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How to play local music stored on your iPhone or Mac


phone with music

In the digital age, streaming services have revolutionized the way we consume music. Yet, there's something undeniably magical about the collection of tunes we've lovingly curated over the years - the cherished local music stored on our Macs, PCs, or external drives. It's the soundtrack of our lives, brimming with nostalgia and personal meaning. And the good news is, your iPhone and Mac can be the perfect stage for this musical treasure trove.


In this era of wireless connectivity, you might think that playing local music on your iPhone and Mac has become a lost art. Not so! Whether you're itching to relive the memories associated with your carefully crafted playlists or simply want to enjoy your unique collection without relying on the internet, this guide will show you the way.


Over the course of this post, we'll explore the techniques and tools that will enable you to seamlessly play your local music on your iPhone and Mac. From transferring your music library to your device to utilizing versatile media players and apps, you'll discover how to turn your Apple devices into your personal concert hall for the melodies that matter most to you.


So, if you're eager to unlock the potential of your iPhone and Mac as the ultimate vessels for your local music journey, let's embark on this harmonious adventure together!


Step 1: Getting Started with Evermusic (for Standard Audio Formats) or Flacbox (for Lossless Music)


To begin your journey into the world of local music on your iPhone and Mac, start by installing either Evermusic (for standard audio formats like mp3 and wav) or Flacbox (for lossless music in dsd and flac). Both of these apps are available for iOS and MacOS, and you can download them for free.


For iOS:

Evermusic: Download Here

Flacbox: Download Here


For Mac:

Evermusic: Download Here

Flacbox: Download Here


evermusic on the app store

Step 2: Playing Local Files Located on Your Device


Once you've installed the application, open the "Local Files" screen and scroll down to the "Files on this iPhone" section. From there, choose "Open files..." if you need to select several audio files or "Open folder..." if you want to pick a music folder. The app will scan the folder's content, and all found audio files will be selected.


evermusic local files screen

On the next screen, tap the "Browse" item on the bottom tab bar and scroll to the "Locations" section. Select the "On My iPhone" menu item.


system files picker

Navigate to your music folder and tap "Open" to confirm the current folder selection.


music folder content

Alternatively, if you chose "Open files..." initially, select the files you want to open and tap "Open" to confirm your selection.


selected audio files

After tapping "Open," a full-screen audio player will appear, and the files will be added to the player queue. These files will be played directly from the selected location without being copied to the application bundle. If you prefer to copy files to the application every time you open them, navigate to "Settings" - "File manager" - "Copy files during opening" and select "Always copy files during opening."


audio player

Step 3: Adding a Folder Located on Your Device to Favorites for Quick Access


You can simplify the process by adding a folder located on your device to your favorites. This way, you won't need to repeat the steps above every time you want to play music. To do this, open the "Local Files" screen and scroll to the "Quick access" section. Tap "Favorites" to access the "Favorite files" screen.


favorites, recents, quick access section

Tap the more actions button (represented by three dots) in the top right corner and select the "Add folder" menu item.


add favorite folder

Tap "Files on this iPhone" to open the system file picker.

select folder for favorites

Navigate inside the folder containing your audio files and tap "Open" to confirm your selection.

files picker

Your folder will be added to "Favorite files," providing you with quick access to your music.

folder added to favorites

Step 4: Importing Local Files Located on Your iPhone to the Music Library


If you want to do more than just play audio files located on your iPhone or iPad and prefer to organize them within your Music library, follow these steps:


1. Open the "Music library" screen.

music library screen

2. Tap the three dots button at the top right corner and select "+ Add music."


more actions menu for music library

3. On the next screen, select the "Local files" menu item.


local files chooser

4. Scroll down to the "Files on this iPhone" section and tap "Open files..."


open files section

5. Select the files located on your device and tap "Open" to confirm your selection.


selected audio files



Step 5: Adding Local Files Located on Your iPhone to a Playlist


To add local files located on your device to a playlist, follow these steps:


1. Open the "Playlists" screen.

2. Tap the more button in the top right corner.

3. Select "+ New playlist" from the menu.


more actions for playlist

4. Enter a name for your new playlist.


create new playlist - enter a name

5. On the next screen, select the "Local files" option.


add songs to playlist - select sources

6. Scroll down to the "Files on this iPhone" section and tap "Open files..."


local files chooser screen

7. Select the audio files you want to add and tap "Open" to confirm your selection.


selected audio files

8. The files will be added to a playlist, and you can change the song order and perform other actions using the more button in the top right corner.


playlist with local files screen



With these simple steps, you can unlock the full potential of your iPhone and Mac as the ultimate platforms for enjoying your cherished local music collection. Say goodbye to the limitations of streaming services and rediscover the magic of your personally curated playlists and songs. Your musical journey is just a few taps away!

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