[2 Ways] How to Download MP3 from iCloud to iPhone/iPad

Want to download MP3 music from iCloud to iPhone/iPad but don’t know how? Here in this guide, you can get two ways to download MP3 from iCloud to your iPhone/iPad.


By Demi / Updated on May 31, 2024

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I have some MP3 files on my iCloud account, How do I download them and play them on my iPhone. I have iTunes on my PC and can play songs on it. Please help me, and any help will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Have you ever deleted songs on your iPhone or iPad by accident, or lost music due to system glitches? Re-downloading the MP3 music files from iCloud is a good choice to resolve the issue. This guide will give you two methods to make it.

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Way 1. Download iCloud MP3 files on iPhone/iPad directly

The MP3 files you purchased using your account can be re-downloaded to your iPhone/iPad from the iTunes Store app. The following steps will tell you how to download MP3 from iCloud to iPhone in detail.

Step 1. Go to the iTunes Store app on your iPhone/iPad > Click Purchased at the bottom of the screen. Different from the version of the iTunes Store app you’re using, you may need to tap More and choose Purchased.

Step 2. Tap Music > Choose Not on This iPhone > Tap on each category to location the MP3 files you’d like to download > Click Download All or the arrow next to the songs to get all the wanted MP3 files from iCloud to your iPhone/iPad.

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Way 2. Download iCloud MP3 to iPhone/iPad using iTunes

You can also rely on iTunes to get music from iCloud to iPhone, which requires you to download the MP3 files to iTunes on your computer, then transfer MP3 to iPhone. Please make sure your computer has the latest version of iTunes installed, and follow the steps below to download iCloud MP3 to iPhone/iPad.

Step 1. Run iTunes on your computer > Sign in with the account you used to purchase the songs.

Step 2. Go to the Store page > On the right side of your iTunes screen, go to Purchases > Click Not in My Library to view your purchased MP3. Then, click the arrow icon to download music from iCloud.

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Step 3. Connect your iPhone/iPad to computer with USB and wait for your device to be recognized by iTunes.

Step 4. Click Music from the side bar > Select the MP3 files you’d like to play on iPhone/iPad > Click Apply to send them to your iPhone/iPad.

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What if the iTunes sync function doesn’t work properly or the sync process takes a long time? You can utilize the data transfer tool introduced in the next part to transfer iTunes library to iPhone without syncing.

Bonus: How to transfer music from computer to iPhone without iCloud/iTunes

If you also want to get MP3 files that are saved on computer but not in iCloud transferred to your iPhone/iPad, you can try the professional iOS data transfer software - FoneTool, which helps transfer not only songs, but also photos, videos, and contacts from computer to iPhone, iPhone to computer, iPhone to iPhone.

What can FoneTool do for you:
• Offline and fast transfer process. The transfer process isn’t influenced by the network condition since FoneTool provides you with an offline transfer process. You can transfer 100 pieces of songs in minutes.
• More music sources. With FoneTool, you can transfer both purchased and non-purchased music among iOS devices and computer no matter where the MP3 files come from. For example, you can transfer music from CD to iPhone with it directly.
• Selective and preview transferred files. You can be free to browse the files on your computer and choose the wanted songs as well as other files to transfer to your iPhone.

Prepare the MP3 files on your computer and follow the simple steps below to transfer music from computer to iPhone without iCloud or iTunes.

Step 1. Download and install FoneTool on your computer. Connect your iPhone to computer with a compatible USB cable. You may need to tap Trust on your iPhone if it is the first time to connect.

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Step 2. Run FoneTool and click Phone Transfer  > Mouse over to PC to iPhone and click Start Transfer.

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Step 3. Click any area of the box to add MP3 files from your computer. You can also drag and drop wanted files from computer to the box.

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Step 4. After adding all wanted MP3 files into the box, click the Start Transfer button to send the music to your iPhone.


When the transfer process is complete, unplug your iPhone from the computer. Now, you can play the MP3 files on your iPhone.


That’s all for the two ways to download MP3 from iCloud to iPhone/iPad. If your device is under a stable Wi-Fi connection, you can directly download MP3 on your iPhone. You can also rely on the sync function in iTunes to get wanted MP3 files on iPhone/iPad.

To get more music tracks on your device, you can let FoneTool, the powerful data transfer tool, transfer non-purchased music to iPhone easily. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.