How to upload audio to YouTube

Uploading videos to YouTube is easy, but when you try to upload audio files, you end up with the following error.

Apparently YouTube doesn’t support MP3 files and you will have to convert it to a video file. But interestingly, the link that Google shares in the error doesn’t tell you anything about how to convert audio to video file. Don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for.

While you can go ahead and edit them in video editing software like Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, etc., they are often overkill for most users. The easiest way is to do it with the help of an application “Audio to Video Converter”. In total, there are 4 ways to do this and let’s go through them in detail.

Upload audio to YouTube

1. iOS application

On iOS, uploading MP3 files to YouTube is tricky as iOS does not allow you to download music to the phone. But there is a good solution with the help of 2 third party apps. First of all, you will need to download and install iMovie and the second application is WhatsApp that you may already have. Then send the music file to yourself or someone else on WhatsApp. Now, long press on the music file and tap “Forward” in the pop-up window.

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After tapping the Forward option, you will get a list of applications that will help you transfer the file. Swipe right, tap More, and navigate to the bottom of the list. You will find an option called “Copy to iMovie”, touch it. Select a project accordingly or create a new one. iOS will automatically download and import the file into iMovie.

After importing the music file, we need to add an image for the music file overlay. Tap the “+” icon in the left corner of the timeline. Select an ideal image from your gallery and import it into iMovie. The image will be adjusted automatically and cropped accordingly. Otherwise, just tap on the Image layer and edit it appropriately.

Once you are done editing, touch the “Done” in the top left-hand corner. On the next screen, tap the Share button and then tap YouTube. iMovie will ask you for the export settings, which should be 1080p or 720p depending on your preferences. Resolution doesn’t really matter as we’re more concerned with audio. Also, you will be asked to log in with your associated Google account and iMovie will directly share the video on YouTube.


  • Better customization with iMovie editing tools
  • Option to apply GIF and multiple images.


  • Audio import doesn’t work with third-party video editors.

2. Web service

This is the simplest way and requires a limited understanding of codecs and compression ratios. All you have to do is visit the site as TovVid or EZ converter. The former allows you to connect directly to YouTube, but that also means that it will require access to your YT account to post on your behalf. So for this case, we go with the second one.

EZ-Convertor allows you to upload 2 files. One is an image that will act as an overlay for the video file, and the other will be your actual audio file.

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Once you have uploaded your image and video file, click the Create Video button. Uploading the files to the server will take a while, depending on the size of the mp3 file. Once done, the entries are reset and you will have a download link right at the top of the image upload text box. Click on it to download the video.


  • Simple, 1-step process
  • Faster conversion
  • Works on both mobile devices and desktop computers


  • No customization
  • Cannot load multiple images
  • No tools to cut or trim.

3. Online video converter

In case you want more customizations with the music track, it is better to use an online editor. A web editor is more machine efficient than downloading one. And the best you can get is ClipChamp Online Video Editor. The only caveat is that you will need to register on the site. If video is something you deal with on a regular basis, signing up for the site makes sense. Once you have registered, create a new project and select the dimensions as “Widescreen”.

Once you’re in the editor, drag and drop your music file and an overlay image onto the media window. You need to stretch the image to fit the entire video. You can use the + – icons to zoom in and out of the timeline.

Now with the video ready, click on the “Export video” in the upper right corner of the window. ClipChamp allows you to export only in 480p for a free account. This wouldn’t matter much as we are only concerned with audio and audio quality is not affected by resolution.


  • More controls over music volume, trimming, and other editing tools
  • Impose multiple images or GIFs


  • Not very intuitive if you are new to this
  • Difficult to use on mobile devices
  • Requires registration.

4. Android application

If you are uploading the music through your phone and you don’t have access to a laptop, Avee Player is the best Android app you can turn to. Well the name can be confusing, but Avee Player can also convert mp3 files to videos. Install the app and switch to the Library tab to select your MP3 file.

Once you have the file open, go to the Viewer tab. The player places a default image and viewer for your song. Now, you can change the background and image in case you don’t like the default one. Just tap the Edit button at the top right and follow the instructions accordingly. Now, to convert the MP3 into a video, tap the “Download” icon in the upper right corner. Also, you will have the option to select Bitrate as “1080p 256 Kbps” and video codec profiles as H.264. If you want to set custom bitrates, you may have to shell out a whopping $ 8 * not recommended *.


The easiest and fastest way to do it is through the online audio to video converter. If you want more control over the bitrate and the viewer, Avee Player is the ideal choice. For any queries or issues, let me know in the comments below and I’ll get back to you.

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