How to transfer music from iTunes to Android

June 18, 2013


With modern technology, access to music has become quicker, easier, and nearly instantaneous especially with music-capable portable devices such as phones, laptops, and media players that allows people to carry around thousands of music files in just one small device.

Music organizer software such as Apple’s iTunes allows music lovers to sync their music with their various mobile devices. iTunes, in particular, makes it very easy for you to sync your media files to your other Apple devices. You can also transfer your iTunes music to your Android phone if you need to.

In this guide, learn how to transfer music from iTunes to your Android phone. For our video guide, jump to the end of this post.

Manual file copy


The basic way of transferring music is by manually copying your iTunes music files into a temporary folder on your PC. Then, connect your Android phone to the computer using a USB cable and open your phone’s music folder. From there, you can then transfer your music files from the computer to your phone’s music folder.

If you find the iTunes-folder-Android phone combo inconvenient, you can use third-party software and apps to instantly transfer music from iTunes to Android.

Syncing iTunes and Android with doubleTwist


Several third-party programs allow you to directly transfer your iTunes music to Android. One is the doubleTwist app for both Windows and Mac. This application lets you transfer your playlists, music, and videos from iTunes to your Android phone.

Not all Android users, however, can use this software because this tool is designed for Android devices that support USB Mass Storage. For Android devices that use Media Transfer Protocol (MTP), wireless syncing is a viable solution and will be discussed in a later section.


When syncing files using doubleTwist, take note that the copied music files will stored in the Music folder inside the internal SD card of the phone or tablet.

  1. Install and launch doubleTwist on your computer.
  2. Connect your phone to the computer. Make sure USB Mass Storage mode is enabled on your phone or tablet.
  3. Your device will appear under Devices in doubleTwist. Click on your device’s name to view the device info page.

From here, you can use doubleTwist to transfer all music files, playlists, or selected music files from iTunes to your Android phone.

Transferring all music to your Android phone


  1. On the General tab in doubleTwist, place a check mark beside Music (All Music).
  2. Tap the Sync button at the lower-right corner to begin transferring your music to your Android phone.

Transferring music playlists to your Android phone


  1. On the left pane on the doubleTwist window, click Playlist Setup under Playlists.
  2. Select either Import (to import your iTunes playlists to doubleTwist) or Create New Playlist (to create new playlists in doubleTwist).
  3. On the device info page, go to the Music tab.
  4. Place a check mark beside Sync music to my device and select Only the selected.
  5. Mark those playlists that you want to transfer to your device.
  6. Tap the Sync button at the lower-right corner to transfer your playlists and music files to your Android phone.

Manually selecting songs for transfer to your Android phone


  1. On the doubleTwist window, click Music under Library.
  2. Select a song from the list. You can select one song, select multiple songs, or select all songs from a single album.
  3. Drag and drop the selected song(s) to your device’s name listed under Devices on the left pane of the doubleTwist window.

Wireless syncing for iTunes and Android

doubleTwist’s AirSync


For Android devices that don’t support USB Mass Storage, you can wirelessly transfer music with the help of a doubleTwist add-on app called AirSync, available on the Google Play Store for about US$5.00.

For AirSync, you’ll still need the doubleTwist app on your Android phone and the doubleTwist desktop client on your computer. Both devices must also be connected to the same local area network (LAN) for AirSync to work.

  1. Launch doubleTwist on your Android phone.
  2. Navigate to the Settings tab and activate AirSync.
  3. Tap Set up AirSync to configure the AirSync connection
  4. The app will display a 5-digit passcode. Take note of the passcode.
  5. On your PC, launch doubleTwist.
  6. Your device name with the AirSync logo will appear under Devices. Click on the device name to open the passcode entry screen.
  7. Type in the 5-digit code to initiate the pairing process.
  8. Once pairing is successful, you can now begin transferring your iTunes music to your Android phone (as in the previous section).

