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How To Download MP3 onto iPhone: 4 Workable Methods

Axel Nash

Written By Axel Nash |

MP3 is the most widespread format for audio files, especially songs. Apple has its own AAC format for audio files, and most music software on Apple products also uses AAC as the default format. Normally, you can't download MP3 files on iPhone. So, if you are wondering how to download MP3 onto iPhone, multiple ways are available.

This article will discuss different ways of adding MP3 to Apple Music on iPhone with a step-by-step process for each method.

mp3 files to iphone

Part 1: How to Transfer MP3 to iPhone via iTunes

Apple to: Windows, macOS Mojave or previous versions

iTunes is the music platform in the Apple ecosystem which you can use to buy songs, movies, tv shows, etc. To transfer your MP3 Files using iTunes to your iPhone, you can follow the simple steps given below:

Step 1: Open the latest version of iTunes on your system and select "Add Files to Library" or "Add Folder to Library" from the "File" menu. Now select the MP3 files you want to transfer and add them to the iTunes library.

choose files or library option

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your system using a USB cable and wait for iTunes to detect and load your iPhone. The icon for your iPhone will appear in the top left corner.

Step 3: Select Music from the left sidebar and navigate to the "Sync Music" screen. Here choose the MP3 files and tap on "Apply" to send these files to your iPhone from iTunes.

add the mp3 files using itunes

Note: Using iTunes also allows you to add MP3 to Apple Music on your iPhone so you can play them on your default app.

Part 2: Add MP3 to iPhone via iCloud

Apple to: Windows, macOS

Another method to transfer MP3 to an iPhone is iCloud. It is the default cloud service of the Apple ecosystem, as all your iPhone backups are stored there.

Follow these steps to use iCloud Drive to transfer your MP3 files from your system directly:

Step 1: To start this process, please ensure the same iCloud account is on both your system and iPhone. On your system, open iCloud Drive and use the drag-and-drop method to transfer your MP3 files into it.

Step 2: Once you have moved your MP3 files to your iCloud Drive, navigate to the "Files" app on your iPhone. Here, you can play your newly transferred MP3 files on your iPhone.

access the files app

Part 3: How to Put MP3 onto iPhone via AirDrop

Apple to: macOS, iOS

AirDrop is another way to transfer MP3 files to your iPhone. Since AirDrop is an Apple product, it can only transfer MP3 files from Apple devices. When using AirDrop to transfer MP3 files to your iPhone, please ensure that Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled.

You can follow these steps to import MP3 to iPhone using AirDrop:

Step 1: On your iPhone, enable AirDrop from the "Control Center" and ensure that the AirDrop discovery is set to "Everyone" so everyone can see the device.

enable the airdrop feature

Step 2: Locate the MP3 file on your Mac and right-click on it to select "Share" and then "AirDrop." In the pop-up window, select your iPhone and then accept the MP3 file on your iPhone.

Part 4: Copy MP3 to iPhone With the Best Tool

Apple to: Windows, macOS, iOS, Android

While we have covered a few of the most common ways to transfer MP3 to iPhone, they all have shortcomings. iTunes is not available on the latest versions of macOS. iCloud Drive has a size limitation, and AirDrop only works in the Apple ecosystem. It means you need a phone transfer tool that can transfer MP3 files and other data between phones and between phones and computers.

Wondershare MobileTrans is the best phone transfer tool to transfer MP3 files to an iPhone from Mac, Windows, iOS, or Android in seconds. It supports all major platforms and brands. The interface of MobileTrans is user-friendly, and it reduces the transfer process of MP3 and other data to a few clicks.

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Steps to Transfer MP3 Files from Windows/Mac to iPhone

These are the steps you need to follow to transfer MP3 with MobileTrans:

Step 1: Launch the MobileTrans App

Open the MobileTrans app on your Mac or Windows and navigate to the "Phone Transfer" tab. Here you will need to choose the "Import to Phone" tool.

launch the mobiletrans app

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to Mac/Windows

Connect your iPhone to your Mac or Windows system and wait for the program to detect it. Now select the "Music" tab and click on Import to choose either the "Add Files" or "Add Folder" option. After that, choose the MP3 files you want to transfer.

connect iphone to mac and windows

Step 3: Complete the Transfer

Once you have selected the file, wait for them to get imported into your iPhone. Then, unplug your iPhone and enjoy the new music when the process is done.

complete the transfer

Note: You can also utilize the Phone to Phone feature to transfer MP3 files to an iPhone from any other smartphone.


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Axel Nash

Axel Nash

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