How to Copy Music to Your Android Phone

Android Music Library
Justin Duino

You don’t need to abandon your music collection while on the go. Streaming services like Spotify are great, but you shouldn’t have to pay for music you already own. If you want to transfer your music to your Android device, here’s how.

File Transfer Over USB Cable

The easiest method for transferring your music to your Android device is by connecting to your PC with a USB cable. You can then manage your collection using a music app like Phonograph once the files are on your phone.

Connect your device to your PC and wait for it to appear. On Windows, it should appear under “Devices and Drives” in File Explorer.

macOS users will need to use Android File Transfer. Download and install it onto your Mac, and then connect your Android device. You’ll then be able to browse the contents of your Android device and copy your music files directly to it.

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Android will sometimes default to a charging mode that prevents you from accessing your Android device’s file system over USB. If your PC hasn’t detected your Android device, check to see if the USB setting is correct.

Android USB Connection Options

Your device may ask you what you’d like to do with your USB connection when you plug it in, rather than deciding this automatically, with options like “Transferring Files.” It may be worded a little differently on your device, but if this happens, choose this option. Once it’s picked up by your PC, you can then start to move files over.

Now open your music folder and start dragging items to your Android device where you’d like to store your music collection. This process can take some time depending on how many files you decide to transfer.

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