You have bunches of awesome photos on your external hard drive, but you would like to appreciate them handily and easily on your iPhone, which means you need to transfer photos from external hard drive to iPhone. However, how to transfer photos from external hard drive to iPhone on Windows 10 in a highly-efficient way? In fact, there are multiple ways that can help to transfer photos from external hard drive to iPhone. Look, here are four methods. Let's try and learn.

Part 1: How to Transfer Photos from External Hard Drive to iPhone via iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive is a good assistant helping to manage and store iOS device files like photos, contacts, etc. It is useful in backing up files on iOS devices that it can prevent them from losing accidentally. Now you can check step-by-step guide to learn how to transfer photos from external hard drive to iPhone on Windows 10.

1. Connect external hard drive to computer. Sign into iCloud/icloud drive with your Apple ID and password. If it is your first time to log in on the device, you will be required to enter verification code. Simply enter it to access iCloud Drive interface.

Sign into iCloud.com

2. Here are two methods to upload photos from external hard drive. First way is that you can simply drag photos from external hard drive to iCloud Drive. Second one is that you can click on the uploading icon and choose photos from external hard drive to upload.

click on the uploading icon

3. Now iCloud Drive already has photos you need. On you iPhone, start "Settings" on your iPad and go to " Apple ID > iCloud". Scroll down and locate "iCloud Drive". Toggle it on and iCloud Drive will be synced to your iPhone. In other words, you transfer photos from external hard drive to iPhone.

locate iCloud Drive

See, it's really easy. of course, here are also many ways to transfer Photos from iCloud to external hard drive.

Part 2: How to Transfer Photos from External Hard Drive to iPhone via iCloud official website

The alternative to iCloud Drive is via iCloud. iCloud is superior in backing up a variety of files like photos, mails, calendars, contacts and the like. You can download files from iCloud to computer or external hard drive or from iCloud to your iOS devices. Now check the following steps to see how to transfer photos from external hard drive to iPhone on Windows 10 via iCloud.

1. Insert external hard drive to your computer and log into iCloud via Apple ID and password. After you enter it, you come to iCloud interface. You will see different icons representing different contents.

different icons

3. Click on "Photos" to jump into "Photos" panel. There are different categories in the left sidebar. Choose the category including your photos you want to transfer and open it. After that, you can view photos in the right interface. Click the uploading icon to upload photos from external hard drive.

4. On your iPhone, go to "Settings > Apple ID > iCloud" and turn on "Photos". In this way, iCloud photos will be synced to iPhone.

turn on Photos

Part 3: How to Transfer Photos from External Hard Drive to iPhone via E-mail

Whenever you want to transfer files from one device to another device, you can look for email. Email allows you to transfer any kinds of files by attaching them to email to send to your friends. The following steps are introducing how to transfer photos from external hard drive to iPhone on Windows 10 via email.

1. Connect external hard drive to computer. Log into any email address you have. Here I would like to take Gmail as an example. Open Gmail and log into it with your email address and password.

2. Click on "COMPOSE" and enter the receipt address. Afterwards, choose "Attach a file" to upload photos from external drive. After attaching photos from the external hard drive, choose "Send".

Click on COMPOSE

3. On your iPhone, log into the receipt address and find the email to download the attachment to your iPhone. In this way, you transfer photos from external hard drive to iPhone.

Part 4: How to Transfer Photos from External Hard Drive to iPhone via Leawo iTransfer

With user-friendly and modern interface, Leawo iTransfer pitches itself as an all-in-one file management tool. It is used to transfer files like TV shows, contacts, photos, messages, etc. between iPhone, computers and iTunes. You can rely on this file to manage files on your iPhone. For example, you can delete some files you don't need or rename some playlists as you like. If you want to transfer photos from external hard drive to iPhone on Windows 10, I strongly advise you to give a shot at Leawo iTransfer.

iTransfer

Leawo iTransfer 

☉ Transfer files among iOS devices, iTunes and PCs with ease.
☉ Transfer up to 14 kinds of data and files without iTunes.
☉ Support the latest iOS devices like iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, etc.
☉ Play back, view, and delete data and files on iOS devices.

1. Plug external hard drive and iPhone to computer

Connect external hard drive and iPhone to computer. Open Leawo iTransfer and then it will automatically read iPhone and show iPhone library in the left sidebar.

Plug external hard drive and iPhone to computer

2. Add files from external hard drive

Navigate to "iPhone > LIBRARY > Photos" in the left sidebar and click "Add > Add File or Add Folder" at top middle. A window will pop out and you can choose photos on external hard drive to upload them and click on "Open". In a minute, those photos will be quickly uploaded to iPhone. In this way, you transfer photos from external hard drive to iPhone on Windows 10.

Add files from external hard drive

From the above 4 parts, you must have grasp the way to transfer Photos from external hard drive to iPhone, you could also have a look at how to transfer photos from iPhone to external hard drive Mac.