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Manual Backup in CopyTrans is a fully customizable way of transferring music from an iPhone to a computer. It can transfer:

  • all chosen tracks,
  • track information, e.g. artist and album name,
  • artworks,
  • playlists.

With Manual Backup you decide what tracks to transfer and where to transfer your music – to iTunes or to a folder on your computer. In this article, we will explain a bit more about how you can work with the Manual Backup.

Manual Backup: 3-step tutorial

  1. Download and start CopyTrans

  2. Connect your iPhone (iPod or iPad) to PC

  3. Select “Manual backup” in the top-left corner

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Note: If “Manual Backup” is not possible, please follow these troubleshooting tips.

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

Once the tracks have been selected, click the green “Folder” button at the top.ipod backup to itunes

You will be asked to select the folder where you want to transfer your music files. No limitations here – you can even select the external hard drive if you’d like.

Backup settings overview
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The confirmation window will appear. In there, you can choose to customize:

  • Destination folder: folder or external hard-drive where track files will be backed up.
  • File and folder naming preview: how will track files be named and organized within the destination folder.

Customizing the backup structure

CopyTrans offers a variety of ways to customize your backup. You can choose:

  • the number of folders and folder names,

  • file name,

  • file name order,

  • the name length.

You can play around the setting as much as you want! For example, have all music sorted by albums in the main folder, regardless of the artist.

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To further customize file and folder naming, select “Advanced” and use the list of “available keywords”
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When satisfied with custom settings return to the “CopyTrans is ready to backup” window and click “Start Backup”. CopyTrans will start copying files and display detailed information on the progress.

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If you see the summary window, it means that the tracks have been copied from iPhone to computer. Selected tracks are now in the destination folder exactly the way you wanted them to.

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Transfer selected tracks from iPhone to iTunes

For the 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, the Manual Backup is just for you.

First, you need to select the track for transfer. CopyTrans offers a detailed status of a track. To check it, simply hover your mouse over it.

  • ipod to pcThis track is not in iTunes. Track should be transferred.
  • update itunes from iphoneThis track is in iTunes but is not up-to-date. Track should be updated.
  • recover itunes libraryThis track is in iTunes and is up-to-date. Track should be skipped.

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Once tracks to transfer have been selected, click the “Backup to iTunes” button in the top-right corner.import ipod tracks into itunes

The “CopyTrans is ready to backup” window appears and lets you choose to customize:

  • iTunes music folder: where your track files will be copied to.
  • File and folder naming preview: how will track files be named and organized within the iTunes music folder.
  • iTunes import: which track information will be transferred.

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Customizing the backup structure

CopyTrans offers a variety of ways to customize your backup. You can choose:

  • the number of folders and folder names,

  • file name,

  • file name order (this will modify the track file names in the iTunes music folder and not their titles in iTunes),

  • the name length.

For example, if you want all your track files to end up in a unique folder (no subfolders) set all 3 drop-down menus to blank. As easy as that!

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For more detailed customization:

  • Select “Advanced”
  • Use the list of “available keywords”

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Customize iTunes import options

Here’s what you can do with a special iTunes customization:

  • “Import iPhone songs with”: allows you to select exactly what track information should be backed-up to iTunes.
  • “Import iPhone playlists”: defines if CopyTrans should backup selected playlists or not.
  • Add prefix to playlist name: date or assign all playlists to a user (e.g. 11-10-2009 Rock or David Rock).

When you are done, return to the “CopyTrans is ready to backup” window and click “Start Backup”.

The backup to iTunes will start. You will be able to check the progress of the transfer in the dedicated window.

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Once you are all done, you’ll be given a detailed summary. All chosen tracks, track information, artworks, and playlists are now back in iTunes exactly the way you wanted them to.

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