How to save an MP3 or AAC file to iPhone/iPad

Although it seems that legal music services like Apple Music or Spotify are becoming more popular on iOS platform, but there are still plenty of reasons that you store MP3 or AAC files on your hard drive. For whatever reason, you have your favorite MP3 or AAC audio files and you want to add them to your iPhone or iPad to listen to, the first thing you have to do is transferring them. Here’s how you do that.


Before you get started, here’s what you’ll need.

  • Prepare a Mac or Windows PC containing MP3 or AAC files and install the latest iTunes version on it.
  • Prepare a USB lightning cable for your iPhone/ iPad connection. Besides, you can also choose an Apple Music or iTunes Match subscription.


How to add the file(s) to your iTunes library

Before adding the MP3 or AAC file(s) to your iPhone/iPad, you’ll first need to add it to the iTunes music library. Fortunately, the process is very simple.

  1. Launch iTunes app on your computer
  2. Click on the Music section, which is in the upper left and then choose Library at the top.
  3. Now, drag and drop MP3 or AAC files that you want to sync with iTunes from Finder in Mac (or Explorer in Windows) into your music library.

That’s all! You will now see the recently added music in your iTunes music lists, including Artists, Albums, Songs, and Genres. You can then play these tracks directly in iTunes.

Also read: 5 best free music apps for your iPhone

How to sync the music to your iPhone/ iPad

The simplest way to move the music to your iOS devices is using your iCloud Music Library. If you use Apple Music or iTunes Match service, you will be able to store 100,000 of your own songs, and access them from any device signed into your Apple ID.

  1. Make sure to enable iCloud Music Library. Next, go to Preferences menu locating at the menu bar under iTunes on (Mac) or Edit on (Windows).
  2. In the General tab, enable iCloud Music Library for your Apple ID.
  3. Now, right-click (or Control-click) on the song you want to upload. If you choose to upload multiple tracks, simply select them all first, and then right-click on them.
  4. Click on Add to iCloud Music Library.

That’s all you need to do. Once you open the Music app on your iPhone/iPad, you’ll see the songs you uploaded in your Library.

In case you don’t have Apple Music or iTunes Match, there is still one way to move the songs to your iPhone/iPad that is using USB. To do so

  1. Connect your iOS device to your Mac or computer via a USB cable, and then open iTunes. If necessary, enter your lock screen passcode so that iTunes can access your iPhone/ iPad.
  2. Choose your device, which is a small icon in the upper left.
  3. In your iPhone screen, click on Music on the left, and then ensure the Sync Music checkbox is ticked on. You can sync all your music, or simply choose playlists, artists, or genres.
  4. Click on Apply in the lower right corner to start syncing your music.

When your iOS device finishes syncing, you will see all your music in the Library of your Music app.

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