GarageBand for iOS (iPhone, iPod touch): Share GarageBand songs

Share GarageBand songs

You can share a song as a GarageBand project or as an audio file. You can share GarageBand songs to SoundCloud or to another app on your iPhone. You can send a song in an email, share to nearby devices using AirDrop, or use it as a ringtone.

GarageBand supports sharing extensions. If you have an app with a sharing extension on your iPhone, you can share songs to a social network or other service.

You can also import a GarageBand for iOS song using iTunes. Because GarageBand for Mac offers features and functionality not found in GarageBand for iOS, you can’t import a GarageBand for Mac song to GarageBand for iOS.

In Logic Pro and GarageBand for Mac, you can share a special GarageBand for iOS-compatible version of your project to iCloud. You can add, edit, and arrange new tracks in GarageBand for iOS. When you reopen the project in Logic Pro or GarageBand for Mac, the new tracks are added to the original project.

Send a song to iTunes

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, tap the song you want to share, tap the Share button Share button, then tap Song.

    After you tap Song, you can add the artist, composer, and title information. You can also choose the audio quality and an image for the audio file.

  2. Tap Share, tap Save to Files, locate and tap the GarageBand folder on your iPhone, then tap Add.

    A stereo audio file is saved to the GarageBand folder on your iPhone.

  3. Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes on your computer.

    Your connected iPhone appears as an icon in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window.

  4. Select the icon for your iPhone, click File Sharing in the sidebar under Settings, then click GarageBand in the Apps list.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • Drag the song from the GarageBand Documents list to the Finder.

    • Click the song, click Save As, navigate to the location where you want to save the song or folder, then click Save.

GarageBand projects in the GarageBand folder on your iPhone also appear in the GarageBand Documents list in iTunes. Save them to your computer, as described in Step 5.

You can open a GarageBand project in GarageBand on your Mac, or play the audio file in iTunes on your computer. You can’t open a GarageBand project on a Windows computer.

Send a song to iTunes using the GarageBand File Transfer folder

GarageBand uses the GarageBand File Transfer folder in the My Songs browser to store audio files that you can import into GarageBand songs or use with other music apps. You can save the GarageBand File Transfer folder to your computer to create a backup or to use with other apps.

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, tap the song you want to share, tap the Share button Share button, then tap Song.

    After you tap Song, you can add the artist, composer, and title information. You can also choose the audio quality and an image for the audio file.

  2. Tap Share, then tap iTunes.

    A stereo audio file is saved to the GarageBand File Transfer folder.

  3. Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes on your computer.

    Your connected iPhone appears as an icon in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window.

  4. Select the icon for your iPhone, click File Sharing in the sidebar under Settings, then click GarageBand in the Apps list.

    The GarageBand File Transfer folder appears in the Documents list.

  5. Do one of the following:

    • Drag the GarageBand File Transfer folder from the GarageBand Documents list to the Finder.

    • Click the GarageBand File Transfer folder, click Save As, navigate to the location where you want to save it, then click Save.

Send a song in an email

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, tap the song you want to share, tap the Share button Share button, then tap Song.

    After you tap Song, you can add the artist, composer, and title information. You can also choose the audio quality and an image for the audio file.

  2. Tap Share, then tap Mail.

    A new email is created with the song as an attachment.

  3. In the email, tap the To, Cc/Bcc, and Subject fields to edit the recipients and the subject of the email. To choose recipients from your Address Book, tap the Add Recipient button.

  4. Tap the body of the email to edit the message text.

  5. When the email is ready, tap Send.

    You can’t send the email until you add at least one recipient.

Send a song using Messages

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, tap the song you want to share, tap the Share button Share button, then do one of the following:

    • Send a stereo audio file: Tap Song, then tap Share.

      After you tap Song, you can add the artist, composer, and title information. You can also choose the audio quality and an image for the audio file.

    • Send a GarageBand project: Tap Project.

  2. Tap Message.

  3. Choose a recipient for the message. You can also add message text.

  4. When the message is ready, tap the Send button Share button.

    You can’t send the message until you add at least one recipient.

