Transfer Music From Android To iPhone. Moving to a new phone is always something to be excited about and it has become easier than ever to migrate from an Android device to an iPhone, thanks to the Upgrade to iOS app from Apple. But there’s only so much that can be transferred to an iPhone from your old phone, and one of those things that might take more time than you’d think to get imported to your iPhone is music.
If you’re like us, and you’re very special about the songs you’re listening to, then it’s going to be the first thing that you want to switch from your Android phone to your iPhone. So when transitioning to an iPhone, would you bring your music with you, and how will you do it? In this post, that’s what we’re here to talk about.
Can I move music directly from Android to iPhone?
Before moving music from Android to iPhone, there are some things you would like to read, but the one thing you might be wondering about is if you would be able to do it directly from Android to iPhone.
If you have audio files
If you’re a high-quality audio junkie, no matter how many music streaming options you may have, then you’d want all of your offline music collection to be transferred to your new iPhone. The method of moving music from Android to iPhone, while possible, is a complicated affair.
We say this because unless you want to rely on a third-party app/service to do it, you can not move your music directly from Android to iPhone.
If you use Spotify, Apple Music, or other streaming services
Most of us rely on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, and every other service to listen to music in a world where streaming services dominate most of our content consumption. If you are someone who is already paying for one or more of these subscription services, it is as simple as downloading an app and logging in to your account to switch your music from Android to iOS.
That’s because you can directly install all major streaming services on iOS and you can access all of your content by simply logging in to your account. On your new iPhone, you can download the following streaming apps and quickly start playing your favorite genre right away:
What do you need?
If you have chosen to go ahead and switch all your audio files from your Android device to an iPhone, before moving on to the transfer process, you should ensure that you have reviewed the following things.
- A Mac or Windows computer
- USB-to-Lightning cable or USB-C to Lightning Cable [to connect Mac and iPhone]
- USB-A/USB-C to micro USB/USB-C cable, depending upon your Android, PC, and Mac’s port
- WiFi network [for iTunes Match and Feem v4 app]
Since we have found that there is no official way to create a direct connection between an Android device and an iPhone, you will first have to connect your Android device to your computer and use it as a means of transferring music to your iPhone.
You may use one of the two methods listed here to copy your audio files from an Android smartphone to a Mac or Windows PC, depending on what device you own.
Method 1 – Transferring Music from Android to Mac
To transfer files from your Android device to a Mac, you need to install Android File Transfer on the latter by downloading it from the highlighted link and following the on-screen instructions.
Use the data cable that comes with your Android to connect your Android phone to the Mac after the Android File Transfer software has been enabled. You would need a USB-C to USB-A (or USB-C) adapter to link your phone to a Mac or a USB-C to micro-USB/USB-C cable to directly connect all devices if you own a newer MacBook.
Your Android computer will only be able to read the contents of your Mac if it is unlocked. Unlock your phone to ensure all of your Android files are available on the Mac.
Open the Notifications section after unlocking the Android by swiping it from the top of your phone’s computer.
“Tap the message that says something in the “Tap other USB options” line here.
This should show a new options menu on your computer. Tap on the ‘File transfer/Android Auto’ option in this list to allow the Mac to read the files on your Android computer.
Open Android File Transfer from the Mac Launchpad or Applications folder once a connection between your Android and Mac has been created.
Whenever you connect your Android computer to a Mac, the Android File Transfer app should appear on its own in most cases.
All the files and directories that are open on your Android computer will now be accessible to you. Pick files or directories containing audio files to copy your music and drag them to the Apple Music/iTunes library on your Mac.
Your audio files are now transferred to the Mac so that you can pass them to your iPhone later using one of the strategies we have further discussed.
Method 2 – Transferring Music from Android to Windows
It is much easier to transfer music from your Android phone to a Windows PC than what you have to do on a Mac. In order to read the storage of your Android, you do not need an app like Android File Transfer and can access it directly by connecting your Android to a PC.
To get started, use the USB-A to USB-C/micro-USB cable that comes with the unit to connect your Android phone to a Windows PC.
Unlock your Android once a link has been created, and go to the Notification drawer. You’ll see a message from the Android device that informs you that the phone is connected with a USB cable. To select from a list of networking options, tap ‘Tap Other USB Options’.
To start transferring your music files, pick ‘File Transfer’ or ‘Transferring Files’ from this list. This will ensure that the local and SD storage of your Android is available on the Windows PC.
Open the File Explorer on your PC and check under ‘This PC‘ if your Android device is available. By double-clicking on it, open your device.
You can see the ‘Phone’ storage and ‘Card’ storage when you open your Android device, if you have installed an SD card on your phone. Open up the storage from which you want to copy your songs.
Locate and copy the files and directories where audio files are stored and copy them to your PC’s preferred location.
You can eject your music from Windows from the taskbar after moving it from Android to the PC, and then unplug it.
For quicker and more streamlined transfer procedures, you can copy your music content from the folder you saved to the iTunes library.You can install the iTunes app for Windows by going to this link.
How to Transfer Music from Android to iPhone
It is now proven that you need a Mac or Windows PC to migrate music from Android to an iPhone unless you want to rely on third-party applications. If you have already moved audio files from your Android phone to a Mac, as we have explained to you in the steps described above, then you can use any of the following methods to switch them to your iPhone.
Using Finder app on Mac
So you’ve already copied your music onto a Mac, but how are you going to switch it to your iPhone? On your Mac, join the Music app (formerly iTunes) that can be used to replicate the music library of your Mac on your iPhone.
Use the USB to Lightning cable or USB-C to Lightning Cable to connect your iPhone to the Mac to do this. Launch the Finder app on your Mac after that.
