Newly received an iPhone 6 as gift or just purchased an iPhone? Here are some tips for you to transfer contents like movies, music, apps, TV shows, notes and more from your iPhone 6 to computer or from computer to iPhone.

Part 1: Transfer Movies and Music from Mac or Windows to iPhone (iOS 8 Included)

iPhone can't be used as an external hard drive once connected to your computer. In order to add your local movies or songs to your iPhone, you can follow the below methods:

  • Via iTunes: launch iTunes -> connect iPhone to your Mac -> click on Movies -> drag any movie(s) in the iTunes library to your iPhone's name in the left sidebar of the iTunes.
  • Via iCloud: If you have other iOS devices running iOS 8 and have iCloud backups, you can log in iCloud on your new iPhone (go to Setting -> iCloud -> Enter your Apple ID info -> then you will get a iCloud terms doc, agree it) and restore the iCloud backup on the device.

    However, it will come with some limitations using the above methods.

    1) Imcompatible file format. So you have to convert your files to the compatible format first.

    2) Only can sync DRM free or purchased items.

  • Via TunesOver:

    Luckily, you can transfer media files to iPhone without the above worries by using iSkysoft TunesOver for Mac. This iPhone transfer allows you to sync music, videos, TV shows and more to iPhone. So you can import all your MP3 to iPhone 6, iPhone 5, iPhone 4, etc. Its conversion ability can detect the file format and convert it to your iPhone friendly format. This Mac app is available for transferring your iPhone contents back to Mac. Just follow the below simple steps to transfer songs, movies or TV shows to iPhone.

    Step 1: Connect iPhone to Mac and launch TunesOver.

    Step 2: Go to the corresponding tab like “Music” or “Movies”.

    Step 3: Now click the “Add” button to find the movies on your Mac or iTunes library to import them to your iPhone.

If you are a Windows user, you can also use iSkysoft TunesOver for Windows to transfer media files from Windows PC to iPhone 6 Plus/6/5s/5c/5/4s/4. The guide is just the same as the above Mac version. Just get program and start to copy MP3 from Windows to iPhone 6.

Part 2: Transfer Movies, Music, Photos from iPhone to Mac (Yosemite Included) or Windows

iTunes is not available here because it's a one-way street in transferring. So as to back up your iPhone items to your computer, you can transfer files to Mac OS X Lion via iCloud. To do so, you can back up your iPhone contents to iCloud on your device, then open your Mac to restore contacts, iCal calendars, safari bookmarks and more.


While here I suggest you the most powerful way to transfer iPhone items to your Mac via TunesOver:


2 Simple Steps of iPhone Transfer

Step 1: Connect iPhone to Mac

Launch the TunesOver and plug your iPhone to Mac. This program will start scanning your iPhone and show your device information on the main interface.

Step 2: Start iPhone Transfer

Now go to the "Music" tab or "Movies" tab and select the items you want. Then click the "Export" button on top of the primary window to start transferring. Detailed info: User Guide of TunesOver for Mac.

Part 3: Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac or from Mac to iPhone


If you have some photos you wanna add to your new iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s or iPhone 4, you can also use iTunes, iPhoto, iCloud and TunesOver to achieve it:

Via TunesOver: same as transferring music, movies from Mac to iPhone 6 above. To transfer photos to iPhone, go to the "Photos" tab and click "Add" to choose the pictures to import them to your iPhone. To copy iPhone photos to Mac or Windows, you can also open the "Photos" tab and select the photos, and then click the "Export" to transfer photos from iPhone to computer.

Via iTunes: open iTunes -> connect iPhone to Mac -> click iPhone's name in the left sidebar of the iTunes -> click on Photos -> tick Sync Photos from and specify the very folder where your original photos are located.

Via iPhoto: To transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, you can use iPhoto. It can help you to transfer photos shot by your iPhone, saved in Safari or Mail or use TunesOver to transfer all kinds of iPhone photos to your Mac. Detailed info: transfer iPhone photos to Mac

Via iCloud: You can also use iCloud to backup images from your iPhone and then go to your Mac OS X (Yosemite 10.10 included) to restore the photos.

If you used to use a featured phone, an Android phone or an old iPhone, you can also go to Move to iPhone 4S for more info.

See video tutorial on how to transfer media files to iPhone.

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