How To Copy Music Files to iPhone Without Sync

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How to copy music files to iPhone without sync

Ever wondered how to copy music files to iPhone without sync? Even with the latest version of Apple iTunes (version 11), the misery of not being able to drag and drop music files straight to your iPhone still remains. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for iTunes but sometimes it can be the most frustrating software whether you have  an iPhone, iPad or iPod .

But this article is not aimed at bagging iTunes so I’ll move ahead and tell you how easy it is to copy music files to your iOS device without syncing.

Firstly, you need to plug your iPhone/iPad/iPod to your computer and open up Apple iTunes. Once you have this open, there is a setting within iTunes which allows you to manually manage your audio files so you can copy music files to the device without sync – so just drag and drop the file you want.

If you see the below screen shot (summary tab of my Apple iPhone), there is a setting defined as ‘Manually manage music and videos”


Copy Music Files to iPhone Without Sync - manual


So all you need to do is select the option which says “Manually manage music and videos” which is under the Options section. Please note that by selecting this option, you will lose all existing music and videos (just that – not other data) which is stored on your iOS device. Now hit save and then sync the device.

Now that you’ve done that, all you need to do is choose the music file(s) you want and drag them straight to your iOS device via iTunes 11. See image below:

Copy Music Files to iPhone Without Sync - transferring

Note: For those wondering how to restore the sidebar on iTunes 11 (since it has mysteriously gone missing), don’t worry – luckily it is still available, we just need to switch the option back on.

itunes 11 sidebar

And once you have done that, you should have iTunes looking like this:

itunes 11 with sidebar

There you have it, a step-by-step tutorial on how to copy music files to iPhone without sync. I hope this has helped our fustrated iOS users out there.

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