How to Email A GarageBand Project File [PC/iPhone/iPad]

If you’ve never transferred a GarageBand project file from one device to another, it can seem a little confusing at first. This is especially the case if you’re using an iPad or an iPhone whose controls and operations are not always immediately clear. Additionally, when you differentiate between “sharing” and sending by email, it gets even murkier.

Regardless, there are various ways to share GarageBand project files with other GarageBand users. If the other person isn’t using GarageBand as their DAW, then it’s a little different, but either way, I’ve got you covered because there are ways of doing it in all capacities.

To email a GarageBand macOS project file
1) With your GarageBand project open, select “Save As”
2) Choose a clear and identifiable name and save it to your desktop
3) Close GarageBand
4) Right-click the GarageBand file and Compress it
5) Open your email account and send the compressed file

For the most part, this is how you send GarageBand project files but only while using GarageBand macOS. To email a GarageBand file to another person while using an iPhone or iPad (iOS), you have to “Save to Files” first. Then you navigate to your file folder, select the project, compress it, long-press it, select share, and then send it by email. This is a lot to go through, so if you’re looking for a more in-depth tutorial, no worries, I’ve got you covered below…

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How to Email A GarageBand Project File on PC (macOS)

How to Email A GarageBand Project File on PC (macOS)
Sending emails with the macOS version of GarageBand is the easiest, without question. I’m using the 2017 MacBook Pro and, as I explained in my other article, I have mixed feelings about it, but according to iamamusicmogul, the latest MacBook Pros with the M1 Chip (on Amazon) are unreal.

1) With Your GarageBand Project Open, Select “Save As”

Save As - How to Email A GarageBand Project File [PC/iPhone/iPad]
Choose File > Save As

In order to save a project instead of an MP3, WAVE, or AIFF file, you have to use the Save As function in order to send the project elsewhere.

Using the share option would be if you wanted to send it as one of the file types I just mentioned, or if you wanted to use the share function for GarageBand to iOS.

2) Save It To Your Desktop

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Save the GarageBand project to your desktop.

Save the GarageBand project to your desktop that way you can find it easily. I find this is the best way to get projects ready for email.

3) Close GarageBand

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Close GarageBand after you’re done.

This is probably the most important part because most people will get stuck here. You have to actually close GarageBand in order for the project to appear on your desktop. If you don’t close GarageBand, you’ll be left wondering why nothing is working.

4) Right-Click on the GarageBand Project and Select “Compress”

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Compress your project so it’s not as big.

This is an important part of the process as well because the file size needs to be reduced big time. As a matter of fact, the file will still be too big for most email service providers to handle via regular email, but many of them now have Cloud options that you can use instead.

For instance, I believe it’s called Google Drive if you’re using Gmail instead, but if you’re using Microsoft’s email service, Outlook, then it’s called OneLink.

5) Open Your Email Service Provider and Drag the Zipped File Into It

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Drag and drop the file into your email service provider as shown here.

As I was saying a moment ago, you’ll have to use the “Upload and share as a OneDrive – Personal Link” option, because the “Attach as a copy” will be greyed out and unavailable on account of its size.

6) Send It With Your Provider (OneLink, Google Drive)

Send It With Your Provider - How to Email A GarageBand Project File [PC/iPhone/iPad]
Once it’s ready to go, you can just click send.

And then click send, and voila! Depending on the size of the project, it may take a moment for your email service provider to actually compress it down and get it ready.

Important Tip For Sending to Non-GarageBand Users

  • If you export the project as an audio file first, it’s much smaller and thus much easier to send via email. For instance, you could export each project individually as a .wav or .mp3 as I’ve shown in this guide here, and then put everything into a folder for an email.

    Yes, the file would be smaller and it would be much faster, but the issue is that it wouldn’t be a GarageBand project file anymore, it would be a collection of WAVE files and mp3s. This may actually be what you want if you’re trying to send to a non-GarageBand user.

How to Email A GarageBand Project File Using iPhone (iOS)

iPhone to iPhone - How to Email A GarageBand Project File Using iPhone or iPad (iOS)
I’m making this tutorial with the iPhone X 64GB (on Amazon). I’d say that you want an iPhone with at least 64GB (my discussion on that), that way it can fit all of your project files alongside your apps, photos, and videos. You run out of storage quickly otherwise.