Synctunes for iTunes


For less expensive wireless syncing of your music files, you can try the free and ads-supported Synctunes free for iTunes app. The free version lets you sync one playlist at a time with a maximum of 100 songs. Or, buy the paid version, Synctunes for iTunes/Android, for about US$3.00 and remove the limitations and ads. Here’s how to use the app.


  1. Download and install Synctunes free for iTunes on your Android phone and the Synctunes desktop client for your Windows PC.
  2. Launch Synctunes on your Android handset and take note of the IP address displayed at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Launch Synctunes on your computer and type the unique IP address shown on your phone.
  4. Select a category or a playlist from the list and click Start Sync. (NOTE: If you’re using the premium version, you can select multiple categories or playlists.)
  5. A window will appear, showing the media files to be synced on your phone. Click Yes to continue.
  6. A pop up dialog will appear, indicating successful transfer of music files.

Video Guide

Check out our video guide on how to transfer music from iTunes to Android:

iTunes has a very strong association with Apple and Apple products. Yet, it is not impossible to transfer music from iTunes to your Android phone. This article showed several of the ways to sync your iTunes music with your Android phone.

Which of the methods worked for you? Are you using a method not described here? Share your experiences with us by leaving a comment.

(with contributions from Elmer Montejo)


  • welshblood

    When I had an iPod Touch, I used iSyncr.
    Simple to use & great results.
    Nowadays I just drag & drop files from my laptop to a Micro SD card. Don’t miss iTunes.


    I am just saying, don’t hate. But I think this article over complicated the whole process. But then I thought about the audience this article was written for and it hit me, OHHHH iPhone users. duh?

    • liuyankai

      I agree with you. In fact, it can be much easier to transfer music from iTunes to Android, what we need to do is just export the music from iTunes backup files, and then transer them to Android. So, the keypoint of this issue is how to extract audio from iTunes.

      To do this, the data recovery here can perfectly fulfill the task:, give it a try

  • dgfjj honestly

    Have tried Doubletwist and iSyncr(WiFi sync) is much better. Can’t speak for the other program.

    • PhonecardMike

      Love iSyncr, though not their Rocket Player (sorry). If you have a lot of music and the phone can’t hold it all, they have a great tutorial on setting up smart playlists to ensure your music stays fresh. Mixzing Pro is a super player if you are still looking.

  • iDorian

    Or you can download Google Play Music’s Music Manager on your computer and it will upload and sync your music with your Google account. This is free and way more easier than using DoubleTwist.

    • tbro4033

      I love when people suggest this, but for someone without an unlimited data plan and/or wants to put their music on an SD card (not internal storage), what then? Google music doesn’t cut it.

      • bob

        With Google Music Manager you can download any of your music to your phone when you have a WiFi connection and you don’t have to use any data. It’s easy to move music on and off your phone. You don’t have to stream.

        • tbro4033

          Again, not everyone wants to download the music to internal storage. With Google Music, you currently CANNOT download to an SD, ONLY to internal. So, sure you can download to WiFi all you want. But there’s no convenient solution to download to an SD card.

  • tbro4033

    Question…I have been using the drag/drop to my SD card method (used doubletwist until my phone updated and no longer supported Mass Storage). Google Music, for some odd reason, won’t recognize ~90% of the music on my SD card. I’ve tried with different SD cards, same result. What’s the issue?

    • Stranger from a far coast

      Google is going the MTP route so the Mass Storage looks to be extinct. Everyone thinks this is bullcrap, it makes syncing that much harder.
      The only way is to root your smartphone and install apps like USB switcher to switch to Mass storage.

      • tbro4033

        Yup, won’t be rooting my phone. Don’t trust myself haha. Thanks though. DoubleTwist has said for months and months that they were going to improve the app to support MTP, but…like I said, “months and months.” We’ll see.

  • KamilG

    AirSync with DoubleTwist is a great solution for most people with a pretty quick internet connection. It worked well because the S3 would not connect with my MacBook Pro well through USB but had no issues with WiFi connect. Now I have an HTC One and the HTC Media Sync software works fantastic with a wired connection and is extremely fast.

