Transfer MP3, FLAC, APE to iPhone without iTunes and Jailbreak

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Julia Nash Jun 25, 2020

To transfer MP3 to iPhone is a hard nut to crack. Even though Apple devices are superb, the music management part is way too obsolete. Here’s how to copy MP3 to iPhone without iTunes.

Definitely, iPhone is a revolutionary device that changed the game. But besides a smooth way of making calls, it also holds an iPod inside. Apple also set the bar with its top-quality MP3 player. Everything is great except the music management part – iTunes.

Of course, iTunes is an awesome store for music. It’s great for podcasts. It’s an amazing music player. In the end, it’s too many things in one and this makes it a bit too overloaded. Taking that into account, you also need to use iTunes to transfer MP3 to iPhone for enjoying the music on the go.

How to Transfer MP3 to iPhone without iTunes [Video Tutorial]

It’s also clear that iTunes will not handle APE or FLAC, since those formats are officially “not supported” within the Apple ecosystem. Therefore, we recommend using the up-to-date best iTunes alternative – WALTR. Make sure to watch a quick video guide below:

Now, of course putting music in .mp3 & .alac (Apple Lossless) using iTunes shouldn’t be any trouble if all your PCs / Macs are synced with all your devices and hold the same music library. But what if you don’t? What if you want to transfer .flac or .ape music files into your iPhone?

This is not possible due to the limitations of music formats inside iTunes. In this article, we’ll show you how to transfer MP3, FLAC, APE to iPhone without iTunes. Without even launching it. Dream come true for Windows and Mac users.

The solution is WALTR. This is a famous iTunes alternative that lets you drag and drop absolutely any file to any iPhone, iPad, iPod ever created.

WALTR 2 was covered by Forbes here

How to Transfer Music to iPhone using WALTR (Step-by-step Guide)

Follow these 3 steps to successfully transfer MP3 to iPhone without iTunes:

Step 1. Download WALTR here & install it

WALTR is a MacOS & Windows app that you download it for free. There are no hidden fees or strings attached.

Requirements: macOS 10.9 and higher
Latest Version: 2.6.25, 13 December 2019
Requirements: Windows 8 and higher
Latest Version: 2.7.19, 14 November 2019
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Once you download the .dmg file, open it and drag into your applications folder. In case you’re using a Windows machine – all you have to do is complete the installation wizard process.

WALTR 2 is a slick solution to transfer FLAC to iPhone

This is a revolutionary tool to transfer MP3, FLAC, APE to iPhone without iTunes with a simple UI allowing you to put music on iPhone without worrying about syncing.

In case it’s a lossless format that iTunes doesn’t support, WALTR automatically converts it if needed and provides the best playback quality possible. Best of all –after the transfer, all your songs are available inside the iPhone’s native ‘Music’ app.

Step 2. Launch WALTR. And connect your iPhone

After launching the app, connect your iPhone to PC / Mac via USB. You will be prompt the next and final step – dropping the music files that you want on the iPhone.

This means that if you wish to transfer mp3 to iPhone without iTunes, you just need to drop the file into WALTR 2.

Connect your iPhone to your computer

In case, you’re unsure if WALTR is worth it. Here are the essential features that it holds:

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Julia Nash

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Drag and Drop Any Media to iPhone



With WALTR 2, you can wirelessly drag-and-drop any Music, Ringtones, Videos, PDF & ePUB files into iPhone, iPad or iPod without iTunes (Even files that aren’t supported by iTunes, such as FLAC and MKV).


Fully supports: MAC OS macOS & Windows Windows