[Guide] Transfer FLAC Files to iPhone & Play them on iPhone

To enjoy FLAC files on iPhone, you may need to transfer FLAC files to iPhone first. Try the way mentioned in this guide. If needed, you can also learn how to play FLAC files on iPhone.


By Demi / Updated on June 9, 2023

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Transferring and playing FLACs to iOS

Hello there. I’m quite new to iOS and I want to know if there’s any way to easily transfer FLAC files from an Android or PC to my iPhone X running the latest iOS. Is there an app I can use? I tried using iTunes, but it doesn’t always work, and it takes forever to convert a lot of files.

- Question from Apple Community

You may hear of FLAC files before, but have no clear idea about them exactly. If you’re interested in FLAC and want to enjoy music in FLAC format on your iPhone, this guide must be worth reading. Get detailed information about how to transfer FLAC to iPhone and play them on iPhone now.

FLAC Format Music

Overviews of FLAC files

FLAC, which is short for Free Lossless Audio Codec, is an audio coding format for lossless compression of digital audio. The FLAC is similar to MP3 but lossless, which means the audio is compressed in FLAC without any loss in quality.

The FLAC supports not only audio data but also cover art, fast seeking, and tagging. Therefore, the FLAC files may be better than some other formats for editing applications.

[Simplest] Transfer FLAC from PC to iPhone

You may find it difficult to transfer .flac files to iPhone with iTunes even if you used to transfer iTunes library to iPhone. Indeed, iTunes allows you to listen to music in FLAC format, but you cannot directly add FLAC to iTunes library, let alone transfer it to iPhone. Therefore, the only way you can do it is to seek help from third-party tools.

Here FoneTool is highly recommended to you. It provides you with an easy and quick way to transfer FLAC files to iPhone without iTunes.

Features and advantages of FoneTool
• Powerful transfer services. It supports transferring FLAC from iPhone to iPhone, computer to iPhone, and vice versa. Even if the FLAC files are saved on an Android device, you can rely on it to transfer music from Android to iPhone.
• Preview and selective transfer process. You can free to browse and choose the FLAC files that you’d like to transfer to iPhone.
• Multiple formats of files supported. Besides FLAC format, music in other formats like MP3, WAV, M4A, AIFF, etc., photos, and videos are also supported.
• No data loss. During the transfer process, there’s no harm to the previous data on your iPhone. In addition, the quality of the transferred files won’t be decreased.

Click the icon below to get the powerful tool on computer and follow the steps below to transfer FLAC from PC to iPhone.

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > Tap Trust if your iPhone asks you > Run FoneTool and click Phone Transfer option on its main interface > Go to PC to iPhone transfer.

Transfer To iPhone

Step 2. Click Music icon > Click the add icon > Locate the folder in which FLAC files are saved > Choose the files you’d like to transfer > Click Open to continue.

Choose Music

Step 3. Click Start Transfer. Wait for the transfer completing and you can have a check on your iPhone.


Please don’t be frustrated if you find the FLAC files cannot be played in Apple Music on iPhone. FLAC is supported by iPhone, but the FLAC files can only be audible through the Files app. To play FLAC files on iPhone like what you do in Apple Music, you may need instructions in the next part.

How to play FLAC files on iPhone

Although it’s kind of tricky to play FLAC files on iPhone, you can download player applications on iPhone that can deal with FLAC. Here VLC for Mobile will be introduced in detail. You can also try other apps like FLAC Player, VOX, etc.

Step 1. Download VLC for Mobile from App Store and install it on your iPhone.

Step 2. Scan your media library with the VLC for Mobile app > When the scan is finished, all FLAC files on your iPhone will appear in the All Files category.

Step 3. To play FLAC files, Click All Files from the sidebar > Pick a FLAC audio file and tap on its title.

Play FLAC In VLC App


That’s all for how to transfer FLAC files to iPhone and how to play them on iPhone. Although Apple devices and services don’t let you transfer and play FLAC, you could seek help from third-party tools. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.