How to Transfer Music from iTunes to iPhone Automatically/Manually

By Adam Gorden Posted on June 29, 2023

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Syncing music has always been the most convenient part when using Apple Music or iTunes. When you have a new iPhone and want to transfer your existing music library, or if you've downloaded new songs or playlists in iTunes that you want to enjoy on your iPhone, you'll want to transfer your iTunes music library to your iPhone directly.

Syncing music allows you to have access to your music library without searching or readding the tracks manually. With the iTunes app, you can use the simple steps to sync your iTunes music automatically or manually to your iPhone. You can even transfer your music library to the Downloaded section under the Library tab in your Music app. This ensures your favorite tunes are readily available on the go.

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Part 1. How to Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone with Subscription

When you subscription to Apple Music or iCloud, it provides you with access to a vast library of songs available for streaming, and the ability to take your music library to your devices. If you have a setting called "Sync Library"/"iCloud Music Library" enabled on the devices connected to the same Apple ID, your music library will be synced to those devices automatically. This means the music in your iTunes library is available for streaming on all your devices, including your iPhone.

Step 1. To access your synced iTunes library on your iPhone, make sure you have "iCloud Music Library" enabled on your iPhone and your computer that runs the iTunes app, such as Windows PC or macOS that runs Mojave or earlier.

For iPhone: Go to Settings > Music > Sync Library, and turn on the "Sync Library" setting on your iPhone.

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For Windows PC: Go to iTunes > Edit > Preferences > General > iCloud Music Library, and select the checkbox next to it, and click OK to save this setting.

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Step 2. After you enable the Sync Library/iCloud Music Library for your devices, your music library will be synced automatically to the Music app on your iPhone.

Step 3. On your iPhone, open the Music app > Library. Your synced iTunes library, including any music you've added should be available under the Library tab.

Part 2. How to Sync Music from iTunes to iPhone Manually

With iCloud Music Library, there's no longer a need to manually sync your entire library to your iPhone as the syncing process happens automatically across your devices once iCloud Music Library is enabled. If you don't have iCloud Music library with the subscription to iCloud or Apple Music, you should do the syncing by yourselves.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer that runs the iTunes app.

Step 2. On your computer, open the iTunes app. When you're prompted, select your device from the upper-left corner of the iTunes window.

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Step 3. Select the Music tab in your iPhone's sync settings within iTunes.

Step 4. Ensure that the option to "Sync Music" is enabled. You can now choose the type of iTunes music you want to sync to your iPhone.

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If you want to sync your entire music library, check "Entire music library".

If you want to sync selected types of music including playlists, artists, albums, and genres, check "Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres", and select the checkbox next to each item that you want to sync.

Step 5. Click the Sync or Apply button. iTunes will transfer the selected music to your iPhone.

Step 6. After syncing, click Done. Return to your iPhone's Music app, and go to the Library tab. Your synced iTunes library or types of music should appear there.

Part 3. How to Transfer iTunes Library to iPhone as Downloaded Music

When you use iCloud Music Library to sync your iTunes library to iTunes, the music will not appear as downloaded music under the Downloaded section in the Music app on your iPhone. You'll have to redownloaded them within the Music app for offline use.

Even you don't have subscription to Apple Music, you can still transfer your iTunes library to your iPhone and have your music appear as downloaded music in the Music app. For this, you'll want to download your entire music library into transferrable music files, such as MP3. You're highly recommended to use our ViWizard Audio Converter to do this trick.

ViWizard Audio Converter is the best iTunes Music downloader that's designed for users to download all types of iTunes contents for offline use. You can add your entire iTunes library to download, including Apple Music, iTunes music, files, audiobooks, podcasts, and even Audible audiobooks. If you want to transfer your music library to iPhone, you'll need to adjust the output format as MP3, AAC, or M4A. Then you can consider replacing the digital music with your music, and do the syncing of your music library to your iPhone as downloaded music.

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Key Features of ViWizard Audio Converter

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  • Convert songs, albums, and playlists from Apple Music to MP3
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Step 1Select iTunes music

Download and install either the Mac or Windows version of the ViWizard app to your computer, and launch it and grant to open the iTunes app. This allows you access your iTunes music library directly from the iTunes app. To add music to download, you can drag and drop the items to ViWizard from the iTunes app. Alternatively, you can click the Add Music icon at the top of the screen to load your entire music library there.

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Step 2Adjust output format

After adding, you should adjust the output format. Click the Format tab at the bottom left of the screen, and select either MP3, AAC, or M4A as the output format. After that, click OK to save this setting.

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Step 3Download iTunes music library

Back to the main interface of ViWizard Audio Converter, and click on the Convert button to start the conversion. Wait the conversion to complete, and click the Open button next to the output location tab to check to see the downloaded music.

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Step 4Sync iTunes music to iPhone

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Once done, you should upload your music to iTunes by using File > Add File/Folder to Library. Later you can sync your music library to your iPhone by using the steps mentioned earlier in Part 2. To find your downloaded music specifically, open the Music app on your iPhone and tap on the Downloaded option under the Library tab. This will displayed the synced music that has been downloaded to your device.

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