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How to download all your music to your iPhone or iPad

Adding new tunes to your iPhone or iPad from your Mac or PC can be a little tedious at times, especially if you want to add your entire library at once. If you want to have all your music locally stored on your iPhone or iPad, there's a little trick you can use to accomplish that. If you create a Smart Playlist in iTunes on Mac or PC, any devices connecting via iCloud Music Library will receive the option to download that playlist, and smart playlist can be "live," which means any new tracks you add will also push to all your connected devices.

How to download all your music at one time on your iPhone or iPad

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac
  2. Click File in the top menu bar.
  3. Hover your cursor over New

  1. Click Smart Playlist
  2. Adjust the Smart Playlist Options to look exactly like the image below on the right. Check the box next to Match music for the following rules: and add the rule Time is greater than 00:00. Check the box next to Live updating.

  1. Click OK
  2. Type a name for your playlist.

  1. Launch Music on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Playlist.
  3. Tap the name of the smart playlist.
  4. Tap Cloud button to begin downloading all the tracks.

Depending on how many items you are trying to download to your iPhone this way, it could take a couple of minutes, a couple of hours, or even a couple of days. If you have a lot of tracks, your best bet is probably plugging in your iPhone or iPad overnight, and letting it download while you sleep.

Any Questions?

Let us know in the comments below!

Luke Filipowicz
Staff Writer

Luke Filipowicz has been a writer at iMore, covering Apple for nearly a decade now. He writes a lot about Apple Watch and iPad but covers the iPhone and Mac as well. He often describes himself as an "Apple user on a budget" and firmly believes that great technology can be affordable if you know where to look. Luke also heads up the iMore Show — a weekly podcast focusing on Apple news, rumors, and products but likes to have some fun along the way. 


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4 Comments
  • I did the same trick but my query was Artist ≠ Blank 🤓
  • It was so easy before they killed off Family Sharing capability to just download whatever you wanted and/or stream. :( I'm looking for some alternative to iTunes at this point, as they've made a complete mess of music. I need a central place to keep our collection, and then a 'client' on each device where I can simply pick whether to stream or download locally. iTunes once worked really well for that, until Apple decided to break it (to push people to Apple Music subscription). Unfortunately, they've just lost one more part of the eco-system tying me to the platform.
  • Thank you so much for this!!! My other alternative was tedious at best and definitely annoying
  • Thanks for the tip. 👍🏻 Sent from the iMore App