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How to Transfer MP3 to iPhone in 7 Ways

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Here we present you with seven ways to add music to your iPhone, either from a PC or Mac. Whether you want to transfer MP3 to iPhone without iTunes or AirDrop MP3 to iPhone, you will know how to do it after reading this guide.

One of the things you do most frequently with your iPhone is probably listening to music with the device. But how do to get your favorite songs onto your iPhone? You may subscribe to Apple Music, buy songs or albums from iTunes Store, or, as introduced here, transfer music to an iPhone from a computer.

Then how to put MP3 on iPhone? Using iTunes to sync music to your iPhone is considered the default way to add MP3 files to your iOS device. However, it's not the only solution, neither the best one. Read on to learn all the possible ways to easily copy MP3 files to the iPhone, be it with or without iTunes.

Part 1. How to Transfer MP3 to iPhone from PC

If you are using a Windows computer and looking to add MP3 to the iPhone from the computer, follow one of the methods in this part to get things one.

Method 1. How to Transfer MP3 to iPhone Without iTunes

Also applied to: Audio files in M4A, M4B, M4P, M4R, RM, WAV, WMA, MDI, AAC format

You may prefer to transfer music to iPhone without iTunes. That's probably because iTunes will cause data loss on your iPhone or iPad by replacing the existing media files on your iDevice with the synced ones. Given that, we'd like to first introduce how to put MP3 on iPhone without iTunes.

To transfer MP3 to your iPhone without using iTunes, the easiest way for you is to use the iOS data transfer tool - EaseUS MobiMover. This tool can do many more things for you than enrich your iPhone music library. With it, you are able to:

Thus, whether you want to add music to your iPhone or back up MP3 files on your iPhone to a computer, it will help.

To put MP3 on iPhone without iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone/iPad to the computer and run EaseUS MobiMover.  Then go to "PC to Phone" > "Select Files".

how to transfer MP3 from computer to iPhone or iPad - step 1

Step 2. Select the MP3 files you want to add to your iPhone/iPad and click "Open" to continue.

how to transfer MP3 from computer to iPhone or iPad - step 2

Step 3. Click "Transfer" to start transferring MP3 files from your computer to your iPhone or iPad. When the process is done, open the Music app on your iPhone or iPad to check the transferred items.

how to transfer MP3 from computer to iPhone or iPad - step 3

Tips: If you need to, you can edit MP3 files before transferring. This is great if you want to get your boring default ringtones replaced by the song you love. 

Method 2. How to Add MP3 to iPhone with iTunes

If the music you want to transfer is stored in your iTunes Library, you may prefer to add music to your iPhone using iTunes. Even if the items are not in the iTunes Library, you can add the content to it and then copy MP3 to iPhone with the help of iTunes.

To sync music to iPhone with iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the PC/Mac. If iTunes doesn't launch automatically, double-click it to run the program.

Step 2. Click the device icon and click the "Music" option.

Step 3. Choose "Sync Music". In the popup, click "Remove and Sync" to continue.

Step 4. Select to sync the "Entire music library" or "Selected playlists, artists, albums, and genres". If you choose the latter, you need to manually select the playlists, artists, and albums.

Step 5. Click the "Apply" > "Sync" to start adding iTunes music to iPhone.

Step 6. When it has done, go to "Music" > "Library" > "Songs" on your iOS device to check the music.

How to add MP3 to iPhong using iTunes

Method 3. How to Add MP3 to iPhone with Dropbox

It's undeniable that cloud storage services are more and more popular. Such services not only allow you to enjoy music without downloading the files to save your device space by providing music streaming services but also enable you to share files across your devices. Thus, using cloud-based services like Dropbox, Amazon Music, Google Play Music could also help you transfer MP3 or other files to your iPhone from another device, be it a computer or mobile device. Let's take using Dropbox as an example:

To add music to iPhone with Dropbox:

Step 1. Download and install Dropbox on both of your devices and sign in with the same account.

Step 2. Upload the MP3 files to Dropbox from the source device.

Step 3. Open Dropbox on your iPhone and you will see the items you uploaded. You can access and download them to your iPhone according to your needs.

How to transfer MP3 to iPhone wirelessly

Method 4. How to Download MP3 to iPhone with Free Audio Downloader

Apart from transferring existing music files from a computer to your iPhone, you can also download MP3 to the iOS device from a music site directly with a free video downloader.

