How to Transfer Music From an iPhone to a Mac


An iPhone is a mobile phone made by Apple that also plays music and videos. You can also use the iPhone to play games and run applications. It has a touchscreen display, and connects to the Internet via cellular data networks and Wi-Fi, enabling you to access Apple's iTunes Store and download music directly to your iPhone. If you want to listen to this purchased music on your Mac, you can easily transfer it over using iTunes, a free application that Apple installs on every Mac. You use iTunes to listen to music and manage your iPhone.

Things You'll Need

  • USB cable
  • Click the "iTunes" icon in the Dock on your Mac to launch the application.

  • Connect your iPhone to a USB port on your Mac using the iPhone's included USB cable. Your iPhone will appear as an icon in the left side of the "iTunes" window.

  • Click "File," and then click "Transfer Purchases From (name of your iPhone)." All music you downloaded from the iTunes Store directly to your iPhone will now copy over to your Mac. Click "Purchased on (name of iPhone)" in the left side of the iTunes window to see the music that transferred over.

  • Disconnect your iPhone from your Mac when the transfer is complete.

Tips & Warnings

  • Generally, music transfer is one-way, from your Mac to your iPhone when you sync the devices. You can transfer music you ripped from CDs on your Mac over to your iPhone, but you can't transfer those ripped MP3s back to your Mac from your iPhone, such as if you deleted them from your Mac and want to copy them back. You would need to rip the CDs on your Mac again. If you downloaded songs from the iTunes store to your Mac, copied them to your iPhone and then accidentally deleted them from your Mac, these songs will transfer back to your Mac from your iPhone when you click "Transfer Purchased Music From (name of iPhone)" from the iTunes menu.

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