How to Transfer Files from External Hard Drive to iPhone

In this guide, we will introduce the method of how to transfer files from external hard drive to iPhone. With this method, you would have no data loss. You can read this guide to get the exact solution.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 19, 2020

Apple doesn’t give users many authorities to manage their devices, one proof is that it is difficult for users to transfer files from an external hard drive to the iPhone/iPad. Generally, users could only transfer some music to their iPad through iTunes. While this method is rather complicated and users have to take the risk of losing all the existing content on devices.

Luckily there is some third-party software developed for iOS users to better manage their iPhone/iPad. Here in this post, we will tell you an easier method to help you copy files from external hard drive to your iPhone/iPad without losing any data. And the method of transferring files, especially music files, from USB drive to iPad with iTunes will also be mentioned. Here we go.

1. Transfer Files from External Hard Drive to iPad/iPhone with AnyTrans

The tool we’d like to recommend here is an all-in-one iOS management software – AnyTrans. This tool enables users to fully manage their iOS devices, iTunes, and iCloud with ease. Let’s check the features of AnyTrans:

AnyTrans – iOS Files Transfer

  • Transfer selected files from external hard drive to iPad.
  • Support users to check and view files before transferring.
  • Would have no harm to the existing data on iPhone/iPad.
  • Work well with all iPhone models & iOS (iPhone 11 & iOS 13).

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Step 1: Launch AnyTrans > Connect your iPhone or iPad to computer > Plug in your external hard drive > Click Add Content button on the homepage, or you can directly drag files to your device.

Add Music to iPhone with AnyTrans

Add Files to iPhone with AnyTrans

Step 2: Choose your external hard drive > Select the files you want to transfer > Click on Open.

Transfer Music from Flash Drive to iPhone with AnyTrans - Step 2

Select the Files You Want and Click Open

When the transferring process is finished, you could check the transferred files on your iPhone. Here we take music as an example. If you transfer other files, such as PDF files or photos, just check these files in the corresponding app.

2. Transfer Files from External Hard Drive to iPhone with iTunes

To transfer files from a computer or hard drive to iPhone/iPad, iTunes is the official method. Here we will introduce the detailed steps of this method, keep reading and learn more about it.

Step 1. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer with the USB cable.

Step 3. Find and click the device icon in iTunes.

Step 4. Click File Sharing at the left. All available to transfer files between your computer and your iOS device apps will be listed here.

Step 5. Click the Add File button to choose the files you want to transfer. When you finish adding, click the Sync button on the bottom.

Transfer Files from External Hard Drive to iPad with iTunes

Transfer Files from External Hard Drive to iPad with iTunes

Then iTunes will start to sync your iPhone/iPad, just wait with patience.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, compared with iTunes, AnyTrans can always help you put your important data in the right place with convenience and ease, why not have a free trial? If you meet any problems when using this tool, just send an email to tell us. We will reply to you as early as possible.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.