If you want to download MP3 to your iPhone using this way, the iOS data transfer tool introduced above - EaseUS MobiMover, could also help. As mentioned, it also serves the function of a video downloader, which is also applicable to download online audio files to a computer or iPhone/iPad using URL.

To download MP3 to iPhone using EaseUS MobiMover, you can refer to the guide on how to download music from SoundCloud for more details.

Part 2. How to Add MP3 to iPhone from Mac

While if you are a Mac user, the ways to transfer MP3 to iPhone slightly vary. Since both iPhone and Mac are Apple devices, there are three more tips for you to put MP3 on iPhone in addition to using the ways detailed above.

Method 1. How to Transfer MP3 to iPhone via Finder

On macOS Catalina and later, iTunes is no longer available for putting MP3 on iPhone. Instead, Finder does data syncing and device backups. Thus, if you are looking to transfer MP3 to iPhone from a Mac running the newer macOS, using Finder is your solution.

To add MP3 to iPhone via Finder:

Step 1. Connect the iPhone to the Mac with a USB cable and open Finder.

Step 2. In Finder, click your device and switch to the "Music" tab.

Step 3. Check "Sync music onto [your iPhone's name]" and choose to sync the "Entire music library" or "Selected artists, albums, genres, and playlists."

Step 4. Check the MP3 files you want to transfer and click "Apply" to start adding music to your iPhone.

How to put MP3 on iPhone

Method 2. How to Transfer MP3 to iPhone via the Music App

Apple has broken up iTunes into three apps since macOS Catalina, which are Apple Music, Apple Podcasts, and Apple TV. With the Music app, you are able to add MP3 to iPhone from a Mac.

To transfer MP3 to iPhone via Music:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the Mac and launch Apple Music.

Step 2. Unlock the iPhone and trust the computer.

Step 3. Make sure your iPhone is recognized by the Mac. Afterward, go to the "Songs" tab in Apple Music.

Step 4. Select the MP3 files you want to put on your iPhone. Then drag and drop the items onto your iOS device.

How to add MP3 to iPhone via Apple Music

Method 3. How to Put MP3 on iPhone Wirelessly with AirDrop

"How do I transfer MP3 to iPhone wirelessly?" many users asked. If you are one of them, why not try AirDrop? With AirDrop on, you can send files like photos, videos, music, contacts, and more between two AirDrop-supported devices. To use AirDrop, you will need to make sure that both your iPhone and Mac are within the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range, then turn on AirDrop on your iPhone and the Mac. 

To transfer MP3 to iPhone via AirDrop:

Step 1. Locate the MP3 file you wish to export on your Mac.

Step 2. Right-click it and select "Share," then choose "AirDrop."

Step 3. In the pop-up, select your iPhone.

Step 4. Click "Accept" on your iPhone to receive the MP3 file.

How to transfer MP3 to iPhone with AirDrop

You can also choose to transfer music from iPhone to iPhone via AirDrop. (Notes: Using AirDrop only transfers the song information, not the music file.)

To AirDrop MP3 from one iPhone to another:

Step 1. Turn on Airdrop on both of your devices.

Step 2. Go to the "Music" app, and find the mp3 you want to send.

Step 3. Tap it to play, then you can see the "Airdrop" button in the middle at the bottom.

Step 4. Tap the "Airdrop" icon and choose the name of the target iPhone.

Step 5. Tap "Accept" on the other iPhone to start transferring music to your iPhone.

How to add MP3 to iPhone without iTunes

Using AirDrop to put music on iPhone is convenient but you may encounter issues like AirDrop not working. If you can't use AirDrop to transfer MP3 to your iOS device successfully, use one of the alternative tips to get things done.

Part 3. Other Solutions to Put MP3 on iPhone

In addition to transferring MP3 to iPhone from another device like a computer, an iPhone, an Android phone, and more, you can also add MP3 to your iPhone directly on the device by downloading music on iPhone.

To download mp3 on iPhone, you can either buy an Apple Music subscription or purchase music from the iTunes Store. Both methods are helpful to enlarge your iPhone music library.

The Bottom Line

Now you basically know all the workable ways to add music to an iPhone. You can apply these methods to put audio files in other formats on your iPhone or put music on an iPad/iPod Touch. Carry out one of the tips above to transfer music to your iPhone with ease.

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