How to Use Old Android Phone as MP3 Player

When I listen to music I usually stick to country and rock. That’s my own preference, but regardless of what you listen to it helps to have a nice MP3 player to bring your music to the gym, in the car, to work and even while cooking something in the kitchen.

When you purchase a new Android phone you typically throw out the old one or it ends up in a drawer somewhere. Some people even sell their phone to get a few bucks, but those services are really somewhat of a ripoff since you paid so much for the phone in the first place.

So, why not turn your old Android phone into an MP3 player? Load up all your favorite songs and even tap into certain internet radio apps to get even more tunes.

Let’s take a look at how to use old Android phone as MP3 player so you can pump your tunes wherever you go.

Prepare Your MP3 Player

When you turn your Android phone into an MP3 player there are a few things to think about before completing the process.

Here are some tips to get started:

Tip 1

Use our guide on how to turn your Android phone into a WiFi-only device. This allows you to tap into your WiFi at home for bringing up radio apps and streaming music services like Spotify.

Tip 2

Turn off your data on the phone. This ensures that your phone doesn’t waste resources trying to find networks, since you aren’t using a network anymore. All phones are different, but you typically go to Settings, the Data Manager and then uncheck the Data option.


Tip 3

Perform a factory rest on your phone to clear everything that might conflict. This is typically in Settings > Back up and Reset and then Factory Data Reset, but it varies per device. It should be in your Settings somewhere though.

factory reset

Tip 4

Consider buying nice headphones, speakers and even a case to use your phone just like you would use a regular MP3 player.

Method 1: Using the Android MP3 Player in Your Car

It’s nice to listen to your own playlists while sitting in your car, but what do you have to do in order to achieve this listening atmosphere?

Step 1

You typically have to play your own locally stored music files when not near a WiFi hotspot, but some services like Spotify allow you to listen online. Checkout the Spotify guide to see how you can listen to your playlists while offline. You can also look at our other MP3 apps to play music in your car.

Listen Offline

Keep in mind that you usually have to pay for the offline mode and some of the apps might not offer this functionality. Create your playlists before getting in the car to make it a worthwhile listening experience.

Step 2

If you have CDs or audio files on your computer this is the best way to listen to music in your car. You have full control over the music and you don’t have to worry about an internet connection or offline functionality.

Use our guide for moving music from your computer to an Android phone to make this happen.

Step 3

Purchase a nice car mount or holder to have direct access to the MP3 player.

car mount

Step 4

Consider upgrading your car speakers and buying a cable that connects the phone to your car speaker system. Some cars require a tape deck converter for this to work. A car charger is also nice since music sucks up battery. That’s it!

Method 2: Using the Android MP3 Player in Your Home

You have more freedom for using your MP3 player in the home because you probably have access to WiFi.

Step 1

Download one of the many MP3 players we discussed above or consider free music options to find music to put on your phone.


Step 2

Make sure the WiFi is working in your home by testing it out with your other devices.

Step 3

Upload your own locally owned and purchased music to the phone.

Step 4

Purchase a nice portable speaker system to plug your phone in at home. Portable speakers are nice for moving the MP3 player around. You can place it in your kitchen while cooking, in the bathroom while showering and in the living room for parties.


Step 5

Use headphones while listening privately and consider finding a case because lots of people will be toying around with your new music player. Remember to keep a charger around just in case.

Method 3: Using the Android MP3 Player While On-the-Move

This is similar to using the Android MP3 player in your car, but we wanted to discuss different times and areas you can use the phone while moving around.

Step 1

Follow all the steps we talked about in Method 1.

Step 2

Use the MP3 player while flying on a plane or on the train or bus to work.

Step 3

Use the player while at the gym or while running. Get a nice workout holder to keep your MP3 player safe. Old Android phones are great for working out because you don’t have to worry as much about rain or sweat or dropping it on the ground.

jogging band

Step 4

Use the phone anywhere else, such as the beach, while at a game, while waiting at the doctor’s office and more.


That’s it for our “use old Android phone as MP3 player guide.” If you have any questions about how to use your old Android phone, please let us know in the comments section below.

There is no reason you shouldn’t use your old devices because they typically still work just fine. Share if you think there are other ways to use the old phone.


Comments (1)

  1. K. D. Klemp on

    Don’t follow Tip #3 — Factory Reset. I did so, and now cannot even get into the phone. It wants me to press on the Android, and when I do, the only option is to activate the phone. Eek!!

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