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Manual Backup is a CopyTrans feature that exports your music from iPhone to PC (or iTunes), allowing you to customize the export parameters. If you want a fully automated transfer to iTunes, maybe it is better to choose Smart Backup.

With Manual Backup, you decide what tracks to transfer and where to transfer your music. You can choose to back up your music library to a folder on your PC or transfer selected iPhone tracks to iTunes. Whichever way you choose, see how to do it below:


Transfer entire iPhone music library to PC

If you want to transfer your entire music library to a folder on your PC, this is the best way to go. Here is how to proceed:

  1. If you don’t have CopyTrans already, download and install the application:
    Download CopyTrans

  2. Launch CopyTrans and connect your device.


  3. If your iDevice is not recognized, please follow these troubleshooting tips.
  4. Switch to the Classic mode in the bottom-left corner.

  5. Classic mode button CopyTrans

  6. In the Classic mode, select the tracks you wish to transfer. If you want to transfer your entire library, don’t select any tracks.

  7. Select the tracks or playlists you wish to transfer from iPhone to PC"

  8. Once the tracks have been selected, click on the green “Folder” button at the top.

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  10. Next, you will be asked to choose the folder where you want to transfer your music. You may also choose to customize other export details, such as folder structure or the way the files will be named. To do so, just click on “Customize”. When in doubt, see our customization options overview.

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  12. Click on “Start backup” and wait for the process to be completed.

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  14. Congratulations! Your iPhone music now safely resides on your PC, together with all your playlistst and track info. Here is the full list of all information that CopyTrans can back up.


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Transfer selected tracks from iPhone to iTunes

For a seamless and fast transfer of your iPhone music to iTunes, we recommend using the Smart Backup option in CopyTrans. But if you need a little more control over the copied files, Manual Backup is just for you. Here is how to use it:

  1. If you don’t have CopyTrans already, download and install the application:
    Download CopyTrans

  2. Launch CopyTrans and connect your device.


  3. If your iDevice is not recognized, please follow these troubleshooting tips.
  4. Switch to the Classic mode in the bottom-left corner.

  5. Classic mode button CopyTrans

  6. CopyTrans will then load your music library. Next to each track, you will see its status:

      • This track is not in iTunes. Track should be transferred.
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      • This track is in iTunes, but is not up-to-date. Track should be updated.
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      • This track is in iTunes and up-to-date. It will not be transferred.
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    When the loading is complete, select the tracks for transfer (you can also select all the tracks).

  7. Once the tracks to transfer have been selected, click the “Backup to iTunes” button in the top-right corner.
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  8. Check that the export folder is correct and customize the export if you want to. When in doubt, see our customization options overview

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  10. Click on “Start Backup”. The backup to iTunes will then begin. The progress bar in a transfer window will indicate how many songs are already transferred.

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  12. Once you the backup is finished, you will see a detailed summary of the transfer. All chosen tracks, track information, artworks, and playlists are now in iTunes exactly the way you wanted them to. If you’re interested, here is the full list of all information that CopyTrans backed up.

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    Enloy your newly transferred iTunes library!

Customizing the backup structure

Whether you use Manual backup to transfer your tracks to iTunes or to PC, CopyTrans allows you to tweak the settings a bit and get the result you want. See what you can do below:

If you export to a folder on your PC, you will see a standard customization window:

Basic customization window in CopyTrans

In this window,

  • Folder name options” allows you to set the number and structure of subfolders for the music you export. If you want all the tracks to appear in one folder, just set the first folder to “Music” and leave the other fields blank. To categorize your music by albums, select Music first, choose “Albums” for the next field and leave the last one blank.

  • Import iPhone playlist” allows you to name all the exported files in the same way. If you want the names to start with the artist and then show the track name, choose “Artist” for the first field and “Title” for the second.

  • Limit the file name length like iTunes” sets a maximum of 96 characters for any file name.

  • File & folder naming preview” allows you to see how the exported files and folders will be organized on your PC under the current settings.

If you feel that the dropdown options are not for you, you can choose advanced customization options. The window will then look like this:

Advanced customization window in CopyTrans

By playing with the tags CopyTrans provides and putting them in the right order with the dividers you need, you can construct pretty much any export layout!

After you have set the parameters to your liking, you can press “OK” and proceed with the export.


If you export to iTunes, your customization window will look like this:
Customization window for iTunes export

Under “iTunes music folder” you can specify where to export your library. CopyTrans finds the folder automatically, so only change it if you are sure you’re doing the right thing.

“File & folder naming preview” will take you to standard customization options (see above).

iTunes import” customization button will spawn the following window:

iTunes export customization in CopyTrans

In this window, you can

  • Select the type of track info that should be exported to iTunes;

  • Choose whether to import your playlists;

  • Add a prefix to all your playlists (e.g. 11-10-2009 Rock or David Rock), to mark the playlists from this specific export.

After you have set the parameters to your liking, you can press “OK” and proceed with the export.

Conclusion

Now you know how to transfer your music from iPhone, iPad or iPod to your PC. If you still have questions, maybe we can answer them with our list of CopyTrans user guides.

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