How to Download MP3 Files to an iPhone

by Si Kingston ; Updated September 28, 2017

The Apple iPhone is a mobile phone. The device also incorporates the features of the Apple iPod, making the iPhone a multimedia player. iPhone users can download their favorite images, video, and music to the device. To download your mp3 files, you can utilize the iTunes software. iTunes is a media management software produced by Apple for the iPhone and the iPod family of devices.

Launch the iTunes software. If you don't have iTunes, you can download it from the iTunes website.

Connect your iPhone to the computer using the USB sync cable. The iTunes software will recognize the device and list the device in the left pane of the iTunes interface.

Select iPhone in the left pane. Once iPhone is selected, the iTunes software will be ready to sync your music and enable other options as it pertains to the device itself.

Select the Summary and Music tabs in the main window to configure your audio sync settings. In Summary, you can select "Manually Manage Music and Videos." Or if you prefer to allow iTunes to automatically sync tracks added to the iTunes Library to your iPhone, select the Music tab and select "Sync Music."

Create a new playlist to add your songs to. Go to your File menu at the top of the interface, and select New Playlist. Your new playlist will be added underneath your iPhone device in the left pane. To name your playlist, click on the words "untitled playlist" and use your Backspace or Del key to remove the text and then type in your preferred playlist name.

Select the playlist that you want to add your mp3 files to. This will open up the playlist (and any contents) into the main window in the iTunes interface.

Drag your mp3 files from your computer, and drop them into the playlist window. The mp3 files will automatically sync to the iPhone.

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About the Author

Si Kingston has been an online content contributor since 2004, with work appearing on websites such as MadeMan. She is a professional screenwriter and young-adult novelist and was awarded the Marion-Hood Boesworth Award for Young Fiction in 2008. Kingston holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College.

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