How do I transfer music from Android to iPhone using share it?

Transferring files between Android and iPhone devices can be a challenge since they use different operating systems. Android has over 70% of the global smartphone market share, while iPhones make up around 30% ( With so many people using both types of devices, a seamless way to share files between the two platforms is needed. An application called ShareIt allows Android and iOS users to transfer music, photos, videos, documents and more between devices quickly and easily.

This guide will provide a step-by-step overview of how to use ShareIt to transfer music files from an Android device to an iPhone. It will cover installing the app, setting up connections between devices, locating music files on the Android device, selecting files to transfer, starting the file transfer process, checking for music file compatibility, and accessing the transferred music files on the iPhone. Following these instructions can help Android users seamlessly migrate their music library when switching to an iPhone.

What is ShareIt?

ShareIt is a popular file sharing app developed by Lenovo. According to the ShareIt Wikipedia page, ShareIt was first released in June 2013. It allows users to transfer files between devices without using an internet connection. The app utilizes WiFi Direct or Bluetooth to transfer files between devices that are on the same network.

Some key facts about ShareIt:

  • Free peer-to-peer file sharing app
  • Works between Android, iOS, Windows devices
  • Does not require internet connection or mobile data
  • Transfers files at up to 20Mb/s
  • Trusted by over 2 billion users worldwide

ShareIt quickly gained popularity as a simple way to share files and content between devices. According to the Google Play listing, it has been downloaded over 1 billion times on Android alone. The app continues to add new features such as content streaming, gaming, and chat.

Installing ShareIt

To start using ShareIt to transfer music between Android and iPhone, the first step is to download and install the ShareIt app. ShareIt is available for free download on both the Google Play Store for Android and the App Store for iPhone.

To install ShareIt on an Android device, open the Google Play Store app and search for “ShareIt.” Tap the ShareIt icon to open the app’s page. Tap “Install” to download and install the app. The app will download and you’ll be prompted to accept any required permissions.

For iPhone, open the App Store and search for “ShareIt.” Tap the ShareIt app result to open its page. Tap “Get” and then “Install” to download and install the app. You may be prompted to sign in with your Apple ID or approve the installation if you have restrictions enabled.

Once installed, you can open ShareIt and it will guide you through any additional first-time setup steps.

Setting Up ShareIt

To transfer music files from your Android device to an iPhone using ShareIt, you first need to install and set up the ShareIt app on both devices. ShareIt allows direct file sharing between Android and iOS devices over a local WiFi network without needing an internet connection.

On your Android device, download and install the ShareIt app from the Google Play Store. On the iPhone, download ShareIt from the App Store. Make sure you are installing the official ShareIt app on both devices.

Once installed, open the ShareIt app on your Android device. Tap on the profile icon in the top left corner and select “Connect to iPhone”. This will make your Android device discoverable to iPhones for sharing.

Next, open ShareIt on your iPhone and select “Receive”. The app will search and display any Android devices in the vicinity that have ShareIt installed and connectivity enabled. Select your Android device name to connect the two apps.

You may be prompted to verify the connection by accepting a request on the Android device. Accept it to complete the pairing. Your Android and iPhone are now connected over the same WiFi network and ready for wireless file sharing through ShareIt.

Locating Music Files

On Android devices, downloaded music files are typically stored in the “Music” or “Downloads” folder, depending on your settings. To locate your music library on Android:

  1. Open the File Manager app on your Android device.
  2. Navigate to Internal Storage or SD card.
  3. Look for a folder called “Music” or “Downloads.” Your downloaded music will likely be stored there by default.
  4. You can also use the search function within File Manager to search for audio files like .mp3 across your device.

If you cannot locate your downloaded music files on your Android device, they may be stored in a non-standard location depending on your music player app settings. You can use a file recovery app like iMyfone D-Back to scan all locations and recover disappeared music.

Selecting Music to Transfer

When using ShareIt to transfer music from an Android device to an iPhone, you will need to select which songs or playlists you want to move over. ShareIt allows you to browse all the music files stored locally on your Android device and choose either individual tracks or entire playlists to transfer.

