How to Transfer Music from Computer to iPhone 8/8 Plus

If there are some music tracks on your computer you’d like to listen to on your iPhone 8, just head to this guide to know how to transfer music from computer to iPhone 8 in four effective ways.

Demi by Demi Updated October 7, 2023
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How do I get Music from my computer to my iPhone?

I have many CDs purchased over these years on my computer, and I want to add them to my iPhone 8. Is there any way out? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

- Question from Apple Community

Are there music tracks on your computer that you’d like to listen to on your iPhone 8? Are you seeking for a method to transfer music from CD/USB to iPhone like the scenario shown above? If your answer is Yes, this guide must be worth reading.

Well, this guide offers you four effective ways to transfer music from computer to iPhone 8/ 8 Plus. The four methods below are also compatible with models of iPhone, like iPhone X/11/12/13/14. Here we go.

Way 1. Sync music from computer to iPhone 8/8 Plus with iTunes

As an official tool for Apple users, iTunes allows you to manage devices and sync music from computer to iPhone 8. However, please be noted that there are some limitations you need to know in advance.

• iTunes only allows you to pair your iPhone to one computer. You cannot freely add music from other computers.
• The synced files will replace the current media files on your iPhone. You must pay attention, or you may lose some important data after the sync.

To ensure data safety, you can skip to Way 2 to get an easier way to add music to iPhone 8 from computer. If you are OK with that, you can add music from computer to iTunes Library and sync them to iPhone 8 with the steps below.

Steps to add music to iTunes Library
Step 1. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes on your computer > Plug your iPhone to computer with USB.

Step 2. Click the phone icon > Click Summary > Uncheck the option “Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected” > Check the option “Manually manage music and videos” > Click Apply to confirm.

turn off automatically sync in iTunes

Step 3. Click File option > Choose Add File to Library from the drop-down list to add music files to iTunes that you want to transfer to iPhone.

add file to library

Steps to how to transfer music from computer to iPhone with iTunes
Step 1. Click Music > Check Sync Music > Choose to sync Entire music library or Selected playlist artists, albums, and genres.

Step 2. Click Apply to sync music to iPhone 14.

sync music to iPhone

Way 2. Transfer music from PC to iPhone 8/8 Plus via FoneTool

To make the transfer process as simple as possible, you can try the free transfer tool - FoneTool to transfer music from PC to iPhone without iTunes. When compared to iTunes, it offers a simpler and safer alternative to help you add music to your iPhone.

What FoneTool differs from iTunes
👍 No data loss transfer process. You can transfer all or selected songs as per your needs. The transfer process won’t erase the existing songs or any other data on the device.
👍 No Apple ID limitation. It allows you to transfer files like music between different Apple IDs. You can be free to transfer files among iOS devices and computers.
👍 Simple design and operation. The simple design helps you handle it easily. Just within a few clicks, you can finish the transfer process.
👍 Fast transfer speed. A stable USB connection between your iPhone and computer promises a fast speed, like no more than 10 minutes for 1000 songs.

Click the icon below to free download FoneTool, connect your iPhone 8 to computer with USB, and follow the steps below to know how to copy music from computer to iPhone 8/8 Plus using FoneTool.

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How to transfer music from computer to iPhone 8
Step 1. Launch FoneTool on your computer, choose Phone Transfer > Mouse over to PC to iPhone and click Start Transfer.

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Step 2. Click the folder icon > Locate the folder that saves the songs you’d like to transfer to iPhone > Choose the music, click Open to confirm. You can also drag and drop wanted songs to the box.

choose music

Step 3. Make sure you add all wanted songs > Click Start Transfer to begin.

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FoneTool also can help users transfer music iPod to iPad, iPhone, iPod, from iPhone to computer, which helps you easily put your songs in the right place.

Way 3. Transfer music from computer to iPhone 8/8 Plus by Dropbox

If you prefer a wireless solution to copy music from PC to iPhone 8, then cloud services must be a nice try for you. In this guide, we will take Dropbox as an example. Please be noted that Dropbox offers only 2 GB free storage space for you. Follow the steps below to upload songs to Dropbox on computer, and then download to your iPhone 8.

On your computer
Go to on your computer > Sign in with your Dropbox account > Upload songs you need.

On your iPhone 8
Go to the Dropbox app on your iPhone 8 > Sign in with the same account > Find the songs and download the songs for offline listening.

Dropbox player

Way 4. Transfer music from computer to iPhone 8/8 Plus using Email

If there are not so many music files that need to be transferred from computer to iPhone 8, you can email yourself and play them on your iPhone 8.

On your computer
Go to your Email client on your computer > Add your songs to the email as attachments > Send the email to yourself.

On your iPhone 8
Step 1. Go to the Mail app on your iPhone to check the email > Tap each song to load it.

Step 2. Close the music playing window and tap the Share button > Choose to open the song with a music app to add the song to your iPhone.

Check songs in email


That’s all for the four methods for how to transfer music from computer to iPhone 8 with or without iTunes. Compared with each other, FoneTool can be the best choice that enables you to transfer selected songs with no data loss or effort. If this guide is helpful, please share it with others.

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