Sync media between your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and iTunes on your Mac or PC

Learn how to sync music, movies, TV shows, photos, podcasts, and books between your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and iTunes on your Mac or PC.

You can transfer media between your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and iTunes on your Mac or PC using these methods:

Media type Transfer method
Music purchased from the iTunes Store
Music imported from a CD or other source*
Camera Roll photos and videos
Photos synced from a computer*
iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Stream3
Movies and TV shows purchased from the iTunes Store
Movies and TV shows imported from other sources*
Books purchased from the iTunes Store
Books imported from other sources*
Podcasts
Movie rentals
  1. Downloading past purchases from iTunes is supported on up to 10 of these devices:
  2. iTunes Match is supported on these devices:
  3. Apple Music is supported on these devices:
  4. Photo Stream is for photos only and is supported on these devices:
    • iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch with iOS 5.0.1 or later
    • Mac with OS X Lion or later
    • PC with Windows Vista or Windows 7
      Learn more about Photo Stream.

*iTunes can't transfer this media from an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch back to your computer.

Back up your library

Although you can re-download many of your past iTunes Store purchases, you should back up your iTunes library along with the rest of your system.

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