How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac (iMac, MacBook Pro/Air Included)?

2023-05-11 00:00:00/Posted by Alleny Gavinto iOS Transfer Topic/Follow @ MobiKin

Q: Hello, I have an iPhone 9 carrying many valuable files, photos, videos, music. For fear that I lost them someday for some reason, I want to back up or transfer music, photos, videos from my iPhone 9 to Mac. I have tried many methods to reach the goal but they did not work at all. And iTunes seems also cannot backup them on Mac. Is there an effective way to transfer music from iPhone to Mac? Please help!


iPhone is one of the most popular mobile phone today, but it also a perfect music player for almost all iPhone users. With it, people can get their favorite music from the online store easily and enjoy them anytime and anywhere. However, with the increasing number of songs on your iPhone, the storage place is becoming more and more smaller. So, many iPhone users may have ever been confused by the same things about how to transfer music from iPhone to Mac for releasing more free space on your device. Then what will you do here?

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We have collected 3 different yet efficient solutions on how to transfer music from iPhone to Mac Air/Pro, Macbook, iMac...

Method 1: How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac without iTunes [Hot!]

Unlike Android system, iOS is a closed system due to security problems proposed by Apples, which are an one-way tool which blocks music and video transferring from iPhone to Mac. So iPhone users cannot be directly backup music from iPhone to Mac. In this case, you would better rely on a software named MobiKin Assistant for iOS (Mac), which can solve your problem effectively. It is a professional tool that designed to transfer all contents on your iPhone to Mac with one simple click.

  • Get music from iPhone to Mac completely or selectively.
  • Supports most major file types, including Video, Photo, Music, eBook, Contacts, Text Messages, Notes, Safari Bookmarks, Voice Memo, Podcast, Ringtone, Playlist, etc. on your iPad, iPhone and iPod.
  • In order to provide users with the best using experience, this tool allows users to find their target file by typing the related tags like file name, title, etc. in the quick search bar.
  • It is totally compatible with all new iOS devices, including iPhone 11, 11 Pro Max, XS Max, XR, X, 8 Plus/8, 7 Plus/7, 6s Plus/6s, 6 Plus/6, etc..
  • It features fast, easy and powerful iOS data backup and restore.

Tips: If you're a Windows user, you can click here to get more info about the Windows version - MobiKin Assistant for iOS.

Below are the detailed steps on transferring music from iPhone to Mac by using the Mac version of MobiKin Assistant for iOS.

Step 1: Download and install the software on the Mac.

Connect your iPhone to the Mac. Then, download, install and run the program on the Mac computer. Please wait a few seconds of device detection, an interface will be shown. For Windows user, you can follow the same steps on your Windows computer by yourself. (Steps to transfer music from iPhone to computer.)

Let's have a brief look of the start window of the iPhone to Mac Music Transfer:

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Step 2. Find your target music files

Here, you can find your target music files easily. Just click on the "Music" option from the iPhone Library, then you will see all your stored songs in the right panel. Just go ahead to check the small box before the music files you want to transfer.

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Step 3. Copy music from iPhone to Mac

If you have selected some specific music to transfer as you want, then you can be in the "Export" button to make a copy of your specially selected songs on the computer.

By default, the software will export and save your selected songs to the default folder as it was installed. To find the music you've copied, you can click "File -> Open Export Folder". Of course, if you wish to transfer music to a specified file folder on your Mac, then you can click "Advanced -> Options" to change the export folder before you start copying music.


Now, you can enjoy your favorite songs both on your iPhone and Mac without any limitations. Now, don't be hesitated to download it.

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Method 2: How to Import Music from iPhone to Macbook/Mac with iTunes

Apple users are used to using iTunes to process data on iOS devices. So when it comes to transferring music from iPhone to Mac, they naturally think of using iTunes to do it. In fact, iTunes does transfer music from iPhone to Mac, however, it only allows transferring music purchased from iTunes. That is, you cannot use iTunes to transfer non-Apple music from iPhone 11/11 Pro Max/XS Max/XS/XR/X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6 to Mac. Non-Apple Music includes songs downloaded from CDs or other applications.

Therefore, if you just want to transfer music purchased from iTunes Store, then you can follow the steps below to move music from iPhone to Mac with the help of iTunes. We also have the guide on how to transfer music to iPhone from computer without iTunes.

Step 1: Install and launch the latest version of iTunes on your Mac. Don't forget to turn off the "iTunes Auto Sync".

Step 2: From the top menu bar, choose "Store" and then choose "Authorize This Computer" from the drop down list. Then, log into your Apple account that you used on your iPhone.

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Step 3: Connect your iPhone to the Mac via a USB cord and click File > Devices > Transfer Purchases from iPhone to transfer music from your iPhone to your Mac.

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After performing all the steps above, you can successfully sync all music files you purchased from iTunes Store to Mac.

Method 3: How to Upload Music from iPhone to Mac via iCloud Music Library

How do you transfer music from iPhone to Macbook Pro without downloading desktop software or application? Well, you can use iCloud Music Library as a medium to sync music from your iPhone to Mac. But before you start with this method, you should make sure that you have joined the Apple Music and used the same Apple ID to sign in to both your iPhone and Mac.

Follow the steps here to learn how to upload music from iPhone to Mac via iCloud Music Library:

Step 1: On your iPhone, go to "Settings" app and scroll down the page to choose "Music" option. Then, turn on "iCloud Music Library" from the new window.

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Step 2: Turn to your Mac and launch iTunes. Navigate to the top left to open iTunes menu and click Preferences. If you are using MacOS Catalina, you should launch the Music app, go to Preferences > General and then turn on iCloud Music Library.

Step 3: Choose the tab of "General", tick "iCloud Music Library" and then click "OK".

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That's the operations on transferring songs from iPhone to Mac by using iCloud Music library. You can also directly transfer music from iPhone to iCloud if needed.

The Bottom Line

When you buy a new Mac, you must have thought about transferring important files from your iPhone to your Mac as a backup. With the three solutions mentioned in this article, you can easily download music from iPhone to Mac. Whether you want to transfer music from iPhone to iMac computer with or without iTunes, you can find a satisfactory answer in this article. However, Assistant for iOS (Mac) for all iOS and MacOS devices may be the best choice for you to manage and transfer iPhone data on your Mac, it can provide you with perfect help even without an internet connection. Not only does it allow you to launch iPhone to Mac music transfer without hindrance, but it also provides music management features such as "Add Playlist".

You can try the free trial version of Assistant for iOS (Mac) before deciding whether to buy the full version. I hope you can enjoy your favorite music on Mac better after reading this article. If you have any questions, just leave us a message.

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Alleny Gavin
Alleny GavinChief Editor
A chief editor at MobiKin, brings over a decade of experience in technical writing and holds a B.A. in English Literature. With a background as a Project Manager in the IT industry, he has authored 1000+ articles on, offering expert solutions for iOS issues. Gavin, a tech enthusiast, effortlessly recommends software with passion and extensive expertise in smartphones and software.
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