How To Move Music From Files To Music On iPhone

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Even with a subscription on Apple Music, you still may find yourself craving some album or tracks that are not available for streaming. For instance, I found it disappointing to not find the oldie but Goldie track – Ride for you by Lil Tjay on Apple Music. Or you’ve received the message that the album you badly want to groove is not available in your country for streaming, too bad.

I’m sure you’ve been faced with the same trouble too and wished there was a way to add custom albums and tracks to your playlist. In this article, you’ll learn how to move music from files to Apple Music on iPhone.

How To Move Music From Files To Music On iPhone

You can move up to 100,000 music files from your files to your Apple Music. That’s really enough liberty to add whatever songs you want. 

The best part also is that the uploaded music doesn’t rely on your available iCloud space for storage, otherwise you’d always need an iCloud plus subscription. Apple already mapped out a separate cloud storage for your music, however only available at the expense of a subscription.

To transfer music from your file to the Music app, you’ll need the iTunes application if you’re on Windows and the Apple Music app if you have a macOS Catalina and later. It’s a fairly simple process you can complete in no time.

Follow the guide below to successfully transfer music from files to Apple music;

Move Music Files With Apple Music On Mac

If you have a Mac device, it’s possible to have your MP3 files transferred from your iPhone file app straight to Apple Music. Just like has been earlier stated, you also get up to 100,000 slots for new music files to be added at the time and whenever in the future, without counting on your cloud space.

To move the music files, first make sure you have the Apple Music app on Mac updated to the latest version. Afterwards, follow the steps below;

  • Launch the Apple Music app by clicking on it. You can also quickly do this by clicking on your Mac’s Launchpad.
  • Using a USB-Cable, connect your iPhone to the computer via the lighting port, making sure that the iPhone is unlocked
  • Tap on File just at the top of the screen. 
  • From the on the dropdown menu that appears, click on Import
  • On the pop-up that appears next, select all the files and folders where the audio files are located
  • Select all and tap on Open at the bottom right side of the screen. This updates your iTunes audio library with the just imported songs.
  • Again tap on File
  • Scroll down and tap on the Library. 
  • Tap on Update Cloud Library. The first option that appears on the drop down menu.
  • Upon completely updating your cloud library, open the Apple Music app on your iPhone this time
  • Locate the playlist you’ve added, tap on them and play the songs they contain to make sure everything works properly.

That’s pretty much all you have to do to move music files to Apple Music. You’ll notice that one of the final steps includes updating your library over the cloud. This is necessary to make sure the just added audio files are available across all the devices where your Apple ID is signed in other than your iPhone.

Move Music Files With iTunes On Windows

Same outcome as was achieved with the Apple Music app on Mac can also be done with iTunes on Windows. The process shares operational similarities with the Apple Music app, varying only in that both software applications have different builds.

If you already do not have iTunes installed, you can  download from this link. if you have it installed on your windows device, only make sure that it’s updated to the latest version. To update iTunes follow the easy steps below;

  • On your PC, click on Help
  • Scroll down and Click on Check for Updates
  • If an update is available, tap on it to download and install it.

With iTunes now downloaded and installed on your PC, follow the below guide to complete moving music files to Apple music;

  • Using a USB-C cable, connect your iPhone to your computer
  • Launch the iTunes application
  • Select and click on your iPhone at the top left corner of the screen. It’s represented with a mobile phone icon
  •  Click on File from the list of options at the top
  • Click on ‘Add Folder to Library,. This will only be applicable if you’re trying to add a complete album. To add just on track, you’ll have to click on ‘Add File to Library, instead. 
  • Navigate to the directory where the music or album is located and click on it. It’s also possible to select more than one file. 
  • After selection, click on Select folder at the base of the screen to add all the music to your library
  • Click on File again
  • Scroll down and click Library. This will reveal a list of options on a drop down menu
  • Click on Update ‘iCloud Music Library’

This updates your Apple music library and adds the songs and albums you selected from your files.

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Can I Move A Song From Files To Music On iPhone?

Yes, you can easily have your own songs in the file app moved from their directory to your Apple Music. This makes these songs accessible from the Apple Music app. 

However, you’ll need the iTunes application installed on your Windows device or on Mac, you can either choose to move the music files using iTunes or the Apple Music app.

The idea is to move the music files to your Apple Music or iTunes library, from where they’re made available to your iPhone Apple Music after updating the Library from a computer. However, you’ll need an Apple Music subscription to do this, otherwise it won’t be possible.

How Do I Transfer Music To My iPhone Without A Computer?

Whoever doesn’t already know that Apple didn’t make the iPhone so flexible probably started using the device. The Apple Music is only serviced with new songs when you stream them on the app or transfer from your iTunes app on your computer. It usually doesn’t go more than that.

However, if you don’t mind not using the Apple Music app as your music player and want to add more songs to your playlist, then it’s possible with the method below.

  • First, install Document File Reader and Browser on your iPhone. This third party app manages files and also gives you the ability to search and download just about any song you want. By the way, it’s a free app.
  • Install also a Music app from the app store. Any good one will serve
  • Launch the just installed Document app, follow the prompts to setup and allow the app access your iPhone
  • Select Music and any other documents from the list when asked what Files you want to work with
  • Tap on continue
  • On the next screen, tap on Download Files and Play music, tap on continue
  • Tap on the browser icon at the bottom of the app once you’re on the page that says My Files
  • This will open up Google search engines. Type in any song you want and Artist into the search box and tap on enter
  • Open any website of choice from the search result and download the app. As an alternative you can use to search any song you want.
  • Download the song of interest
  •  Go back to the ‘My Files’ page and tap in Downloads to see the songs you downloaded
  • Drag the songs to the Files Folder also on the ‘My Files’ screen
  • Open the Music app you have downloaded. Tap on downloads and select the option to import songs from the Files app. 
  • Select the directory and your downloaded songs will be available on the Music app.


Apple can be stiff necked at some things and surely doesn’t allow you the liberty to do all you want on the iPhone, moving songs to Apple Music without a computer includes one of those limitations. 

Many thanks to workarounds that have made this possible although not with the Apple Music app, but it comes close to it. Use the guide provided in this article to transfer songs to your iPhone without a computer as well as move music from files to Apple Music on iPhone.


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