How to put music en iPhone without iTunes

You just changed Android to iPhone and you're having fun. The restrictions that iOS has compared to Android are not causing you too much trouble, but there is one thing that just does not affect you: you cannot copy music from the PC to iPhone without going through iTunes, Apple's famous multimedia software that, let's face it, over time has become quite pachydermic and uncomfortable to use.

You do not know how successful you are ... but you may not know that it is possible to overcome the obstacle using some applications or some functions of iTunes itself that allow you to manage music on the iPhone in a much faster and easier way. Would you like to know more? Well, then you just have to take five minutes of free time and try to follow the instructions I'm about to give you.

Below you will find an explanation how to put music on iPhone without iTunes and how to configure the latter so that the administration of the library (hence the copy of Songs, albums and playlists from PC to mobile phone) is not strictly connected to iTunes. In short, even if it is still not possible to get rid of the Apple program 100%, adopting the right solutions it is possible to reduce the size of the latter to a minimum. Let's find out together what are all the solutions that can be adopted.

  • Copy music to iPhone without syncing with iTunes
  • Copy music to iPhone without iTunes on macOS 10.15 Catalina
  • Programs to put music on iPhone without iTunes
  • ICloud Music Library and Apple Music
  • Spotify
  • Free Music Download App

Copy music to iPhone without syncing with iTunes

Before seeing how to put music on iPhone without iTunes, I want to point out a function of iTunes itself that you may not know yet: I mean the function of "manual" music management, thanks to which it is possible to manage the music library of the "iPhone by" in a completely autonomous way from that of iTunes (therefore, without synchronizing changes and changes on the computer and the iPhone).

To activate manual music management on the iPhone, connect your phone to your PC, open iTunes, click on devices icon which is in the upper left and select your name iPhone of the box that appears. At this point, move on to the item Your Order found in the left sidebar, scroll up and down the screen, place the check mark next to the item Manage music and videos manually and click on the button apply. If instead of "Manually manage music and videos" you only find "Manually manage videos", it means that the service is active in your Apple ID. ICloud music library and thus you cannot take advantage of manual music management on iPhone.

At this point, select the icon Music found under the heading On the device iTunes and drag the songs you want to copy to your iPhone into the box that appears in the center of the window.

Mission accomplished! Now the app can play all the copied songs in iTunes Music tab Music iPhone without any connection to iTunes library. Happy?

Copy music to iPhone without iTunes on macOS 10.15 Catalina

If you are using macOS 10.15 Catalina or later version of macOS, you can copy music to iPhone directly from the Discoverer, the macOS file manager, which now allows you to manage iOS and iPadOS devices from your PC. To use it, simply select the icon iPhone in the Finder sidebar, select the tab Music and proceed as before in iTunes: the steps to follow are practically the same.

Programs to put music on iPhone without iTunes

If you want to put music on your iPhone by giving up iTunes entirely, you can turn to programs like iMazing, which allows you to freely access files in the iPhone's memory and easily transfer data of all kinds (including music files) between your computer and the Iphone". «.

iMazing is compatible with both Windows and macOS, it needs iTunes to work but it is not connected to the program, it is only for problems with the driver and the Backup. It can be used for free for 10 days (with a limit of 50 items that can be transferred to the device's library), after which to continue using it it is necessary to acquire a license at a cost of 39,99 euros.

With that said, if you are interested in trying iMazing, please connect to their official website and click on the button Free download. After that, if you use a PC with Windows, open the file iMazing2forWindows.exe and click first Sip and then Venga. Then place the check mark next to the item I accept the terms of the license agreement. and finish the setup by first clicking on Venga three consecutive times and then Install on pc es final. If you use a Mac, open the dmg package containing iMazing, click on the button I agree and install the program on your PC by double clicking on its icon and pressing the button Install on pc.

Now, to put music on the iPhone using iMazing, connect the "iPhone by" to the PC, open the program and click phone name in the left sidebar. At this point, click on the icon Music, drag the songs you want to transfer to iPhone in the iMazing window, click on the button Follow And that is.

All songs copied to the iPhone through iMazing will be available in the application Music from iOS.

