Do you have a lot of music on your PC but you don’t know how to transfer it to your Android device? Do you want to enjoy your music on the go but your device doesn’t have your music library? Do you want to quickly transfer your entire music library or a couple of songs to your Android device?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then continue reading this guide to learn how to transfer music from computer to Android, quickly and easily.
Apple has its own iTunes software for storing and transferring music between a PC and the iPhone. Even though the iTunes software is great, there aren’t many alternatives for keeping the iPhone updated with the music library. Android, on the other hand, lets you transfer music quickly from your PC, with or without using third party applications.
Using this guide, you will find out how you can transfer music from your computer to your Android device. We’ll show you different methods for transferring your music and you can select the method that best fits your preferences.
Method 1: USB Storage
This is the default and possibly the quickest way of transferring your music, or any other file, to your Android device. This uses Android’s USB or mass storage mode for transferring files and you don’t need to install any third party applications on your PC.
Connect your Android device to your PC using a micro USB cable. On several devices, USB storage will be set by default whenever you connect your device to a PC. For other devices, you might need to turn on USB Storage once you connect it using the micro USB cable.
Once your PC recognizes the Android device, an AutoPlay popup window will appear. Click on the Open folder to view the files option. If you don’t get the AutoPlay window, you can select your Android device by going to My Computer and selecting the Removable Disk directory. This opens up your device’s root storage folder on your PC.
Navigate to the Music folder of your device or any other folder where you want to store the music files.
Go to the directory where the music files are stored on your computer.
Select the entire folder or the music files that you want on your Android device and copy them to the Music folder of your Android device that you navigated to earlier. You can either copy the files or drag and drop them to your device’s Music folder. Wait for the copying process. This might take a while if you’re copying a lot of music. Once this is done, unplug your Android device from your PC. That’s it! You should now have all your music in your device’s music player.
Method 2: Google Music Manager
This method uses Google’s popular Music Manager PC software for transferring music to your Android device. The software is similar to Apple’s iTunes and is perfect if you want to keep your device synced with the music library on your PC. This method doesn’t actually copy the music files on your Android device’s storage but instead, it stores your music over the cloud so that you can play it any time on your Android device using the Google Play music app.
Download and install the Google Music Manager app on your PC. You can download the app here.
Open Google Music Manager on your PC and sign in with your Google account details. Make sure that you login with the account that you use on your Android device.
Choose Upload songs to Google Play and click on the Next button.
Select the My Music folder if your music is stored under My Music on your PC. If your music is stored somewhere else, select Other folders, click on Add folder and select the folder where your music is stored. Click on the Next button.
After scanning the selected folder, Google Music Manager starts uploading your music folder and you get a popup saying Your music is being added. Click on the Close button and Music Manager runs in the background, uploading all your songs.
Download and install the Google Play Music app on your Android device. You can download it through the Google Play button below.
Open the app and make sure that you are logged in with the Google ID that you used for the Music Manager PC app. As your music is being uploaded through Google Music Manager, you will start getting the music files in the Google Play Music app whenever you are connected to the internet on your Android device.
All the music that you get through the Music Manager PC app will be stored on cloud, which is only accessible with an internet connection. For storing some of the songs offline on your device, hold the song or album that you want to store and tap on Keep on device. The selected album or song will be stored on your Android device, available for offline listening.
Method 3: Wondershare MobileGo
This method focuses on a third party PC app that lets you transfer music between your Android device and your computer. MobileGo from Wondershare is probably one of the most popular apps for managing your Android device through your PC. Not only can you use the app to transfer music, but you can also transfer messages, contacts and images.
Download and install Wondershare MobileGo on your PC. You can get the app here.
Open the app and connect your Android device to your PC using a micro USB cable. Once the app recognizes your device, your device should appear under the Devices tab.
Under your device’s name, select Music and click on the Add button.
Select the folder where the music files are stored on your PC and the app should start transferring the music files to your Android device. This might take a while depending on the size of your music library. Once the transfer process is complete, you can unplug your device and all your music should now be available on your Android device.
Unlike the iPhone, transferring files between your computer and your Android device has always been relatively easy. Transferring music is no exception and you can quickly transfer the music files to your Android device. Method 1 is the perfect way for transferring music, since it is extremely fast, but if you want to save up a lot of space on your device, then you should use Google Music Manager for using the cloud storage facility. The last method should work with most Android devices and if you want a fully featured Android device manager, then perhaps this would be the ideal choice. Consider learning how to transfer your songs from iTunes if need be, and check out our top free music apps to save some cash.
Whichever method you choose, make sure that you follow all the instructions on how to transfer music from computer to Android phone, and feel free to shoot any questions below.