Easily Extract Audio from Video on iPhone & Mac

What to Know

  • If you own a Mac, you can easily extract the audio from a video by saving it as an audio-only file. 
  • If you want to extract audio using your iPhone, we recommend downloading the free MP3 Converter app. 

If you want to extract the soundtrack from a video file, there are several ways to do this. My favorite method is to use my Mac, and the process is as simple as resaving the video file as an audio-only file type. Pretty easy! If you want to use your iPhone, we recommend downloading a third-party app. Below, we'll cover how to convert videos to audio-only files on your iPhone and Mac.

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Important: This article shows you how to create a standalone audio file. But if you just want to just remove a soundtrack from a video, check out this easy way to remove audio from videos using your iPhone Photos app.

How to Separate Audio from Video on iPhone (Third-Party App)

While the Photos app makes it easy to remove the audio from a video, it's more complicated to create an audio-only file. While I love the Photos app for it's many editing and organization features, I've found it much simpler (and faster) to download and use the third-party MP3 Converter app. (This app offers a paid option, but the audio extractor feature is available with the free version.) Here's how to extract audio from a video using the MP3 Converter app. 

  1. To extract the audio from your video, open the MP3 Converter app.

    On the Home screen, tap to open the MP3 Converter app.
  2. Tap the purple plus icon at the bottom of your screen.

    Tap the big purple (+) button on the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the appropriate option to navigate to your video file. My video is saved in my Photos app, so I'll select Import From Camera Roll

    Tap the appropriate option for where your video file is located. For this example I will use a file from Camera Roll.
  4. Tap to select at least one video that you want to extract the audio from. 

    Tap the video whose audio you want to extract. This is how to to turn a video into an audio file.
  5. Tap Add in the lower-right corner. 

    Tap the Add button in the lower right corner. This is how to extract audio from a video.
  6. Tap to select the video file.

    Tap to select the video file to turn video into audio.
  7. If you only want to extract a portion of the audio, drag the purple sliders to select which part of the audio you want to save.

    Adjust the audio clip you extract from the video.
  8. Next to Output Format, tap to select your preferred audio file type. MP3 is the most common option.

    Select the audio type you want your audio-only file to be saved as.
  9. Tap Convert.

    Tap Convert. This is how to take audio from a video.
  10. You now have an audio-only file! Tap Export to send the file to another person or save it on your iPhone.

    You now have an audio-only file! Tap Export to send it wherever you want it.
  11. If you want to save the file on your iPhone, swipe up on the menu that appears and tap Save to Files

  12. Navigate to the folder you want to save your video in, and tap Save.

    Tap Save.

Your audio-only file is now saved in your Files app. Now that you know how to extract audio using your iPhone, you might also enjoy learning how to add music to videos

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How to Convert Video to Audio on Mac

For more handy tips on editing your photo and video files, sign up for our free Tip of the Day Newsletter. Using your Mac to extract the audio from a video is a pretty simple process. Here’s how to rip the audio from a video by re-saving the file in a different format:

  1. On your Mac, navigate to the video file you want to extract the audio from. Right-click the video file.

    In your Finder application, find the video file from which you want to extract the audio.
  2. Mouse over Services in the menu that appears.

    Mouse over Services in the menu that appears.
  3. Click Encode Selected Video Files.  

    Click Encode Selected Video Files.  
  4. Next to Setting, click the dropdown menu. 

    Click to open the Setting: dropdown in the Encode Media popup that appears.
  5. From the list of options, click Audio Only.

    Click Audio Only. This is the sound extractor function.
  6. Click Continue.  

    Click Continue. This is how to turn video into audio.

Now an audio-only file will be saved to the same folder location as the original video file. That's all there is to it!

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Devala Rees

Devala Rees has been a writer since the age of eleven, and a loyal user of Apple products for even longer. His writing background is quite eclectic, from freelance professional articles to Hindu religious scholarship to fantasy novels. Much of his writing on various topics can be found on Quora.com.