How to Transfer iPhone Purchases to iTunes Library

Don’t know how to transfer iPhone purchases to your iTunes library? Find answers in this full guide. If you need, you can also use FoneTool to transfer iPhone purchased and non-purchased media to PC.

Kathy by Kathy Updated November 29, 2023
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How do I transfer purchases from iPhone to iTunes library?

I was attempting to update my iPhone to iOS 16.6 when this message popped up: 'There are purchased items on the iPhone that have not been transferred to your iTunes library. You should transfer these items to your iTunes library before updating this iPhone. Are you sure you want to continue?' What should I do to complete the process?

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Apple offers the iTunes Store for users to buy music, TV shows, and movies on their iPhones, allowing them to enjoy a variety of media files wherever they go. But there are situations where you might need to transfer these iPhone purchases to iTunes, either for data backup or to access them on your computer. In this article, we'll explore how to achieve this.

How to transfer iPhone purchases to iTunes

iTunes provides a straightforward method for transferring iPhone purchases from the iTunes Store to your iTunes library on Windows PC. And here’s how to do:

Step 1. You should authorize your computer first: Launch iTunes > Choose Account > Authorizations > Authorize This Computer > Enter your Apple ID and passcode if prompted > Tap the Authorize button to continue.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable. Once iTunes detects your device, go to the Menu bar and select File > Devices > Choose Transfer Purchases from [device name].

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And these are all about how to transfer iPhone purchases to iTunes library. If you find iTunes store not working or need to transfer non-purchased media or items obtained from other sources, you can use FoneTool mentioned in the next part to complete the process.

The easiest way to transfer non-purchased media to PC

For most iPhone users, iTunes can be their common choice to transfer or back up iPhone data to PC. But if you need to transfer non-purchased iTunes media between iPhone and PC, iTunes can’t help you accomplish the task.

Besides, you’ll find many iTunes errors in the usage, such as “iTunes can’t verify the identity of the server” or an unknown error code indicating you the process is interrupted. Then you will get bad experience. As an all-in-one iPhone data management tool, FoneTool can solve all these problems for you.

yesWith FoneTool, you can directly transfer files from any computer partition to your iPhone without the need to add these files to your iTunes playlists.
yesFoneTool offers fast transfer speeds, allowing you to move hundreds of songs in seconds, significantly faster than iTunes or similar software.
yesFoneTool will also help you easily transfer music from iPhone to PC or PC to iPhone, while iTunes only supports one-way synchronization.
yesApple restricts data transfer between different Apple accounts, but FoneTool can assist you in accomplishing this process. So you can easily transfer WhatsApp from one Apple ID to another.
yesWith FoneTool, you can directly transfer iPhone data to any Windows PC without the need to authorize the computer.
yesWith its wide compatibility, FoneTool runs stably on various iOS devices, including iPhone 4 to iPhone 15, iPad and iPod Touch.

Now you can follow the detailed steps below to know how to transfer iPhone purchases and non-purchases to PC with FoneTool.

Step 1. Click the button to download and install FoneTool on your Windows PC. Then connect your iPhone to PC with a USB cable.

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Step 2. Launch FoneTool and click Phone Transfer > Choose iPhone to PC and click Get Started.

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Step 3. Click each icon to browse data on your iPhone > Select the targeted files that need to be transferred > Click OK to continue.

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Step 4. Choose your preferred storage path from the Transfer Settings option > Click Start Transfer to begin.

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Except for transferring from iPhone to PC or PC to iPhone, you can also use FoneTool to quick start your new iPhone after setup, then all old iPhone data will be moved to your new iPhone without iCloud.

Except for transferring from iPhone to PC, FoneTool also offers a mobile app for users to airdrop iTunes purchases between iPhone and Android. If necessary, you can download FoneTool on both your devices to explore the handy feature. For more information, find answers in this iPhone-to-Android file transfer guide.

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Final words

That’s all about how to transfer iPhone purchases to iTunes library. You can finish the process with iTunes. However, if you need to transfer non-purchased media or items obtained from other sources, FoneTool can be the best choice.

In addition to transferring iPhone data, FoneTool can also help you back up iPhone data efficiently. You can not only fully back up iPhone but also selectively back up photos, videos, music, contacts and messages. And it’s easy to restore iPhone backup to another iPhone.


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