Their names might look similar, but MP3 and MP4 files are vastly different. MP3 files only contain audio, while MP4 files can hold audio, video, and other multimedia information. But if you want to save the audio track from an MP4 video you have on your device, it can be difficult to do so.

In this article, I'm going to show you how to save the music from an MP4 video as an MP3, without changing the original video! I recommend using Kapwing to save your music, for several reasons:

• It’s free to use
• It’s easy to learn
• It doesn’t make you download any apps
• It works well on computers, phones, and tablets
• You can upload videos from any source

To download music from an MP4 file, you'll need to know just 3 steps:

  1. Find your MP4 file
  2. Upload it to Kapwing's video converter
  3. Create & Download your MP3 file!

Step 1: Find Your MP4 File

If you've downloaded a video from the internet, received a video from a friend, or have a video stored online, it's likely an MP4 file. Before you upload it to Kapwing, make sure you know where to find it in your file browser.

If your MP4 is stored online, copy a shareable link

If you want to use an MP4 file in online storage, like Google Drive*, Dropbox, or MediaFire, but you'd prefer not to download it to your device first, just copy the shareable or embeddable link! It's usually easiest to right-click on the file and click "Copy Link" or "Get Shareable Link."

*If you're using a video from Drive, make sure your sharing settings for the video say "anyone with this link can view."

Step 2: Upload It to Kapwing's Video Converter

Once you've found your MP4 file or copied a link, head over to and click "Products" from the menu at the top of the window. Scroll down and find "Convert Video" from Kapwing's list of tools.

Either upload your MP4 or paste a link!

In Kapwing's video converter, either paste the link that you copied in the field that says "Paste a URL," or click the purple "Upload" button and find your MP4 video in the file browser pop-up window. Kapwing will automatically upload your video to the Video Converter tool.

Now, simply select "MP3" from the menu on the left-hand side of the page! Here you can also choose "Trim Video," if you'd like to download only a portion of the video's audio track. Just move the sliders to choose the portion you want to use.

Select "MP3" and your audio is ready to process

Step 3: Create & Download Your MP3 File!

Once you're ready to convert your video, click "Create" at the bottom left corner of the window. Kapwing will work its magic and your MP3 file will be ready for you to download in no time!

The music from your MP4 is just a click away!

When your MP3 is done processing, just click "Download MP3!" And if you have any other video, photo, or audio-editing needs, be sure to revisit Kapwing! It has dozens of other tools to help you create, save, and edit your content:

• Add overlays & audio
• Add shapes
Add text & text animations
Crop, trim, & filter
Convert video to GIF

Remember to tag us @KapwingApp whenever you share your content on social media– we love to see what our creators are passionate about! And be sure to subscribe to the Kapwing Resources page – we’re constantly writing new tutorial and features to help you make the most out of Kapwing.

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