How to Save MP3s to an iPhone From an Email

by Will Conley Google
A Consumer Electronics Show 2011 vendor bumps tunes on an iPhone boombox.

A Consumer Electronics Show 2011 vendor bumps tunes on an iPhone boombox.

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The iPhone lets you open and listen to MP3s sent as email attachments, but not to save songs directly to the music app on your iPhone. To move songs that were sent as email attachments onto your iPhone, you must first download them on your computer and then sync via iTunes.

Step 1

Open your email account using the Windows or Mac computer that houses your iTunes library.

Step 2

Open the email to which the MP3 file is attached.

Step 3

Download the MP3 file to your computer hard disk. Take note of the file name and folder location on the hard disk.

Step 4

Open iTunes.

Step 5

Click "Add File to Library" if you are on a Windows machine, or "Add to Library" if you are on a Mac.

Step 6

Search for and select the MP3 file you downloaded in Step 3, then click "Open."

Step 7

Connect your iPhone to your computer via a Universal Serial Bus (USB) dock connector and synchronize.

About the Author

Will Conley's writing has appeared in print and online since 1999. Publication venues include Salon.com, SlashGear.com, National Journal, Art New England, Pulse of the Twin Cities, Minnesota Daily and ThisBlogRules.com. Will studied journalism at the University of Minnesota. He is working on four fiction and nonfiction books.

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