How to Sync Songs to Your iPhone or iPad without iTunes Library

A simple drag-n-drop should be enough to copy songs from your computer to your iPhone/iPad. But mostly, that’s not how it works.

When you want to put songs into your iPhone/iPad, you add the songs to your iTunes Library and then sync them after connecting your iDevice to the computer. Incidentally, for new iOS users, this appears to be the only method but that isn’t so.

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You can actually copy songs from your computer to your iPhone/iPad without using an iTunes library. One simple tweak will let you drag-n-drop songs into your iDevice easily.

How to Sync Songs to iPhone or iPad without iTunes Library

Step #1. Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer.

Step #2. Fire up iTunes.

Step #3. Click on your device’s name from the sidebar.

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Step #4. In the Summary tab, scroll down to the Options section.

Step #5. Check the “Manually manage music and videos” option.

This lets you manage music and videos manually. You don’t need to add stuff to iTunes Library just to sync songs to your iPhone or iPad.

Once you’ve changed the ‘Manually manage music and videos’ option, here’s what you do:

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Step #1. Open the folder that contains music.

Step #2. Have iTunes open on the side.

Step #3. Drag and drop a music file from the folder on to the device name in iTunes.

Step #4. After a while, the sync should complete (you can see the sync going on in the status bar of your iPhone/iPad.)

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Step #5. Open the Music app in your iPhone to check if the song has synced.

That’s about it. This way, you will need no iTunes library to sync songs and videos.

Apple’s iOS ecosystem makes it almost impossible to copy or sync music and videos to the default music/video app but this drag-n-drop method can come in handy when you want to just copy a few files.

If you still want to copy-paste like how we usually do between folders, you might have to choose third-party music and video apps.

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Dhvanesh Adhiya
Dhvanesh Adhiya is our editor-in-chief and reviewer who takes care of He is passionate for wonderful apps that change the way your iPhone interacts in your life.


  1. Without iTunes, you can use FonePaw iOS Transfer software to sync your songs to iPhone or iPad. This software enables you to transfer files between computer and iPhone. Download it and give it a try.

  2. I prefer using WALTR to transfer and sync music to iPhone without iTunes on windows. I think it’s a wonderful alternative to all the complicated tools I used before. It works fast, supports all the formats, I don’t need to convert or sync anymore, what I actually need is to drag and drop my media and it appears in a couple of sec. in my native Music library. The best for those who don’t want to waste time or look into complicated apps:)

  3. I know Apowersoft Phone Manager can sync your music to iOS devices with one click. And free app AirMore is also capable of it. I’ve used both. Not bad.

  4. Open iTunes.
    Turn on iTunes Backup
    Choose iTunes Backup.
    Enter your Apple ID and password.
    Sync iPhone data ….

  5. Sync sucks and there is nothing to add here. With Android I can simply connect to my NAS and copy what I want, no need for any software (except the file explorer of course), heck you do not even need computer ;) I can drop stuff to it like it a regular flash drive. And iPhone? No man, you have to sync… its frustrating my job forces us to use iPhone, because its representative O_o


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