Send a GarageBand song to the Clips app

You can add your GarageBand song to videos you create with the Clips app. If Clips isn’t installed on your iPhone, download it from the App Store.

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, then tap the song you want to share.

  2. Tap the Share button Share button, then tap Song.

    You can add the artist, composer, and title information. You can also choose the audio quality and an image for the audio file.

  3. Tap Share, then tap Copy to Clips.

    The Clips app opens and shows a list of projects.

  4. Tap the project you want to add the song to.

    If the video project in Clips doesn’t contain imported audio, the song is added to the project. If the project already contains imported audio, you’re given the choice to replace it. To replace the imported audio, tap Replace.

    Important: Replacing imported audio can’t be undone.

  5. Tap Done.

Open a song in another app on your iPhone

You can open a GarageBand song in iMovie or another app on your iPhone. The app must be compatible with the “Open in” feature.

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, tap the song you want to share, tap the Share button Share button, then do one of the following:

    • Send a stereo audio file: Tap Song, then tap Share.

      After you tap Song, you can add the artist, composer, and title information. You can also choose the audio quality and an image for the audio file.

    • Send a GarageBand project: Tap Project.

  2. Tap Open in...

    A list shows apps that can open the song. If there are no compatible apps on your iPhone, the list is empty.

  3. Tap the icon of the app you want to open the song in.

Import a GarageBand for iOS song

You can use iTunes to import a GarageBand for iOS song that was made on another iOS device. Because GarageBand for Mac offers features and functionality not found in GarageBand for iOS, you can’t import a GarageBand for Mac song to GarageBand for iOS.

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer and open iTunes on your computer.

    Your connected device appears as an icon in the upper-left corner of the iTunes window.

  2. Select the icon for your iPhone, click File Sharing in the sidebar under Settings, then GarageBand in the Apps list.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • Drag a song to the GarageBand Documents list.

    • Click Add, navigate to the location of the song you want to add, select it, then click Choose.

After you import a song, you can open it in the My Songs browser.

Share a song to nearby devices using AirDrop

You can share songs to other iOS devices using AirDrop. AirDrop is available for devices featuring a Lightning connector.

Before sharing a song using AirDrop, you must turn AirDrop on in Control Center. You can also choose whether to share with all devices using AirDrop, or only those in your Contacts.

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, tap the song you want to share, tap the Share button Share button, then do one of the following:

    • Send a stereo audio file: Tap Song, then tap Share.

      After you tap Song, you can add the artist, composer, and title information. You can also choose the audio quality and an image for the audio file.

    • Send a GarageBand project: Tap Project.

  2. Tap the device you want to share with.

    To return to the My Songs browser without sharing the song, tap Cancel.

A notification appears on the device it is shared with. After the song is downloaded to the device, it opens in GarageBand (if GarageBand is the only compatible app) or presents a list of compatible music apps.

Collaborate with other users

You can invite people to collaborate with you on songs stored in iCloud Drive. When you or one of the other users close a song you are collaborating on or close GarageBand, the song is updated with the latest changes in iCloud Drive. If changes made on multiple devices are out of sync, a copy of the song with the new changes is saved to the same location as the original in iCloud Drive. For more information about iCloud, see Use iCloud with GarageBand.

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap iCloud Drive in the sidebar, and locate the song you want to share.

  2. Tap the Select button, tap the song you want to share, tap the Share button Share button, tap Project, then tap Add People.

  3. Tap Share Options to change access and permissions settings.

  4. Do one of the following:

    • Tap Message to share a link to your song using Messages.

    • Tap Mail to send a link to your song in an email.

    • Tap Copy Link to copy the link to your song to the clipboard.

      If “Only people you invite” is selected in Share Options, a window appears where you can add people that can access the song. When you are done, tap Copy Link.

Send a GarageBand song to SoundCloud

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, tap the song you want to share, tap the Share button Share button, then tap Song.

    After you tap Song, you can add the artist, composer, and title information. You can also choose the audio quality and an image for the audio file.

