Price Category Version Released Last Updated Size Compatibility Age
Free Music 2.3.3 Mar 10, 2011 Mar 27, 2018 1784.1 MB iOS 11.0 or later 4+
New in version 2.3.3

• New downloadable “Toy Box” sound pack with free educational sound effects, including animals, vehicles, and counting to ten in different languages
• Use facial expressions and the TrueDepth camera for hands-free control over musical effects like guitar wah and synth parameters*
• Adds Modern Wah guitar stompbox effect
• Provides stability improvements and bug fixes

* Requires iPhone X. GarageBand uses ARKit face tracking features to translate your facial expressions into instrument effect controls. Your face information is processed on device, and only music is captured during your performance.


GarageBand turns your iPad, and iPhone into a collection of Touch Instruments and a full-featured recording studio — so you can make music anywhere you go. And with Live Loops, it makes it easy for anyone to have fun creating music like a DJ. Use Multi-Touch gestures to play keyboards, guitars, and create beats that make you sound like a pro — even if you’ve never played a note before. Plug in a guitar or bass and play through classic amps and stompbox effects. Use a Touch Instrument, microphone, or a guitar and instantly record a performance with support for up of 32 tracks. Use the new Sound Library to download additional free instruments, loops and sound packs. Audio Unit Extensions in iOS 11 allow you to play, record and mix third-party instruments or effects right into GarageBand. And then share your song with friends and family.

Live Loops. Make music like a DJ
• Use Multi-Touch to tap and trigger a Live Loop cell or group of cells
• Get started with templates or build your own grid from scratch with Apple Loops
• Create custom loops by recording directly into a cell using any Touch Instrument
• Use Remix FX to perform DJ-style effects
• Tap record and capture your performance

Play your iPad, and iPhone, like a musical instrument
• Play a variety of musical instruments on the innovative Multi-Touch keyboard
• Play and record using the Alchemy synth*
• Build grooves inspired by classic electronic drum machines with the Beat Sequencer
• Download free instruments, loops and sound packs for GarageBand with the Sound Library
• Capture any sound and apply studio-class effects
• Recreate legendary guitar or bass rigs using virtual amps & stompboxes
• Use 3D Touch to play keyboard sounds with polyphonic aftertouch**
• Record performances from third-party music apps directly into GarageBand using Audio Unit Extensions***

Drummer for iOS
• Add virtual session drummers to your song who take direction and play realistic grooves
• Choose from acoustic, electronic drummers and percussionists****
• Each character provides their own sound and the ability to create over a million realistic grooves and fills

Sound like a virtuoso with Smart Instruments
• Play an entire string orchestra using Smart Strings
• Perform with Chord Strips and autoplay using any keyboard instrument
• Groove with a variety of Smart Basses using upright, electric, and synth sounds
• Strum chords or trigger autoplay patterns on an acoustic and electric Smart Guitar

Create a song anywhere you go
• Record, arrange and mix your song with up to 32 tracks using Touch Instruments, audio recordings, and loops*****
• Record multiple times over any song section and choose your favorite using Multi-Take Recording
• Use professional mixing effects, including Visual EQ, Bitcrusher, and Overdrive
• Recording, mixing and exporting a song can be done at 24-bit audio resolution
• Trim and place musical regions exactly where you want them to play
• Automate the volume and record the movement of controls on Touch Instruments
• Add comments or lyric ideas to your song with an integrated notepad

Share your songs
• Keep your songs up to date across all devices using iCloud Drive
• Create custom ringtones and alerts for your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch
• Share your songs using email or Facebook, YouTube, and SoundCloud******
• Remotely add new tracks to your Logic Pro X project from your iPhone or iPad via iCloud

* The Alchemy synth is available on iPhone 6 or later, iPad Pro, iPad (5th generation), iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 4.
** Polyphonic aftertouch is available on iPhone 6s or later.
*** Requires compatible third-party Audio Unit Extensions apps from the App Store.
**** Requires free download from GarageBand Sound Library.
***** Multitrack recording requires a compatible third-party audio interface.
****** Sharing to Facebook and YouTube requires iMovie.

