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  • Download music from your iTunes music collection to
    your iPhone with just a few
  • You can download songs and other audio files to your
    iPhone using a USB cable or
    via Wi-Fi, though the initial setup requires connecting via USB
    either way.
  • Every time you add music to your iTunes library, you’ll need
    to sync your phone to copy the additional songs to your
  • Streaming services like Apple Music, Spotify, and
    Pandora let you play music on your phone without downloading

Given that your iPhone is essentially a cell phone merged with
a music player, Apple has made it surprisingly cumbersome to
download your music collection to a new iPhone.

Windows users in particular have
lamented for years that iTunes – Apple’s desktop
application that manages the audio data on your phone – is
needlessly complicated.

To ease your experience, here’s
how the step-by-step on how to download music from iTunes to your iPhone.

Prepare iTunes with your music

1. If you
haven’t done it already, install the latest version of
iTunes on a computer that holds your music

2. In iTunes,
click “File,” and then “Add Folder to Library.” Choose the music
folder where your songs are stored, and then click “Select

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Before you can download music to your iPhone, you first have to add those songs to your iTunes library.
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3. If you have
additional music stored elsewhere, repeat step 2 until you’ve
added all the music you want to your iTunes library.

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Download music from iTunes to your iPhone with a USB

1. Connect your
iPhone to the computer using a USB

2. Turn on your
iPhone and unlock it. If you see a message asking if you trust
this computer, select “Trust.” Meanwhile, on your computer, if a
dialog asks if you want to allow the computer to access
information on your iPad, choose “Continue.”

3. Tap the
device icon in the upper left part of the iTunes window.


Connect your iPhone to iTunes by clicking on its Device icon.
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4. Click “Music”
under your phone’s settings in the navigation pane in the left
side of the screen.

5. Click “Sync
Music” and then choose what you want to do – you can choose to
download your entire music library to your phone (if you have
enough storage space) or you can select just certain playlists,
artists, or albums.


You can download your entire music collection or just copy certain songs to your phone.
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6. Click “Apply”
and “Done” at the bottom of the iTunes window to sync.

7. The sync
process may take a while, especially if you have a lot of music.
When it’s complete, click the eject button to the right of your
phone in the navigation pane.

Remember that any time you add
new music to your iTunes library, you’ll need to connect your
phone and perform a sync.

Download music from iTunes to your iPhone using

If you don’t want to mess with
USB cables, it’s possible to sync your iPhone wirelessly. Be aware,
though, that this feature is sometimes finicky and may not work
reliably for you. If you have trouble getting wireless sync to
work, you can always resort to using a USB cable.

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To set up your iPhone to work
wirelessly, you’ll need to start by connecting it with a USB

1. Connect your
iPhone to the computer using a
USB cable.

2. Turn on your
iPhone and unlock it.

3. Tap the
device icon in the upper left part of the iTunes window.

4. Click
“Summary” under your phone’s settings in the navigation

5. In the
Options section, click “Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi” and
then click “Apply” and “Done” at the bottom of the screen.


Be sure to turn on “Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi” if you want to download music to your phone wirelessly.
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You should now be all set to
automatically sync – including any new music you add to your
iTunes library – whenever your
phone is plugged into power and both the phone and computer are
on the same Wi-Fi network.

If you want to manually perform a
wireless sync, open the Settings app on your phone. Tap
“General,” tap “iTunes Wi-Fi Sync,” and then tap “Sync

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If your phone is charging, you can perform a manual wireless sync with a couple of taps, concluding with tapping “Sync Now” here.
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Download music through your iPhone’s iTunes app, or
stream music on your phone

We’d be remiss not to mention the
fact that in these modern times, you can play a vast library of
music from your phone by either downloading music from your
iPhone‘s iTunes Store app to your Music
app or without downloading anything at all.

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You can use a music-streaming app
like Apple Music, Spotify, or Pandora to stream music directly from the cloud,
though you’ll generally want to connected to Wi-Fi so you don’t
incur data charges.



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