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How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac

By Emily Watson, Friday, August 16, 2019

We always download desirable music to iPhone and those who have Mac computer also want to copy those songs from iPhone to Mac so that they can enjoy the music when using Mac computer. But transferring music from iPhone to Mac stumps some iPhone users. Here three tips for you to transfer music from iPhone to Mac will be provided.

1. Transfer music with FonePaw iOS Transfer

FonePaw iOS Transfer is a program that is created for transferring files from iPhone to Mac or the other way around. In addition to copying iPhone music to Mac, the program can also transfer other media files such as videos, ringtones, podcasts between iPhone and Mac as well as iPhone and other iOS devices.

All iOS devices, including iPhone XS/XR, iPhone X/8/7, iPhone 6s/6/5s, iPad Pro/Air/mini, iPod Touch/nano/shuffle are supported by the program.

It’s worth mentioning that the FonePaw program is equipped with ringtone makers which can turn songs you have into ringtones for your iPhone.

Now you can download FonePaw iOS Transfer on Mac to give it a shot.


Step 1: Connect iPhone to Mac

After download FonePaw iOS Transfer, directly install and launch it on Mac. Then, connect your iPhone with your Mac. Your iPhone will be detected automatically and displayed as below.

Connect iPhone to Mac

Step 2: Preview and Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac

On the left menu of the main window, you can see all file types are listed. Click "Music" to open all songs on your iPhone. Click the boxes beside the songs you want to transfer. Then click "Export to Mac" to get the iPhone music to Mac.

Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac

Note: You can play a song by right-clicking the song before exporting it from iPhone to Mac.

Play iPhone Muisc on Mac

2. iTunes: Copy Music from iPhone to Mac

iTunes is Apple's official way of transferring files including music, videos, etc. Between iPhone and Mac computer. However, iTunes only allows transferring music purchased from iTunes. In other words, you cannot use iTunes to sync non-Apple music, such as songs downloaded from CD or other apps, from iPhone to Mac.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your Mac. Plug your iPhone to Mac using a lightning cable.

Step 2: On the top-left region, click File > Devices > Transfer Purchases from [your device].

In this way, music that you purchased from iTunes on your iPhone will be automatically transferred to your Mac. 

Transfer Purchased from iPhone to Mac

Note: Apple has replaced iTunes with three new apps, Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV on macOS Catalina. If your Mac is running with macOS Catalina, you should use Finder as an alternative to synchronize the music on your iPhone to Mac.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to Mac with a USB cable and open Finder on your Mac.

Step 2: Select your iPhone device from the left sidebar of Finder.

Step 3: On the right panel, click the Music tab. Check the box Sync Music onto your device. 

Step 4: Choose to sync all the music or some certain types under Sync.

Step 5: Click Apply.

Step 6: Click Sync to sync music between your iPhone and Mac.

Sync iPhone to Mac via Finder on Catalina

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How to Transfer Playlists from iPhone to iTunes

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3. iCloud Music Library: Sync Music from iPhone to Mac

You can use iCloud Music Library as a medium to sync music from iPhone to Mac. To do that, just make sure you have joined in the Apple Music and signed in to your iPhone and Mac with the same Apple ID.

Step 1: Go to "Settings" > "Music" and turn on "iCloud Music Library".

Turn on iCloud Music Library

Step 2: Launch iTunes on your Mac and click Preferences from the iTunes menu on the top-left. 

Step 3: Select the General tab, tick iCloud Music Library and then click OK. 

macOS Enable iCloud Music Library on Mac

Note: For macOS Catalina, you need to launch the Music app and go to Preferences > General to turn on iCloud Music Library.

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