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This article describes a simple way to transfer music and playlists from an old iPod, iPad or iPhone to a new one. The method works for all iPhone models including the latest iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone X.

There are two ways to transfer music from your old device to a new one:

Solution 1. Without iTunes

  1. Open CopyTrans and make a manual backup to a folder on your PC or to an external drive. If you are not sure how to do it, refer to the following FAQ article:
    Manual backup to PC: how to transfer music from an iPhone, iPad or iPod to a folder.Switch to the Manual Backup mode

    Note: the above article also shows how to change the folder structure of your backup, in case you don’t like how it’s organized by default.

  2. When finished, close CopyTrans and disconnect your old device.

  3. Open CopyTrans Manager and connect your new iPhone, iPod or iPad to import the backed up music. The following article will help you with this: How do I add music and videos to my iPod or iPhone.

    Important: in this case, your playlists won’t be transferred automatically. So if they are important to you, you’ll need create playlists from scratch on your iPhone using CopyTrans Manager and populate them with songs. Create a new playlist by clicking the + button

Solution 2. With iTunes

  1. Start by performing Smart backup to iTunes using CopyTrans for both of your devices. Watch the video below for a quick tutorial on Smart Backup in CopyTrans.

  2. Now let’s manually move your newly populated iTunes library to your iPhone, iPod or iPad.

    For this, open iTunes and click on the device icon. Tap on Summary on the rightside pane and scroll down to the Options section. Check “Manually manage music and videos”. In the Summary, tick the box against "Manually manage music and videos"

    Important: iTunes will erase your iPhone/iPod data and put an exact copy of its library onto your device (playlists included).

  3. Select Music on the leftside pane, tick the box against “Sync music” and select the items you want to sync. Hit the Apply button at the bottom of the window. Create Music Lbrary from scratch in iTunes

That’s it. If you have questions or comments, just leave them down below.

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Carina is part of team CopyTrans since 2008 and is always happy to share her passion for web marketing, graphic design & social media. With coffee running through her veins, she enthusiastically dives each day into the depths of the Internet searching for new cool stuff to be shared with you and her team.