Browse your GarageBand for iOS songs

Use the My Songs browser or the Files app to browse and manage your GarageBand songs and audio files on your iPhone or iPad.

In iOS 11, the My Songs browser in GarageBand works together with the Files app to keep your songs up to date across all your iOS devices. To browse your songs when you have a song open:

  • On your iPhone, tap My Songs icon, then tap My Songs.
  • On your iPad, tap My Songs.

My Songs browser in Browse view

Browse songs

To browse locations where you've stored songs, tap Browse in the My Songs browser—you might have to tap more than once. In the Browse menu, tap a location to open it in the browser. Locations can include your device and iCloud Drive.

You can also browse your songs by doing any of the following:

  • To see songs you’ve opened recently, tap Recents.
  • To look for a specific song, tap in the Search field at the top of the window, then enter all or part of the name of the song.
  • To sort songs by different criteria, tap Name, Date, Size, or Tag. 
  • To view the documents as thumbails or a list, tap View-as-list icon.
  • To see the documents that share a tag, tap a tag in the Browse menu.

Organize your songs with folders and tags

You can keep your songs organized by creating folders and storing songs in them. To create a folder:

  1. Tap Browse in the My Songs browser then tap a location. 
  2. Swipe down, then tap Create new folder icon.
  3. Name the new folder, then tap Done.
  4. To create a new song in that folder, open the folder, then tap Create Document. GarageBand automatically saves the song in that location until you move it.

You can also use tags to organize your songs and audio files. Tags make it easy to quickly find the song or other file you need.

Tag a song

  1. Tap Select, then tap the document thumbnail so a checkmark appears on it.
  2. Tap Share on your iPad, or tap Share icon on your iPhone, then tap Add tag icon.
  3. You can select an existing tag, or create your own. To create your own tag:
    • Tap Add New Tag.
    • Enter a name for the tag and select a color.
    • Tap Add Tag. You can tag documents with the new tag, and the tag also appears in the Browse menu.

Manage tags

  1. Tap Browse to open the Browse menu, then tap Edit.
  2. Tap the name of an existing tag.
  3. Then enter the name of your new tag.
  4. Tap Done.

Manage songs

You can share, move, copy, and delete songs in the My Songs browser or the Files app. Tap Select, tap the document thumbnail so a checkmark appears on it, then tap the option you want at the bottom of the screen.

  • To share a song, tap Share on your iPad, or tap Share icon on your iPhone, then choose how you want to share the song.
  • To copy or move the song to another folder or location, tap Move on your iPad, or tap Move icon on your iPhone, select the new location, then tap Copy or Move. If you’re copying songs between locations from iCloud Drive to your device, a copy of the song remains in the original location.
  • To delete a song, tap Delete on your iPad, or Trashcan icon on your iPhone.

Work with audio files

If you want to use audio files in GarageBand for iOS 2.3, use iTunes File Sharing on your Mac or PC to add them to your iOS device. Then, access the files from the GarageBand File Transfer folder on your iOS device.

To add audio files to your device using iTunes File Transfer:

  1. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  2. Connect your iPad or iPhone to your computer using the USB cable that came with your device.
  3. Click your device in iTunes. Get help if you can't find it
  4. In the left sidebar, click File Sharing.
  5. Select GarageBand, then drag files from a folder or window onto the Documents list to copy them to your device.

If you’re upgrading to GarageBand for iOS 2.3 and have existing audio files on your device, GarageBand automatically moves the files to the GarageBand File Transfer folder after upgrading. 

Add audio files to your song

After you've added the audio file to the GarageBand File Transfer folder, you can them add the audio file to your song.

  1. Open GarageBand on your iOS device, and open the song you want to add an audio file to.
  2. If necessary, tap Tracks view icon to open the song in Tracks view.
  3. Tap Loops browser icon to open the Loops browser. If a dialog appears asking if you want the files moved to the GarageBand File Transfer, tap Move Files.
  4. Tap Audio Files, then drag the file to the Tracks area in GarageBand.

Add audio files from a third-party cloud service

If you want to add audio files saved in a third-party cloud service or another location, copy them to the GarageBand File Transfer folder using the Files app.

  1. Open Files app, then tap Browse.
  2. In the Browse menu, tap the location where the file is stored, then locate the file.
  3. Tap Select, then tap the file so a checkmark appears on the file.
  4. Tap Move, tap On My [device], then tap the GarageBand folder.
  5. Tap the GarageBand File Transfer folder, then tap Copy. You can now add the file to your song using the Loops browser in GarageBand.

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