How to Extract Audio From Video on iPhone

You can extract audio from video on iPhone using iMovie or Shortcuts. Alternatively, there are many apps and websites like MP3 Converter and Audio Extractor that you can use instead.

Hi, I’m Devansh. Whether for podcasts or lectures, I often like to extract audio from videos on my iPhone 13. So, I know the best ways to do it.

In this article, I’ll show you two native ways to extract audio from video on your iPhone. In addition, I’ll mention some free apps and websites for extracting audio. I’ll also answer some common questions.

Stay tuned if you want to find ways to extract audio from a video on your iPhone!

Native Methods to Extract Audio from Video on Your iPhone

If you want to extract audio from video on your iPhone without downloading any apps, you can use iMovie or Shortcuts. Let’s discuss both apps.


With the iMovie app, you can remove the video so that only the audio remains. First, open the iMovie app on your iPhone. Under Start New Project, tap on Movie. Select the video from which you want to extract audio and tap on Create Movie. Now, follow these steps.

Step 1: Tap the video clip you’ve chosen, go to the actions menu (scissors icon), and tap on Detach.

The audio from that video will appear below it as a blue line.

Step 2: Tap Background. The audio clip will turn from blue to green.

Step 3: Let’s remove the video. Tap on the video in the timeline, select the actions menu, and tap on Delete.

Granted, this method won’t result in an audio file, but it could be useful in some cases. If you want to delete the video entirely and only want an audio file out of it, let’s discuss the Shortcuts app.


The Shortcuts app can be useful for everything from recording voice memos to writing notes on the go, but you can also use it to extract audio from a video. Let’s create a shortcut for this. Open the Shortcuts app, tap ‘+’ to create a new shortcut, and follow these steps.

Step 1: Tap the ‘i’ icon at the bottom of the screen and toggle on Show in Share Sheet. You can also write a name for the shortcut if you prefer.

Step 2: Tap on Add Action. Under Categories, tap on Media. Scroll down to the bottom and tap on Encode Media. Tap on the arrow beside it and toggle on Audio Only. You can also specify the format, speed, and metadata.

Step 3: Next, you need to add the ‘Save File’ action. You can search for it or add it directly if it appears under Next Action Suggestions. Ensure that Ask Where to Save is toggled on. You can add more actions or more details if you want. Tap on Done to save the shortcut.

Next time you want to extract audio from a video on your iPhone, tap on the Share icon and select the shortcut you created. After the audio has been extracted, the Files app will open, and you can save the audio file to iCloud or your iPhone.

These steps were based on iOS 16. Since Apple often tweaks the Shortcuts app with each major update, the process might vary based on which version of iOS you’re using.

Best iOS Apps and Online Tools to Extract Audio on iPhone

There are some iOS apps that make the audio extraction process a breeze! MP3 Converter, Video to MP3, Video to Audio, and Export Audio are excellent apps. In addition, some file management apps like Documents also provide the feature to extract audio from video.

If you’re only extracting audio from video once and don’t want to install an app, you can use an online tool instead. Online Audio Converter, Audio Extractor, and Movavi Audio Extractor are good websites for this purpose.


Here are two questions related to extracting audio from video on an iPhone.

How to Extract Audio from Video on Mac Using Finder or QuickTime?

For Finder, locate and right-click the video from which you want to extract audio. Click Encode Selected Video Files in the drop-down menu, select Audio Only, and Continue. Once the extraction is complete, the audio file will be saved to that same folder.

Alternatively, you can use QuickTime Player. Once you open the video in it, click File in the menu bar, Export As, and Audio Only. You can enter a name for the file along with other details and click Save. You can also use iMovie on Mac for extracting audio from video.

Which are the Best Audio Format Converter Apps and Websites?

The Audio Converter app is great for this purpose. In addition, Online Audio Converter, CloudConvert, and Audio Converter are good websites too. You can also convert audio formats on Apple Music (Mac) and iTunes (Windows). Read this Support page for more info.


All in all, there are many ways you can extract audio from video on your iPhone, both native and third-party. For native, iMovie and Shortcuts work best. If you want to use an app or website instead, MP3 Converter and Audio Extractor are excellent options.

Next time you come across a lecture or podcast you want to extract audio from, you can use any of the above methods, whichever is most convenient! This can make sharing these clips or listening to them on the go much easier.

Did you successfully extract audio from video on your iPhone using the above methods? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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