You can quickly download audio files via the Internet or via a USB cable using a computer.
- Supported formats: MP3, AAC, WAV, AIFF, Apple Lossless. Files are automatically converted to AAC.
Perhaps the most obvious way to download your music from a computer running Windows or macOS (prior to Catalina) to iPhone is through iTunes. All audio files added in this way can be listened to in the standard iOS Music application. It is worth noting that iTunes copies music faster than the rest of the applications listed below, not counting the Finder.
So, launch iTunes. If the program is not installed, download it from the official Apple website and install.
Now add the music you want to listen to on your iPhone to your iTunes library. To do this, in the program menu, click “File” → “Add File to Library” or “Add Folder to Library” and specify the location for storing music on the computer.
When done, connect your smartphone to your computer via a USB cable and click on the iPhone icon at the top of the iTunes window. If required, enter your Apple ID and password.
It remains to copy music from the iTunes library to the memory of your smartphone. This can be done in two ways: in automatic mode and manually.
How to set up automatic copying music from iTunes
This method is intended for bulk copying. It downloads to iPhone, or even all songs from iTunes, or all music from a selected category, whether it be a genre, album, artist or playlist.
1. In the iTunes sidebar, open the Music section.
2. In the panel on the right, check the option “Sync music”.
3. If you want iTunes to copy not all, but only the music you selected, enable the option “Selected playlists, artists, albums and genres” and mark the options you need in the list that appears.
4. At the bottom of the window, click Apply and wait for iTunes to copy the files.
How to copy only selected songs from iTunes manually
The manual method gives more control: allows you to copy one or more selected tracks without affecting the rest of the files in the library.
1. In the iTunes sidebar, open the Browse section.
2. Scroll down and check the box “Manually process music and”.
3. Above the iPhone image in the sidebar, click the back arrow to enter the music library.
4. Open the “Songs” section in the sidebar. If it does not appear at the top of the window, click Media Library.
5. Drag the desired tracks from the right side of the window to the iPhone image on the left. Wait for iTunes to copy the files.
- Supported formats: MP3 and others.
In newer versions of macOS starting with Catalina, iTunes is no longer there. The functions of this program, including copying music to the iPhone, are now performed by the Finder application.
1. Launch Finder and connect the iPhone to the computer via a USB cable.
2. Click on the smartphone icon in the sidebar of the Finder. If macOS asks if you want to trust your smartphone, answer yes. If necessary, enter your Apple ID username and password to access your iPhone.
3. Go to the “Music” tab and enable the option “Sync music onto [device name]” (Sync music onto.).
4. To copy all the songs from the computer library to the iPhone, select the “Entire music library” item and click “Apply”.
5. To copy only selected music to the iPhone, select “Selected artists, albums, genres, and playlists”, select the desired items in the list and click “Apply”.
6. To copy only songs from the selected folder, go to the General tab and check the box “Manually manage music, movies, and TV shows”. Then just drag and drop the songs into the Finder window, which displays the iPhone menu.
Using Google Play Music
- Supported formats: MP3, AAC, WMA, FLAC, OGG, ALAC. Some types of files are automatically converted to MP3.
Each user (not only subscribers) of the Google Play Music service can upload up to 50,000 of their audio files to the Google cloud and then listen to them in the iPhone application of the same name. for free and without advertising. You will need any computer to download songs.
- Install a special bootloader on your PC and follow its prompts.
- Download music from your computer to the Google Play Music cloud using the downloader.
- Download the Google Play Music app on your iPhone and log in using the same Google account you connected to the bootloader.
All the songs you uploaded will appear in the music library of the application. Initially, they will be available only for streaming. But the program allows you to download music to the device’s memory and listen offline: just select the desired album and select the download command.