iTunes also allows users to browse through their favorite songs, artists, and albums. However, despite being a top-notch music streaming services, iTunes does experience a few technical hiccups here and there. If you’re a music enthusiast, you must be familiar with the dilemma of iTunes being unable to download music to your iPhone, even after you’ve purchased the aforementioned songs or albums.

While this problem can occur for various reasons, the most common is that perhaps your iTunes software isn’t updated or that your iPhone simply doesn’t have enough storage space to support adding in new music.

It could also be possible that the songs in your iTunes library were inadvertently stored in a different place than usual, and your iPhone won’t able to download them until they return to their original location. Whatever the reason, there are few easy troubleshooting methods you can carry out to fix this problem. To get iTunes to start downloading music as usual to your iPhone, follow the instructions below,

Check Your iPhone’s Storage

HD songs tend to take up a lot of space. If you have had your device for a while, it’s possible you may have used up all your storage with your photos, messages, applications, or other necessities. In order to find out how much storage you’ve on your phone, follow the instructions below,

1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone. It has a grey background with an icon of a gear on it.

2. Click General.


3. Click iPhone Storage.


You’ll now see not only how much space you have available on your device, but also how your currently used space is allocated. If you don’t have enough storage on your device, use the RECOMMENDATIONS heading to free up storage. If you click on SHOW ALL you’ll see recommendations from your device on how you can free up space on your device.

Update to the Latest Version of iTunes

If your current version of iTunes is outdated, the software might be experiencing technical issues caused by bugs. In order to see if you need to update your software, follow the instructions below.

If you’re a Mac user,

1. Launch the App Store.

2. Click on the Updates tab towards the top right.

An iTunes update will often be available with a macOS update

3. An iTunes update will often be available with a macOS update.

4. Download the update if there’s one available.

If you’re a Windows user,

1. Launch iTunes. Click Help.

2. Click Check for Updates.

3. Download the update if there’s one available.

Now check to see if iTunes is allowing you to download music to your iPhone.

Check the Location of Your Music

This is a fairly simple solution, that users often overlook. It’s possible that iTunes isn’t transferring music to your iPhone because it’s unable to locate the music in your library.

Take note of the songs in your iPhone, and then double check to see if those songs are in the same location as the songs that aren’t downloading to your device. If the songs aren’t in the same location, simply drag and drop the songs that aren’t downloading into your music library. Now check to see if your problem has resolved.

Unhide Purchases

You may have inadvertently hidden your music files. This would prevent them from downloading to your iPhone. In order to unhide your purchases, follow the instructions below,

1. Launch iTunes.

2. Open the iTunes Store.

3. Towards the right, where you’ll see Music Quick Links, click on Account.

4. Sign in using your Apple ID and password.

5. You’ll then see a heading labeled iTunes in Cloud. Under this click Manage.

6. You’ll see a list of purchased music

7. Click Unhide in order to reveal the hidden music.

Now that you’ve unhidden the music, the songs will appear in your library, along with the download icon. Click on the Download icon in order to add the song to your iPhone.

Check Your Apple ID

A simple and often effective solution to fixing any technical problem, is signing out of the tool you’re using, and then signing back in. Try this solution and see if you’re then able to download songs to your iPhone.

Furthermore, double check to make sure that the Apple ID you have associated with your iPhone is the same one you’re using for your iTunes account. You’ll have to remove the Apple ID from your iPhone if it differs from the one used for iTunes.

Using one of the methods above, your iPhone should now be able to download music from iTunes. As always, remember to back up your music and iPhone files to iCloud often as, though it’s unlikely, files can accidentally be deleted during the troubleshooting process. Better safe than sorry.