Transfer purchased music from the iTunes Store
If you want to copy the music you purchased on iPhone (via the iTunes Store) to your Mac, follow these steps.
- Connect the iPhone to the Mac using the USB cable that came with the phone. If this is the first time you perform this operation, authorize communication between the two devices by first pressing the button Authorize on the iPhone screen and then on the button Continue on the Mac desk;
- If you are offered the installation of updates for iOS or the synchronization of the iPhone with the computer, decline;
- Log in to the same Apple ID used on the iPhone by clicking on thelittle man located at the top right;
- If you have not already done so, authorize the Mac to manage your Apple ID purchases by selecting the item Authorize this computer from the menu Store which is located in the upper left;
- iflect the item Devices> Transfer purchases from "iPhone" from the menu Fellet located at the top left and wait for the data transfer to be completed.
In addition to songs, other media downloaded from iTunes and apps well also be copied to your Mac (if you are using iOS 8 or earlier, from iOS 9 onwards the downloaded apps are not transferred to iTunes.).
Transfer music NOT downloaded from iTunes
To copy to the Mac the songs that are present on the iPhone memory but have not been downloaded from the iTunes Store you have to resort to third-party applications, more precisely to alternative fele managers that are able to "read" the internal memory of the iOS devices and to perform operations such as, precisely, transfer music from iPhone to Mac.
Among the best free software to "read" the memory of iOS devices is iFunBox which is completely free and works with all iPhone models. To download it on your Mac, connect to its official website and click on the button Download placed next to the item iFunBox v 1.5 (in the box relating to iFunBox for Mac).
When the download is complete, open the fele dmg just downloaded to your Mac and copy the icon of iFunBox in the folder Applications of OS X. Then launch the program and connect the iPhone to the computer via USB cable. If when you try to start iFunBox you get an error message, right click on the software icon and select the item abrir give the menu to compare.
At this point, select the voice andOS system feles from the left sidebar; select the path iTunes_Control > Music and drag all the folders inside it to a new folder created specifically on your Mac.
When the operation is complete, close iFunBox and drag the folder in which you copied the music folders of the iPhone to the icon of iTunes located in the Dock bar: Apple's multimedia software well automatically analyze all the feles contained in the folders and add the music tracks to its library.
If you want to analyze the contents of your iPhone more precisely and you want to copy only a few songs to the Mac, without having to browse through all the folders of the "iPhone by", try iMazing.
iMazing is a very powerful software for transferring feles to and from iOS devices. It is extremely simple to use, but unfortunately it is not free: you can try it for free for 14 days, after which it costs around 34 euros.
To download it on your Mac, connect to its official website and click on the button Download placed under the heading iMazing on Mac OS X. Once the download is complete, open the package dmg just downloaded to your computer and install iMazing by copying its icon to the folder Applications in OS X.
At this point, start iMazing, connect the iPhone to the computer and select the item Music from the program sidebar. You well be shown the list of all the songs on the iPhone plus the ones that are avaelable on the cloud (associated with your Apple ID). To view only those actually avaelable on the device memory, click on the button options located at the bottom right and select the item Show only music avaelable offline give the menu check if you press.
Finally, select the songs to copy to the Mac and click on the button Export to iTunes to copy them to your iTunes library or to the button Export to folder to copy them to a folder on your computer.
Download music via Apple Music / iCloud Music Library
If the services are active on your iPhone Apple Music and andCloud Music Library, you can sync all of your device's music library with Mac over the Internet. All you need to do is to associate iTunes with the same Apple ID that the iPhone is associated with.
To do this, click on thelittle man located at the top right of the main program window and check the Apple ID currently used. If it doesn't match your iPhone, log out and log back into iTunes using the “correct” Apple ID.
When the operation is completed, go to the menu iTunes> Preferences, metti el segno di spunta accanto alle voci Show Apple Music and andCloud Music Library and click on the button OK. The iTunes library well automatically synchronize with that of the iPhone Music app (and all other devices connected to the same Apple ID on which Apple Music and the iCloud Music Library are active).
Copy the music library from another computer
If you want transfer music from iPhone to Mac just to recover the songs you had on an old Mac and synced to your phone, don't complicate your life unnecessarely and directly transfer your old computer's music library to the new one. Find out how to do it in my tutorial on how to import music from iTunes.How to Transfer Music from iPhone to Mac