Sending GarageBand iOS project files via email takes a few more steps, at least in the way that I know how to do it. The reason for this is that whenever you’re trying to do things outside of Apple’s ecosystem, it takes more time and effort, as they don’t like it when you use other services and products. It certainly seems that way anyway.

1) Open GarageBand and Navigate to “Recents or Browse”

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Open up your GarageBand iOS project

You’ll have to navigate to your GarageBand Recents folder, although, you could probably use the Browse feature as well.

2) Long-Press the Project File and Select “Share” > “Project”

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Select Share > Project

By “long-press,” I mean you literally have to press on the Project file to bring up the share menu. Press on the Share icon and then you can select Project.

3) Scroll Down and Choose “Save to Files”

Scroll Down & Choose Save to Files - How to Email A GarageBand Project File [PC/iPhone/iPad]
Save to Files

I would highly recommend going to the App Store and downloading the Files application because it’s a better way of getting your hands on files. The guy from StudioLiveToday says in his video that you don’t have to do this anymore (the video is from 2018), but I find it’s easier to do it this way.

4) Select “Downloads” or “GarageBand for iOS”

Downloads/GarageBand for iOS - How to Email A GarageBand Project File [PC/iPhone/iPad]
Really, you can save the file to any folder that you want, but I choose one of these two just because they make the most sense and they’re right at the top.

5) Close GarageBand and Navigate to Files > “Downloads” or “GarageBand for iOS”

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Go to your File folder.

After you’ve closed the GarageBand application, go to wherever your Files folder is located and then navigate to your project which should be sitting in there waiting for you.

6) Long-Press the Project File and Select “Compress”

Long-Press the Project > How to Email A GarageBand Project File [PC/iPhone/iPad]
Compress the file.

Make sure you go into the correct file folder within your Files, in this case, it’ll be in Browse > Downloads/GarageBand for iOS because you won’t be given the option to Compress the file as is shown here if you’re in the Recent folders instead.

7) Long-Press the New ZIP File and Select “Share”

Long Press and Share > How to Email A GarageBand Project File [PC/iPhone/iPad]
Long-press the file and then select Share

8) Select the Mail Icon and Then Send It To The Email Address

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Once the new window pops up, select Mail, and then send it to the email address.

It’ll probably take around 15 seconds or so for the file to actually send. If you find that it’s not sending, it could be because your internet isn’t the greatest, or maybe it’s just super busy at the moment. Try sending it again if it doesn’t work the first time.

Once it has finally been sent, the other person (or maybe it’s you), has to navigate to their email and then open it up as they would any other file.

9) Open the Email and Save the Project to Your Files > Downloads/GarageBand for iOS

Open the Email and Save the Project to Your Files > How to Email A GarageBand Project File [PC/iPhone/iPad]
Open the email and then save it to your files.

Send the Zip file to your Downloads again or whichever file folder makes the most sense to you.

10) Navigate to the Project File in Files > Uncompress It > Then Open It As Usual

Uncompress and then Open It > How to Email A GarageBand Project File [PCiPhoneiPad]
Uncompress the file as is shown here and then select the new project.

And once you’ve done that, you’re pretty much good to go. Open up the new project and it’ll run just like normal in your GarageBand application.

Opened GarageBand iOS > How to Email A GarageBand Project File [PC/iPhone/iPad]
The GarageBand iOS project is ready to go.

How to Email A GarageBand Project File Using iPad (iPadOS)

iPad to iPad - How to Email A GarageBand Project File Using iPhone or iPad (iOS)
I’m using the iPad Pro 11″ 1TB (on Amazon) for this tutorial; it’s the 2021 edition. The 1TB version is great because it has 16GB of RAM rather than just 8GB like the lower storage space models.

If you’re trying to send emails with the iPad, the principle is the same as it is with the iPhone. It’s best to use the Files application, so make sure you’ve downloaded and installed it. This tutorial will pre-suppose that you’ve already downloaded the Files app from the App Store. The icon looks like what’s shown here:

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The Files App – this application makes moving things around a lot easier.