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Doesn’t Work
Driskroll on 4/23/2018
I’ve been wanting to get Garage Band for the longest time to create my own original songs. I’ve used the computer app and completely loved it created a pretty good song for my music class as well. So you can imagine my happiness finding it here and finally having the storage for it. But now I have it it’s been an utter disappointment. I’ve just spent the last two hours trying to create a song, failing. Every time I finally get to the part to arrange tracks, edit volume, that area. I can’t add or delete tracks every time I try to add an instrument I’m only allowed to work on that instrument i can’t have any other can’t add it to tracks to edit and such. Basically a useless phone app that should be left for the computer
Jasmine Jernigan on 4/23/2018
I love the app on the piano I can play Lana del rays Young and beautiful on it great quality 😀
Young Apollo 35 on 4/23/2018
My garage band keeps shutting down and not opening I don’t know why?
Myles Koontz on 4/23/2018
GarageBand is an amazing app. As a young producer, I’m newer to the music business. For a long time I’d use mobile apps like launchpad, but after a while it was all the same stuff. I wanted to create my own sounds, my own beats. That’s when I turned to GarageBand. Not only can you use pre-made loops, you can make your own sounds. Another great thing that I recently discovered is the effects system. At first look, the effects are not that good, but they can change everything in a song if used correctly. Honestly, I’m not very good at making songs, but those with a sense of melody (and those looking to produce music) need to try this app.
740274839 on 4/23/2018
I love garage band but, there are NO bass drops, please add some nice bass drops (loops) so I can make better music
Open up that door
luck13x on 4/23/2018
This app is so fun I love the sound of the music and everything
mashermash on 4/23/2018
5/5 stars!!! Just a question... when I record into the microphone with instruments they all go on the same track and I don’t know how to stop that from happening
itsA-nonLol on 4/22/2018
i can pull up the app, click on an instrument, and it takes me to the recording part. except the instrument never shows up. idk why
Savannahnasty on 4/22/2018
It’s nice when I’m actually able to use it, it’s so glitchy, it hardly ever loads anything and my music always gets deleted
Needs more
Benedict 6 on 4/22/2018
I know it’s free for all Apple users... but I think it needs more. The pitch correction is way off. Needs an actual autotune plugin. Better 808’s too. Maybe charge 10$ for an upgraded version ?
Complete numbsculls
Dbnxjxnzjd on 4/22/2018
For such an expensive company, you guys sure do lack any common sense. After the recent update. ALL MY SONGS. Gone. You guys are developmentally challenged (in terms of app development, that is).
needs more like trap sounds
Superknightgamer1123 on 4/21/2018
this is app is great, but it seriously needs more traps sounds, like bass, drums, hi-hats and kicks. and trap loops
Great app
Mtouse48 on 4/21/2018
Can we add theater organ sounds to the keyboards please and thank you
I love it
Cooled Down on 4/21/2018
I love it but lately I wasn’t able to create a new track on here like I press the “+” at the top right corner, it registers that I touch it but nothing happens, am I doing something wrong? Please help.
Since when?
Effectiveimmediately on 4/21/2018
Since when did apple make the garage band app laggy and slow and not even compatible with the newer gen? I used it on an iPod 5. It use to work so good now it’s slow and now it doesn’t even connect with Bluetooth devices saying it’ll be “DELAYED” like what? Please like the other guy who rated 3 stars and said “please read” fix this app immediately. Unless you want to keep fixing Snapchat that doesn’t need apprehension! I would love to re-rate this app once fixed during next apple update because I currently an using an iPhone 6 that some how isn’t even compatible with using fortnite mobile...
Problem in the program
Raed_m_t on 4/21/2018
There is a crash in this app when I open it and use it in the first time it’s work fine bet won I attempt to Return back to the main page it ‏ it cannot be thank you.
dagger beach on 4/21/2018
The new updates are totally awesome but they’re some glitches were when it froze up and has a low internet connection so could you fix the game to be a non - bug game?
Why bruh
Tm104 on 4/20/2018
I’m so upset because i used to use GarageBand for a lot of things, but now it won’t even open on my phone. It just keeps crashing and I don’t know why...I tried deleting the app which erased all of my data on the app but it still didn’t work when I reinstalled it and the updates are doing nothing about it
pretty wild
Par manger on 4/20/2018
wow wild
xXxDatBoixXx (Vainglory name) on 4/20/2018
Useless. Worthless. Trash. These are only a few of the words to describe this app. It feels like everything is experimental and unpolished, instead of an actual feature. For example, you can use quantization to make notes into triplets. It does its job, but adds a few random noises to the mix for absolutely no reason. Oh, do you want to open the settings again? Too bad! Now you have to tap away to deselect the bar, and then reselect it, wait, tap it again, wait, tap on the settings, wait, tap on quantization, and then you can edit it. It looks like Apple has given up on people trying to make good music, instead giving money only to some stupid rappers, and making more useless phones because they added a function that purposely kills the iPhone battery.
