How to transfer music from iTunes to an Android phone

How to transfer music from iTunes to an Android phone

If you just have an Android phone and are wondering how to put music from your iPhone into it, we explain how to move the iTunes music library to your Android phone or tablet in four simple steps.

If you just moved from an iPhone or iPad to an Android phone or tablet, you might have music in the iTunes library that you want to listen to on your new device. You can copy music directly by cable or upload songs to Google Play Music, which makes it available for streaming to any device without taking up storage space.

If you use the first method, the process is quite simple because an Android device can be used like a USB drive. You will need a USB cable for your cellphone or tablet for this.

Below we show you how to transfer music in your iTunes library on your PC or laptop, but if your music is only on your iPhone or iPad, you must sync it with iTunes first, or use some third-party software on Windows such as TouchCopy. Unfortunately, unless your Android phone offers an application that will move music from the iPhone (impossible) then there is no way to retrieve music directly from your iPhone or iPad.

Transfer iTunes music to Android with a cable

First, attach your Android phone (or tablet) to your PC. You may need to tell the phone to operate in MTP mode to transfer files. Every device is different, but something will appear when connected to a PC and usually have the option only the name “USB – file transfer”. (If nothing appears, swipe down from the top of the screen and look for USB notifications. Tap on it and you will see an option similar to the one below.)

Next, open the File Explorer window (Windows key + E) on your computer and navigate to the music folder on your phone or tablet. In this case the location is: this PC> Chris’ G2> Internal Storage> Music.

If your mobile or tablet has an SD card and you want to put music there, then you might find it appearing as a separate drive under ‘this PC’.


Leave this window open ready to move your music.

Open another File Explorer window and find your iTunes music library. By default this is found on: This PC> Music> iTunes> iTunes Media> Music.


With two windows open side by side on your desktop simply drag and drop music from the iTunes folder to the music folder on your new phone. You can choose specific folders or just move them all if you have enough storage space on your device.


How to upload iTunes music to Google Play Music

The method above is the fastest and easiest for most people, but you might want to make your song available to many devices without using their internal storage.

A good solution is to upload your music to Google Play Music, which is stored in the cloud. This means you will need an internet connection to stream music but you can also embed content to store it locally for offline listening.

Google Play Music allows you to upload 50,000 big songs for free and it’s easy to upload your entire collection with Music Manager.

Follow the steps below to transfer the iTunes library (plus Windows Media or local folder) to an Android phone with Google Play Music.

First, go to the Google Play Store in a web browser and click Music, then select My Music. You must be logged in with a Google account.


Once you are in the music section, open the menu on the left with three lines with ‘Listen Now’ and select Upload music at the bottom.

You will be asked to download the Music Manager but if you already have one, open it and log in with your Google account.

Note: if you use Google Chrome, then you must download Google Music Manager for Chrome.


When you enter Music Manager, select ‘Upload song to Google Play’ and press Next.


Now you can choose which library or folder you want to upload – for this guide we chose iTunes. Music Manager will automatically find your library displaying how many songs and playlists are available.

You can choose to upload all of them or selected songs based on playlists plus the option to enter podcasts.


Click Next and you will be asked if you want to automatically upload songs that you add to your library in the future, so iTunes and Google Play Music are synchronized.

Make your choice, agree to the next screen and your music will be uploaded. If you turn off the computer part of the entrance, it will resume automatically when it is restarted.

Note: if you don’t see the options shown above but only the screen below, then navigate to the iTunes music folder as described above and select the folder you want to upload.


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