To select music to transfer:

  1. Open the ShareIt app on your Android device and select “Music” from the menu.
  2. Browse and navigate your music library. You can go through by artist, album, song, playlist, etc. Tap on songs or playlists to select them.
  3. Use the checkboxes to select either individual tracks or entire playlists that you want to move to your iPhone.
  4. You can select multiple songs/playlists at once – just check all the boxes of content you want to transfer over.

ShareIt makes it easy to see your music organized on your Android device and choose exactly which content you want to send to your iPhone. Be selective and only transfer needed songs/playlists to save transfer time.

Starting the Transfer

Using ShareIt to transfer files from an Android device to an iPhone is an easy process once you have both devices set up properly. Here is a step-by-step guide to starting the file transfer:

  1. Open the ShareIt app on both your Android device and iPhone. Make sure Bluetooth is enabled and both devices are connected to the same WiFi network.
  2. On the Android device, navigate to the music files you want to transfer. You can find these in folders like Music, Downloads, Ringtones, etc. Tap the files and folders to select them.
  3. In ShareIt, tap the “Send” or “+” icon at the bottom of the app. This will bring up a share menu.
  4. Select the iPhone from the list of nearby devices that pops up. Tap it to start sending the selected music files.
  5. The transfer process will now start. Depending on your connection, number of files, and file sizes, it may take a few seconds or minutes to complete.
  6. Once finished, you will get notified on both devices. The music files will now be available in the “ShareIt” folder on your iPhone.

According to this source, ShareIt can reach transfer speeds of up to 20 Mbps which is 200 times faster than Bluetooth. This makes it well-suited for transferring multiple music files quickly between devices.

Music File Compatibility

The iPhone supports common audio formats like MP3, AAC, ALAC, FLAC, and WAV (source). However, Android devices may use other formats like OGG or M4A that are not natively supported. Therefore, you may need to convert the audio files before transferring them.

Some popular audio conversion tools include Format Factory, Audacity, and ffmpeg. You can also use online converters. The key is to convert the Android audio files into a format fully supported by iOS, like MP3 or AAC (source). This will ensure the transferred files will play properly on your iPhone.

One format to watch out for is CAF (Apple Core Audio Format). While the iPhone can technically play CAF files, there are often issues getting them to play correctly (source). It’s best to avoid this format when transferring from Android. Stick to more universal formats like MP3 instead.

Accessing Transferred Music

Once the transfer of music files from your Android device to iPhone using ShareIt is complete, you will need to access those files to enjoy listening to your music. It is important to know how to find the transferred music files on iPhone.

The built-in Apple Music app will contain any songs synced from your iTunes library and music purchased from Apple. However, music transferred from another device will not automatically appear in the Apple Music app, but they will be available in the Files app, where all files on your iPhone and from other devices are accessible.

To find transferred music files in the Files app:

  • Open the Files app on your iPhone
  • Select “Browse” on the bottom tab
  • Browse to the “On My iPhone” section, then select the “ShareIt” folder or other folder where you transferred the music files into

From there, the music files should be organized. Tapping on a music file will give you the option to open it in another compatible music player app, like VOX.

Having a 3rd party music player app like VOX installed on your iPhone allows you more features to listen to your music collection, like audio format support, equalizers, playlists, and more.


In summary, transferring music from an Android device to an iPhone using ShareIt is a straightforward process. The key steps are:

  1. Install and set up ShareIt on both devices
  2. Locate the music files on the Android device and select the tracks to transfer
  3. Initiate the wireless transfer process within the ShareIt app
  4. The music files will be compatible as long as they are common audio formats like MP3 and AAC
  5. Access the transferred music in the ShareIt folder or using the iOS Music app

A few additional tips:

  • Make sure both devices are on the same WiFi network during transfer
  • ShareIt transfer speeds can vary greatly depending on WiFi signal strength
  • On iPhone, check Apple Music app categories like “Recently Added” to quickly find transfers

Using ShareIt, transferring music and other media from Android to iPhone is quick and convenient without needing a computer. As long as compatible file formats are used, ShareIt makes shifting your music library to a new iPhone easy.

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