[2 Ways] How to Add MP3 to iPad without iTunes

This guide will show you how to transfer MP3 to iPad, including the method to add MP3 to iPad without iTunes.


By Lena / Updated on June 8, 2023

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Nowadays, transferring music from computer to iPad is not a difficult task. Whether we download songs from iTunes or from other websites, we can use iTunes to transfer them to the iPad. However, in some cases, using iTunes for music transfer is not as easy as you might think.

For example:

iTunes only allows users to pair one device with one computer, which makes it difficult to transfer MP3 from your PC to your friend’s iPad.
In addition, iTunes is full of various errors and the transfer may fail for no reason. So you can’t transfer music to iPad from iTunes.
What’s worse, the sync will cause data loss. It will help you sync selected songs to iPhone, however, the existing songs on the device will be deleted.

Fortunately, iTunes is not the only way for MP3 to iPad transfer. Here in this guide, we will show you how to add MP3 to iPad without iTunes. Whether you want to transfer MP3 to iPad with the USB cable or wirelessly, you can find the way here.

How to Add MP3 to iPad without iTunes

Here are 2 ways that can help you transfer MP3 from PC to iPad without iTunes. Choose Way 1 if you want to copy MP3 to iPad via USB cable; choose Way 2 if you want to transfer MP3 to iPad wirelessly.

Way 1. Add MP3 to iPad without iTunes but via FoneTool

FoneTool is one professional iOS data management tool for Windows computers. It can help users backup data, transfer data between iPhone/iPad and computer, transfer data between two iDevices.

● Transfer between Different Accounts. It lets you add MP3 files to iPad from any computer.
● No Data Erasing. It will only put MP3 files on iPad and all content on your device will remain 100% safe.
● Easy and Fast. With the clear and user-friendly design, you can complete the transfer in only a few clicks.
● Widely Compatible. Support all iPad models, including the latest iPad Pro 2022, iPad 10th.

It’s only a matter of a few clicks to transfer MP3 to iPad Music app. Below are the detailed steps.

1. Download FoneTool and install it on PC.

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2. Launch the tool and connect iPad to computer via the USB cable.

3. Choose Phone Transfer option on the home interface. Go to PC to iPhone and click Start Transfer.

Transfer to iPhone

4. Click the add icon to choose the MP3 files or you can drag and drop music from computer to the box.

Choose Music

5. Finally, click Start Transfer to add MP3 to iPad.


As mentioned before, FoneTool also supports transfer from iPhone to computer. If you want to transfer music from iPad to computer, you can click iPhone to PC option to make it.
In addition, FoneTool has one mobile app that can help you transfer data from iPhone to iPhone wirelessly. You can go to App Store to download FoneTool and let it help you share MP3 songs, photos, videos or other data in Files app with friends.

Way 2. Add MP3 to iPad without iTunes but via iCloud Drive

If you want to transfer MP3 to iPad wirelessly, you can take advantage of iCloud storage services like iCloud Drive, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. to do so. However, please note that the transferred songs cannot be added to Apple Music.

There is no option for you to add MP3 to Apple Music on iPhone directly. If you want to move MP3 to Music app, please refer to Way 1. If you are OK with that, then follow the steps below to transfer MP3 to iPad.

Below are the steps to transfer MP3 to Apple Files app.

1. On computer, open a browser and go to iCloud.com.

2. Sign in with your Apple ID and passcode.

3. Choose iCloud Drive > Here we create a new folder named “MP3”.

4. Click the Upload button > Choose the MP3 files and wait.

Upload MP3 to iCloud Drive

When the upload is complete, you can go to the iPad to check the MP3 files.

Open Files app > Choose iCloud Drive > Tap MP3 folder and you will see the MP3 files. You can tap it to play the song. If necessary, you can tap the three-dots icon to select the files and copy them to other places or share them with others.

Check MP3 in Files App

How to Transfer MP3 to iPad with iTunes

To transfer MP3 to iPad using iTunes, you should first add MP3 files to iTunes library and then sync the songs to iPad. Please note that the sync will erase the existing songs on the iPad. If you do not want to lose any songs on iPad, you can refer to Way 1 of this guide.

1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes.

2. Launch iTunes and plug in iPad.

3. Click File and select Add File to Library or Add Folder to Library to add the MP3 files to iTunes library.

Add File to Library

If it does not work, you can go to this Fix Can't Add MP3 to iTunes Library guide to get solutions.

4. Click Device tab.

5. Click Music >Select the MP3 files and then click Apply to send them to your iPad.

Sync MP3 with iTunes

Final Words

That’s all about how to transfer MP3 to iPad. If you want to add MP3 to iTunes without iTunes, you can let FoneTool help you copy MP3 to iPad directly or let cloud storage services help you move MP3 to iPad wirelessly.

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