How to play .FLAC files on Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

This brief tutorial will guide you through the steps to play .flac files on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch – using nothing but free software.

  1. Head over to the App Store then download and install FLAC Player+. Once installed, tap its icon from your Home Screen.
  2. You can transfer .flac files from your Mac/PC to your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch wirelessly, but it takes too long (remember – flac files are much larger than MP3 and other compressed audio files). So find that iDevice cable and plug your device into the computer that has iTunes installed on it.
  3. Note: if you installed FLAC Player+ via the App Store directly from your iDevice, you’ll need to perform a Sync now to get the FLAC Player+ App on your computer. Also, the screenshots used in this tutorial are from iTunes running on a Mac – the steps and images are nearly identical for both iTunes in Windows and OS X.
  4. With your device plugged into your computer via the Apple cable, launch iTunes if it isn’t already open. Select your device from the list, then click the Apps tab. Now scroll all the way down to the File Sharing section of the Apps screen. Select FLAC Player+ by clicking it once.
  5. Click the Add… button at the bottom of the FLAC Player+ Documents column.

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  7. Navigate to the folder with the .flac files you want to add to your iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch. Select them all and then click the Add button.

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  9. iTunes will now transfer the .flac files from your computer to your iDevice.
  10. Once the process has completed, the FLAC Player+ Documents column will list all of the .flac files now on your iPhone etc. After you’ve transferred all the files you want, Eject your iDevice.
  11. Back in the FLAC Player+ App itself, tap the Songs tab. All of the files you just copied to your iDevice will be listed. Tap one to play it.
  12. The player uses a very similar interface to the Music App, so you’ll have no problem navigating, playing/pausing and you can even use the ‘streaming’ button to ‘send’ the audio to your AppleTV or compatible device.
  13. That’s it! Again, you can wirelessly transfer files by either enabling WiFi Sync on your iDevice (and within iTunes) – or use the built in “transfer” feature (which is just as slow). The transfer speed has nothing to do with the App – it’s limited by the speed of your home (or other) network. However, the built in transfer feature does allow you to skip using iTunes entirely – which is super helpful for folks that don’t use iTunes at all.

8 thoughts on “How to play .FLAC files on Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch”

  1. Thank you for your share.
    Or Faasoft’s great “Audio Converter” is another best commercial choice though. I’ve been using it for a while now.

  2. Thank you.

    I use Faasoft’s great “Audio Converter” to convert FLAC to iDevice supported formats to play FLAC on my iPhone and iPad.

  3. vineverkaviani

    another method is to convert flac to itunes supported mp3, aiff, apple lossless with a software called idealshare videogo etc

  4. Revolutionary, brand new and simple way to transfer FLAC music on iPhone without iTunes. Interested? Magic app – waltr ))

  5. Frustrated Audiophile

    It’s a fantastic app from the looks of it. It’s just too bad that it won’t download & install on my iPod running iOS 6.1.6, it just keeps saying that it can’t download and to upgrade your iOS even though 6.1.6 is the supposedly current os according to my iPod.

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