How do I sync my Android music to iTunes?

Android and iTunes are two of the most popular mobile platforms in the world. As of 2023, Android has a 70.48% market share worldwide while iOS, which runs iTunes, has 28.8% (Mobile Operating System Market Share Worldwide). With so many Android users, it’s common for people to want to sync their Android music library over to iTunes on an iPhone or Mac computer.

There are several reasons an Android user may want to transfer their music library to iTunes. Switching from an Android phone to an iPhone is one common scenario. Users want to seamlessly transition their music collection to the new device. Syncing music to iTunes also allows Android users to back up their library or manage their music through Apple’s software. Overall, syncing Android music to iTunes bridges the divide between the two platforms.


Before syncing your Android music to iTunes, you’ll need to make sure you have the following:

  • iTunes installed on your Windows or Mac computer. You can download the latest version of iTunes from
  • The latest version of Android OS on your Android device. As of 2023, the most common Android versions are Android 13 (35%), Android 12 (18%), and Android 11 (17%).
  • A USB cable to connect your Android phone to your computer. Use the cable that came with your phone.

Having the proper software installed and an Android OS from the past few years will ensure maximum compatibility for syncing your music. The USB cable provides the physical connection between your devices.

Using Windows

To transfer music from your Android device to iTunes on Windows, you will first need to download and install the Android File Transfer utility on your computer. This allows you to connect your Android device and access its files in Windows.

Once installed, connect your Android phone to your computer via USB and unlock it if prompted. Open Android File Transfer, locate the music files on your Android device, and drag and drop them into your iTunes music library. Any music added this way will now be available in your iTunes library and can be synced to your iPhone and other devices.

You may need to manually initiate a sync in iTunes after adding new music for it to transfer over. You can also set iTunes to automatically sync music by going to the device page, clicking the Music tab, and checking the “Sync Music” option.

Using Mac

Syncing your Android music to iTunes on a Mac is straightforward with the Android File Transfer app.

First, connect your Android phone to your Mac via a USB cable. You may get a prompt on your Android phone asking if you want to allow access to data. Make sure to select the option to allow access.

Next, open the Android File Transfer app on your Mac. You should see your Android phone and files pop up in the Android File Transfer window. Navigate to the music files and folders on your Android that you want to sync.

Finally, simply drag and drop the music files and folders from the Android File Transfer window to the iTunes library on your Mac. The tracks should now be synced and available in iTunes to play and manage.

That’s all there is to it! With Android File Transfer, you can easily sync your music library between your Android phone and iTunes on your Mac.

Troubleshooting Common Sync Issues

Syncing music between Android devices and iTunes can sometimes run into problems. Here are solutions for some of the most common sync issues:

Fixing Duplicate Files

You may end up with duplicate copies of the same song after syncing between Android and iTunes. This is often caused by inconsistent metadata like song titles or album information.

To fix this, first check the song details in both iTunes and your Android music player. Make sure the metadata matches, especially details like the song title, artist name, album name, genre etc. Then sync again and see if duplicates still appear.

If duplicates still occur, try deleting the song entirely from the Android device or iTunes library, then re-add it from the original source. Sync again and the duplicate should be gone.

Correcting Metadata and Album Art

Problems with metadata like missing or incorrect song details can also cause issues when syncing between platforms. Make sure song titles, artist names, album names etc are consistent in both locations.

For album art that doesn’t sync properly, find the art for that album and manually embed it into the files in iTunes or your Android music player. Then sync again and the album art should transfer over.

Using music management software like MusicBee can help automatically match and fix metadata between platforms.

Syncing Playlists

You can sync your iTunes playlists to your Android device using a third party app like iSyncr or DoubleTwist ( These apps will let you wirelessly sync playlists from iTunes to your Android device.

To manually recreate your iTunes playlists on your Android device, open the Apple Music app and go to Library > Playlists. Tap on New Playlist and name it to match the playlist in iTunes you want to recreate. Then go through your Apple Music library on your Android and add songs to the playlist to match the one in iTunes.

While manual playlist creation takes more effort, it does give you full control to curate the playlist how you like on your Android device. Using a third party syncing app provides an automated way to transfer iTunes playlists to Android.

Syncing Back to Android

After you’ve imported your music library from Android to iTunes, you may want to sync playlists or other music back to your Android device. There are a couple ways to do this:

To export iTunes playlists back to Android, you can use an app like Droid Transfer. This allows you to sync playlists from iTunes directly to your Android device over a USB connection. You can select which playlists to transfer and sync them back.

If you want to access your iTunes music library on your Android phone without syncing, there are some iTunes alternatives you can use. Apps like iSyncr or MediaMonkey allow you to wirelessly sync iTunes with Android over WiFi. This gives you access to iTunes music on your Android device without needing to connect to a computer.

You can also use cloud storage services like Google Play Music or Spotify to upload your iTunes library and stream it on your Android device. This doesn’t require syncing but gives you access to your iTunes music collection anywhere.

Alternative Sync Methods

If you don’t want to directly sync your Android device to iTunes, there are a couple alternative options to get your music files on both platforms.

Using Cloud Storage

One way is to upload your music files to a cloud storage service like Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive. You can then download the files to your computer and import them into iTunes. The benefit of this method is that any changes you make on one device can be synced across by updating the files in cloud storage.

To use cloud storage:

  • Install the cloud storage app on both your Android device and computer.
  • Upload your music files from your Android device to cloud storage.
  • On your computer, install iTunes if you haven’t already.
  • Download the music files from cloud storage to your computer.
  • In iTunes, go to File > Add to Library and select the downloaded files to import them.

Streaming Services

Another option is to use a music streaming service that has apps on both Android and iOS/iTunes. Services like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube Music, Pandora, and others allow you to stream your music library across devices.

The main benefit of this method is access to your music anywhere, without having to manually sync files. The downside is you must pay for a streaming subscription. Also, you won’t have access to your music offline if you don’t download it.

To use a streaming service:

  • Choose a service and create an account.
  • Download the mobile app on your Android device.
  • Download the desktop app on your computer, or use the web player in iTunes.
  • Build your music library within the streaming service.
  • Your music will now be available across both platforms.


In summary, there are a few main steps to syncing your Android music to iTunes. First, you’ll want to download and install the necessary software like Android File Transfer on Mac or Windows Media Player on Windows. Then connect your Android phone to your computer via USB and locate the music files, usually in the Music folder. Add these files to your iTunes library by dragging and dropping them in. iTunes will copy the files over. You can then create playlists with your Android music in iTunes and sync these back to your phone.

The main benefits of syncing your Android and iTunes music libraries are convenience and consolidation. Having all your music in one place makes it easier to manage your collection and playlists across devices. You don’t have to manually recreate playlists or re-download music. Syncing also keeps your libraries consistent so you have the same songs on all your devices. Overall, it provides a seamless music experience between your Android phone and iTunes.

Additional Resources

Here are some useful links for further reading and troubleshooting when syncing Android music to iTunes:

If you still have issues syncing your music after trying the steps outlined in this guide, post in one of the Android or iTunes forums listed above for personalized help and troubleshooting.

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