Transferring folders containing audio files to an iOS device

iOS and iPadOS

I have a problem: on my Windows computer, I have about twenty-five folders. Each of these contains one audio file in .mp3 format. I would like to move all of these folders and files to my iOS device for listening to in an app such as Voice Dream Reader. I am wondering if there is a way to transfer these folders, and if there is a better app than Voice Dream for listening to the files in.

I cannot transfer the folders by email because this would be a very time-consuming process, and the eemail service might reject the files as they are at least 30 megabytes each.

For various reasons, I do not wish to use iTunes.

I do not use cloud services such as Dropbox or iCloud.

These files are not available for download easily on the Internet.

The app for playing them must have the ability to play these files without distortion at very high speeds.

Thanks for your help.



Submitted by Thomas Byskov … on Saturday, January 2, 2016


What you can do is to get the app fileapp from the App store.
the app acts like a Finder/explorer on your ios-device. That means that you can browse your folders and play the files as you wish.
You can transfer the folders by doing the following:
1. If you're on wifi and have your device and computer at the same network you can transfer via ftp. Just open your fileapp on the device, and find the button named: sharing. Doubletap this and make sure, that sharing is turned on.
Now look for the line where it reads an ip-adress. It might be: or anything else.
Now on your computer open windows explorer, go to the addressbar and type the following
replace with the numbers fileapp shows you, but keep :2121 at the end.
Now you can connect to your phone and copy, paste as you normally do.

2. If ftp isn't a good way to go, you can use the iTunes sharing. This lets you copy and paste files and folders into certain apps like voicedream, fileapp etc.
I haven't done this for months, since I have other apps on my Mac that lets me do this work, so I can't remember the steps, but remember that sharing and syncing isn't the same thing, and you don't need to sync anything to share files and folders with Fileapp.

I hope this can help you out.

Best regards Thomas

Submitted by TJT 2001 on Saturday, January 2, 2016

I once tried a similar app, but it had limits on the size of files to be transferred. As I said, each of these audio files is over 30 mb, so would the app be able to manage it? Also, once I have transferred the files to the app, are they still available on the computer? In the app, are they there for viewing, or can they be downloaded into the app? Once the folders are in the app, how do you share it with Voice Dream?

Submitted by Luke on Sunday, January 10, 2016

I see that you said you don't want to use any cloud services to achieve your stated goal. May I ask why? My friend and I are collaborating on a music project and we use Dropbox to exchange sometimes rather large audio files. Dropbox works great and I have found it to be quite accessible. Cloud storage is pretty much the wave of the future and where everything is headed anyway, so why not get on board? If you absolutely need local file storage and retrieval and a cloud-based solution simply won't suffice, iOS devices are honestly not ideal for that use. I would look into something like the Olympus LS14. Not only is it a good audio recorder, it has 4gb built-in flash storage and accepts SD cards if you need more space. It can encode audio at up to 96khz / 24bit wav or up to 320kbps mp3 and has USB for transporting files to and from a computer. Plus it has voice guidance so it's accessible for all the major functions. It has gotten good reviews from some of the blind tech podcasts I follow, and it seems like a better match to your rather specialized needs. Good luck in whatever you decide on

Submitted by TJT 2001 on Sunday, January 10, 2016

What I decided to do was to copy all of the audio files into one zip file. After this, I sent the file to an app which has had the fike size restriction removed. The total size of the file after it was zipped was 1.16GB. I do realise that I will have to use cloud services, and I intend to sign up Dropbox very soon as I see that this is being us more and more by more and more people. Thanks to your encouragement, I will now sign up vfor Dropbox, and I am sure that I will not look back.

Submitted by Kyle on Monday, January 11, 2016

the app bit torrent sync is very accessible on the iPhone. if you use windows i can provide you with the good accessible version that works and which you will need to put the files on your phone. i use it all the time to share files to voice dream it works a treat.
if you are not sure what bt sync is check this out for more info
i do not know if there is a mac version and if it is accessible or not. let me know what you think.

Submitted by Ambro on Monday, January 11, 2016

Hi Chile, I am interested in BitTorrent Sink accessible for Windows for transferring files to iphone. Can you share the link?

Submitted by Fiona on Monday, January 11, 2016

Since you are not willing to use iTunes (me either), you need to chose an iTunes alternative like AnyTrans, TunesGo, CopyTrans. These tools help transfer songs and videos from computer to iPhone. Here is a tutorial tells you how to add music files to your iPhone:

Some of the tools are not free but have free trial. AnyTrans allows you to transfer 50 items per day for free, I think it's enough for you.

Submitted by Chris on Monday, January 11, 2016

If you have a Mac, you can Airdrop files to specific apps. I find this really handy. For example, if I want to transfer a foldero f audio files to Voice Dream, I zip the folder of files and then choose Airdropp from the share menu in the item context menu in the Finder. A table of devices should come up. If you're running El Capitan, press VO space on your device name. You will have to wait for the transfer to complete. When it does, you'll get a prompt on your iOS device asking where you'd like to send the file. If you don't have a Mac, ignore this message. I just thought it would help.

Submitted by Roxann Pollard on Monday, January 11, 2016

Hello Fiona:

I have downloaded AnyTrans to transfer music files to the iPhone but I'm having problems. I use Windows 7, JAWS for Windows to access my PC. It seems that AnyTrans is only partially responsive to any navigation I have tried. If you use a similar computer setup as I do, can you give me some tips so that I can actually use the software? Any help is appreciated.


Submitted by Felix on Thursday, January 14, 2016

In reply to by Chris

Hi Chris
I've tried transferring an mp3 file using your instructions, but there wasn't any list of devices, even though I had airdrop turned on on my iPhone