How to Transfer Music from Flash Drive to iPhone iPad

This guide will tell you how to transfer music from flash drive to iPhone with or without iTunes. You can easily add music to iPhone without syncing.


By Lena / Updated on May 25, 2023

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How Do I transfer music from flash drive to my iPhone?

{my son wants to take music from a flash drive and put it on his iPhone. We cannot figure out how to do it. Tried using Itunes but all it wants to do is SYNC, is there a way to do it without syncing?

- Question from

Lots of users save their music collection on their portable USB flash drive. Then they can import these music to other devices like their iPhone iPad.

To transfer music from flash drive to iPhone or iPad, Apple provides iTunes to perform this. However, you will need to first add songs to your iTunes library and then sync them to your device. And syncing music from iTunes may delete some existing songs on your iPhone/iPad. So lot of users will find another way to import data to iPhone iPad.

Luckily, This post will demonstrate an easy & safe way to transfer music from flash drive to iPhone iPad. Keep reading to learn more.

Part 1. Transfer Music from Flash Drive to iPhone iPad without iTunes

If you want to transfer music from flash drive to iPhone without iTunes, you can rely on one professional iOS data transfer tool - FoneTool to help you. This easy-to-use tool is designed to satisfy your needs.

● It lets you select the songs that you want to transfer.
● It will not erase any song or any other data on the device.
● It supports various music types, you can easily transfer MP3, wav, m4a, etc to iPhone/iPad.
● It also supports iPhone to computer & iPhone to iPhone transfer.

Now free download this tool on computer and follow the steps below to transfer music from flash drive to iPhone or iPad in a few clicks.

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1. Launch FoneTool > Plug in your flash drive and iPhone to computer. (You may need to enter the passcode on iPhone to allow the software to access your device.)

2. On the Home screen, click Phone Transfer option on the left pan > mouse over the PC to iPhone. Click the Start Transfer button.

Transfer to iPhone

3. Click the Music tab > Choose the songs you’d like to add to iPhone > Click Open to continue.

Choose Music

4. Click Start Transfer to transfer music from computer to iPhone.


Then wait for the process to get finished.  When it is completed, you can open Apple Music app to find the transferred music. 

Part 2. Transfer Music from Flash Drive to iPhone iPad with iTunes

If you still want to know how to transfer music from flash drive to iPhone using iTunes, below are the detailed steps.

① Add Music to iTunes Library

1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

2. Run iTunes > Plug in your USB flash drive and iPhone.

3. Click the device icon > Go to Summary > Uncheck the “Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected” option and check the option “Manually manage music and videos” > Click Apply to confirm.

4. Click File option > Choose Add File to Library from the drop-down list to add music files to iTunes that you want to move to iPhone.

Add Files to Library

② Sync Music to iPhone

1. Click Music > Check Sync Music > Choose to sync Entire music library or Selected playlists artists, albums, and genres.

2. Click Apply to sync music to iPhone.

Sync Music to iPhone

◆ Note: If you want to transfer selected songs, you can click the Song from the menu bar > choose Songs > select the song you want to add to iPhone > right-click the song and choose Add to Device > choose your iPhone name to make it.


That’s all for how to transfer music from flash drive to iPhone iPad. As you can see, FoneTool is the best way to transfer MP3, Flac, Wav, and other music files to your iDevices. It will not erase any existing data on your iPhone and iPad. 

In addition, this tool also helps you to transfer videos, photos, contacts, and so on from iPhone/iPad to computer, as well as from PC to iPhone iPad.

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.