How to: Add Music to your iPhone with iTunes

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Sometimes you get caught up with all the other amazing features of the iPhone (think Safari and the abundant supply of 3rd party applications), you forget that it’s also an iPod! Well, if you have just purchased an iPhone, then adding music and syncing your songs from iTunes will be on your priority list.

However, the process is a little different with the iPhone. You can’t drag and drop songs directly to your iPhone within iTunes, like you normally would with your iPod. You need to create a playlist, then sync that playlist with your iPhone. I would hope in the future that Apple will install an update so we can just drag and drop songs, rather than go through the following steps.

Let’s take a brief overview of what is required to add music to your iPhone! If you already know how to do this, great–if not, continue reading!

How to Add Music to your iPhone with iTunes

Step 1: Launch iTunes and plug in your iPhone.

Step 2: Create a new “playlist” in iTunes. Name it whatever you want–say, “My iPhone Playlist” or something like that.

Step 3: Drag the songs you want from your iTunes library to your new playlist–in this case, “My iPhone Playlist”

Step 4: Click on your iPhone and go to the Music tab. “Sync Music” should already be checked. Now click on the button “Selected playlists”, then tick off “My iPhone Playlist” (or whatever your playlist is named).

Step 5. Sync your iPhone and when it’s done, the songs from “My iPhone Playlist” should now be on your iPhone. If you want to make any changes to your mp3 library on your iPhone, you’ll have to modify the songs within your playlist, then re-sync again. Yes, I know it can be a pain.

If you know of an easier method to add music to your iPhone, please let me know! If this tutorial has worked for you, let me know in the comments! =)

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  • ship righter

    actually, apple fixed that a couple of months ago in a 7.6 update to iTunes. the checkbox for managing your own music and movies is now available from the summary tab of your iPhone in iTunes, just like any other iPod. and you just needed to upgrade iTunes, not the iPhone firmware.

  • ship righter

    actually, apple fixed that a couple of months ago in a 7.6 update to iTunes. the checkbox for managing your own music and movies is now available from the summary tab of your iPhone in iTunes, just like any other iPod. and you just needed to upgrade iTunes, not the iPhone firmware.

  • ship righter

    actually, apple fixed that a couple of months ago in a 7.6 update to iTunes. the checkbox for managing your own music and movies is now available from the summary tab of your iPhone in iTunes, just like any other iPod. and you just needed to upgrade iTunes, not the iPhone firmware.

  • ship righter

    actually, apple fixed that a couple of months ago in a 7.6 update to iTunes. the checkbox for managing your own music and movies is now available from the summary tab of your iPhone in iTunes, just like any other iPod. and you just needed to upgrade iTunes, not the iPhone firmware.

  • D168

    Yah… I have no trouble adding songs. I don’t need to make playlists or anything… I just connect my iPhone, and it adds all my songs automatically…

  • D168

    Yah… I have no trouble adding songs. I don’t need to make playlists or anything… I just connect my iPhone, and it adds all my songs automatically…

  • D168

    Yah… I have no trouble adding songs. I don’t need to make playlists or anything… I just connect my iPhone, and it adds all my songs automatically…

  • D168

    Yah… I have no trouble adding songs. I don’t need to make playlists or anything… I just connect my iPhone, and it adds all my songs automatically…

  • Adam Greenspoon

    I choose to manually manage my music on my iPhone. With this option, when I connect my iPhone to my computer, open iTunes and drag any music and videos I want to the iPhone and it directly adds it.

  • Adam Greenspoon

    I choose to manually manage my music on my iPhone. With this option, when I connect my iPhone to my computer, open iTunes and drag any music and videos I want to the iPhone and it directly adds it.

  • Adam Greenspoon

    I choose to manually manage my music on my iPhone. With this option, when I connect my iPhone to my computer, open iTunes and drag any music and videos I want to the iPhone and it directly adds it.

  • Adam Greenspoon

    I choose to manually manage my music on my iPhone. With this option, when I connect my iPhone to my computer, open iTunes and drag any music and videos I want to the iPhone and it directly adds it.

  • kiran

    thank you.. it helped me save my time.

  • kiran

    thank you.. it helped me save my time.

  • kiran

    thank you.. it helped me save my time.

  • Julie

    You totally helped me – I was SO lost and this is perfect! thank you thank you!

  • John L

    Cheers mate just got the iphone today! what i nightmare, why couldnt it just be like the ipod touch!!!

    Thanks again

  • Melissa in New Brunswick

    This was very helpful. I would have never figured it out on my own, thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jolenephillips

    You open itunes and plug in your iphone
    click on the iphone device in itunes
    when the page opens click on the “music” tab on the top menu
    And tick the sync button
    You can add all, or selected
    :)

  • Frankie

    thanks for the helpful information about adding music to the iphone, plus your time.later

  • samiali0

    thnxxx it really hlpd me alot…!

  • spinX

    Thaaaaaaaaaanks youu m8 =)

    Helped me alot !

  • Rachaelmutert

    This did not work for me! help me!

  • Rachaelmutert

    This did not work for me! help me!

  • Pistolero

    where the hell is the “Sync Music” button?

    I have created a playlist, imported some .mp3´s into it, but it seems impossible to copy the damn thing into the actual phone!?

  • Thomasbeith

    What do you do if clicking on “iphone” under devices does not open the page with the “music” tab on it? Itunes is recognising my phone, but when I click on it, the page just goes blank.

  • sjonnie

    I just want to say, the iPhone is a POS and I will burn mine when then contract is up

  • fok

    u cunt i lost my all music

  • CYB34

    Where is that option?

  • Hebertjul

    than you very much!!!!

  • matt

    It help me alot the steps you put!!

  • candy

    you have to right click not drag and go to add to playlist and choose your playlist

  • kaylee

    worked for me thank you :)!!

  • Ivon

    Thank you very much! :)

  • SmuoDeliS [LTU]

    Yup it worked for me thank you very muth ! ;]

  • Shama

    thanks a ton, saved my life. lol

  • Hate you guys

    fail it deleted all my other music -.- lmfao fucking fail lol wow

  • Hate you guys

    lolololoololol noobss

  • K.

    The best way is to create a playlist as described by Gary Ng, then click “on this iPhone” scroll to the bottom and select your playlist from the drop down menu “autofill from” then hit autofill. everything on that playlist is now on your phone, no sync required saving you the hassle if erased data.