How to Extract Audio From a Video File on iPhone

Key Takeaways

  • Open the Shortcuts app, tap the “+” sign, tap on the “i” symbol, and enable “Show in Share Sheet.” After that, tap on “Images and 18 more” and toggle off all options except “Media.” Then, add the “Encode Media” action, make sure that “Audio Only” is enabled, and finish by adding a “Save File” action to select where to save the file.
  • To use the shortcut, play the video, tap the share icon, and select your shortcut from the Share Sheet options.

Looking to extract audio from a video file on your iPhone? You don’t need to download third-party apps; the built-in Shortcuts app is all you need. Here’s a quick guide on using Shortcuts to extract audio from a video file.

Since we’ll use the Shortcuts app to extract audio, first ensure it’s installed on your iPhone. If you don’t find the app on your phone, you may have deleted it. If that’s the case, all you need to do is reinstall Shortcuts from the App Store.

Downloading the Shortcuts app from Apple Store on iPhone.

Now open the app and tap the “+” icon in the top-right corner to start creating your shortcut.

Clicking on the plus icon to create a new shortcut in the Shortcuts app on iPhone.

Next, tap on the shortcut name at the top, tap “Rename” to assign a new name to the shortcut.

Tapping on rename to rename a new shortcut in the Shortcuts app on an iPhone.

Tap on the information symbol “i” at the bottom and make sure that “Show in Share Sheet” is enabled, then tap “Done.” This will cause the shortcut to appear in the Share Sheet options for easy access.

Enabling the 'Show in Share Sheet' option for a shortcut in the Shortcuts app on an iPhone.

Now tap on “Images and 18 more” next to “Receive” and toggle off all options except “Media,” and then tap “Done.” These steps will guide the shortcut to accept media as input so it won’t show up in irrelevant places.

Enabling the Media Toogle to be used as input for the shortcut on an iPhone.

Following that, create an action to encode the provided input media. Tap on “Add Action” and type “Encode” in the search bar, then select the “Encode Media” option.

Tapping on 'Add Action' to add an action for the shortcut on iPhone.

Tap “Shortcut Input” to reveal the expanded options for the newly added shortcut. Turn on the toggle for “Audio Only” and modify the audio format if you want, then collapse the options again.

Customizing the action created for a shortcut on iPhone.

Finally, add one more action to save the extracted audio output. Tap on the search bar at the bottom, type “Save File” and select the “Save File” option that appears. After that, tap “Done” and your shortcut will be successfully created.

Adding a 'Save File' action in the shortcut on iPhone.

Now play a video from which you want to extract audio. Tap on the share icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen and select the shortcut that you previously created from the Share Sheet options.

Shortcut appearing in the Share Sheet options on iPhone.

Next, choose a location where you’d like to save the extracted audio and tap “Open.”

Selecting the location to save the output of the shortcut on iPhone.

Wait a few seconds until you see a checkmark at the top of the screen indicating that the Shortcut ran successfully and that the audio has been successfully extracted. Now find the file you just created in the Files app and start enjoying your extracted audio!

Is the Shortcut Not Visible in the Share Sheet Options?

If you don’t see the newly created shortcut in the Share Sheet options, here are a few things you can try:

  • Review the shortcut to ensure it’s set up correctly, paying close attention to the “Show in Share Sheet” setting.
  • Restart your iPhone after creating the shortcut, especially if you’ve freshly installed the Shortcuts app.
  • Some users have successfully made the shortcut work by adding it to the home screen. Open the shortcut, tap “Share Sheet” and select “Add to Home Screen.”
    Adding a shortcut to the homescreen from the Shortcuts app on iPhone.
  • Ensure the video file is in a format supported by the iPhone. To check that, attempt to extract audio from a different video having the same format. If the issue persists, it indicates a format problem. In that case, you should convert the video file to a format the iPhone supports before extracting audio from it.
  • Delete the shortcut and recreate it from scratch. Open the Shortcuts app, long-tap the shortcut, and tap “Delete.”
    Deleting a shortcut in the Shortcuts app on iPhone.


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