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3 Ways to Transfer Music from iPhone to iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/6/5

"I was wondering if anyone could help me with an issue that has bugged me for a very long time. Is there anyway you can transfer your personal music collection on your iPhone to your new iPhone say iPhone X or 8 Plus/8? I know iTunes can do this but I prefer the drag and drop option. If anyone has an easy solution for this or even an external program that can do this. I will be very grateful!"

So how to transfer music from iPhone to iPhone? It is quite common that you might need to transfer data like songs between two iPhones, for example, you want to sync music from old iPhone to new iPhone when you have bought a new device, or you want to share music with your friends and both of you have iPhone devices. No matter what reason it is, let's learn the different ways to transfer music from iPhone to iPhone as easy as possible.

Method 1. How to Transfer Purchased Music from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes
Method 2. How to Transfer Any Music from iPhone to iPhone without iTunes
Method 3. How to Sync Songs from Old iPhone to A New iPhone Selectively

Method 1. How to Transfer Purchased Music from iPhone to iPhone with iTunes

Although iTunes always has done with transferring files from one iDevice to another, everyone who has ever used the iTunes knows that iTunes only allows users to transfer the music files you purchased from iTunes. Other data in the old iPhone, such as internet downloaded music, pictures, movies, playlists and other important files can not be transferred to new iPhone Xs Max/Xs/XR/X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5 by using iTunes.

If you have purchased music from the iTunes Store, you will be able to instantly download it to any iOS device you own by following these steps:

Step 1. Back up iPhone music to iTunes Library

> Please launch iTunes on your computer, connect the iPhone (sender) to computer via a USB cable. When iTunes detects your device, please click the iPhone icon on the left of iTunes window.

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> Click "Summary" tab on the left panel, switch to the right panel and click "Back Up Now" option under "Manually Back Up and Restore" section to start backing up iPhone data including music files to iTunes.

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> When the backing up process is finished on iTunes, please unplug your iPhone from computer.

Step 2. Transfer music from iPhone to iPhone via iTunes

> Connect another iPhone (receiver) to computer via USB cable, then click your iPhone icon when iTunes recognizes your device.

> Under Settings section on the left panel, please click "Music" tab, then a pop-up window will show up, asking you "Are you sure you want to remove existing music, movies, TV shows, and books from this iPhone and sync with this iTunes Library?"

> Read the notification carefully and click "Remove and Sync" option on the pop-up window if you are sure.

> Then you might select all music files or selected music files freely under "Sync Music" section and apply it.

restore music to iphone via itunes

Thus the selected music will be transferred from the previous iPhone to this iPhone after a while.

Limits of Transferring Music from iPhone to iPhone via iTunes:

As mentioned above, iTunes only transfer purchased music between two iOS devices and it doesn't support to sync non-purchased music between iPhone and iPhone. Apart from this, iTunes also has other limitations.

Syncing files between two iPhones with iTunes is really time consuming and complicated. And iTunes is a large program and your computer running would be substantially slowed down. Besides suffering from sluggish transferring process, there would be various problems occur before or during the file transfer, such as iTunes error 2009. And stable internet connection is required to ensure the smooth music download from iPhone to another.

What a pity it is to lose these valuable data! Luckily, there are still some workarounds to transfer iTunes purchased music, as well as music you get from other sources from iPhone to iPhone without a hitch. So is it possible to perform without iTunes? The answer is yes! Read on to learn the details.

Method 2. How to Transfer Any Music from iPhone to iPhone without iTunes

Here it is strongly introduce the best iTunes alternative tool - iPhone to iPhone Music Transfer, which is a little nice tool to help you transfer not only iTunes purchased music, but also Internet downloaded music from iPhone to iPhone.

