How to Transfer Music from iPhone to iPad: 6 Free Ways

Want to know how to transfer music from iPhone to iPad with or without iTunes? Read this guide to find feasible methods to transfer music via USB or wirelessly.


By Lena / Updated on March 6, 2024

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How to transfer non-purchased music between iPhone and iPad?

So I'm switching between iPhone 15 and iPad 2022, and I've run into a problem: I can't seem to transfer music not purchased from the iTunes store to my new iPad. Is there a way I can transfer non-purchased music easily?

- Question from Apple Community

For users who have both an iPhone and an iPad, transferring data between the two devices is very common. And now you want to transfer music from iPhone to iPad. Well, there are 6 methods to help you achieve the goal and this guide will explain each method in detail. These methods apply to all iPhone/iPad models including the newly released iPhone 15 and iPad Pro 2022.

transfer music from iphone to ipad

Method 1. The Best Way to Transfer Music from iPhone to iPad Without iTunes

To transfer both purchased and non-purchased songs from iPhone to iPad, you can use the professional iOS data transfer app - FoneTool to finish the process for free.

Easy iOS Data Transfer Software
  • Transfer unlimited files between iPhone and iPad.
  • Preview and choose targeted data as you like.
  • Easily transfer between different Apple IDs.
  • All iOS devices are supported.
  • Never overwrite any data on the devices.

Now free download this tool on computer and follow the steps below to transfer songs from iPhone to iPad in two steps: Transfer songs from iPhone to computer > Add music to iPad.

Part 1. Move purchased and non-purchased music from iPhone to PC 

1. Launch FoneTool > Plug in your iPhone to computer. (Enter the passcode on iPhone to let the software can access your device.)

2. On the Home screen, click the Phone Transfer option > Choose iPhone to PC and click Get Started.

transfer from iphone to pc

3. Click the “+” icon > Choose the songs you need > Click OK to continue.

Choose Songs

4. Choose a destination from the Transfer Settings > Click Start Transfer to transfer iPhone music to your computer.


Part 2. Add songs from computer to iPad

1. Unplug your iPhone and plug in your iPad > Click the PC to iPhone option from the Phone Transfer interface.

2. Click the Music icon > Drag the songs you need from the computer.

select music

3. Finally, click Start Transfer to transfer music from PC to iPad.

Transfer Completed

Method 2. How to Copy Music from iPhone to iPad with iTunes

If you don't want to use a third-party app to finish the process, then iTunes will be your ideal choice. You should first sync songs from iPhone to iTunes library and then move songs from iTunes to iPad.

⚠️Note: This method only supports moving purchased songs within your Apple ID.

1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on computer > Plug in your iPhone and run iTunes.

2. Click File > Choose Devices > Select Transfer Purchases from “XXX”.

Sync Songs from iPhone to iTunes Library

3. Unplug your iPhone and plug in your iPad > Open iTunes again.

4. Click Song > Click Songs > Select the song you’d like to transfer to iPad > Right-click the song and choose Add to Device.

⚠️Note: If you can't view playlists within iTunes, don't worry about it, you can find solutions in this iPhone Playlists Not Showing Up in iTunes guide.

5. Select your iPad name and it will transfer the song to your device.

If you do not have a computer at hand, the following are some methods to help you transfer music from iPhone to iPad wirelessly.

Method 3. How to Sync Music from iPhone to iPad via Apple Music

If you have subscribed to Apple Music, you can turn on Sync Library to access your music library and music that you've downloaded from Apple Music on all your devices. However, it’s a paid option.

Generally, Sync Library is turned on by default. If you turned off Sync Library, you can turn it back on: Go to Settings > Music > Turn on Sync Library. (You will not see an option to turn on the Sync Library if you don’t subscribe to Apple Music.)

Turn on Sync Library

Once the option is enabled, you can stream your music library on any iOS device that has the Apple Music app. Just make sure that your device is signed in with the same Apple ID that you use with your Apple Music subscription. If Apple Music crashes on your iPhone, you may need to choose other ways to make it.

Method 4. How to Move Music from iPhone to iPad via iTunes Store

To download purchased songs on iPad, you can go to iTunes Store to make it. Please be aware that you should sign in with the same Apple ID on two devices.

⚠️Note: If you have any iTunes store sign-in errors, just go to this Fix iTunes Store Sign in Problem guide to find answers.

On your iPad: Go to iTunes Store > Tap More > Tap Purchased > Select Music > Tap Not on This iPad’s tab > Tap All Songs > Tap the Download icon to save songs on device.

Method 5. How to Transfer Music from iPhone to iPad via Bluetooth

You can also rely on Bluetooth to transfer songs from iPhone to iPad wirelessly. In fact, once your iPhone and iPad have successfully paired, you can transfer any type of data between the two devices.

On your iPhone: Go to Settings > General > Network > Cellular to turn on Personal Hotspot > Go back to General and tap Bluetooth.

Turn on Personal Hotspot

On your iPad: Go to Settings to turn on Bluetooth > Allow iPad to scan your iPhone.

Enter the 6-digit code when the iPad has found your iPhone. Then you can go to Music app > choose a song and select Bluetooth to sync music from iPhone to iPad.

Method 6. How to Share Music from iPhone to iPad Wirelessly via AirDrop

AirDrop is a great feature to help us share data between two iOS devices. So you may want to transfer music from iPhone to iPad using AirDrop. However, the fact is that AirDrop can only help you share the link of the song but not the song itself.

1. Go to Control Center on your devices > Turn on AirDrop on iPhone and iPad.

2. On your iPhone: Open the Music app > Find the song you’d like to share > Click the three-dots icon to open the Share option > Click Share Song > Tap your iPad as the destination device.

airdrop music

3. On your iPad: Click View on iPad to check the moved music.


That’s all about how to transfer music from iPhone to iPad. If you want to finish the process via a USB cable, then you can choose iTunes or FoneTool to make it. Compared with iTunes's complex operation and restricted features, the powerful FoneTool will help you easily extract music from iPhone free at a super-fast speed.

If you need a wireless transfer, you can use the Apple Music sync feature, iTunes store, Bluetooth or AirDrop feature on iPhone/iPad to accomplish the action efficiently.