Doesn't link with DJ App anymore
Music Bruiser on 4/20/2018
Tried syncing songs thru dj app, been able to do it for years. Now it won't work anymore. Force closes DJ app or music playback comes through with static effect. Smh.
Live Loops
DrummerBeast2020 on 4/19/2018
Only complaint I can think of is that there aren’t enough live loops...sure there are a lot, but half of them are cheesy sounds or kids toys. More trap, rap & dubstep would be awesome!! New stuff, that actually sounds like it’s from 2018, not 2012 & back..
Bpm issues
angola13 on 4/19/2018
I think this is a great music app. But I don’t understand that when I export a track to another daw, the bpm’s never sync right.
I love it
Daai Adam on 4/19/2018
I just love it and it’s free to download. Keep it up using on iPad Pro 9.7 ( 2016 )
Please add!
Please urgent on 4/18/2018
Please add the Irish tin whistle!
I love the App, but there’s room for improvement
CrazyStacey25 on 4/18/2018
As a blind musician, I want to say, this is by far the best app I’ve tried, and the most accessible. It’s very screen reader friendly, and works very well with apple’s built in screen reader, voiceover. However, there is something that I really think would make the experience better. When I customize the chords, for example, if I want a major 7th chord, when auto play is turned off, it plays the chord just fine, and it sounds exactly like a major 7th chord. When auto play is turned on, however, it only plays a major chord. It does not play the notes to make the major 7th chord. I’ve also noticed this in minor 7th chords. It will just play a regular minor chord in auto play. And it also doesn’t play 9th chords. Pretty much the custom chords have no auto plays that play the notes of the custom chord. Auto play only plays the basic major and minor chords respectively. I would really like to see an update that auto play will make the changes to custom chords. Other than that, very good, and I enjoy using it.
shdbzk on 4/18/2018
Great app and all but I found this extremely annoying bug where I click on my song and it won’t all. There is no loading thing or any of that or does nothing.
Please Give is more
Joha Striker on 4/18/2018
So I love the instruments already there, they are easy to play and there is a nice selection. But I kinda what to be able to experiment with instruments that are not so common. For example a shamisan, something I have been interested in since I saw Kubo and the Two Strings. Also I really do not like the lack of woodwind and brass instruments. Stuff like flutes and saxophones would be really nice. I would love a pan flute especially.
Vanhandey on 4/17/2018
Why it doesn’t has any reggae beat 🤷🏾‍♂️?
Akiome Uzumaki on 4/16/2018
I don’t recommend getting this app. Nothing is working and everything is broken. It makes no sense.
Please read.
JohnPthatsMe on 4/16/2018
So far so good. Please note I am using the free version and have not yet purchased any full production programs. This is my review for the test run. I am Running this app on my Mac. I’ve played with it for a few months along with a few other production apps. I’ve been dipping into the free side of the apps to see what one I feel most comfortable with before spending several hundred on the full meal deal. Out of The several programs I’ve tried, this one is winning. The amp builder impressed me. from the cabinet/head selection to the type of mic and speaker placement on the cabinet are cool features I wasn’t expecting. The drummer selection is fun for prefab beats, from techno, trap, rock, hip hop and more. Once you get to the meat and bones you find they are adjustable to your liking. If you can’t find the beat you want just step record or use your favorite midi controller and drop that shiz on there. Very easy app to use if you dig for a few and hang in there. I’ve heard people say that most sounds are generic mostly leaning to techno/rock. This is somewhat true if you can’t figure out how to use filters/mix/EQ, I find it to be very versatile and can usually find something descent for a demo play along track. But with that being said I have also had no problems At all installing my add on midi controlled programs and loop/sample packs. Overall for being a free program this thing has the works if you dig in. Quite impressed. I’ve played music for years behind the kit. Just now decided to start dipping into production for a hobby. Homework is key, don’t give up because the presets aren’t what your looking for. Learn the program and find it has tons to offer if you take your time. Though I am still studying and have a couple more programs I want to try I am starting to think that I will be upgrading to Logic Pro once all is said and done. It’s GarageBand on steroids from what I can tell and I can only imagine how much fun it will be. To give perspective of what I’m using it for. Currently practicing live recording with a full rock band. And write “beats” on the side. I’ve played drums for 26 years now. Growing up in a household where good music is good music no matter what genre I’ve Never been one to stick to one type of music. On the kit I’ve played in punk/(Brutal Metal/borderline death, Horns up to my metal heads \m/ )/rock/indie/and country bands. On keys/synths and drum machines I’ve played with rap/hip hop and edm/techno groups. So I’m well rounded I guess I would say, but the drums are my strong point. Bottom line is I have found everything from techno/rap/trap/country/rock and metal features very useful with this program. Just have to expand, learn and not give up over presets. Best free program I’ve found as of yet. Great job!!
