How to Share GarageBand Projects

You can share GarageBand projects by using the export or share features in the Mac or iOS versions of the app. You can share the entire project or just bounce specific tracks or parts. You can also share them in multiple formats. 

My name is Donovan, and I’m an active songwriter and producer. I’ve been making music for decades and have a lot of experience working with GarageBand. I’ve shared hundreds of songs using the app and know the process for making this happen. 

This post will show you how to share GarageBand projects. I’ll walk you through the steps to share a song, or part of a song, on a Mac or your iPhone. I’ll also provide you with some information for sharing in various formats. 

Let’s dive in. 

How to Share GarageBand Projects on iPhone

The iOS version of GarageBand makes it easy to record music on the go, no matter where you are. You can easily share songs from your iPhone when they are in progress or finished up by following the steps below. 

1. Go to the My Songs folder in GarageBand. This folder might appear when you open the app. If it doesn’t, you can access it by tapping the icon on the top left of the screen that looks like an upside-down arrow.

2. You’ll see all of your songs listed in the folder. Long press the song or project you want to share. 

3. Tap the Share option from the pop-up menu. 

4. Now you’ll have a few options for sharing the song. You can select Song to send the song as a stereo audio file, and then you can choose the audio quality and format after that. 

You can also share the song as a Ringtone, although you’ll need to edit it to be around 30-40 seconds in length for this to happen. 

You also have the option to share the Project, which will allow you to share all the tracks within the project. This is a good option if you are trying to work with other musicians on the project. 

5. Once you select the option you want to share the song or project, choose any additional options you want, and then tap Share at the upper right of the screen. 

6. Then, you can choose how you want to share the file. You’ll have the option to share through messages, email, or any other apps on your iPhone.

Quick Note: To share songs on iPad, follow the same steps for sharing on iPhone, as the iOS version of GarageBand is the same on both devices. 

How to Share GarageBand Projects on Mac

Sharing GarageBand projects on your Mac is also simple, but the process is a bit different than doing it on an iPhone. Sharing a project on a Mac starts with exporting the song. 

To share GarageBand projects on your Mac, follow these steps: 

1. Open the GarageBand project you want to share. 

2. Move your cursor over the Share tab from the main menu. 

3. Select Export Song to Disc from the drop-down menu. 

(Screenshot taken in GarageBand on my Mac)

4. You’ll see a window pop up with various options for file format and audio quality. Choose whatever format you want to share the file in and the audio quality. Better audio quality will result in larger file sizes. 

You can also choose the file location from this window. There is a default GarageBand folder that you can save to, or you can select any other location on your computer. 

5. Now you can share the GarageBand file however you want to. You can add the file as an attachment to an email, share it via messages, or use other apps to send the track to friends or other musicians. 

Quick Tip: You can also share the track in other ways from the Share menu. You can send it through Music, AirDrop, or SoundCloud. You don’t technically have to export the song to your Mac before sharing, although it’s a good idea to do so.  

How to Collaborate on GarageBand Projects

Once you know how to share a song in GarageBand, it’s easy to collaborate with other musicians or producers. You can do this by sharing the entire project instead of just an exported file in a particular format. 

When you share the entire project, anyone you share it with can get access to all of the tracks and open it up in GarageBand on the devices they are using. Then they can add more parts or make changes and edits to the mix. 

To share the entire project on your iPhone, make sure to select the Project option from the share window when prompted. This will send the entire project that can be opened in GarageBand on other devices. 

If you want to share a GarageBand project you created on macOS to an iPhone, you can select the Project to GarageBand for iOS option from the Share drop-down menu. You won’t be able to open a GarageBand project created on a Mac with an iPhone unless you do this. 

You can send projects back and forth as much as you want to for constant collaboration. It can take a few shares to build a song with someone who is not in your physical location, but that’s what collaboration is all about anyways!

Related: Collaboration Apps Are Changing The Way Music Is Created (by Roberto R Hernandez)


Here are a few quick answers to some of the most commonly asked questions related to how to share GarageBand projects. 

How do I share an entire GarageBand project?

To share an entire GarageBand project, you need to export the song from the app and then send it to whoever you want to share it with. This can be done on both the Mac and iOS versions of the app.  

How do I export a GarageBand project?

To export a GarageBand project on your Mac, you can select the Export Song to Disc option from the Share menu at the top of the screen. This will allow you to save the project onto your computer in whatever format you choose, and you can share it from there.  

How do I transfer a GarageBand project to my Mac?

To transfer a GarageBand project to your mac, you first need to export the project from the app onto your computer. This is an easy process, and you can choose the file format you want the track to be as part of the exporting process. 

Final Thoughts

Knowing how to share GarageBand projects is an important skill because it allows you to spread the music you’ve created to friends, fans, and other musicians. And the app makes it really easy to do this. 

Keep in mind that there are different ways to share a song depending on what your goals for sharing are. If you want to collaborate, you need to share the GarageBand project, but if the song is complete, you can just share the audio file. 

Have you ever collaborated with someone else on a GarageBand project? What was the experience like, and do you have any tips to help the sharing process be more effective? Let me know in the comments below.  

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