your computer screen, take advantage of AppGeeker Screen Recorder, an efficient audio recorder compatible with Mac and Windows OS. See our article on how to record MP3 audio files in Windows 10.

Sync music from iPhone to iTunes

The single-way syncing feature of iTunes only allows you to sync music from iTunes to your iPhone. When it comes to syncing music from iPhone to iTunes, you will need help from the iTunes alternative - iPhone Data Transfer.

iPhone Data Transfer is a trust-worthy transfer tool, which is best for synchronization of your media file from iPhone to iTunes and vice versa. It provides a flexible transfer fast between iPhone devices and iTunes, preview and selection of all iPhone music files before moving. With iPhone Data Transfer, you can sync the entire iTunes library with one simple click.

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iPhone Data Transfer - Add Music from iPhone to iTunes

  • Availability on Windows and Mac platforms
  • Capable of transferring big collections of music files to iTunes library
  • One click to transfer music, and playlists from iPhone to your iTunes, and vice versa
  • Manage music information, like album, name, artist, and genre
  • Ability to preview and choose music files you'd like to transfer in bulk

How to transfer music from an iPhone to iTunes?

Step 1: Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to PC

You can use the same USB cable that you use to charge your iPhone, which is a Lightning to USB cable. Plug the Lightning connector on one end into your iPhone, and the USB connector on the other end into your computer's USB port.

Step 2: Click on the "Music" tab to access your iPhone music library

The app will load all the music files on your iPhone and divide them into different groups according to music file types, such as podcasts, ringtones, audiobooks, voice memos, etc. But don't worry, the playlists you create on iPhone will not be shuffled.

Step 3: Select the songs you'd like to transfer to iTunes

In the right pane of the app's interface, find the songs you'd like to transfer, then tick the box next to them in the music list, by doing so, you can copy music from iPhone to iTunes in bulk. If you want to transfer all music to iTunes, check the box next to Type filter above the first music track.

Step 4: Move music from iPhone to iTunes

Click the computer icon from the top menu bar. Then choose "Export to iTunes" from the drop-down menu to start moving your songs to the iTunes library.

You can also watch a simple video tutorial here:

Sync iPhone music to iTunes with one-click

This syncing feature acts as a shortcut for users, eliminating the need to go through and check multiple albums and playlists. With just one click, you can quickly transfer your favorite music, playlists, podcasts, audiobooks, and even voice memos from iPhone device to iTunes. This makes the process much quicker and more streamlined, saving users valuable time to build a new iTunes Library.

1. Choose the "iTunes Library" button from One-click Operation section at the bottom of the main interface of the software.

2. Click the "Sync Device to iTunes" tab on the left side.

This will open a new window where you can choose what type of track to sync from your iPhone to iTunes. By default, all types of your tracks will be chosen. But if you don't want music from some specific apps, just uncheck them.

3. Click on the "One-Click to iTunes" button at the bottom of the interface (see image above). This will initiate the syncing process and transfer the selected iPhone tracks to iTunes.

Bonus: sync music to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod from iTunes

One of the most useful features of iTunes is the ability to sync content to your devices, like iPhone, iPad, or iPod. For music lovers, syncing songs to iPhone with iTunes is a convenient way to keep your favorite tunes with you at all times. Since the method of music transmission from iTunes to iPhone, iPad, or iPod is similar, here we'll take iPhone as an example, and show you how to do it:

  • Open iTunes and connect iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.
  • Click on the iPhone icon in the upper-left corner of the top menu bar.
  • Click on the "Music" tab in the left-hand sidebar of the iTunes window.
  • Check the box next to "Sync Music", then select "Entire music library" to sync all songs.
  • Click "Apply" in the bottom-right corner of the iTunes window to start syncing.

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