    Also, DoubleTwist and AirSync tend to have some mishaps when it comes to syncing correctly without creating doubles and accidentally deleting songs, but not often enough to worry too much about it.

  • Yousef Abdul-Wahab

    Got a question for you guys. I uploaded all my iTunes music to Google play So I can listen to it online… Don’t have enough memory on my nexus. Anyways like 2000 of my songs go under unknown artist. They loss their artist name for some reason and it’s just so annoying. Any suggestions?

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  • Singhavi Vaibhav

    In a android every song as of same album has same cover while my last iPhone used to show up every cover can anyone help me this method will solve my problem.

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  • Morc

    I use TuneSync, you can keep using your iTunes library that took forever to organize, sync’s wirelessly and transfers covers/file info.

  • Nik

    the easiest way is to use google’s music manager to upload all of your itunes music to google play

  • David

    The best way I tried was to use Aovsoft Media Converter to remove DRM from iTunes movies, TV shows, music, and then convert to any formats without DRM protection, then sync to android.

    • Malik Peeler

      here is another way to convert iTunes DRM M4V Movies & TV Shows and you can play them on any devices including android.

  • Martinda

    hohoho, iTunes? forget it. Now you should try this iOS to Android transfer tool, easy, quick and safe.

  • Martinda

    hohoho, iTunes? forget it. Now you should try this iOS to Android transfer tool, easy, quick and safe.

  • Sonia1125

    Here is a helpful guide to transferring music from iTunes to Android

    It did work for me.

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  • chezza

    Hi, i copied my purchased songs off my itunes into a new folder (i made) in the music section in “my computer” an then copied the folder to the music folder on my galaxy s4 and they work fine any reason why when i searched to find out how no one had written up this simple way to do it? Does it not always work?

    • Letterman

      This will always work. Most people don’t realize that things are very simple if you just try to do it. The only reason this may not work depends on the music player you use. I currently use the Samsung music player that came with my Galaxy S4. I’m sure you are too.

  • person

    I dont have a computer are there any other ways to tansfer my music I only have 70 songs I got my new phone yesterday and am tring to figure out a different way

    • swaggy

      just redownload it somewhere and call it fair use,

  • Cherie

    Thanks so much for this helpful article. I did the sync of my iTunes to my new Droid MAXX (not Razr Maxx). Sync finished, but I can’t find it anywhere on my phone. How do I find my music??

  • angelofrancis

    First of all, plug your phone into your computer using a USB cable.
    1. Open your documents
    2. Open your music library
    3. Under ‘My Music’ go to your iTunes folder
    4. Open the folder iTunes media
    5. Open the folder music
    6. In here, you will see folders of the artists from your iTunes library. Click on the desired one.
    7. This will bring you to folders of the albums written by the artist you chose in step 5, click the one you want.
    8. Here will be a list of songs with icons that look like white pieces of paper with a blue music note on them.
    9. From here, you’ll have to look to the left side of the window under ‘computer’. This will be a list of hard drives and other devices in/connected to your computer. One should be the name of your phone or something noticeably similar.
    10. Pick the desired song and drag it over the hard drive of your phone listed in step 9. From here the song will automatically sinc to your phone’s music library.

  • Gajendra Ambi

    can someone answer me these few things
    will it retain the ratings for the songs?
    will it retain the smart playlists?

  • jstompz411

    jesus christ android is a joke, you cant just drag and drop iTunes music onto the phone, for fucks sake that’s where most people keep there music anyways! i hope a developer from android is reading this shit.. go fuck yourselfs

    • Matt Brooks

      Not sure if ur trolling, but u should understand that is apple who setup iTunes and made it difficult to move the music to another device. The more difficult change is the less people will move from their platform.

      • jstompz411

        I always thought iTunes is basically a short cut into the actual file folders on your computer. im able to drag and drop music on an sd card or external hard-drive but not onto my android phone… so im guessing android was the one who made this incompatible?

