How to...

Transfer music from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your Mac or PC computer?

iTunes only lets you sync your iPhone with a single iTunes Music Library. This process allows you to add music to your iPhone, but never to extract or recover music from your iPhone to your computer.

With iMazing, you can easily export music from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your computer and preserve all metadata (e.g. artworks, ratings, play counts,…)

Who is this guide for?

Anyone who wants to easily copy music from any iPhone, iPad or iPod to their computer.

Before you begin

Download and install iMazing.



To export music from your iPhone to your computer:

  1. Launch iMazing and connect your device.
  2. In the left sidebar, select Music.

    How to transfer music from my iPhone to computer

  3. In the main window, select the tracks you want to export. If you want to export all your music, skip this step.

  4. In the bottom toolbar, select Export to Folder. This will open the Music Export Wizard.
  5. In the wizard, choose what you would like to copy:

    My Selection – to export the tracks you selected in step 2.

    Library – to export all your music.

    How to transfer music from my iPhone to computer

  6. Click Next.

  7. Select your destination folder, and choose your export options.

  8. Click Next. This will start the export.

    How to transfer music from my iPhone to computer

  9. When the export is finished, you will see a summary. Click Done to close the Wizard.

    How to transfer music from my iPhone to computer

What to keep in mind

  • In the Music Export Wizard, you can use Organize in folders to define the folder structure of your exports.

    Checking both Artist and Album will export your selection with the following folder structure:

    Artist 1
      Album 1
        Track 01
        Track 02
      Album 2
        Track 01
    Artist 2

  • Check the Only show transferable media checkbox to only display tracks which iMazing can extract from your device.

    Non transferable media appear in light grey.

    How to transfer music from my iPhone to computer

  • There are two reasons why a track is considered non-transferable:

  • Apple Music – these tracks are part of Apple's streaming music service, and cannot be copied to your computer or to another device.
  • iCloud Music not downloaded – Tracks which are not physically on your device cannot be copied. These tracks can be iTunes Store Purchases, iCloud Music Library tracks, or iTunes Matched music. Make sure you first download cloud tracks to your device before you try to export them.


Updated 17 Mar, 2016
by iMazing Team

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