How Do I Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac: 3 Methods

If you’re an iPhone user who loves to listen to music, chances are you’ve collected a lot of songs on your device. But what happens if you want to keep a backup of your precious music collections on your Mac? It can be a bit difficult to transfer music from iPhone to Mac if you’re not familiar with the process. In this post, we’ll show you three methods on how to transfer music from iPhone to Mac.

Method 1: Using Apple Music App

The Apple Music app comes built into every iPhone. This wonderful music streaming app makes it easier than ever to get hold of the music you want. If you’re a subscriber to Apple Music, all the music will automatically transfer back and forth as long as you sign in with the same Apple ID and enable the Sync Library feature.

To do this, open the Settings app on your iPhone, scroll down to find Music, and tap it. Turn on the toggle for Sync Library. Next, open the Music app on your Mac, click on the Music button in the menu bar, then Preferences. Tick the little box next to Sync Library. After a few minutes, the music will transfer from your iPhone to your Mac.

Method 2: Using Third-Party Tool

You can also use a third-party tool named iPhone Data Transfer. Download it from the link provided in the description below the video. Once downloaded, open it on your Mac. Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a USB cord. iPhone Data Transfer will detect your iPhone and show you the detailed info of your device. Click on the Music tab to load up all the music files from your iPhone.

Unlike the Sync Library feature, iPhone Data Transfer allows you to choose which music files to transfer or not. Select the songs you want to transfer to your Mac and click on the Export to Mac button. The selected songs can be moved to your Mac within minutes.

Method 3: Using iTunes

If you’re running an earlier operating system than macOS Catalina, you can use iTunes to transfer songs from iPhone to Mac. However, if you’re running macOS Catalina or a later operating system on your Mac, you can’t use this method. Also, note that iTunes can only help you transfer purchased songs from your iPhone to your Mac.

To transfer purchased songs, connect your iPhone to your Mac and open iTunes. Click Account from the horizontal tab in the upper left corner of iTunes. Click Authorize This Computer, enter your Apple ID and passcode, then click the Authorize button. Click Files, then Devices from the list. Hit Transfer Purchases from your iPhone’s name to begin the transfer process.


Now that you know how to transfer music from iPhone to Mac, you can backup your precious music collections and enjoy them on both your iPhone and Mac. Whether you use the Apple Music app, third-party tool, or iTunes, the process is straightforward and easy to follow.