Apart from songs, you can also transfer other files between two devices, such as contacts, text messages, calendars, call logs, videos, photos, playlists, apps, and more from old iPhone like iPhone 3GS/4/4S to new iPhone models like iPhone X/8/8 Plus/7/7 Plus/6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5 with only 3 simple steps. The program is equipped with advanced technology and intuitive interface, which will certainly provide you with an enjoyable file transferring process. Below is the step by step guide showing you how to copy pictures from old iPhone models to new iPhone models.

Tips: If you have already lost precious music files from your iPhone, you can read the tutorial on how to recover lost data from iPhone.

Free download the program to experience it personally because there is no way better than to try it on your own. Practice always can say everything.

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[User Guide] Steps to Transfer Purchased & Non-purchased Music from iPhone to iPhone:

Windows and Mac versions of Coolmuster iPad iPhone iPod Transfer are both available here. You can install the proper one on your computer according to your own situation. In this page, we'll insert the Windows screenshot into the steps below for your reference. And the operations are almost the same on the both systems. Let’s begin!

Things you'll need: Two iPhones (the old one and the new one), Apple USB cable, computer, iPhone to Computer Transfer.

Step 1. Launch the iPhone to iPhone Music Transfer program and connect two iPhone devices to the same computer with 2 USB cables. Then please select the "Phone to Phone Transfer" mode for transferring songs between two iPhones.

connect two iphones for transferring music

Step 2. Please be sure that the iPhone, which is to export music, is displayed on the Source side and another iPhone is on the Destination side. Then, you can tick off the "Music" tab and other file types that you want to transfer to another iPhone, and click the "Start Transfer" button to copy songs from iPhone to iPhone immediately.

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Within a little while, all the wanted music songs will be copied from one iPhone to another iPhone.

Also, you can use iCloud Photo Sharing to transfer music from iPhone to iPhone. Several ways have been listed for your reference, with advantages and disadvantages displayed. Now, you are free to choose either way to transfer iPhone music to another as you needed!

Method 3. How to Sync Songs from Old iPhone to A New iPhone Selectively

If you want to selectively transfer specific songs from iPhone to iPhone, it is highly recommended to rely on another iPhone Music Transfer - Coolmuster iOS Assistant for Windows PC (or Coolmuster iOS Assistant for Mac). It allows you preview and select the songs you want to share before transferring, and it will not delete existing data like iTunes when transferring files.

Below are the free trails of the program in Windows and Mac version, just have a try.

[User Guide] Steps to Transfer Music between iPhone and iPhone:

Step 1. Connect your old iPhone to computer

Download and install the iPhone Transfer on your computer. Run the program and then use Apple USB cable to connect your old iPhone 3GS, 4 or 4S to the computer. Once the connection is successful, the program will automatically detect your connected iPhone and show its detailed info in the main interface. If your iPhone is not detected by the program, you can click the button of Refresh or re-connect your iPhone to the computer.

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Step 2. Select iPhone music and transfer to computer

As you can see, all your iPhone contained files are well categorized in the left sidebar. You should go to choose the category of "Music" and preview the contained songs in the right window. Mark those you want to transfer to your new iPhone and navigate to the top menu to click the Export button. Then, there will be a Path dialog box popped up, asking you to choose an output folder where you would like to save the exported photos. Just select a location from your computer and then the transferring process will begin.

Step 3. Sync exported music to your new iPhone

When the transfer finishes, you can eject your old iPhone from your computer and go to the output folder to view the exported music files. Now, you can drag and drop these music files to iTunes and sync them to your new iPhone X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5.

Learn More about the iPhone File Transfer

In addition to transfer files from iPhone to iPhone, it also support transferring from iPad to iPad, iPod to iPod, and even iPhone to iPad, iPhone to iPod, iPad to iPod, etc. All in all, transferring between any iDevice is fully possible. It offers with versatile preview and search built-ins that enable you to find your exactly desired files quickly and correctly. It is also a good way to backup all your iPad, iPhone and iPod files to computer by using this program to farthest ensure the safety of your crucial data.

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