ICloud and Apple Music Music Library

To put music on iPhone without iTunes you can also check two cloud services proposed by Apple: Apple Music that gives access to a catalog consisting of millions of albums, playlists and songs to be listened to both streaming and offline by subscribing to a paid subscription (9,99 euros / month for the standard plan, 99 euros / year for the standard annual plan and 14,99 euros / month for the family plan after a free 90-day trial) e ICloud music library which is included in Apple Music and allows you to sync your songs (including those that are not included in the Apple Music database) on all devices via the cloud. Using both services, you can create a single music library that automatically syncs across all devices connected to your Apple ID (including PCs), therefore, you can copy music to iPhone without going through iTunes, but acting directly from the app. Music iOS (the application through which Apple Music works on iPhone and iPad).

If you want to subscribe to Apple Music, you can do so just by launching the app Music on your iPhone, pressing the little man located in the upper left, selecting the element Subscribe to Apple Music and choosing one of the available plans.

After the subscription, to use Apple Music, press the voice For you or in the voice Discover present at the bottom left of the displayed screen, then start searching for your favorite music by selecting the various available sections or conducting a specific search for the contents to download by pressing the button representing a magnifying glass.

Once you have identified a song, album or playlist of interest, to add it to your music library, press the button + or button Add relative to the latter. And if you want it to be available offline, press the icon cloud that appears next to its title.

Then you can play the content you downloaded on your iPhone without incurring additional costs and without even having to use a connection to Internet simply accessing the section Music of Music app.

ITunes can also perform the same operations on Windows and macOS. In Windows and macOS, in fact, to access Apple Music and iCloud Music Library, you must use iTunes. Songs added to the library from a PC will automatically sync to the iPhone and all other devices connected to your Apple ID.


If it is your intention to put music on iPhone without iTunes and the Music app that I have already proposed has not convinced you enough, you can resort to using Spotify.

In case, strangely, you've never heard of it, Spotify is the world's most popular music streaming service. Its basic plan is free but, it is good to keep in mind, putting music on the iPhone is not enough as it has no download functions and can only be used in random mode (just listening to songs chosen at random request). To activate the download function and therefore be able to put music on iPhone without iTunes with Spotify you must subscribe to Spotify Premium It costs 9,99 euros / month with a 30-day free trial for new subscribers (it is often also possible to subscribe to Spotify Premium by taking advantage of advantageous offers that allow you to save on the base price, be careful). Once you've signed up for the Premium version of the service, downloading an album or playlist offline is really easy.

So, if you are interested in this solution, the first thing to do is download the Spotify app on your iPhone. To do this, go to the home screen of the device, press the icon App Store, tap on Search and then write Spotify in the search field at the top. Then tap on the first search result. If you want to speed up the execution of these steps you can also press here directly from your iPhone. At this point, press the button Get placed in correspondence with the Spotify Music application shown to you and wait for it to launch and complete the application download and installation procedure.

Now go back to the home screen of your iPhone, press the Spotify application icon and wait for the application screen to be visible. So push the button Create an account and subscribe to Spotify by filling out the form that is proposed or by authenticating yourself through Facebook. Then go to and activate the Premium plan of the service as a free trial for 30 days (this way you will have the download option and the free choice of songs to listen to).

After logging into Spotify and subscribing to the Premium plan of the service, you can proceed to put music on iPhone without iTunes. To add a song, an album or a playlist to your music library on Spotify, select the latter within the application, press the icon (...) placed next to its title and select the item Save in the menu that appears.

Then choose the tab Your music In the Spotify menu (below), select the album or playlist that will be available offline and move to EN options lever Download.

To make the individual songs you've added to your library available offline, select the item instead tracks and climb EN the lever of choice Download.

If you want to learn more about how Spotify works, I suggest you read my tutorials on how Spotify works and how to download songs from Spotify.

Free Music Download App

The applications and services that I have reported so far have not satisfied you completely? Strange. In any case, know that there are many applications that allow you download free music on iPhone.

Among the applications of this genre there are some dedicated to the music of independent artists, others dedicated to ringtones and others that allow you to search (and download) the MP3s available on various Internet sites and social media. For more information, check out my post on apps to download music to iPhone.