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How to Download YouTube Videos to MP3 on iPhone and iPad

How to download YouTube videos to MP3 to your iPhone and iPad in the most convenient way? Many people want to download and convert YouTube videos to MP3 on iPhone/iPad so that they can enjoy free music offline anywhere.

Updated Jul 30,2020 | by Bennie

Question: "How to download YouTube to MP3 iPhone because there is a piece of background music in a YouTube video that sounds very good. I really want to store it on my portable device!"

Sometimes we may find a YouTube video that contains a really enchanting and beautiful soundtrack. In this case, we are wondering whether there is a way to extract the MP3 audio to play on portable devices such as iPhone and iPad. Here we will give you two methods to download YouTube videos to MP3 to iPhone/iPad.

Download YouTube MP3 iPhone

Method 1: Download YouTube Video to MP3 with Online Video Downloader

With iOS 13, you can easily download files with Safari. If you are using iOS 12 or the previous version, you can also use this trick to download files on iPhone easily. With that being said, you can download YouTube music videos online using your iPhone. 

There are various kinds of video downloading sites for download YouTube MP3 iPhone appearing after typing the related keywords on Google search engine, for example, Flvto YouTube to MP3 Downloader.  They are totally free and simple and it just requires several clicks to download a video. Here, I am going to illustrate how to download YouTube videos to MP3 with the example of Flvto step by step.

Step 1

Go to the site of Flvto, copy and paste the link of the YouTube video you want to download to the box of “Enter the link of the media”.

YouTube to MP3 iPhone

Step 2

Select MP3 as the output format and then click on CONVERT TO to start the conversion process. In several minutes the video conversion will be finished. Then, you can click on Download. But here comes the problem. The downloading process is as slow as a snail! I have to wait at least 40 minutes before a 4-minute video download gets completed which is definitely unacceptable. Um…I must confess I also noticed a sexy pop-up ad with a link to an Asian adult movie site when I used Flvto for the first time.


Step 3 

Install iPhone transfer software, like IOTransfer or its AirTrans App for iPhone/iPad, to easily transfer your downloaded YouTube MP3 to the Music app on your iOS device. IOTransfer allows you to drag and drop to transfer music to your iPhone Music library. 

IOTransfer is a versatile and practical iPhone data transfer/backup program that can help you move your iPhone files including photos, videos, music, and contacts across different iDevices and PC.

>>Also read - How to Wirelessly Transfer Videos between iPhone and PC over Wi-Fi


As shown above, online downloading sites are comparatively inconvenient. The downloading speed dramatically relies on your network condition. Some online service are filled with pop-up ads. Servers can get frequently crashed due to ineffective maintenance.

Up to now, I think you must be wondering whether there is a faster and safer method to download online videos. You can check out the method 3 below.

Method 2: Convert YouTube to MP3 on iPhone without PC

If you are an iOS 13 user, you can find the Shortcuts app on your iPhone or iPad, which can be used to download YouTube to MP3 on your iOS device. If you are an iOS 12 user, you can free download it from AppStore. 

After that, get this shortcut to download YouTube Video as MP3 on your iPhone. You can simply copy the YouTube video URL and run this shortcut. If you are using the YouTube app, you can also run this shortcut from the share sheet.

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When the download is complete, you can choose to save the downloaded audio to Files or Open it with another app. If you choose to save to Files app, then you can open the Files app and navigate to iCloud> Shortcuts > Music to find the downloaded audio. As you run this shortcut, you can also select to save YouTube videos directly to your iPhone Camera Roll. 

However, you cannot add the MP3 files downloaded by Shortcuts to the Music app. If you want to download and transfer the downloaded YouTube MP3 to your iPhone Music app, check the third method. 

Method 3: YouTube Videos to MP3 and Add to Music App - Faster & Safer

Apart from being an iPhone transfer software, IOTransfer is also an all-in-one video downloader & converter. It provides a more guaranteed way to download videos to MP3 from mainstream sites like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc. at a faster speed, while retaining the original quality. What's more, the downloaded file in MP3 can be directly transferred to iPhone.

Free download IOTransfer now to enjoy movies and videos offline on your iPhone.

Watch: How to Download YouTube Videos to MP3 with IOTransfer

Step 1 Start the Program

Install and launch IOTransfer, connect your iPhone to PC and wait till it's recognized. If the notification "Trust This Computer" pops up, tap on "Trust" to continue the process.


If your device can't be recognized, please disconnect the USB cable from your PC and plug in again or restart the program.


Step 2 Download the Video - Skip This Step If You've Already Downloaded One

Click on "VIDEOS" at the top of the interface. In the opened window, paste the link to the YouTube video onto the blank field beside "URL:", preset a download path in "Download Location" and then, click on "Download"


Step 3 Begin Video Conversion

After the video download is finished, click on "Converter" in the list on the left. Add the downloaded video and select MP3 as the output format. Tick off the tiny box before "Automatically transfer the converted video into your iOS device". Lastly, click on "Convert Now".


With IOTransfer, You can also convert YouTube to WMV , AVI, FLAC, and so on.


A Comparison Chart for online Video Downloaders and IOTransfer

Since we've already introduced 2 powerful tools for YouTube to MP3 iPhone, the chart below may help you have a better understanding of the difference between online video downloaders and IOTransfer. You can choose the one which fits you best by referring to the comparison below

Online Video DownloaderIOTransfer
No pop-up ads
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Download videos to PCcheck_16x16.pngcheck_16x16.png
Download videos to iPhonecross_16x16.pngcheck_16x16.png
Customer servicecross_16x16.pngcheck_16x16.png

Which one is better? By comparison, you can see IOTransfer gives more choices when using and is more user-friendly for newbies. More importantly, it can automatically add your downloaded MP3 files to your Music app, which is great if you are trying to download YouTube Music Videos as MP3. 

Bottom Line

Pretty clear right? Similarly, you can use the same method to download videos from Vimeo, Metacafe and other online video sites to whatever formats you want. If you have further questions about YouTube to MP3 iPhone, always feel free to contact our team.

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