How to Transfer MP3 to iPhone Running iOS 18/17/16/15/14/13 or Earlier

January 03, 2020Nicole Jones

MP3 is one of the most popular music formats for iPhone, though Apple devices work better with AAC. However, MP3 offers some benefits as well, such as reasonable audio quality and not require too much space. More importantly, MP3 is supported by practically any gadget. That may be why you wish to transfer MP3 to iPhone or iPad.

Of course, iTunes is still an approach to achieve it, but it has been dead on Mac. Therefore, this article will tell you the easiest ways to put downloaded MP3 music to your iPhone from computer without iTunes.

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Part 1: Easiest Ways to Transfer MP3 to iPhone without iTunes

iTunes is not the only option to add MP3 music to iPhone from your computer. It is a good way to manage your music library but not a MP3 transfer. Fortunately, you have more options to do the job.

Method 1: Transfer MP3 to iPhone with MobieSync

Aiseesoft MobieSync is one of the best replacements of iTunes. It overtakes the disadvantages of iTunes and simplifies the process of transferring MP3 between iPhone and computer or another mobile device.



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  • Transfer MP3 music between iPhone and computer in one click.
  • Preview MP3 files on iPhone before and after transferring.
  • Encode audio files according to your iOS device automatically.
  • Not interrupt existing music on your iPhone.
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Briefly speaking, it is the easiest option to add MP3 files to iPhone from your hard drive.

How to Transfer MP3 to iPhone with MobieSync

Step 1. Connect iPhone to computer

When you expect to transfer MP3 to your iPhone, get the file transferring software installed on your computer. Next, connect your iPhone to your computer with the Lightning cable. Once launch the software, your iPhone will be detected and scanned. This software is available to all iPhone running iOS 18/17/16/15/14/13 or earlier.

Tip: For iOS 13/14, you need to enter your iPhone passcode to establish the connection.

Connect iPhone iPod

Step 2. Manage audio files on iPhone

After iPhone scanning, the files will be organized by types. Select Music from the left sidebar to display all audio files on your iPhone. If your handset has limited space, you can select unwanted music and hit the Trash icon on the top ribbon to delete them.

Manage Music iPhone

Step 3. Add MP3 to iPhone

When you are ready, locate the desired folder or playlist under the Music tab. Expand the Plus icon on the top menu bar and select Add File(s). Then find the MP3 files you intend to copy to iPhone and confirm it. Wait for a few minutes. You will see the MP3 files appear on your iPhone.

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Method 2: Transfer MP3 to iPhone Using FoneTrans

FoneTrans is another popular file transferring software for iPhone. You can use it to manage files, such as MP3 music, videos, pictures and documents without iTunes.



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  • Add MP3 to iPhone from your computer simply.
  • Keep the original audio quality while transferring MP3.
  • Improve the performance by physical connection.
  • Compatible with iPhone 15/14/13/12/11/11 Pro/XR/XS/8/7 or earlier.
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How to Transfer MP3 to iPhone Using FoneTrans

Step 1. Get the best MP3 transfer

Once you install the MP3 transfer for iPhone on your PC, launch it. There is another version for Mac. Then plug your iPhone into the computer with the USB cable. If you are using iOS 13 or above, enter your passcode.

Connect iPhone

Step 2. Preview music files on iPhone

The software is able to scan all files on your iPhone after connection. Then go to the Music tab from the left hand column. Now, you can preview all music and playlists on your device.

Manage Music iPhone

Step 3. Add MP3 to iPhone

Locate the top ribbon, hit the Plus icon and select Add File(s). In the open-file dialog, navigate the MP3 files you wish to add to iPhone, select them and confirm it. When MP3 to iPhone transferring is done, quit the software and disconnect your iPhone. Now, you can enjoy your music on your handset.


Part 2: Transfer MP3 to iPhone with iTunes

iTunes is still the official tool to put MP3 to iPhone from PC or Mac. If you already have iTunes on your computer, follow the steps below to get it.

Method 1: Put MP3 to iPhone Automatically

Step 1.
Run iTunes, and select Add File to Library in the File menu. Then add the desired MP3 files into iTunes library.
Add File to iTunes Library
Step 2.
Use the Lightning cable to link your iPhone and computer. Then click the Device icon at the upper left side.
Step 3.
Select the Music tab under Settings section, check the box next to Sync Music.
Apply Sync Music
Step 4.
When prompted, click Remove and Sync. Now, select Entire music library or just the MP3 files you want to add to iPhone. Finally, click the Apply or Sync button to start adding MP3 to iPhone.

Method 2: Transfer MP3 to iPhone Manually

Step 1.
Also, hook up your iPhone to the computer, and start iTunes.
Step 2.
Click the Device icon, head to the Summary tab from the left side and check Manually manage music and videos.
Manually Summary Setting
Step 3.
Open an Explorer window and locate the folder that contains the MP3 files. For avoiding duplicated songs, you should delete iTunes duplicates before adding to iPhone.
Select all desired MP3 files, and drag and drop them to the Music tab under Device section. After MP3 to iPhone transferring, close iTunes and disconnect your iPhone.
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Note: iTunes cannot transfer copyright protected MP3 files to your iPhone and you have to purchase them from iTunes Store.


Now, you should understand how to transfer MP3 to iPhone from your Windows or Mac computer. Listening to music is a good way to relax after daily work. However, it is expensive to subscribe Apple Music or purchase music from iTunes Store. Aiseesoft MobieSync is able to meet all your need of adding MP3 to iPhone. On the other hand, FoneTrans is another alternative solution of iTunes. More questions? Please leave a message below.

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