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3 Ways on Transferring Playlists from iPhone to iTunes or Vice Versa

Brandon Wood
Aug 31, 2022
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"I am trying to copy playlists from my iPhone 7 Plus into iTunes. There is nowhere to select a playlist on the iPhone in iTunes and export to . XML, as some discussions suggest."

- Apple Support Community

Do you have any problem transferring playlists from iPhone to iTunes? If yes, don't worry. This article offers a specific tutorial for importing playlists from iPhone to iTunes. Before continuing, ensure that you have the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

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Part 1. How to Transfer Playlists from iPhone to iTunes Directly
Part 2. How to Save Playlists from iPhone to iTunes via Coolmuster iOS Assistant
Part 3. How to Sync Playlists from iTunes to iPhone

Part 1. How to Transfer Playlists from iPhone to iTunes Directly

It's simple to transfer playlists from iPhone to iTunes directly. Below are the specific steps.

1. Plug your iPhone into the computer using the original USB cable and launch iTunes if it doesn't open automatically.

2. Trust the computer if it's the first time connecting your iPhone to the computer.

3. Select Playlist under the On My Device section and choose the desired playlists on the right panel.

4. Tap File at the top-left corner of the iTunes window > Library > Export Playlist... > name the exported file > Save.

5. Click File on the iTunes window > Library > Import Playlist... > pick the file you exported a moment ago.

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Part 2. How to Save Playlists from iPhone to iTunes via Coolmuster iOS Assistant

Directly transferring playlists from iPhone to iTunes will save a .txt file on your computer, which cannot be edited or played straight away. Thus, many people are not keen to sync playlists from iPhone to iTunes with the help of iTunes.

Coolmuster iOS Assistant is a powerful and easy tool to export playlists from iPhone to a computer or the default iTunes backup location. Besides, it also allows you to selectively transfer data between a computer and iPhone.

The highlights of Coolmuster iOS Assistant:

  • Back up iPhone data to a computer or default iTunes backup location in one click.
  • Restore the backups to another iDevice.
  • Selectively import/export files between computer and iPhone.
  • Support playlists, music, videos, photos, notes, iBooks, calendars, contacts, SMS, etc.
  • Support various readable audio formats, like MP3, M4A, AAC, WAV, AIF, etc.
  • Widely compatible with all iPhones with iOS 5 to iOS 15, such as iPhone SE (3rd generation)/13 Pro Max/13 Pro/13/13 mini, etc.

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One click to move playlists from iPhone to iTunes:

1. Install and run the software on your computer.

2. Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB and hit Trust on your iPhone if asked. Once detected, it will display the iPhone information on the home interface.

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3. Click Super Toolkit on the top > iTunes Backup & Restore > Backup. Next, pick your iPhone from the drop-down list > tap the Back up files to default iTunes backup location option > click OK. It will export all iPhone data, including playlists, to the default iTunes backup location.

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Further reading:

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Part 3. How to Sync Playlists from iTunes to iPhone

If you have wonderful playlists in the iTunes library, you can move them to your iPhone via iTunes.

Here's how:

For iTunes 12 and above:

1. Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to the computer. Ensure that iTunes can detect and display your iPhone.

2. Tap Music on the left panel, check the box next to Sync Music, and select the Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres option.

3. Choose the playlists you want to transfer to your iPhone under Playlists and hit Apply.

For iTunes 11 and below:

1. Run iTunes on your computer and plug your iPhone into the computer.

2. Click the iPhone icon when it shows up in the iTunes window and choose Music on the left panel.

3. Tick off the box next to Sync Music and check the Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres option.

4. Select the wanted playlists under Playlists and hit Apply.

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Conclusion

Transferring playlists from iPhone to iTunes or vice versa is not difficult as you think. As you can see, you can use iTunes or a third-party tool to achieve it easily. But if you wish to use the playlists on your computer directly, I recommend you try Coolmuster iOS Assistant. It saves your playlists from your iPhone to iTunes in readable formats, and the whole process takes only a few seconds.

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