How to Add Music to iPhone

Three Methods:Listening to iTunes PurchasesUsing iTunes to Transfer MusicUsing MediaMonkey to Transfer Music

Your iPhone is also a fully-featured music player, and the newest version of iTunes makes it easier than ever to add music to it. Any songs that you've purchased from iTunes can be streamed or downloaded to your iPhone. You can add any of the music files on your computer using iTunes, or you can use MediaMonkey if you're not a fan of iTunes.

Method 1
Listening to iTunes Purchases

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    Open the Music app on your iPhone. If you've purchased music on iTunes, either from your iPhone or from the iTunes Store on your computer, you can listen to it on your iPhone. Depending on your settings, music you've purchased may not be downloaded to your iPhone immediately, and will instead be streamed.
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    Tap the "My Music" tab at the bottom, then "Library" at the top. This will display all of the music in your iTunes library as well as any music that you've synced with your iPhone.
    • If you've accidentally removed purchased music from your My Music library, you'll need to re-enable it from iTunes on your computer. Open iTunes on your computer, click the "Store" menu, and select "View Account." Find the "Hidden Purchases" line and click "Manage." Click the "Unhide" button for the music that you want to make available on your iPhone again.
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    Look for the iPhone with a checkmark icon next to your music. These are songs that have been downloaded to your iPhone and can be listened to without a network connection.
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    Tap the "..." button next to a song, artist, or album. This will open a new menu.
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    Tap the iCloud button to download the song, artist, or album to your iPhone. This will make the music available to listen to without a network connection. You can monitor the progress at the top of the download progress at the top of the screen.
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    Tap the "Artists ∨" heading and toggle "Only Show Downloaded Music" on. This will filter your library so that you only see songs that have been downloaded to your iPhone. You can listen to any of these without using your data or without being connected to a wireless network.
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    Set your iPhone to listen to streaming music on the go. By default, the Music app will not stream or download your music if you are not connected to a wireless network. You can set the app to stream music when you have a cellular data connection, which will make all of your music available as long as you have a signal, but this can have a big impact on your data usage:
    • Open the Settings app and tap the "Music" option.
    • Toggle "Use Cellular Data" on. You can now listen to any of the songs in your iTunes library on the go, even if they aren't downloaded to your device.

Method 2
Using iTunes to Transfer Music

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    Download and install the latest version of iTunes. iTunes 12 has made adding music to your iPhone a much more straightforward process than it used to be. It is highly recommended that you download and install the latest version before adding music to your iPhone.
    • You can download iTunes for free from apple.com/itunes/download/.
    • Due to changes made with iOS in versions 8 and 9, file managers other than iTunes are no longer a reliable way to transfer music files to an iPhone.
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    Open iTunes and scan for media. If you've never used iTunes before, you'll be prompted to scan for media on your computer. This will add your music files to your iTunes library. Files will need to be in your library before they can be transferred to your iPhone.
    • Click the "Scan for Media" button on the iTunes welcome screen to begin scanning your computer.
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    Add any additional music files to your library. If the scan didn't find all of your files, or you have used iTunes before and didn't scan, you'll need to add any additional items to your library that you want to transfer to your iPhone. Note: You can only add music to an iPhone from a single iTunes library.
    • You can simply drag and drop music files and folders into the iTunes window to add them.
    • You can also click the iTunes or File menu and select "Add to Library" or "Add File/Folder to Library." This will let you browse your computer for files to add.
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    Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch iTunes. You should see your iPhone appear as a button along the top row of the iTunes window.
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    Select the items that you want to transfer to your iPhone. Highlight any songs, albums, or playlists that you want to transfer. You can hold Shift and click to select large blocks of songs, or you can hold Ctrl/ Cmd and click each individual song, album, or playlist that you want to transfer.
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    Start dragging your selection. A sidebar will appear on the left side of the iTunes window with your iPhone listed under "Devices"
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    Drag the selection onto your iPhone in the sidebar. Drag and release the items onto your device in the sidebar that appeared when you started to drag. This will begin automatically copying the songs onto your iPhone.[1]
    • If you can't do this, click the iPhone icon in the top row of buttons, then click the "Summary" option. Scroll down and make sure "Manually manage music and videos" is checked.
    • If you're an Apple Music subscriber, you cannot manually manage your music. Your iPhone will use your iCloud Music Library instead.
    • If you get a message saying that your device is already synced with a different library, you'll have to erase all of the iTunes content on the iPhone before transferring new music. This is because the iPhone can only add music from a single iTunes library as an anti-piracy measure.
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    Wait for the music to transfer. This may take a little while especially if you are transferring a lot of songs.
    • If the transfer fails, your iPhone may be out of storage. Select your iPhone in the top row of buttons in iTunes, then check out each section to see if there's anything you can get rid of.

Method 3
Using MediaMonkey to Transfer Music

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    Download and install iTunes (you won't be using it). In order for MediaMonkey to connect to your iPhone, you'll need to have iTunes installed. This installs the necessary services to connect your iPhone to your PC, but you won't need to use iTunes at all after installing it.
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    Download and install MediaMonkey. The free version will sync any of your music files to your iPhone. You can download MediaMonkey from mediamonkey.com.
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    Add your music files to MediaMonkey. MediaMonkey will scan common folders when you start it for the first time. You can also drag and drop music files into the MediaMonkey window to add them to your library, or you can browse for music on your computer.
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    Connect your iPhone to your computer. You should see it appear in the left navigation menu in the MediaMonkey window.
    • If it doesn't appear, you may need to set it up in iTunes first. After setting it up, you won't need to use iTunes again.
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    Click and drag music files onto your iPhone in the left menu. Music files will begin transferring immediately, and you can monitor the progress at the bottom of the MediaMonkey window.
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    Find your music in the My Music section of your Music app. As soon as the transfer is finished, you'll be able to find your new songs in the Music app on your iPhone. You can play them just like you would any music file.[2]

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