How to Sync iTunes Music with an Android Phone or Tablet

Christian Cawley 21-04-2015

Your iTunes collection is perhaps a vast, lumbering collection of tracks that might go back to your first iPod or a compact selection of favorites. Either way, you want those songs on your Android smartphone or tablet.


We’ve seen several ways of syncing an iTunes library with your Android device Can I Sync iTunes With My Android? Three Sync Apps, Compared When I speak to friends who prefer iPhones over Androids, many of them cite "ease of synchronization" as one of their most important reasons. I have to hand it to Apple on that point: even... Read More in the past, but now there is a far simpler method. By employing free-to-use sync software on your Windows, Mac, or Linux PC and a companion app on Android syncing tracks from iTunes to your mobile device has suddenly become effortless.

Even the setup is relatively simple.

Software You’ll Need for Syncing iTunes to Android

To make this synchronization work, we’re going to use the BitTorrent Sync utility From Pirate Darling To Dropbox Alternative: BitTorrent Sync Lets You Keep Your Files Synchronized Across Machines Cloud-based file sync services are easy to use and work well, but your privacy may or may not be your first priority. Not to mention the fact that these services always come with a storage... Read More , which synchronizes data between devices running the software. You’ll also need your computer and Android device connected to the same Wi-Fi network.


First, head to Google Play and install the free Sync app on your device. While this is installing, point your desktop browser to and download the version that matches your operating system. A version for BSD is available alongside Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.


Watch out for the offer to upgrade to Sync Pro once installation is complete. This is a premium version of the tool, but you’re getting a 30-day preview of it anyway, so upgrading at this stage isn’t necessary.

Upon launch, select This is my first Sync 2.0 device, and set a sync identity. Next, click the add folder button.

(Incidentally, don’t let this be your only experience with Bittorrent Sync. This is a really useful piece of software — one that is used legally by many large organizations 8 Legal Uses for BitTorrent: You'd Be Surprised Like HTTP, which your browser uses to communicate with websites, BitTorrent is just a protocol. You could use your browser to download pirated content, just as you could use a BitTorrent client to download pirated... Read More . You can take it beytond syncing iTunes with your Android device and even use it to build your own cloud storage Build Your Own Cloud Storage with Raspberry Pi and BitTorrent Sync Don't believe the hype: the Cloud is far from secure. But have no fear - now you can roll out your own private, unlimited, and secure cloud storage platform. Read More with a Raspberry Pi.)

Find Your iTunes Library

Tracks in your iTunes library will be synced to Android using this method, so you’ll need to know where your MP3s are stored. From here, the best option is to copy the tracks you want into a new folder, which you can use to store any tracks you wish to sync to your Android device.


It is this folder that you should select in BitTorrent Sync when browsing to add a folder.

Setup BitTorrent Sync on Android

The next stage is to setup the Sync app on your Android device. Here, select the first option, Link a device already running Sync 2.0, and follow the instructions to flip back to Sync on Windows and open Options > My devices > Link device.

A QR code will be displayed. Hold your Android device up to view the QR code through the camera window that has appeared in the Sync app, and wait as the code is captured and the link between devices established.



Next, open the Settings menu and tap Advanced; here, clear the check in the Simple mode box. You should then scroll down to Default folder location and ensure that your preferred Android folder is selected. A directory such as “/storage/emulated/0/music” is a good idea.


On the desktop, you’ll be asked if you wish to connect, disconnect, or sync your devices. Select Sync, and switch one final time back to your Android device. Here, find the name of your sync folder in the top left corner and tap the three-dot menu button, selecting Connect. In the resulting view, confirm the folder and click Add folder.



Finally, from the same menu, open Details and make sure the switch for Sync all is active. Syncing will begin.

How Did This Method Work for You?

BitTorrent Sync will quickly sync your library to your Android device, ready for you to start listening. By choosing the Music library, you should be able to open your tracks in virtually any music playing app. If you run into trouble, however, an Android file manager FTP Transfer: 3 Popular File Managers for Android With FTP Software FTP may sound intimidating, but it's not! We can help you learn how to quickly and easily share files between your devices with these handy Android apps. Read More such as ES File Explorer ES File Explorer: Is It the Best File Manager for Android? Is EF File Explorer the best option for viewing and managing the files on your Android device? Read More should do the trick.


The beauty of this method is that all you have to do to add the collection of MP3s to your device is to drop a few more into the folder you initially created. This is the one being monitored by the BitTorrent Sync software, so any changes will be immediately reflected on your Android smartphone or tablet as they’re detected, just as long as both the PC and Android device are connected to the Internet.

Have you tried this? Perhaps you have a different way to sync your iTunes library to your Android device? Let us know in the comments.

Related topics: iTunes, Music Album, Wireless Sync.

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  1. Anonymous
    July 31, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Nice to see this article. We can sync iTunes music to mobile devices. Because they are DRM free but what if we want to sync iTunes Videos? This is not a good solution to sync iTunes Videos, because all purchased and rented iTunes Videos are DRM-ed M4V videos strictly protected by Apple FairPlay. I search on Makeuseof Website and found a useful tool to sync iTunes Videos. Wishing is helpful for more people. //

  2. Emily Bronte
    May 29, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Apple encodes music videos, movies and TV episodes in the iTunes Store using M4V files. In turn, the M4V files are usually protected by the FairPlay Digital Rights Management(DRM) copyright protection of Apple. Another reason is that iTunes MOV, M4V and M4A are not supported by your Android tablet or smartphone. So, watching iTunes movies on any a Android device has always been a problem. To play an iTunes M4V movie on a Android tablet or smartphone, the DRM protection has to be removed. In turn, recording a video from iTunes to formats compatible with Android is possible. Out of the four ways laid out below, you will definitely find the most reliable method of transferring iTunes videos protected by DRM into Android device playable format that works for you:

  3. Gloriaivy
    May 10, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    iTunes doesn’t have Android version, Android can’t run iTunes. So, you can’t install iTunes on Android devices. If you want to play iTunes on Android, you need a best iTunes to Android Converter.

    Here Pavtube ChewTune can help you get iTunes movies and music on Android phone and tablet. It gives you a simple, smart interface to plug in and go. It instantly recognizes and remembers more than 200+ Android devices as soon as you plug in. It’s a big screen, bird’s eye view of your phone, your life – so you get more done!

  4. Xoandre
    April 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    Have they fixed iTunes yet?

    I have tried installing the latest version - clean install - and it still locks up whenever I try to rate songs or right-click on a song title.

    I'm on Win7 PC with 4G ram, Pentium A3

  5. Jan F.
    April 22, 2015 at 5:59 am

    I'm quite happy using SyncMate Expert for all my Android Mac syncing.
    It may not be the least expensive option but it enables me to do "all the syncing" with a single application, no Google services requires and on top of that offers a lot more functionality than that.

  6. likefunbutnot
    April 21, 2015 at 4:12 pm

    Let me start by saying that iTunes is very possibly the worst mainstream application in common use on consumer PCs. I won't even tolerate it on a Mac.

    But the method the author had outlined will only sync files. It won't do anything for the highly playlist centric operating mode that iTunes uses.

    Android users with such exceedingly poor taste and judgment as to use iTunes would be vastly better off using Double Twist, possibly with AirTwist instead. The advantage here is that Double Twist has native support for the iTunes library and playlists and can competently manage file imports based on playlists rather than directory structure as BTsync would.