How to Transfer Music from Laptop to iPad

By Emily Watson, Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015

"I have a lot of mp3s on my laptop. Some of the songs are from other website but not iTunes. Can anyone advise in simple terms on how to transfer music from laptop to iPad mini 4?"

If you got some songs in your laptop, but not in iTunes, you can transfer songs from laptop to iPad with iTunes. Just launch iTunes and add files to iTunes library first. Then, connect iPad to the laptop and sync music to iPad. Using iTunes to sync music from computer to iPad is very easy. However, you must bear in mind that your computer on which your iTunes is must be paired with your iPad. Otherwise, iTunes will erase your iPad data when adding music from your computer to your iPad.

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If you want to copy music from laptop to iPad without iTunes, there is a good-to-use iTunes alternative – FonePaw iOS Transfer. With it, you can easily transfer files from laptop to iPad Pro, iPad mini 4, iPad Air, etc. Music, video, photo, contacts, etc are all transferable. Also, it allows you to transfer files from iPad to laptop.

Free download the trial version of FonePaw iOS Transfer and install it. Then follow the step-by-step guide to transfer music from laptop to iPad.

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Transfer Music from Laptop to iPad Air/Pro/mini

1. Launch the program and connect iPad to laptop

Launch the installed program on your laptop and connect iPad to the laptop with USB cable. When iPad is detected, you can see the interface as below:

Run iOS Transfer

2. Add music from PC to iPad

In the left navigation toolbar, click "Media" and the find and click "Music" from the top menu. Then, click "Add". In the pop-up pull down list, select "Add File" or "Add Folder". Choose the music you want to add into your iPad on your laptop and then click "Open" to start transferring.

Transfer Music from PC to iPad

See? With this program, it is easily to copy music from laptop to iPad. You can apply the same way to transfer photos, videos, contacts, movies, etc. from laptop to iPad as well, or you can transfer them from iPad to laptop as you like. Also, this software support iPhone transfer and iPod transfer, and as for the supported devices, it's totally compatible with iPhone7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and so on. Go ahead to try to transfer photos from laptop to iPhone by yourself!

Tips: How to Use iOS 10 Features in Music App on iPad

iOS 10 comes with a redesigned Music app. These are the new features that you should try. Follow the tips to make good use of the features and enjoy wonderful music.

1. New For You Playlist

Applying the intelligence of Siri, Music app has upgraded the "For You" Playlist with two playlists "My Favorites Mix" and "My New Music Mix". The former is a playlist that refreshes every Wednesday with the music you listen to the most. The latter suggest the music you’re most likely to like based on your listening history.  

  • Just go to"For You" section, you'll find the two playlist.

New iOS 10 For You Playlist

2. View Lyrics

Before iOS 10, you have to manually add the lyrics with iTunes before you can view lyrics from your Music app on your iPhone or iPad. But now viewing lyrics on the Music app is easy.

  • Tap on the Now Playing;

  • Scroll down to the "Lyrics" option and tap "Show";

  • You’ll see the lyrics to the song you're playing.

3. Optimize iPhone/iPad Storage

Optimize Storage is a new feature which will automatically remove music that you haven't play for a while to free up iDevice space.

  • Go to "Settings" > "Music" > "Optimise Storage". You can choose how many music you want to keep on the device.

4. Automatic Downloads.

If you have enough space, you can enable "Automatic Downloads", which will automatically download the music once they are added to your playlist.

  • Go to"Settings" > "Music". Enable "iCloud Music Library". And Toggle on "Automatic Downloads".

FonePaw iOS Transfer also supports music transfer for iOS 10 devices. Download it now to have a try!

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