How to Transfer Music from iTunes to iPhone 15/14/13 Without Syncing

iTunes can help you to manage and sync media files among different devices. However, directly adding iTunes music will sync and delete previous data on your iPhone. This post will guide you on how to transfer music from iTunes to iPhone without syncing and erasing.


By Dylan / Updated on March 26, 2024

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Hey music lovers! How to transfer music from iTunes to iPhone without syncing? Don't want to mess with my playlists. Got an iPhone 15. Tips appreciated!

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Can add iTunes music to iPhone without syncing and deleting?

iTunes is an easy-to-use tool for managing media files among different Apple devices. You may create your playlists on your iTunes, and you can add them on your iPhone, especially if you got a new iPhone 15/14/13. And Apple provides iTunes for Windows that allows you to add music to your iTunes and sync music to iPhone, iPad, iPod on a Windows PC.

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However, syncing iTunes music playlists between computer and iPhone will take several minutes to complete. And it may delete existing music, videos, books, which is not flexible if you want to separately manage your iTunes music.  Actually, you can stop iTunes music syncing by changing settings or turn to a third-party transfer tool.

How to transfer music from iTunes to iPhone (2 methods)

To transfer disable iTunes sync feature, you can turn on the option of “manually manage music and videos” on iTunes. Or turn to FoneTool, alternative to iTunes helping you easily transfer music from computer to iPhone.

There is the comparative of using these 2 methods to send music from iTunes to iPhone without syncing:

cool Method ✏️ Ease of Use 🥇 Speed laugh Pros indecision Cons
mail iTunes Moderate Moderate Allows transfer of music and videos Requires manual management, which can be time-consuming


High Fast

Easy and intuitive interface;

Transfer music, videos, photos, contacts, or other data to iPhone.

Support iPhone/iPad/iPod and Windows

Method 1. Disable sync function to transfer music

Firstly connect your iPhone to your computer, and make sure it is detected by your computer. Then follow the steps below to learn how to add music to iPhone without syncing.

Step 1. Download and install iTunes for Windows, and launch it.

Step 2. In iTunes, click the phone icon on the top of the interface. Choose “Summary”.

Step 3. Check “Manually manage music and videos” and disable automatic sync. Then click “Apply” to save the change.

Manually Manage Music And Videos

Step 4. Then choose "Music" on the top of the iTunes, and click "Songs" on the Library section.

Step 5. Then you will see your iTunes library demonstrate on the right of the window, drag your iTunes music and drop on the iPhone, like the screenshot.

Drag Drop Songs Itunes To Iphone

Method 2. Directly transfer music to iPhone - Easy & Quick

If you are not satisfied with iTunes software, or the iTunes can’t recognize your iPhone, you can also turn to a third-party iOS transferring tool called FoneTool. This tool enables you to transfer music from computer to your iPhone without deleting any existing songs or other data. Besides, this software supports several features that give you the best experiment to transfer songs.

● It supports selectively transfer & backup: You can make a partial data transfer if there are some songs you don't want to move.
● This tool provides the fastest transfer speed: Compared with iTunes and other tools, FoneTool can be one of the fastest music transfer software. For example,1000 songs can be transferred in only 9 minutes and 14 seconds based on a test.
It can transfer non-purchased music to iPhone and other music on your iTunes and computer storage.

Now download this transfer tool and refer to the following steps to see how to add music to iPhone without syncing and erasing:

Download Freeware Win 10/8.1/8/7/XP
Secure Download

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to a PC via USB cable. And trust the PC.

Step 2. Download, install and launch FoneTool, and click “PC to iPhone”.

Transfer To iPhone

Step 3. Click the “plus” icon to select the music you want to transfer. You may need to download them on your iTunes. And click “OK”.

Choose Music

Step 4. Then click “Start Transfer” to start the process. Wait for the transfer process to get finished. You can enjoy music on your iPhone.



This is how to transfer music from iTunes to iPhone without syncing and erasing. The above methods can also  be applied to add music from iTunes to iPad, iPod Touch. As a professional iPhone data management tool, FoneTool supports the latest iOS, it provides a better and easier way to export music to iPhone without syncing. Especially if your iTunes has some issue like error code 4000. Hope this article can really help you.