Locate the iPhone that you have linked to the Mac inside the Finder app and press it.
Additional step (for first-time users): If you are connecting your iPhone to a Mac for the very first time, you will be prompted with a “Trust iPhone” dialog to ask you. On your Mac, you’ll need to click on ‘Trust.’
In the next step, when the “Trust This Computer” dialog prompts you, you will have to tap the ‘Trust’ option on your iPhone.
You might be required to enter your passcode for your smartphone, but unlocking your iPhone will do it in most cases.
You will be able to see the system management screen inside the Finder when your iPhone is linked to a Mac.
Choose the ‘Audio’ tab at the top of the iPhone device management screen on the Finder.
Check the box labeled ‘Sync music to iPhone’ here to allow iPhone and Mac music sharing.
Pick the ‘Entire music library’ option under the ‘Sync’ section if you want to move all the music from your Mac.
You can choose the ‘Selected playlists, artists, albums, and styles’ option under the’ Sync ‘section if you don’t want all of your music to be copied to your iPhone library, but just want to move those songs from your music library.
You can then go ahead and start by tick-marking the artists, albums, genres, and playlists from the box below.
When all the music you want to copy has been picked, click on the ‘Apply’ button in the lower right corner.
Your music will now be moved to the iPhone from your Mac and the process will be displayed at the bottom of the Finder window as ‘Syncing’.
You can set up manual sync and have power of what gets transferred to your iPhone if you don’t want to automatically copy music from your Mac to your iPhone.
You need to perform all the steps that you did before the ‘Automatic Sync’ phase before you start manually copying audio. When you do so, you’ll be on the device management screen of your iPhone.
Click on the ‘General’ tab at the top after selecting your iPhone in the Finder and check the ‘Manually handle music, movies, and TV shows’ box.
Now, click on the ‘Apply’ button in the bottom right corner.
Now, you can open the Music App on your Mac, where you’ve copied music from Android before.
By selecting ‘Artists’, ‘Album’, ‘Songs’, ‘Music Videos’ and ‘Recently Added’ under the ‘Library’ section on the left sidebar, you can sort through your music.
Choose the songs to move to your iPhone. You can pick several songs and albums by choosing the music you want to copy on your iPhone by pressing the Command button on your keyboard.
Drag and drop the album or songs inside the Music app from ‘Library’ to your iPhone, which is described under the ‘Devices’ section on the left sidebar.
You can check if anything has been transferred by clicking on your iPhone from the left sidebar inside the Music app after you have dragged all of your music to your iPhone.
All of your copied tracks will be visible inside your iPhone.
Using Airdrop between your Mac and iPhone
If your music files have already been synced from an Android device to your Computer, you can use this method to migrate them to your iPhone from your Mac.
When used with each other, Apple devices are considered to have seamlessness and the Mac and iPhone are the largest beneficiaries of this. Not only can you directly receive your phone calls on a Mac, but you can also conveniently copy things from a Mac to an iPhone or vice versa without having cables of any type. This is achieved using an age-old method that will come to be recognised as Airdrop by many people.
Airdrop can be used to transfer files of any kind, including music, between a Mac and an iPhone, using your Bluetooth and WiFi connections only. By following the guide we have prepared in the connection below, you can use Airdrop to move music from a Mac to an iPhone.
Using iTunes on Windows
If, as described in the preliminary steps above, you have copied audio files from your Android to a Windows Desktop, you can move your music from the PC to an iPhone using the iTunes app.
To do this, use the USB or USB-C cable that comes with your phone to connect your iPhone to your Windows PC. Open the iTunes app on your PC once your computer is paired and click on the Device button in the upper left corner of the iTunes window.
You could only have the iTunes app installed on Windows, unlike on a Mac, for the sole purpose of moving all your music to an iPhone. So, in the steps below, we will stick to automatically moving all of your music.
To sync your music automatically, on the left-hand sidebar, press the Music tab.
Check the ‘Sync Music’ box on the right pane.
You can transfer all of your music that you earlier copied to your iTunes library by checking the box adjacent to ‘Entire music library’.
Finally, click on the ‘Apply’ button on the bottom right corner to begin the transfer process.
Using iTunes Match
Apple provides a paid service called iTunes Match that allows you to pass all your tracks and playlists for $25 annually to the iCloud Music Library so that you can access them from anywhere. You can store your entire music library in MP3 and AAC formats (up to 100,000 songs), including those you imported from CDs, this way.
Open the Apple Music app on your Mac or the iTunes app on Windows to subscribe to iTunes Match and press the ‘iTunes Shop’ button on the left-hand sidebar. Scroll down, locate and click on the ‘iTunes Match’ link within this screen under the ‘Features’ section.
The iTunes Match main page will load inside the window. Click on the Subscribe button on the screen. Sign in with your Apple ID and password and enter your billing details.
All of the songs in your iTunes catalog will be scanned and uploaded to the iCloud Music Library after your subscription has been enabled.
You need to activate the Sync Library feature inside iOS to make sure that all songs synced with iTunes Match are shown on your iPhone. Open the Settings app on your iPhone to do this, then go to Music. Turn on the ‘Sync Library’ toggle inside the ‘Audio‘ display.
This should make all of your music appear on your new iPhone.
What else can you do?
If your needs are met by none of the steps we described in this post or you want to do something easier than the steps stated here, then there is one more way to move music from Android to iPhone. If your music library isn’t that huge, you can easily choose to upload your music content from one platform to the cloud with the following cloud storage options so that you can download it later on another.
Most of these cloud storage services offer free levels that allow you to upload content to a certain cap, which can be an excellent alternative to iTunes Match, if you don’t want to pay to store your music on the cloud. You may use various platforms to migrate all your songs and playlists to a larger music library in batches.
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