How to Transfer Music From iPhone to iPhone

Share music to another iPhone

Moving regularly between two iPhones or simply want to be able to share music to another device, such as a loved one's iPhone? There are multiple different ways to share music to another iPhone which can feel confusing when all you want to do is share some favorite tracks with someone. 

Here's a look at the most effective ways to transfer music from iPhone to iPhone, ordered by the simplest to the most advanced technique. 

If you need to transfer music from your computer to your iPhone, you'll need to follow a different method. 

How to Download Music to iPhone Using Apple Music

If you subscribe to Apple Music, it's incredibly simple to download music to a different iPhone or transfer it all via the share Apple Music style feature that enables you to use Apple Music across multiple devices via the same account. To do so, you need to turn on Sync Library to access your music library. Here's how to set things up. 

This method requires an active subscription to Apple Music and for you to use the same account across all devices. 

  1. On your main iPhone, tap Settings.

  2. Scroll down and tap Music.

  3. Tap Sync Library to toggle it on.

    Steps required on an iPhone to set up Sync library in Music options
  4. Your music will now sync across to any other iPhones that are signed in on the same account. You don't have to do anything else to see the music.

How to Transfer Music Between iPhones Using Home Sharing

If you want to share music (or other files) between your iPhones and they're all located on the same Wi-Fi network, you can use a feature called Home Sharing to make it possible. It's available through iTunes allowing up to five computers in your household as well as all your iOS devices and Apple TVs to share content. This method is ideal if you also want to share other files such as photos with devices such as your home's Apple TV. Here's how to set it up between your iPhones using your Mac as a go-between. 

You need to be signed into the same Apple ID for every computer or device on the Home Sharing network. You also need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as you'll only ever be streaming content rather than downloading it. 

  1. On your Mac, click the Apple icon. 

  2. Click System Preferences.

    Mac desktop with System Preferences highlighted

    On a Windows device, you can open iTunes and skip ahead to the below steps. 

  3. Click Sharing.

    Mac System Preferences with Sharing highlighted
  4. Click Media Sharing.

    Mac System Preferences with Media Sharing highlighted
  5. Click Home Sharing.

    Mac System Preferences with Media Sharing highlighted
  6. Sign in with your Apple ID and click Turn On Home Sharing.

Now that Home Sharing is activated across all your devices on the same Wi-Fi network, it's simple to use on your iPhone. Here's what to do.

  1. On your iPhone, tap Music.

  2. Tap Library.

  3. Tap Home Sharing.

    Music app on iPhone open with Home Sharing playlist highlighted

    If you can't see the Home Sharing playlist, tap Edit > Home Sharing > Done to add it to your list. 

  4. You now have access to the Home Sharing Library of music any time you're connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

How to Transfer Music Between iPhones Using AirDrop

AirDrop is an often forgotten simple way of transferring content between any Mac or iOS device. Impressively, it even works for transferring music and it takes seconds. Here's what to do.

Both iPhones need to be within Bluetooth range for AirDrop to work. 

  1. On the source iPhone, tap Music.

  2. Find the song you want to transfer.

  3. Tap it then tap the three dots icon.

    Music app on iPhone with the more icon for a song highlighted
  4. Tap Share.

  5. Tap AirDrop.

  6. Tap the iPhone you want to send it to.

    Sharing a song via AirDrop on an iPhone