How to Export in GarageBand

When you are done with a project and ready to share it or play it outside of the app, you’ll need to export it in GarageBand. The process to do this is easy, and you can use GarageBand’s export feature to make it happen quickly. 

My name is Donovan, and I’ve been writing, recording, and producing music for years. I’m very familiar with using GarageBand, and I know how to export a song to share it with other people or play it on different stereo systems. 

This post will show you how to export in GarageBand. I’ll provide you with all the steps to make this happen quickly so you can get your music out into the world whenever and however you want to. 

Let’s get after it. 

Key Takeaways

  • Exporting is an essential aspect of turning a GarageBand project into an audio file that can be played on many different devices or stereos. 
  • The process for exporting is a bit different in GarageBand for Mac and iOS. 
  • The export process is quick and easy, so you should learn how to do it as you learn about GarageBand. 

How to Export in GarageBand Mac

Knowing how to export a song or project in GarageBand is crucial when you are finished up with it and want to share it. The process for doing this is easy, and it’s a good thing for anyone working with the app to know. 

To export in GarageBand on your Mac, follow these steps: 

1. Open up the GarageBand project that you want to export. 

2. Click the Share option from the top menu. 

3. Select Export Song to Disk from the dropdown menu. This will open up the export window, and you’ll have a few options to choose from for your export settings.

(Screenshot taken in GarageBand on my Mac)

4. Choose the file format and quality you want to export in this window. You have several options, including AAC, MP3, AIFF, and WAVE. Depending on your needs or preferences, you can export the file as any of these formats. 

You can also change the audio quality of the track when exporting. A higher quality export will sound better, but it will be a larger file that can be more difficult to share. A lesser quality file is smaller and easier to share, but you will sacrifice some audio quality. 

5. After choosing the file format and quality, make sure that you name the file however you want to and select the export location on your computer so you can find it. GarageBand automatically saves exports within a specific folder, but you can change this up to go anywhere. 

6. Click Export. 

Quick Note: You can export an entire project from GarageBand or just a specific region or track. Exporting entire projects is common when a song is complete. Exporting specific regions or tracks is usually done when working on the music with other people. 

How to Export in GarageBand iPhone

Exporting is also a part of using the iOS GarageBand version on your iPhone. The process for exporting in iOS is a bit different than the Mac version, but it’s still easy. 

To export in GarageBand on your iPhone, follow these steps: 

1. Open the GarageBand app on your iPhone. 

2. When the app opens, you’ll either be directed to the GarageBand Recents folder or a project you’ve been working on. If you are in a current project, you’ll need to tap the icon in the upper-left corner of the screen to begin exporting. 

3. After tapping the icon that looks like an upside-down arrow, tap My Songs. This will take you to all the songs you have stored in GarageBand iOS. 

4. Find the song you want to export in the main folder here and then long press the file icon. 

5. Tap Share at the bottom of the option list that appears. 

6. Now you’ll see a few different options for exporting. You can tap Song to export the song as an audio file and will have a few options to choose from. You can also tap Project to send the file as a GarageBand project with all the tracks separated. 

Note here that neither of these options explicitly says “Export.” It’s still technically exporting like the Mac version but has different names. 

7. Choose the file type and quality you want for the export. 

8. Tap Share. You’ll see options to send the file to your contacts, other computers, or via apps and email. 

How to Export in GarageBand iPad

Exporting a song in GarageBand for iPad is the same process as exploring for an iPhone because both of these devices use the iOS version of the app. 

Follow all the steps from the section above to export your GarageBand song or project on an iPad. It will be the same process, and you don’t need to do anything different. 

Export GarageBand Project to Another Computer

Exporting a GarageBand project to another computer is a common task when you want to share it with other people. It’s simple to do and can be accomplished with a few quick steps. 

Depending on what version of GarageBand you are using, follow the steps in the sections above to export a project for Mac or iOS. 

If you are working on the Mac version, after you save the exported file to a location on your computer, you can send it through an email, text, AirDrop, or any other way you want to. Just select the file from its location when you are trying to share. 

On the iOS version of GarageBand, you’ll have options to send the file to numerous locations once you hit the Share button at the end of the export process. You can send via text, email, AirDrop, or any other app you want to.  


Here are a few quick answers to some of the most commonly asked questions relating to exporting in GarageBand. 

Where is the export button in GarageBand?

There isn’t technically an export button in Garage Band. In GarageBand for Mac, you can export songs by using the Export Song to Disk feature in the Share dropdown menu. On GarageBand iOS, you also export using the Share feature.  

Can you export a GarageBand Project?

You can export an entire GarageBand project. This is a good option if you want to share the song and all its tracks with another person working on it with you. You export the entire project in the same way you export any other file in the app.  

How do I convert a GarageBand project to MP3?

You can convert a GarageBand project to MP3 by using the export feature in the Mac version of the app. You’ll have the option to select MP3 when you choose the export file format. But this is not an option in GarageBand iOS, and you’ll need a file converter to make it happen.  

Final Thoughts

Exporting in GarageBand is an important feature that you need to know how to do to share your projects or listen to them on other devices. It’s a simple process you can make happen by following the steps mentioned in this post. 

What’s your favorite method for sharing songs you’ve made in GarageBand? Have you ever worked with another musician during the production process? Let me know in the comments below. 

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