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How to play mp3 on iphone (A How-to Guide)

Last Updated on February 23, 2022 by Kennedy

If you recently switched from android to iphone, you will find it quite difficult trying to figure out how to play mp3 on iphone. However, you shouldn’t get a headache over it as I will guide you through on how to listen to mp3 on iphone.

First, I want you to know that playing an mp3 song on android is very much different from iPhone. On android, you only need to download the mp3 file and use any mp3 music player to play the song but this is very much different on iphone.

Let me explain to you how to play mp3 on iphone.

How to play mp3 on iphone

To play mp3 on iphone, first you have to download the file, upload it to Google drive and then import the file into any mp3 app on your iPhone and then play the mp3 file.

The above is an initial explanation as I will detail a while process of on how to play mp3 on iphone. I can assure you that it shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes even when you don’t have a google account.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Google account 
  • Google drive app 
  • Offline music app
  • Cloud music player

These are the three requirements needed from you in order to play an mp3 music on your iPhone.

GETTING STARTED 

Now head over to Google account and create your google account which you will use for google drive or even any other Google services.

However, if you already have a Google account, kindly skip this process and head over to app store and download Google drive. Once you have done that, open the google drive app on your iPhone and sign in using your Google account.

Now is time to upload the mp3 file. Open the google drive app and tap on the plus button. You will see a list of available options which include upload buttons.

Mp3

Tap on upload button and locate the mp3 file on your iPhone. Tap on it and it will immediately upload the mp3 file straight to your google drive. 

If you have multiple mp3 files on your iPhone then you have to mark all of them and upload them to your Google drive account.

Once again open the app store, look for an mp3 app called Offline music and kindly download and install the app on your iPhone.

how to play mp3 on iphone

Once you have done that, oopen the offline music app on your iPhone and look below the app you will see list of options which includes import button.

how to listen to mp3 on iphone

Tap on import and on the next window tap on from cloud sources and select Google drive. Sign in and tap continue. 

Select your preferred Google account if you have multiple on your iPhone and it will open your google drive displaying files uploaded to your Google drive. 

Select all the mp3 files uploaded to your google drive and import them into the offline music app. Afterwards tap on tracks and you will see all the mp3 files you imported into the offline music app.

Now you can go ahead and play the mp3 files on your iPhone

Cloud music player

Cloud music player

This is another good quality app if you are looking for how to play mp3 on iphone. It works similar to offline music app above which you can import songs from cloud sources or transfer from your computer.

To get started, download and install Cloud music player and open the application.

Tap on sources, at first you will see Wi-Fi transfer but you have to tap on other sources and select Google drive.

It will open your google drive and display all the uploaded files in your google drive including the mp3 files. Select all the mp3 files and it will start to download all of them straight into the cloud music player app.

And that’s it. 

You are good playing mp3 files on your iPhone.

So these are the apps I use when it comes to how to play mp3 on iphone and there are other apps in the app store which you can explore and use for your mp3 files.

The methods I explained doesn’t require using iTunes in playing mp3 files on your iPhone and this is mostly what I use.

Now I will explain how to play mp3 on iphone with iTunes.

How to play mp3 on iphone with iTunes

To play mp3 on iphone with iTunes, first, you have to make sure that you have these requirements available with you;

  • A Mac or PC with the MP3 or AAC file and the latest version of iTunes installed.
  • A USB lightning cable which you will use to connect to your iPhone, or maybe an iTunes Match

Getting started, you’ll have to add it to your iTunes music library and this is pretty much easy to do. 

Open iTunes and go to the Music section (in the upper left) and then select Library. 

You have to Drag and drop the MP3 or AAC files you want to sync from Finder (or Explorer in Windows) into your music library. And That’s it! You should definitely see the music in all your iTunes music lists: Artists, Albums, Songs, and Genres.
 
To play the mp3 songs on your iPhone, you have to synchronize them to your iPhone and it is also very easy as well.
 
First, you have to make sure that  iCloud Music Library is enabled on the Preferences menu and also in the General tab.
 
Next is to right-click on the mp3 file you want to upload and if you’re uploading multiple mp3 files, kindly select all of them, and then right-click.
 
Lastly you have to select Add to iCloud Music Library. On your iPhone, open the music app and you’ll find the tracks you uploaded in your Library.

How to play mp3 on iphone without itunes

To play mp3 on iphone without itunes, you have to upload the mp3 file(s) to any of the cloud services like Google drive, Dropbox, Onedrive, etc and import the files straight into your iPhone using an of the offline mp3 apps.

I’ve already explained to you how to play mp3 on iphone with the above tutorial using the offline music app and the cloud music player as they don’t require iTunes. Mostly I play mp3 files on my iPhone using this method because it is way too easy for me to import the files into my iphone.

This is all I have for you when it comes to how to listen to mp3 on iphone with or without iTunes. It depends on the best method you prefer but for me I prefer to use any of the offline music app and upload the files straight into the app and from the app I play all my mp3 files.