How To Play MP3 Files On An iPhone?

On an iPhone, most inbuilt apps are created mainly by Apple. This includes Apple Music. The Apple Music app is made explicitly by Apple to download, stream and search for music online. Using the Apple Music app is very convenient as you can effortlessly search and access your favorite jams, but Apple charges a fee for using all the features and benefits of this app.

If you don’t want to pay any money to listen to your favorite music, there are multiple ways to play mp3 files on your iPhone. In this guide,  I’ll show you how to use these methods to play mp3 files without paying a dime.

Use of Third-party Apps to Play MP3 Files on an iPhone

Apart from the Apple Music app, multiple apps specialize in playing audio files for free. Examples of offline music apps are VLC player, Infuse, Boomplay and Dropbox. You can use file manager apps like Xender, Documents, and File Manager.


The Xender app is an app that is used to transfer files from one device to another. It also has a media player that opens both video and audio-type files. 

Follow the steps below to use the Xender app to play audio files.

1. Go to the App store. Search and download the Xender app if you don’t have it installed on your phone.

Go to the App store.

2. Ensure that your audio files are saved on your iPhone. 

3. After installation, open the app. 

4. Tap on the Player tab at the bottom of your screen. 

Tap on the Player tab at the bottom of your screen

5. Here all audio files on your iPhone are displayed here. So you can select and listen to any mp3 of your choice. 

All audio files on your iPhone are displayed here

You can also apply these apps to similar media player apps. 


Another method is to send the audio file to your email address and listen to the files through the email’s file player. 

Alternatively, you can sync your audio files to your Google Drive. 

You can sync your audio files to your Google Drive

You can listen to the audio files here via Drive’s file player.

You can listen to the audio files via the Drive's file player

FAQs On How to Play Mp3 Files on iPhone

How do I play my mp3 files on my iPhone?

After opening the audio on your iPhone, double tap on it to play the file. If you don’t use the Apple Music app, add the files to your local music player or iTunes app. 
You can also sync your mp3 miles to your other iOS devices.

Is there an app to play mp3 on iPhone?

Of course, there is. The VOX mp3 & FLAC Music Player. 

This app is especially recommended for iOS devices like your iPhone, iPad and MacBook. It supports audio formats like FLAC, APE, WAV, ALAC, MP3, WMA, OGG, etc. 
Additionally, you can access your Apple Music, Spotify, and SoundCloud music libraries from the VOX app. 

How can I play mp3 on my iPhone without iTunes?

You can do this in three easy ways. 
1. Send music from your personal computer to your iPhone with the professional iOS transfer app.

2. Download music files to your iPhone using Google Play Music Manager.

3. Send music files from your computer to your iPhone via Dropbox.

How do I put MP3 files on your iPhone 2022?

Link your iPhone to a computer through a USB cable.
Make sure you trust the computer and its owner to prevent the transfer of harmful files and viruses.
After your iTunes recognize your iPhone, tap on the Device tab.
Tap on Music, then tap on Sync Music.
Next, choose your MP3 files and click on Apply.

Why do some mp3 files not play?

If your mp3 files fail to play on your iPhone or any other mp3 player, this could be caused several reasons stated below.
– Corrupted due to incomplete download.
– The headers would be truncated.
– There might be vulgar language at the start or end of the song.
– Unsupported file format etc.

Subscribe to the Apple Music app

If you want to pay monthly subscriptions for using the Apple Music app, you can install other media player apps that can play mp3 files offline for free. 

I hope you found this guide useful. Thanks for reading. You may also like our other article on How to Add Someone To A Group Text iPhone?

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