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How to add MUSIC from computer to iPhone, iPad or iPod

How to add MUSIC from computer to iPhone, iPad or iPod

Hey everyone. In this video, I wanted to show you how you can take music from a computer, and put it on to your iPhone. Now apple doesn’t make this process really easy, because this is not the way they want you to do the workout. They basically want you to buy things from iTunes. And then it will sync between your iTunes and your iPhone. But if you have things outside of iTunes, that you didn’t purchase through iTunes, you can do from a computer to an iPhone and it’s a two step process. The very first step is you’ll need to have iTunes. So if you’re on a Mac, you already have iTunes, so go ahead and launch it. If you are on a PC and you don’t have iTunes, you could simply go to and I’ll leave a link in the description for that and go ahead and download iTunes and launch it. And when you launch iTunes, you’ll come to this page. I actually deleted everything from my iTunes, so I could show you add songs to it. All you would have to do is, on the library tab on the side here, make sure you have the latest version of iTunes if you are using an old iTunes. Make sure you come to songs or albums or however you want to organize your library. And then, the songs you have on a folder or the desktop, all you would have to do is select them and then just bring them right here. So it’s going to put it under the songs tab here, so if I go to the songs tab, I should see those three songs. And now, they are inside of my iTunes. So that’s a really easy process for bringing a song from a computer into iTunes. Now to take these songs from iTunes to your device, that’s the next step. And what we want to do is we want to connect physically our iPhone to our computer with a lightning cable. So let me just unplug it here. So it just went away. I’m gonna plug it back in, physically plug the phone into the computer. And then you get this mark right here, so this is your iPhone. That’s how you know it’s been connected and it shows up right here. So now, we have to change a setting before we could just grab these songs and drop it into our iPhone. So go ahead and click that iPhone icon that shows up here. Your phone icon, click that and it will take you to this page. And under the options here, this one by default should be on Automatically sync, go ahead and check that off. We don’t need to do that right now and we want to manually manage music and video. This has to be checked on to do the next step. So make sure you check this on right here. And we can just press the back button here to go back to the page we were on. And all you would have to do is, under the library, you have songs selected, where you added the songs. Select these songs, one or more. You could shift select, so you could select all of them. Even if you have a lot here or if you have an album. Just grab and drag to this area of the iPhone and release. Now if you’ve synced your iPhone on a different iTunes, on a different computer, it will give you warning. It will replace all the iTunes songs that you have on there already. So make sure you are ok with that before you do it. I already did it and it didn’t give me that warning, but it does give you that warning sometimes. So now, if I come to my phone and I go to music, the songs that I just added have been added. Here is one, here is the other one. And I have some other songs on here already that I’ve synced to this iTune. So that is as easy as it gets from taking a song from iTunes and dropping it on to your iPhone. So basically the process of adding a song is have it on your computer first, then bring it to your iTunes. Make sure you have the latest iTunes. Then from there, connect your phone and then drag and drop that song into your phone just like that, from your iTunes into your phone. And then, that will be added to your phone. And if you do it multiple times, it actually shows up multiple times on your phone. So then you can just select it here. I just control click or right click and delete from library. And then it will delete it from there. I hope you found this helpful. I know it’s not the easiest process, but this is a work around for getting music from a computer to your phone. Please give this video a thumbs up and subscribe to this channel. I post really easy to follow tech tutorial five times a week, and I hope to see you on the next video. Thank you so much for watching.

100 thoughts on “How to add MUSIC from computer to iPhone, iPad or iPod”

  1. Thanks so much for watching. Please give this video a thumbs up and subscribe to this channel for daily, easy to follow tech videos. Thank you!!

  2. Does this work if you’re not paying for iTunes ? I haven’t paid a cent for iTunes , from this video can I download songs I have on my computer and play them on my iPhone from iTunes for free ?

  3. Good video, but could not drag songs from iTunes library to my device. I found that if I right click on the song I want to add, then select "Add to device > iphone". That worked for me. Thanks. Thumbs up, anyway.

  4. My options only says 'manually manage videos' not 'manually manage videos and music' and therefore, the drag and drop is not working. Any thoughts?

  5. Best ever – so clear, so easy. Well done!! Glad you said it's a two step process. Tremendous boatloads of kudos to you!

  6. if dragging the songs to the device is not working,
    1. select all the songs
    2. right click them
    3. click "Add to device"
    4. click the name of your iPhone.
    Go to Music in your device and check the songs.
    It worked for me hehe YW :))

  7. Thank you so much i've been trying to get this to work with "manualy manage music and videos" uncheck

  8. sadly it didn't let me to add them, i do exactly what you do too,and they just don't want to upload on my phone =/

  9. it just won't let me drop it in my phone, like I can drag it into songs but as soon as a try to drag it into my phone it just doesn't give me the option.

  10. I watched your video and try it right away but it show me one weird message, "Some of the files were not copied to the iPhone “my iPhone” because iCloud Music Library is enabled on this iPhone.". Can you help me with this issue?

  11. This didn't work for me. When I dragged and dropped my files into the iPhone folder, it did not give me that "Updating Track 1 of X" message up top. It didn't do anything. Then when I clicked on the iPhone folder, all the tracks were there, but grayed out. And none of the tracks at all made it onto my iPhone itself. How the hell do I get around this problem??

    EDIT: And yes, I unchecked the first option (automatically sync) and checked the last option (manually add tracks).

  12. Droid:

    Plug in phone….Drag to music folder….done.


    Creates heaviest and literally the worst convoluted POS software ever to hit tech

  13. What I don’t get. Some of the songs won’t play on my phone. But all the songs are in a playlist. They play fine and everything.

  14. So what do I do if I get the warning about syncing? The problem here is it is my computer with iTunes, and my daughter's iPhone to which I want to send the music. It doesn't matter which way we do it, that warning comes up, and she doesn't want her music erased from her phone. Why don't you do a complete video, instead of one that helps some but leaves others high and dry?

  15. A little better production but the fast moving cursor made me dizzy. When you transferred the music from iTunes to the device I couldn't tell where exactly you dragged the songs. Was it on the iPhone icon? once you dragged it into TV shows. A methodical movement of the cursor to precise spots would have helped. I think I got the gist of what happened but I will look further.

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