Amy The Taco Queen on 4/16/2018
I’ve tried to download this *censored* for about 3 hours already. It’s been on one *censored* block forever! I stop the download and tried to do it over and over again but nothing worked! So one star. Bye *censored*
Buy Now😀
@sssuper on 4/16/2018
I love this app! It’s a great way to express music. If you are a great singer/songwriter buy this app! I know I will keep it forever! FYI, I have had garage band since I was 7, I am 9 now so...🙂🙂🙂🙂😄😄😄😀😀😀😀👧🏽
This app .....
kemdkdm on 4/16/2018
I waited 7 hours for this app to download ( even more ) come on apple pull together for Steve jobs don’t let him down
plz read
cjmedina456 on 4/15/2018
love the app but it would be better if we could have more trap hip hop type drums and 808s. other than that it’s a solid app
Awsome game
Niall Horan ☺️💕 on 4/15/2018
Aye, i wanted ya to know that GarageBand is an awsome Studio for music and am getting Followers on snapchat,Twitter,Facebook! And getting more Followers on other games such as Roblox etc! Ps: This really helps me with views and subs on YT!, Thanks!
Cool ways to make music!
Autumn and Toca friends on 4/15/2018
I love this game. It is an epic way to dance out of your pants to your own sound! I enjoy this app and I am in LOVE with the... the... Was it EMP? The digital keyboard thingy or whatever. The one with the blocks of sound. I love it and I feel like this app is better than you think.
Oliver(T)eckdec(k) on 4/15/2018
This app helps me with making music!
So Close, And Yet So Far (For Professionals, Anyway)
legittristan on 4/14/2018
GarageBand is awesome, especially for a free app. However, it’s missing a couple critical components: First, it NEEDS FULL MIDI CONTROL. All buttons and parameters need to be MIDI mapable. The iPad is such a great tool for live performance (way more potential possibility than a laptop), but until Apple makes GarageBand a little more hardware-friendly, the laptop will continue to win. Second, the looper is dope but again needs to be MIDI controllable (so you could record and play loops with a MIDI foot pedal for example), have easier access to mute and solo functions per track, and the ability to optionally have audio effects tails continue after a loop or track is muted. Also, a MIDI clock visualizer so you can easily tell what beat you’re on before the first loop starts would be extremely helpful for those who don’t want the audience hearing a metronome click. More loop/pad playback options would be great too. There’s more to be done, but these are a couple key places that need improvement.
Payton0207 on 4/14/2018
I love it I can’t stop playing it I love experimenting with all the instruments. But there’s one thing...It needs more instruments that you don’t have to download as an add on. What I mean is that there’s a lot of pianos and drums and guitars and other stuff but what I think you should add is a dubstep maker.That would be really fun and cool so please make a dubstep maker.
Cannot copy and paste between projects anymore
An Angry Composer on 4/14/2018
Edit: I found out that this issue happened after I downloaded the “toy box” instrument sound pack. When I deleted it, the problem immediately went away. This is a very unusual bug. I used to be able to copy a track from one song, exit to the menu, then paste it into another song. I suddenly can’t do that anymore. Now I lost a track.
David Puffin on 4/14/2018
It’s stupid to have a app such as this with no TUTORIAL on how to use it
New update a bit disappointing
zemog422 on 4/14/2018
I absolutely love this app and all but the new update just no cause I can’t access any of my old songs and when I try to create a new one it’s still loading as I type this so I don’t know what the new changes are
Really awesome!
BangtanGirl3000 on 4/14/2018
A great music making app You should get!!
-A kid fan on 4/14/2018
This is a good” app. It is hard to navigate and understand, this app needs major improvements.
Hermúsico on 4/14/2018
Any chance of adding a harpsichord?
A problem with audio unit extensions
abby five on 4/14/2018
I got an iPad the other day, which came with this app. I use GarageBand on my phone also. On the iPad though, I’m having issues with the sound library. When I go to click the name of the sound pack that I want, it doesn’t do anything. Please fix this issue in later updates to garage band. But besides that this app is amazing!(Note: I am using voice over.) Update It is two months later and I am using audio unit extensions on GarageBand. When I try to say something my voice gets all wavery, like if I am using an auto tune app, my voice does not match the key that I have it set to. I don’t know if this is just a bug with GarageBand or if I am just doing something wrong. If this is a bug, please fix this in the later update as well.
Cadeau 101 on 4/14/2018
I love this app.
Mama gasht on 4/14/2018
I'm on IOS 10.2 and I can't use this app, and I can't update my system because I'm on Iphone 5 please fix that, I love this app
Needs more instruments
xXsuperbroXx790 on 4/13/2018
I want this app to have more instruments please Also it won’t let me have a toy box set
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