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Do you wish to back up your songs because you are running out of memory on your iPhone? Is your PC almost out of free space too? You can back up all your music to an external hard drive using CopyTrans hassle-free! This guide explains how to put music on a flash drive from iPhone in a few easy steps.

Let’s back up your songs to an external hard drive:

How to download music to a flash drive

All tracks from iPhone

If you’re wondering how to download music to a flash drive from your iPhone in a few effortless steps with CopyTrans.

  1. Connect the flash drive or external hard disk to the PC.

  2. Download CopyTrans from the page below. Download CopyTrans now

  3. Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans, please refer to the installation guide.

  4. Run CopyTrans and connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod.

  5. To transfer all songs from iPhone to a USB drive, choose Manual Backup.
    Transfer music to folder with CopyTrans

  6. Navigate to your external hard drive and click “OK” to start the transfer.
    popup to select backup destination

  7. Wait until the process is complete, and enjoy your songs backed up to an external drive!

Advantages of CopyTrans:

Transfers all or selected songs from iPhone to USB and keeps the structure intact;
Manages songs, videos, TV shows, audio books, and podcasts;
Saves track data, artworks, and playlists;
Lets you change the library structure before downloading.

How to download music to flash drive

Selected tracks from iPhone

CopyTrans also lets you partially transfer songs to the destination of your choice

  1. Start CopyTrans and connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod to the PC. Click on the Classic mode option at the bottom-left corner.

    Classic mode button CopyTrans

    Classic mode displays all the device tracks and playlists. backup iphone to flash drive with copytrans

  2. Choose Manual backup from the top of the window. manual backup option in copytrans

  3. Next, select the songs you wish to back up by clicking on the box next to each track. To choose all tracks, including voice memos* and videos, click the box next to your iPhone name under the Playlists pane. If you want to only backup songs, choose Music under the Categories pane, then select the songs.
    select music in copytrans main window

    ios 15 restrictions logo icon

    *From iOS 15, Apple has introduced restrictions that block access to local voice memos. It is no longer possible to transfer voice memos to a PC via iTunes.

    It also impacts some features of CopyTrans programs.

    We have worked out a few great solutions for you to transfer voice memos to a PC, depending on the iOS version of your device.

  4. After this, select the backup to a Folder. how to download music to usb flash drive

  5. Choose the USB drive by clicking on the Blue pencil symbol. blue pencil button in copytrans prompt

  6. Select the external drive (in our case, this was flash drive G:). Click OK. download music to usb from iphone

  7. You can customize the order of folders in your backup to your preferences. Customize your folder tree structure

  8. If you prefer keeping all the tracks from a single list in one folder without creating new subfolders, leave the relevant fields empty. customize iphone music usb flash drive

  9. After you have adjusted your backup settings, click OK and start the backup.Start backup of the selected playlists to iTunes or to pc

  10. Let the backup finish. window indicating copytrans backup progress

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Using iTunes

You can also use iTunes to move your songs from your iPhone to a flash drive.

Why we don’t recommend using iTunes:

You risk losing your music library on your device;
It won’t recover music you’ve acquired from CDs;
You cannot add music from one library to another, only replace one another.

  1. Connect your iPhone to the PC and run iTunes.

  2. Click on File > Devices > Transfer Purchases from *Your device name*.

    how to put music on a flash drive

  3. Choose Recently Added on the left to transfer the recently added songs.

  4. Plug in a USB drive.

  5. Run iTunes and open the Music pan on the left-hand side.

  6. Open the File Explorer and find the USB drive folder there.

  7. Choose the songs you wish to transfer. Drag and drop them to the USB drive folder.


If you don’t like your experience with iTunes, there is always an alternative. Check out CopyTrans programs: they can do as much as iTunes, and even more.

CopyTrans Photo interface

Transfer iPhone photos to the PC and back

  • Transfer photos and videos from iPhone to PC
  • Move photos and videos from PC to iPhone
  • Create and edit iPad albums
  • Organize photos and preserve album structure
  • Keep EXIF data intact
  • JPG, HEIC, MOV, Live photos
Download and try for free!

Manage iPhone contacts, messages, notes, and calendars on your PC

  • Transfer contacts from one iPhone to another
  • Back up your messages to a PC
  • Manage your iPhone and iCloud calendars
  • Save your iPhone notes to the computer
Download and try for free!
CopyTrans Contacts interface
CopyTrans Shelbee interface

Back up your iPhone to the PC without iTunes

  • Back up and restore iPhone without iTunes
  • Restore iPhone data selectively
  • Restore WhatsApp without iCloud
  • Transfer iOS apps to new iPhone
Download and try for free!

That’s all. Now you know how to put music on a flash drive in no time from your iPhone using CopyTrans!
The iPhone music is copied to the selected external USB drive. iphone music in windows explorer window

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