        • Matt Brooks

          Fair enough. I have no problem transferring data from my itunes music to my sd card in my phone (S3). Music was imported not purchased from itunes. Download an audio file fron the net and give it go, easiest way to fibd the culprit

      • Andrew White

        I read recently that iTunes music for the most part is compressed and pre-levelled. Meaning it is a long way from ‘lossless’ audio.
        Basically you receive the equivalent of MP3 or ‘flossy’ sound which is very low end bit rate quality, great for those with a hearing impairment.
        Ignore the hype, Apple certainly are not doing android users any favours.

    • Shaftway

      The first paragraph describes that you can drag and drop. The rest of the article is different options for syncing.

    • bobbo2314

      Itunes are bitches money grabbers dont want android to have it easy….

  • Brock

    Was searching around for a better option… I just switched from iOS to Android.
    Easy Phone Tunes worked flawlessly.

  • r.

    I’ve found Tunesync to work extremely well for transferring. I’m not interested at all in constant manual updating. I set-up a couple playlists, sync those playlists in the tunesync app on my phone, and it automatically updates over wi-fi. Don’t even need to plug in.

    The one thing I wish could be done is shrinking the files. Like on itunes/ipod/iphone, there’s an option to automatically convert files to lower AAC when importing on the phone. I’ve started to get music in lossless formats, so it would be great to have lossless on iTunes, but have those files automatically convert to, say, 320 mp3 when transferred onto the phone. Ah well, don’t want to buy an iphone.

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  • bgifretg

    When I want to transfer my Android phone music to PC, I use the Coolmuster Android Assistant to help me,I also using this tool to manage my Android phone data.
    Here is the solution:

  • bebecca

    Hey, I copied my songs from iTunes onto my android phone so the music plays fine on my phone buuuut it won’t play on my PC, it says ” The song ___ could be used because the original file cannot be found. Would you like to locate it?”. So i said yes but then I couldn’t find it on any of my files. HELP PLEASEEE??

  • Huskerbunny

    Doubletwist worked like a charm on from my Mac Book Pro to my new HTC One. Thanks!

  • Sahib Brown

    I have followed the instructions however I am getting a message that says some of my music may not play; why is that and what can I do to get those songs to play?

  • Dave West

    You can also take a look at this guide about “how to transfer music from iPhone to android“.

  • royallauker

    if you want your iTunes library to your Android device,Usually frist, Connect your Android device to your computer;then, you need use iTunes copy your playlist to your computer;last,you can copy playlist to your Android device from your computer.but it’s not the best method.I share a method what can be your iTunes library to your Android device directly.It’s Simple and convenient! I hope this method can help you!

  • Dave West

    Here’s another guide about “how to transfer music from iTunes to android”.

  • Gordon Marcus

    here is a video for that, you can copy itunes music to android manually

  • FutureC

    It’s hard for me to transfer iTunes playlist to Android before, especially not always stable. Now, it seems very simple with this great guide.

  • Kidd Gugliotta

    with MobileGo for Android, easily transfer iTunes music and any music from your computer to android tablet

  • royallauker

    You can transfer iTunes playlist to the Android mobile phone.
    Frist,use iTools transfer playlist from Apple devices on your PC.
    then,copy playlist to the internal memory in the Android mobile phone.
    It is so simple!

  • jenney

    Want to transfer the music from itunes to android phone, you should export the music to computer, then use the iPubsoft Android Desktop Manager to help you to transfer to android phone.

  • Smmhhyy

    A good way to choose iStonsoft software to transfer music between iTunes and Android phone.

    Let’s learn more:

  • scott mittance

    Firstarsoft iTunes to Android Converter = DRM Removal + iTunes Movies/TV Shows to Android Converter + iTunes Music to Android Converter.
    With this software, you can convert iTunes M4V movies, Digital Copy movies, MKV, AVI, MOV, WMV, M4A, Flac etc. to Android tablet/smartphone for playing.

  • lanserhtj

    iTunes Backup Extractor export music also other data from iTunes to a folder of you computer. And then you can freely copy them to Android phone.

  • Amanda King

    With iTunes to Android transfer software, you can sync iTunes content (music, playlist, music info, videos, podcasts, iTunes U and movies) to any Android phones or tablets.