If you try to compress and then email files directly from the GarageBand file browser, it’s not going to work. You can Share things this way, but not send them via email outside of Apple’s ecosystem.

1) Open GarageBand and Move Your Project to “On My iPad”

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Move the project to the “On My iPad” folder as is shown here.

You won’t have control over the projects if you’re still looking at them on GarageBand iPad. For that reason, you need to move them out of the GarageBand folder and onto the local drive.

2) Go to “On My iPad” Then Long-Press the Project and Select Share

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Long-press the file and select Share

Once you’ve moved the file, go to that File folder, On My iPad, or wherever you sent it, and then Share it as shown in the image here.

3) Choose Project And Then Save to Files

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Select Project > Save to Files

At this stage, you can choose how to share your project. You can export it as a WAVE, MP3, AIFF, etc, or you can export it as a ringtone or standard GarageBand project file. In this case, we’ll be choosing Project, that way all of the tracks are raw and adjustable, and we can add plugins and things like that which we otherwise wouldn’t be able to do.

4) Select GarageBand for iOS (Or Any Folder Most Accessible To You)

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Select your folder

I usually just choose the first folder that comes up. GarageBand for iOS is the first one that appears so I’ll use it. I believe you have to be more specific than choose the folder with the title “On My iPad.”

5) Close GarageBand and Go to GarageBand for iOS in the Files Application

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Select your project in the Files application.

Close or minimize GarageBand then go to your Files Application folder. From there, you have to find your project.

6) Select the Project, Long-Press It, and then Choose Compress

Select Compress - How to Email A GarageBand Project File [PC/iPhone/iPad]
Compress your project like what’s shown here.

At this stage, you want to compress the file so that way it’s small enough to be sent by email. I also believe this is necessary for another reason. If it’s just the standard Project file, the Apple operating system may make it harder to move around.

7) Long-Press the ZIP Files, Select Share, and Then Choose Mail

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Send the compressed ZIP file through your email service provider.

8) Type in the Email and Send the Project

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Send your project through the email system.

It’ll usually take a few moments for the email to go through because project files, as I’m sure you already know, are usually quite large. That’s why we had to compress it.

9) Open the Email and Save the Project to Your Files (GarageBand for iOS)

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Open up the email and save the project to your files.

Again, the folder you use doesn’t matter so much. Just send it to a folder that makes sense for you. One thing I was considering was just making a brand new folder to put everything in, rather than using all of Apple’s default folders which are kind of confusing or annoying. Just make sure you save it to the local drive and not the Cloud.

10) Go to GarageBand for iOS, Uncompress The File, Then Open It

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Uncompress the file

There are two ways of uncompressing the file. The first way is to just click on it, and then the ZIP file will give birth to the project like it’s a baby. The next way is to long-press it and then select Uncompress.

It makes sense to me to just click on it. After that, you can just open the project and it’ll automatically bring itself up in GarageBand, as it should. And voila.

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The project is officially open.

So that’s how you send GarageBand project files through the macOS, iOS, and iPad operating systems. The iOS and iPad are fairly similar to each other, but they’re different enough that they often merit their own tutorial or explanation.

What Do I Do If The Email Is Too Big?

Generally speaking, if the zipped GarageBand Project file is too big, you’ll have to use the Cloud portion of your email service, ie, OneLink or Google Drive. You may also have to separate the project into two. First, save a copy, and then eliminate half the tracks before compressing it.

Another thing you can do is separate all the vocal tracks or the instrument tracks into two different projects and then send it that way. But in most cases, you should be able to send the project through email just by OneLink, Google Drive, DropBox, etc.

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Important Things to Note About Emailing GarageBand Project Files

1) It Make Take a Minute To Fully Learn How to Do It

It could just be my method, but I find there is quite a bit of clicking and moving back and forth from folder to folder in order to share project files on iPhone and iPad. Be that as it may, after having gone through the process a few times, you wind up getting the hang of it and it becomes easier and easier.

Gear Mentioned

1) MacBook Pro 2021 with M1 Chip (on Amazon)

2) iPhone X 64GB (on Amazon)

3) iPad Pro 11″ 1TB (on Amazon)