Create MP3 Playlist on iPhone - How To Do It?

Why is it so difficult to create a playlist from MP3 files on iPhone? If you did not load these onto the iPhone via the Music App, the Finder (Mac) or iTunes (PC), but via direct download or via AirDrop, you can only implement the automatic playback in the desired order via detours. Or am I doing something wrong? Maybe you can leave me a simple solution as a comment. Until then, I'll present you my work-around for listening to an audio book that a friend recorded and made available to me as an MP3. I used the Documents app from Readdle for this. 

Create an MP3 Playlist on iPhone - How To Do It? If you want to play downloaded audio files from the files app as a playlist, you will find a work-around here. Create mp3 playlist in iphone documents

Create an MP3 Playlist on iPhone - How To Do It? If you want to play downloaded audio files from the files app as a playlist, you will find a work-around here.

How to Not Make an MP3 Playlist on iPhone

A friend of mine read in a book as a hobby project and saved the resulting recordings as MP3 files - one chapter each as a file. I was able to download them to my MacBook via a cloud service. From there I chose the shortest route to the iPhone: AirDrop. The individual files landed in the files app on the Apple smartphone via wireless technology. And then? I had to play them one by one. Because although there is a file list in the integrated (and extremely minimalist) player of the iOS Files app, it does not serve as a playlist / playlist. 

You can use the iOS files app to select individual MP3 files and start their playback. The other files in the source folder are then displayed in a list (symbol at the bottom right of the player), and you can select them for playback. But it doesn't work automatically.

You can use the iOS files app to select individual MP3 files and start their playback. The other files in the source folder are then displayed in a list (symbol at the bottom right of the player), and you can select them for playback. But it doesn't work automatically.

After trying things out on the music app and looking at the settings, I finally asked DuckDuckGo. With different searches like Create MP3 playlist on iPhone and How to create mp3 playlist on iphone or iPhone MP3 files played as a playlist I've slowly given up believing in a native solution. Because all I found were guides and instructions on how to transfer MP3 files from Mac or PC to iPhone. But I had already done that. The individual sources were silent about the next step, namely the proper reproduction.

How to Make MP3 Playlist on iPhone

Now you can come to terms with the native solution and name the successive files for proper sorting (Chapter 1, Chapter 2, etc.) and always select the next one from the folder list after playing a file. But if you are doing housework, jogging or walking, doing a craft or puzzle or just don't want to look at your smartphone, then that's not a good solution. What you need is an MP3 playlist on the iPhone, which automatically skips to the next track when the previous one is over. I found a provisional solution in Readdle's Documents App.

Yes, I also checked the VLC Player App for the possibility of an MP3 playlist. But either the VLC app on iOS is limited to the music or iTunes library as well as own downloads or I'm too stupid to use it. So I turned to Documents, an app that we Already presented in 2017 had. At that time mainly for handling ZIP folders on the iPhone and iPad. With the Documents app from Readdle you can do even more: for example open and edit PDF files as well as various audio files (aac, .aif, .aifc, .aiff, .amr, .au, .l16, .m3u, .m4a , .m4b, .m4p, .mp3, .pcm, .wav and .flac).

The possibilities of the Documents App from Readdle are also limited. However, you can use it to create an MP3 playlist on the Apple iPhone with automatic playback of all tracks. Unfortunately, there is no naming or saving option, which is why there is always only one (the current) playlist.

The possibilities of the Documents App from Readdle are also limited. However, you can use it to create an MP3 playlist on the Apple iPhone with automatic playback of all tracks. Unfortunately, there is no naming or saving option, which is why there is always only one (the current) playlist.

The Pro version, which should be turned on when you start the app for the first time, can safely be ignored. Simply select the first tab "My files", tap on "Files" and search for the folder in which the desired MP3 files are located. Now you can choose one of them and play it back. If you repeat these steps and select the next title (for me chapter 2), it will be added to the playlist - and so on. This is cumbersome, but in the end you created an MP3 playlist on the iPhone. This remains when you exit and restart the app. Unfortunately, it cannot be saved as a playlist file.

Readdle Documents Download: Free in the Apple App Store

Which iPhone app to use to create MP3 playlists from the files?

The above work-around was sufficient for my purposes. I wanted to assemble an audiobook from different chapters and then listen to it without having to re-select each title for playback. But what if I want to save the MP3 playlist on the iPhone, give it a name and maybe also a picture? Do you know a solution for that? How do you bypass the very annoying restricted Apple ecosystem for using files on the iPhone? Or is there only the way via the music app and the synchronization of the files as part of the music library? Feel free to leave your experiences as a comment! :)

-
Do you like my blog? Then I would be happy to receive a short review on Google. Easy leave something here for a moment - that would be great, thank you!

7 comments

  1. peter v. says:

    Maybe not the whole solution, but room to experiment: The pineplayer exports playlists in .ppl format. I only have a single playlist in iTunes, but pineplayer either displays it directly or I can export it and re-import it under "My Playlists".

  2. Denis says:

    Can you create an m3u playlist file on the Mac and then use it in Documents if the mp3 files are in the same folder?
    Or can you even create this file with Documents? Basically nothing more than a txt file.

    • Nikita from Readdle says:

      Hello Denis! The music player in Documents takes the contents of a folder as a playlist, so we recommend creating folders for music or other audio files - this can help you better organize the files in the app and arrange them in playlists. For example, you can create a Travel Music folder for the music you enjoy listening to when you travel.

      Files in folders are sorted by name (A to Z) by default and played in that order. However, there are three ways to arrange the queue:

      1. Organize files by name, date, or size
      Open the required folder in Documents.
      At the top, tap….
      Choose the preferred option and enjoy the music.
      2. Mix audio files
      Documents allows you to mix audio files in a folder so that they play in a random order. To play audio files in random order, do the following:

      Open the required folder in Documents.
      Tap any title to activate the media player.
      Tap the Player tab at the bottom, then tap the Shuffle button.
      3. Queue files
      You can also manually queue songs to suit your mood and create temporary "playlists" (the queue will remain until you close the player). To arrange the queue, do the following:

      Tap any title to activate the media player.
      At the bottom, tap the Player tab.
      Select the next track at the bottom of the player.
      Drag the three lines next to a song to the desired position in your queue.

  3. Tim says:

    It is very convenient to create playlists on iPhone with CopyTrans Manager from PC. The program is free and has garnered many good reviews on the net!
    https://www.copytrans.de/copytransmanager/
    The program can also be used to add the songs to iPhone.

    Here is a guide on how to add playlists: https://www.copytrans.de/support/erstelle-wiedergabelisten-iphone-ipad-ipod-touch/

    • Jens Kleinholz says:

      That's right, but the article here has deliberately limited itself to finding a solution that only works with the iPhone - without an additional Mac or PC.

Leave a Comment

Your e-mail address will not be published. Required fields are marked with * .