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Sending an MP3 File To An iPhone From Mac

The MP3 file format has been the preferred and most popular file format for music files in the past couple of decades and while Apple’s line of iPhones have been the most popular smartphones in the world, they still do not natively support transfers of the MP3 format very easily. As a result, Apple developed the M4A file format which was initially created to be MP3’s successor by producing a higher quality output but at the same bit rate. As a result, it is still the main and only audio format available when purchasing or downloading songs from the iTunes Store. However, the good news is that there are a few alternative methods, by which a Mac user can transfer an MP3 file to their iPhone and this article, should prove to be the handy guide you’ve been so desperately searching for.

1. Using Mac’s Music App To Transfer

In the event that you would like to transfer an MP3 son to your iPhone, then Apple’s music app is usually the first choice. The application replaced iTunes in the macOS Catalina software update and still uses the same user interface as it’s predecessor did. To successfully transfer your MP3 files, all you have to do is:

  1. Connect your iPhone via a USB
  2. Open The Music App
  3. Check That Your iPhone Appears On The Sidebar
  4. Head To Your Library
  5. Select The Songs You Want To Transfer
  6. Drag And Drop Them Onto Your iPhone

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2. Using Mac’s Finder to Sync Music

Back in the day, iTunes used to be the only way to transfer music from Mac to iPhone. However, with the new macOS system updates, Apple is now allowing users to easily transfer these files using the normal Finder window. You can also use the Finder window to remove any music or other media files from your mobile device. You can easily accomplish this by:

  1. Connect your iPhone via a USB
  2. Open the Finder window and click on your iPhone
  3. Select Manage Storage
  4. Switch to Songs
  5. Drag and drop the tracks from your Mac

On this note, you can also use the finder method to transfer files to external storage devices using a usb-c to sd card adapter. However, when it comes to transferring to iPhone, if you prefer a more seamless method, you will have to utilise a third party app instead.

3. Using A Third Party Application

Learning how to transfer MP3 music files from your Mac to our iPhone is very essential information to know. However, there are also a number of other various functions that you need, that involve transferring files between your Mac and your iPhone besides MP3’s. This includes functions like; backing up files, sending videos and photos, transferring data etc. It is for this reason that utilising a third party app like AnyTrans, can come in handy. It is a very useful alternative to iTunes, in that it allows users to easily transfer any files or data between devices in a much more simpler fashion than most.

For one, the application ensures that all your devices are in sync, while also backing up all your data. This includes data from third party apps like Whatsapp. Additionally, it’s very useful in downloading files, eg. MP3 directly from many websites, which eliminated the need t even use your Mac to transfer music files, for instance. You can check out the app’s user interface below.

4. Using Cloud Storage To Transfer MP3 Files

For those of you who may prefer a much more straightforward way, without having to sync your music, you can always utilise a cloud storage service like Dropbox to transfer your audio instead. Using this method is a fairly simple process and it is pretty much the same as utilising the Finder, as all you have to do is simply drag and drop the files into the cloud storage service section. You can then open the iPhone application for eg. Dropbox, to download the files. The only issue with this method is that you are someone who makes use of multiple cloud storage apps, then this can become a rather tedious process.

5. Transfer Audio Files Using Airdrop

Another method you can use to share the music files is to utilise Apple’s proprietary file sharing service, Airdrop. It is native on all iPhone, iPad, Mac and iMac devices and uses both WiFi and Bluetooth to send files with no size limits. Additionally, if you have several music files stored externally, you can always use a microsd to usb 3.0 adapter to send the content to your Mac, then use Airdrop to send them to your iPhone. Airdrop can be used by following the steps in the image below. 


In summary, there are many options to choose from when trying to transfer an MP3. You can either utilize the native Music app, your Finder Window or Airdrop to send the files from a MacBook to an iPhone device. The choice is yours!

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