Manually manage content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iTunes

You can manually add specific content from your computer to your iOS device.

With iTunes, you can manage the content on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod by manually syncing specific items to your device.

If you have iCloud Music Library turned on, you can't manually manage music, but you can still manage videos using the steps below.

Manually add items from iTunes

  1. Connect your device to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes. Make sure that you have the latest version.
  3. Choose the content that you want to add to your device from your iTunes library.
  4. Look in the left sidebar for your device, then drag the content to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

If you're using an iPhone, you can add music or videos only from a single iTunes Library.

If you're using an iPad or iPod, you can add music from multiple iTunes Libraries, but videos from only one iTunes Library.

If you can't manually add or remove content from your device

Check to make sure that the "Manually manage music and videos" option is turned on:

  1. Connect your device to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes. Make sure that you have the latest version.
  3. Locate and click on your device.
  4. In the left sidebar, click Summary.
  5. Scroll to the Options section.
  6. Click the box next to "Manually manage music and videos."
  7. Click Apply. 

You might see a message that your device is synced with another library. This means that you've used a different computer to sync your device in the past, and iTunes can't sync without first erasing and replacing all iTunes content on your device.

Manually add items from your computer

If you have media on your computer that you can't redownload from the App Store or iTunes Store directly on your iOS device, such as custom ringtones or iOS apps, you can drag and drop the media from your computer to your iOS device using iTunes.

  1. Connect your device to your computer.
  2. Open iTunes. Make sure that you have the latest version.
  3. On your computer, find the item you want to add to your device. If you're looking for Apps, Tones, or Books (for Windows) that previously appeared in your iTunes library, you can find them in your iTunes media folder.
  4. Drag the item from your computer to your iOS device in the left sidebar of iTunes.
Published Date: 2017-09-12