  2. Tap Share, then tap SoundCloud.

    If you are not logged in to SoundCloud, log in.

  3. Type a title for the song.

  4. To choose an image for the song, tap Photos, then locate and tap the image.

  5. Tap Continue and tap the Visibility, Permissions, and Quality settings you want the song to have, then tap Share.

    The song is uploaded to SoundCloud as an audio file with the selected quality setting.

  6. Do one of the following:

    • Open SoundCloud in Safari: Tap Visit.

    • Send an email with a link to the song on SoundCloud: Tap Tell a Friend.

    • Return to GarageBand: Tap Close.

Send a GarageBand song to Youku

Sending a song to Youku is available when a Chinese keyboard is chosen on your iPhone.

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, tap the song you want to share, tap the Share button Share button, then tap Song.

    After you tap Song, you can add the artist, composer, and title information. You can also choose the audio quality and an image for the audio file.

  2. Tap Share, then tap Youku.

    If you are not logged in to Youku, log in.

  3. Type a title and description for the song.

  4. To choose an image for the song, tap Photos, then locate and tap the image.

  5. Tap the Privacy setting you want the song to have, then tap Share.

    The song is uploaded to Youku as a movie.

Share a GarageBand song using a sharing extension

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, tap the song you want to share, tap the Share button Share button, then do one of the following:

    • Send a stereo audio file: Tap Song, then tap Share.

      After you tap Song, you can add the artist, composer, and title information. You can also choose the audio quality and an image for the audio file.

    • Send a GarageBand project: Tap Project.

  2. Tap the icon for the social network or service.

  3. Follow the instructions in the dialog for your social network or service.

Before you can share GarageBand songs using a sharing extension, you must install one or more apps that include a sharing extension.

Share a GarageBand song as a ringtone or text tone

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap Select, then tap the song you want to export.

  2. Tap the Share button Share button, then tap Ringtone.

    The Export Ringtone panel opens, showing the name for the ringtone. By default, the ringtone uses the same name as the song.

    The maximum length for exported ringtones is 30 seconds. If the exported ringtone exceeds the maximum length, a dialog appears. Tap Continue to have GarageBand shorten the ringtone automatically, or tap Cancel to return to the song so you can shorten it.

  3. To rename the ringtone, tap the name and type a new name.

  4. Tap Export.

  5. In the Ringtone Export Successful panel, do one of the following:

    • Return to the My Songs browser: Tap OK.

    • Choose a use for the ringtone: Tap “Use sound as,” then do one of the following:

      • Use the ringtone as your standard ringtone, replacing the existing ringtone: Tap Standard Ringtone.

      • Use the ringtone as your standard text tone, replacing the existing text tone: Tap Standard Text Tone.

      • See a list of your contacts: Tap “Assign to contact,” then tap the contact you want to use the ringtone with.

      • Return to the My Songs browser without assigning the ringtone: Tap Done.

Manage exported GarageBand ringtones

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap Select, then tap a song.

  2. Tap the Share button Share button, then tap Ringtone.

    The Export Ringtone panel opens.

  3. Tap Your Ringtones.

    A window opens showing all previously exported ringtones.

  4. To delete a ringtone:

    Tap Edit, tap the Delete button Delete button, then tap Delete for any ringtone you want to delete.

  5. When you finish, tap Done.

    To return to the Export Ringtone panel without deleting ringtones (or if there are no existing ringtones), tap Export Ringtone.

Send a GarageBand song to YouTube or Facebook via iMovie

  1. In the My Songs browser, tap the Select button, tap the song you want to share, tap the Share button Share button, then tap Song.

    After you tap Song, you can add the artist, composer, and title information. You can also choose the audio quality of the file, and choose an image for the audio file.

  2. Tap Share, then tap Copy to iMovie.

  3. Add your idea to a new iMovie project, then share the resulting movie to YouTube or Facebook.

    If iMovie is not installed on your iPhone, download it from the App Store.

Published Date: Aug 8, 2019
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