Tutorial: Transfer Music from an External Hard Drive to iPhone

"I haven't gotten enough space on my computer, so I have to store more than 3000 songs on an external hard drive. Now I need to transfer some selected songs from the external hard drive to my iPhone. However, I don't know how to do it. Any suggestion?"

It's a good idea to save songs on an external hard drive, because it is a way to secure your songs. You know, sometimes, because of computer crash, you may lose them permenantly. And saving songs on an exteranl hard drive frees up more space on computer for new files and apps. But by doing this, it may take you a lot of time when you want to transfer music from an external hard drive to iPhone. Fortunately, now with TunesGo Retro, users are able to transfer music from extenal hard drive to iPhone in short time.

Download Wondershare TunesGo Retro trial version to transfer music from an external hard drive to iPhone.

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Note: Separate Wondershare TunesGo Retro (Windows) and Wondershare TunesGo Retro (Mac) are both available to download. Please choose the right version in accordance with your computer OS.

Wondershare TunesGo Retro is a desktop app for iPhone, iPad and iPod. It enables you to put any song from an external hard drive to iPhone without any incompatible problem. And this process is much easier than sync songs from iTunes to iPhone. Only in 3 steps, you'll make it.

Step 1. Connect External Hard Drive with Computer

Plug the external hard drive into your computer via USB cable. Make sure that you are able to open this hard drive and select the songs you want to copy to iPhone. On Windows PC, you can see the hard drive in My Computer by default. On Mac, the hard drive is on desktop.

Transfer Music from External Hard Drive to iPhone - Plug in External Hard Drive


Step 2. Connect iPhone with Computer

Connect iPhone to computer with the USB cable and launch TunesGo Retro. After recognizing your iPhone, TunesGo Retro will show your iPhone in its main interface. And all media files are sorted into categories and displayed in the left sidebar.


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Step 3. Transfer Music from External Hard Drive to iPhone

Click Media in the left sidebar, and choose Music in the drop-down menu, then you'll see the iPhone songs in the right part. Click the Add button at the upper left corner and choose Add Files or Add folder to add the music files from external hard drive. Browse your computer to find the songs or folder in the external hard drive you need. Click Open to import songs to iPhone. When the transfer is ongoing, a progress bar will tell you how the whole process is going.


Transfer Music from External Hard Drive to iPhone - Transfer Songs


See, this is how to transfer music from an external hard drive to iPhone with Wondershare TunesGo Retro. It's very easy, right? During the transferring process, if an iPhone-incompatible song is added, a window will pop up to ask you to convert it. Click the Convert then Transfer button so that the song will be converted and added to iPhone automatically. Don't hesitate to check Wondershare TunesGo Retro out if you're interested in it!

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Apr 22,2016 14:40 pm / Posted by Thomas Jones to iPhone

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