After you get your new iPhone, like iPhone 6s or iPhone SE, you will want to move the media files from your iTunes library to your iPhone. If you only want to sync several songs to your iPhone with iTunes, that will be easy. But if you want to transfer playlist to iPhone, you will need to pay attention. Of course, users can take advantage of iTunes to transfer playlist to iPhone. But you may be faced with the danger of data loss. Therefore, there is another safe way to get playlist on iPhone: Export your playlist from iTunes to computer then transfer them to iPhone. The following guidance will show you the two ways.

Part 1. Transfer Playlist from iTunes to iPhone

As is known, iTunes helps to sync media files and apps. when users are about to sync music to their iPhone, they’ll find the option of syncing playlist. When the users check the playlist to sync, they will sync the whole playlist to their iPhone.


1. Connect your iPhone to computer, and launch iTunes if it doesn’t open automatically. As is shown, all the playlists on iTunes are on the left side.

2. Then, click “iPhone” on the top of iTunes. Some of you may prefer the old look of the iTunes. If so, go to the View menu and select Show Sidebar to show the left side of the window that displays all media libraries.

3. Click Music, then choose “Sync Music”, “Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres” and target playlist > Click “Apply” below to transfer playlist from iTunes to iPhone.

But please note that if users have saved playlist(s) in their iPhone, they will need to check these playlist(s) as well in case that iTunes erase the playlists during the sync.

Part 2. Transfer Playlist from iTunes to iPhone with iPhone Transfer Software

Section 1. Export Playlist from iTunes to Computer

In avoidance of losing playlist in iPhone during the sync with iTunes, I suggest iPhone users export their playlists to computer and then import playlist to iPhone with the iPhone transfer software. To export a playlist from iTunes to computer, you only need to launch iTunes and click File > Library > Export Playlist, then save the playlist as an .m3u file.


You can also take use of Leawo iTransfer to export playlist from iTunes library to computer, so users can export playlist from iTunes to computer directly without launching iTunes. The following guidance will show you how to do that.

Step 1. Run Leawo iTransfer and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable. Then select Playlist under iTunes.
Step 2. Choose the playlist you want to transfer and right-click it, then choose Export Playlist.
Step 3. The software allows you to save the playlist in an .m3u file or a .wpl file.

Section 2. Transfer Playlist from Computer to iPhone

After exporting the playlist to computer, you can use Leawo iTransfer to transfer playlist from computer to iPhone. This software is used for transferring files among iOS devices, iTunes and computers, and it allows users to get rid of the sync of iTunes. The following guidance will show you how to transfer playlist from computer to iPhone, and you can free download the software to have a try.

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Step 1. Run Leawo iTransfer and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.
Step 2. Click the name of your iPhone and choose Playlist.
Step 3. Click the Plus button beside Playlist, and choose Import Playlist.
Step 4. Select the .m3u file from your computer and click Open.

With Leawo iTransfer, you are able to transfer playlist to iPhone 6s/iPhone 6s Plus/iPhone SE with no efforts. The software is also helpful for other kinds of data transfers, for example, you can transfer photos from PC to iPhone with this software. If you are interested in Leawo iTransfer, just check it out.