Phone Transfer

iTunes Won't Transfer Music to iPhone: Top 7 Solutions to Fix

by Jenefey Aaron   Updated on 2023-09-28 / Update for  iOS File Transfer

iTunes Won't Transfer My Music to iPhone!

When I plug in my iPhone into my computer and try to sync my playlists on iTunes to my iPhone, the sync completes but the songs will not be transferred. I have literally tried everything that I know. Why iTunes won't add music to my iphone 14? Any suggestions would be appreciated?"


Top 7 Solutions to Fix iTunes Won't Transfer Music to iPhone Issue

Anyone who's had iTunes for a few years has probably run into this problem, especially those who have just upgrade iOS (for instance, upgrade to iOS 17/16). Here are 7 most reliable solutions for you to solve this annoying problem.

Editor's Note: All the solutions apply to iPhone 14/13/12/11/Xs/Xs Max/XR/X/8/7/6/SE/5, iPad and iPod. And if songs in iTunes won't copy to iPod, you can try the following solutions as well.

Solution 1: Fix iTunes Library with Free Tenorshare TunesCare

Corrupted or missing iTunes library files will cause iTunes won't transfer music to iPhone. In this case, you need to rebuilt the iTunes library. Free Tenorshare TunesCare gives a the easiest way to repair corrupted iTunes/iPhone Library (iTunesDB and iTunesCDB files) with only 1 click.

  • Download Tenorshare TunesCare and connect your iOS device to computer with the OEM USB cable.
  • After Tenorshare TunesCare detects your device, click "Fix iTunes Sync Problems"  and Tenorshare TunesCare will start to repair the corrupted iTunes library automatically.

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  • After the repairing, you can open your iTunes and sync your data as you want.

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Solution 2: Check the available space of your iPhone

Music, especially HD ones usually take up large space, and you can't move songs from iTunes to iPhone if you don't have enough space for all the songs. To find out how much space is left on your iPhone, you need go to Settings > General > Usage > Storage. Under Storage you will see how much space you have left on your device.

If you don't have enough space, you should clean up iTunes library and save more space for new songs.

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Solution 3: Check the location of your songs

Sometimes iTunes does not indicate which songs it cannot find until you select them. If iTunes can't locate songs in your library, iTunes won't transfer music to iPod touch or to your iPhone and iPad. Double check if the songs on your iTunes library have same folder location as before.

Solution 4: See if your music are unchecked

In iTunes when you select your iPhone, go to the Music tab - is "Entire music library" selected? If so, go to Music (in your iTunes library), click on the check mark next to the "Name" column header (to sort by checked music) and scroll to the bottom. Any unchecked music won't sync.

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Solution 5: Update to the latest iTunes

Sometimes, the iTunes version might cause the iTunes won't sync music issue. In this case, you need to see if you are with the latest iTunes (click to download iTunes 12). From your iTunes, go to Help > Check for Updates if you are a Windows user; Mac users go to iTunes > Check for Updates.

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Solution 6: Add songs to a playlist before sync

In order to put your music on your iPhone you have to put your songs into a playlist and then sync up that playist to your iPhone. Use the Audio tab in your iPhone config to select all or just some of the playlists to sync up.

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The overall guide goes like this:

Highlight all the songs you wanted to sync, right-clicked "Add to Playlist", and selected the playlist that appeared automatically with the name of your iPhone.

Solution 7: Use iTunes Alternative to Transfer/Sync Music to iPhone/iPad/iPod - 100% Success

Many users use iTunes as the last choice when they prefer using iTunes alternative to sync files to iPhone/iPad/iPod touch. Tenorshare iCareFone offers you easier and faster way to sync all or partial music, videos, contacts, ringtones between iPhone and computer without iTunes.

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  • Downloaded and installed the Tenorshare iCareFone. Connect your iPhone to the computer via a USB cable and start the program.

  • Click on "File Manager" from the main interface and select red icon "Music" to click. Click "Add" on the menu to add music to your iPhone.

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  • Click "Refresh" and all the changes will be synced with your iOS devices. During the sync progress, Tenorshare iCareFone will recover your missing or corrupted iTunes Media files.

Here is a video tutorial to guide how to transfer music to iPhone 14/13/12/11/X/XR/Xs/8/7/6s/6 without iTunes.

Hopefully, with these solutions, you can transfer/copy/sync music to iPhone, iPad or iPod successfully and enjoy all the wonderful songs! TunesCare is the recommended iTunes repair software and iCareFone is recommended when you need an iTunes alternative tool to transfer files without iTunes. If you've got other great solutions to solve the "iTunes Won't Transfer Music to iPhone" issue, share with us in the comment below.