How to Download Music From iTunes to an iPhone

by Mario Calhoun ; Updated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • iTunes 8.0 or later

  • iPhone USB cable

The iTunes software that is bundled with the iPhone is the default software for syncing music, movies and audiobooks, as well as updating your contact information and bookmarks. When your iPhone is plugged into your computer, the iTunes program will automatically start and will sync your bookmarks and contacts automatically, and either include media synchronization or allow you to manually add music to your iPhone if the manual manage feature is enabled. It is recommended to sync your iPhone to iTunes periodically to ensure that both the iPhone and your computer contain the same information.

Automatically Sync Your iPhone to Your Computer

Click the Finder on your Macintosh computer's screen, and click the Applications folder tab in the Finder taskbar. Double-click the iTunes icon to run the program. For PCs, click "Start" in the lower-left corner and select "Programs," "iTunes" and "iTunes."

Connect the iPhone to your computer by plugging the iPhone cable into the USB port on your computer and the dock connector on the iPhone.

Select the iPhone tab in the iTunes side menu and click the "Music" tab in the iTunes browser window. Click the box next to "Sync Music" and click the circle next to "Entire music library or "Selected playlists, artists and genres." For the "Selected playlists, artists and genres" selection, check the boxes next to the content you wish to sync.

Click "File" at the top of the iTunes program window. Select "Sync iPhone" from the drop-down list.

Unplug the iPhone cable from your computer once the "iPhone sync is complete" message appears in iTunes.

Manually Add Music to your iPhone

Double-click the iTunes icon on your PC's desktop, or click the iTunes icon on your Mac's screen dock.

Connect the iPhone to your computer by plugging the iPhone cable into the USB port on your computer and the dock connector on the iPhone.

Click the iPhone tab in the iTune sidebar, and check the box next to "Manually manage music and videos." Click the "Apply" button.

Click the "Music" tab in the iTunes sidebar and drag and drop songs from your music library to the iPhone tab.

Select the "Eject" icon next to the iPhone tab once synchronization is complete.

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