How to sync itunes to your android phone

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iTunes may be dead on macOS, but it’s still alive and kicking on Windows. Migrating away from iTunes is recommended, but if you still want to sync your existing iTunes music collection with Android, you can by following these steps.

You have a few options to choose from. You can use the Apple Music app on Android, transfer your files manually, or use third-party apps like doubleTwist Sync to keep your music collection correctly synced.

Transfer iTunes Music to Android Using Apple Music

With Apple’s focus now on Apple Music, iTunes is being left behind. There isn’t an iTunes app for Android, but Apple does offer an Apple Music app on Android devices.

You can sync your iTunes music collection to Android using the Apple Music app. You just have to ensure that iTunes on your PC and the Apple Music app are both signed in using the same Apple ID. You also need to be a current Apple Music subscriber.

Start by opening iTunes on your PC and clicking Edit > Preferences.

How to sync itunes to your android phone

In the “General” tab, make sure the option for “iCloud Music Library” is enabled and then click “OK” to confirm.

How to sync itunes to your android phone

If you need to manually begin syncing songs to your iCloud storage, click File > Library > Update iCloud Music Library.

How to sync itunes to your android phone

You may need to allow some time for your entire library to sync to iCloud. Unfortunately, iTunes doesn’t have an obvious progress bar showing how long it takes for this process to complete.

Once your iTunes library is fully synced to iCloud, open the Apple Music app on Android and tap the “Library” tab at the bottom.

How to sync itunes to your android phone

Your iTunes music collection will be listed here. Tap one of the relevant tabs such as “Artists” or “Songs.” Press on one of the songs or artists to begin playing your music.

If you want your music available for offline playback, press the download icon in the “Songs” tab or in individual “Album” listings.

How to sync itunes to your android phone

Manually Copy Your Music Files from iTunes to Android

Unfortunately, Android doesn’t fit well into the Apple ecosystem. While iTunes will sync music files to iOS and iPadOS devices, it won’t do the same with Android devices. You’ll need to manually copy your music library to Android instead.

There are plenty of methods for doing this, including transferring files over a direct USB connection between your PC and Android, by using cloud storage like Google Drive, or by using a flash drive with a suitable USB OTG adapter.

If you’re transferring your iTunes music to Android over a direct USB connection, and assuming your iTunes music is being held in the default iTunes music folder, open Windows File Explorer and head to the “C:\Users\ \Music\iTunes\iTunes Media\” folder.

Replace with your user account folder. From here, select the folders carrying your music files and then right-click and hit “Copy” or press Ctrl+C.

How to sync itunes to your android phone

View your Android device in Windows File Explorer. Choose a suitable location on your device and then paste your copied iTunes folders to that location by pressing Ctrl+V on your keyboard or right-clicking and selecting the “Paste” button.

How to sync itunes to your android phone

Once copied, use a third-party Android music app to play your music collection on your Android device.

Transfer Your Music Using doubleTwist Sync

If you’re looking for an easier method to transfer music files between iTunes and Android, an alternative to manual file transfer is doubleTwist Sync.

This software for Windows bridges the gap between Android and iTunes. It lets you sync your music collection between Android devices and iTunes in both directions. New music files on your Android device will sync to iTunes and vice versa.

It will also work over Wi-Fi, allowing you to transfer your music files without needing a direct USB connection.

Start by downloading and installing the doubleTwist software to your PC. Once you open doubleTwist Sync, you’ll be asked to connect your device over USB or use the AirSync app to connect over WiFi.

AirSync isn’t free, so the cheapest method is to connect your device using USB.

How to sync itunes to your android phone

Once you connect your Android device, doubleTwist will display used and available space on your device. Click the “Music” tab on the top menu.

If you want to sync files from iTunes to Android, click the “Sync Music” checkbox. You’ll also need to click the checkboxes for the listed subcategories, including “Albums” and “Artists.”

If you also want to sync files from Android back to iTunes, click the “Import New Music and Playlists” checkbox.

How to sync itunes to your android phone

When you’re ready to begin syncing your files, click the “Sync Now” button. Your iTunes music files will begin transferring to your Android device, while any missing music files on your Android device will transfer to your PC to join the rest of your iTunes collection.

Once this process is complete, you can then begin playing your music on both your PC and your Android device using a suitable music playback app.

Google Play Music and YouTube Music

We’ve recommended Google Play Music in the past as an option for copying music to Android. Unfortunately, YouTube Music is now the default music app on Android devices, with Google Play Music soon to be discontinued.

With that in mind, we no longer recommend you use the Google Play Music Manager as a way of migrating your music files from your PC to Android. At present, YouTube Music doesn’t come with a Google Play Music Manager equivalent.

If you want to manually sync your iTunes collection to Android, it’s better to use the Apple Music app, transfer your files manually, or use a third-party method like doubleTwist instead.

So you’ve been staying in the iTunes world for a long time and have saved plenty of songs in your iTunes playlist. It might be a bit of pain if you decide to get out of iTunes world and go into android world. Even though Apple’s music management software makes it easy to sync iTunes music to Apple handsets, it is still a big problem to transfer iTunes playlist to android. Don’t fear, it’s no longer impossible to play iTunes music on android now. Here we’ll take a look at several ways to transfer iTunes music to android for enjoyment.

Method 1: Manual Way – Drag & Drop

The Manual move is a straightforward way if you just want a few choice tracks. You can transfer music from iTunes to Android with a USB cable and do it the old fashion way by clicking and dragging.

  1. Find the location of your iTunes media folder:
    Windows 7/8/10/Vista: C:\Users\ \AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
    Windows XP: C:\Documents and Settings\ \Application Data\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup
    Max OS X: /Users/ /Library/Application Support/MobileSync/Backup/
  2. Connect your Android phone as an external hard drive via USB cable.
  3. Open the iTunes media folder to copy and paste iTunes m/usic to your Android device music folder.

How to sync itunes to your android phone

Method 2: Using iTunes to Android Transfer

If you have a large iTunes library, then the manual way will take too much time to copy music files from iTunes media folder to your Android device. Another option is to use iTunes to Android Transfer. It offers an one-click way to transfer iTunes music and playlist to Android device.

  1. Download, install and run iTunes to Android Transfer on your PC. Click the Switch button in the bottom left, then select the iTunes backup file.
  2. Connect your Android phone or tablet with your computer via a USB cable, and let the program detect and recognize the device.
  3. Select “Music” and click “Start Copy” to begin the transfer, you will later find that the songs, as well as the album, artist, genre, etc. are listed in your Android.

How to sync itunes to your android phone

Method 3: Using Google Play Music

Google Play Music is another excellent way to move all iTunes music to your Android device. It makes iTunes music library be accessible to all your Android devices and takes up no storage space on your phone or tablet.

  1. Head to Google Play Music, click the Upload icon in the top right corner, then download the Google Play Music Manager tool.
  2. Install the Music Manager and sign into your Google account, it will instantly find and start uploading all of your music from iTunes to the cloud.
  3. Once the upload process is complete, all of your iTunes music will appear in the Google Play music app on your Android device.

How to sync itunes to your android phone

Method 4: Get Music from iTunes to Android via iSyncr for iTunes

iSyncr for iTunes makes it easy to transfer albums and artists from iTunes playlists to any phone or tablet over WiFi or USB.