How to manage specific content on the Apple device via iTunes?

In the following instructions, we are going to provide several tips on how to synchronize music and videos to your Apple device and manage those using iTunes.

Note! Unfortunately, if iCloud Music Library is enabled on the device, it is not possible to add or remove music manually. Nevertheless, you are still able to manage videos.

Add files from iTunes manually

In order to add music or videos to your device from iTunes, perform the following:

  1. Synchronize your Apple device with the computer.
  2. Launch iTunes and check if it is updated to the latest software version.
  3. Select the files you wish to copy to your iPhone, iPad or iPad from the iTunes library.
  4. Drag the relevant items to your device in the sidebar on the left.

It is worth mentioning that iPhone users may add content only from a single Library in iTunes. However, iPod and iPad users are at an advantage and may add music content from several Libraries.

If you can’t manage the content manually via iTunes

In such a case we recommend you to check if the ‘Manually manage music and videos’ feature is enabled. For that follow the steps below:

  1. Synchronize your Apple device with the computer.
  2. Launch iTunes and check if it is updated to the latest software version.
  3. Locate and choose your device.
  4. Select Summary in the sidebar on the left.
  5. Navigate to Options.
  6. Check the box and enable ‘Manually manage music and videos’ option.
  7. Choose Apply.
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Source: support.apple.com

If you get the notification that your Apple device is connected to another iTunes library because you synchronized your device to another computer previously, iTunes won’t be able to synchronize with your device unless you erase and replace all the iTunes content on your iOS device.

Add items directly from the computer manually

Sometimes you may find yourself in the situation when there are some media files on your computer that are not possible to download from the AppStore or iTunes again on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Those can be some iOS apps or specific ringtones. In this case, you can simply transfer the media to the iOS device from the computer via iTunes.

  1. Synchronize your Apple device with the computer.
  2. Launch iTunes and check if it is updated to the latest software version.
  3. Find the file you wish to add to your iOS device on the computer. You may search in the iTunes media folder for the content that appeared in the iTunes library in the past, for example, Tones, App or Books (if you use Windows).
  4. Choose the proper item and copy it.
  5. Go back to iTunes and proceed to Music, then Library.
  6. Select your device in the sidebar on the left and click on the name of the content item you wish to add, g., Tones for a ringtone.
  7. Paste the item.

 

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