How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer

Transferring any song from a computer to the iPhone is easy. Copying purchased music from the iPhone to a Mac or Windows PC is also officially supported. But backing up non-purchased music a bit tricky. However, we have the solutions for you. In this guide, let me show you how to transfer music from the iPhone to a computer.

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer using iTunes

Using iTunes or the Music app (on macOS Catalina and later), you can get all the songs you have purchased from the iTunes Store without third-party software.

  1. Open iTunes on your Windows or Mac running macOS Mojave or earlier.
  2. Click on File. Next, choose Devices and click on Transfer Purchases from iPhone name.click on file select devices and click on transfer purchases from iphone on mac
  3. Do you see a popup saying ‘The purchased item could not be transferred to your iTunes library because you are not authorized for it on this computer‘? If yes, you need to authorize this computer. click on ok in pop up on macFor this, click on AccountAuthorizationsAuthorize this Computer. Next, use the Apple ID that is on your iPhone and proceed.click on account select authorization and then click on authorize this computer in itunes on mac

Note: For Music app on macOS Catalina and Big Sur, click on Account from the top menu bar. Next, click on Purchased.click on account and select purchased in itunes on mac

Finally, click on Download All. You may also choose to selectively download the tracks you like. This method also works with iTunes.

click on download all to transfer music from iphone to computer using itunes on mac

How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Computer using AnyTrans

You can use AnyTrans to transfer music from iPhone to a computer without iTunes. One advantage of using such a third-party app is that they let you copy any music (not only purchased) from the iPhone to the computer.

Via these apps, you can transfer existing music from your iPhone to your friend’s computer, or backup all iPhone songs, before syncing it with another computer. Here is how.

  1. Download, install and launch AnyTrans on your Mac or PC.
  2. Unlock your iPhone and connect it to the computer. Let AnyTrans detect your device.
  3. From the left sidebar, click on iTunes Library.click on itunes library in anytrans on mac
  4. Select the tracks. Next, click on To Mac or To PC option. select songs in itunes library on macAfter this, choose the desired location and click Open. All files will be copied. select location and click open on computerThe free version lets you transfer 30 items. For more, buy the full license.

Note: You may also click on Device ManagerMusicSelect AllTo Mac or To PC.

Best Software to Copy Music from iPhone to Computer

Besides AnyTrans, you can use one of the following software to transfer music from your iPhone to Mac or Windows PC.

Can I Transfer Downloaded Apple Music Songs from iPhone to Computer?

No, you can not transfer songs downloaded from Apple Music. You can not copy them from the iPhone to a computer or even a computer to an iPhone, iPad, or iPod. This is because songs from Apple Music have DRM protection.

You can, however, log in using your Apple ID and enjoy Apple Music on any device, including Android phones.

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This is how you can transfer songs from iPhone to the computer. I hope one of the methods or one of the apps worked successfully for you. What are your thoughts on this? Please share that with us in the comments section below.

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