How to Put Non iTunes Music on an iPhone

By Andrew Smith

Music that you have bought for your iPhone has likely been purchased through the iTunes Store via the iTunes computer software or the iPhone iTunes application. Music does not have to be acquired through iTunes, however, in order to listen to those files on your iPhone. Audio files compatible with your iPhone can be manually placed into the iTunes library that's saved on the computer. The files can then be transferred from iTunes onto your iPhone.

Add Music to iTunes

Step 1

Open the iTunes software.

Step 2

Click on “File” at the top of iTunes, and the “File Menu” opens.

Step 3

Select “Add File to Library” in the “File Menu.” A window labeled “Add to Library” opens.

Step 4

Press and hold “CTRL” on the keyboard (the “Command” key if using a Mac). Then, click the non-iTunes music in the window that you're putting on the iPhone.

Step 5

Click “Open” in the “Add to Library” window. The music is added to iTunes.

Change iPhone Sync Settings

Step 1

Connect your iPhone to the computer via the iPhone's USB cable.

Step 2

Click the iPhone's name or the word “iPhone” on the left side of iTunes.

Step 3

Click “Summary” in the middle panel of the program.

Step 4

Click the box next to the iPhone setting that reads “Manually Manage Music and Videos,” near the bottom of the middle iTunes panel. The box becomes checked.

Step 5

Click the “Apply” option at the bottom of the program to change the iPhone sync setting. You can now add single songs to the iPhone from iTunes.

Add Music to iPhone

Step 1

Click the “Music” heading located under the “Library” category on the left part of iTunes. All of the iTunes music becomes visible in the middle iTunes panel.

Step 2

Press and hold “CTRL” on the keyboard (the “Command” key if using a Mac).

Step 3

Click every iTunes song in the middle iTunes panel that you're putting onto the iPhone.

Step 4

Drag the chosen songs to the iPhone name or iPhone word on the left part of iTunes. The music is added to your iPhone.

Tips & Warnings

  • The music files must be in MP3, WAV, AAC, WMA, AIFF and AA (audible) format in order to be added onto the iPhone.