How to Transfer Music from Mac to iPhone or iPad

How to Transfer Music from Mac to iPhone or iPad

If you have a Mac, chances are you store some music downloaded from the Internet or from discs on it. There are several ways to transfer this music from Mac to iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

Let’s start with the easiest way to transfer all or only some songs from Mac to iPhone. Then we will tell you how you can sync music wirelessly, and also how to use a third-party program to transfer.

How to Transfer Music from Mac to iPhone via Finder or iTunes

If you have macOS Mojave or earlier, your music is stored in iTunes and you can use the program to transfer. If you have macOS Catalina or later, your music are stored in the Music app, and you’ll need to use the Finder to transfer. Below are the Steps on how to go about it.

  1. Connect your iPhone or iPad to Mac using a cable.
  2. Open Finder or iTunes.
  3. In Finder, select your device name from the menu on the left. In iTunes, click the device icon at the top of the window. Start trusting the device if necessary.
  4. Select the “Music” section.
  5. Check the box next to Sync Music.
  6. Select the entire library or just selected playlists, albums, genres, and artists.
  7. Click the Apply button.

Music from Mac will be transferred to iPhone. Once the process is complete, open the Music app on your iPhone or iPad and you’ll find your tracks there.

Tip : Want to sync music wirelessly without a Lightning cable? In the “Main” check the box next to the option  “Show this iPhone connected via Wi – Fi access  . Now that your Mac and iPhone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, the smartphone will appear in Finder and you can transfer your music wirelessly.

How to Sync Music on Mac and iPhone via Apple Music

If you have an Apple Music subscription, you can store up to 100,000 songs in the cloud (not including iTunes purchases) and those songs will be available on all devices.

After you follow the steps below, your entire Mac library will be uploaded to the cloud, and from there you can download tracks to your iPhone and iPad. If you have songs on your computer that are available in the Apple Music Gallery, they won’t be downloaded but will be picked from the gallery. Let’s give an example.

Let’s say you have folk music on your Mac that isn’t in the Apple Music catalog. These songs will be uploaded from your Mac to the cloud and will appear in the Music app on your iPhone and iPad. You can simply listen to songs from the network or download them to your mobile device.

If you have popular songs on your Mac that you downloaded from the Internet, then there is no point in uploading them to the cloud. Apple Music will simply display this same song from its gallery on the rest of your devices.

Now let’s talk about how to sync your library.

On iPhone:

  1. Go to settings and select the ” Music  section.
  2. Enable the “Sync Library” option.

On Mac:

  1. Open Music  or iTunes.
  2. At the top, select the Music tab and then click the Settings button.
  3. On the General tab, check the box next to Sync Library.

If you have a lot of songs on your Mac, it can take a long time to upload to the cloud. It is important that the internet connection remains stable.

How to Transfer Music from Mac to iPhone and iPad via VLC Program

VLC is one of the most popular media players for various platforms, including iOS and iPadOS. It can also be used to transfer music and videos from Mac to iPhone. However, the files will not appear in the Music app, but in the VLC app.

  1. Make sure your iPhone and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Download the VLC app for iPhone.
  3. Launch the VLC app, select the ” Network  section and enable the ” Sharing via WiFi  option. You will see two links.
  4. Open any browser on your Mac and type one of the links into the address bar.
  5. Drag songs and videos from the Finder to your browser so they appear in the VLC app on your iPhone or iPad.

To copy songs and videos over a wired connection:

  1. Connect your iPhone to Mac with a Lightning cable.
  2. Select your iPhone in Finder or iTunes.
  3. Select the “Files” section.
  4. Drag songs from another Finder window to your VLC folder.

Now you know about several ways to transfer music from Mac to iPhone. Of course, there are other ways, but we talked about the main ones.


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