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How to transfer music from your computer to an Android mobile

27 mayo, 2021

There are many ways to listen to music on your Android: from streaming services of all kinds to YouTube videos to the FM radio you almost forgot that includes our mobiles. One of the most classic methods, and no less interesting, is to use our mobile as an MP3 music player (or the format that we like the most). Namely, listen to digital copies of our favorite albums and tracks without having to depend on any Spotify, Apple Music and company.

Recently we were talking about how the USB of our mobile was worth more than charging it and one of the ways in which we can take advantage of it is to transfer files between PC and Android. Well, that will be the entrance for us to transfer music and start listening to it, although it is not the only possible way.

Transferring music over USB

Fortunately, transferring a file between an Android and a computer is very simple. So much so that in most cases all we need is connect the mobile to the computer with a USB cable no need to install any driver. There are also other options creative if we do not have a physical connection that allows us to unite both: the cloud.

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If you use a Windows computer, it is as simple as taking your mobile phone, connecting it to your computer via USB cable and that’s it. It does not have to have any special characteristics, just being in good condition is enough. The one that comes included with your charger will work for example. Normally when we connect a mobile by USB to transfer data we will get some kind of warning.

For example, this is what happens when I connect my Note 8 to the computer:

Samsung Note 8

With the Mate 10 I get this warning:

Mate 10 USB

As you can see, the message that appears is something different but in essence it is the same: it asks us if we want to allow access to the files. We say yes and from there we will see that our Android will appear as one more unit.

Usb Windows 10

If we click on it, we will see that we the different folders that we have on the mobile will appear. From here and until we disconnect the cable we can manage everything to our liking, but be careful: try to only touch those folders that have files such as documents or music, if you move or delete other folders (such as application data) you may have some trouble.

Usb Windows 10

I have a Mac, what do I do?

Android File Transfer

In the case of Apple computers, the process to connect via USB requires one more step but we can be calm: it is very simple. We will only have to install the Android File Transfer application and install it on our Mac. Once we have it done, every time you plug in the mobile by cable, the application with the different folders will skip.

Android File Transfer

From here, we can manage all folders in the same way as in Windows. If you have a modern MacBook Pro, of which only have USB-C connectors, I recommend that you use a dongle or a specific cable. In my case, I had to choose to buy one of the first to avoid having to use USB-C cables at both ends.

Through the cloud it is also possible

Music Cloud Note 8

If we don’t have the option of physically connecting our mobile to a computer, don’t worry. As long as you both have an internet connection we can use any cloud service such as Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox to upload our discs there and later recover them from the mobile with the Android app of each of these services.

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For this case I have made a copy of a disk and uploaded it to OneDrive. From the Android app it is as simple as clicking on the three dots that appear next to each song (you can see it above these lines) and hitting the save button for us to make a copy on our mobile. Remember to do it with WiFi if you can, to save data on the mobile rate.

After many years transferring files from the computer to the mobile, my advice is that whenever you can, use a USB cable. It is the most direct option and also the simplest to have everything in order and not go crazy trying to find things. The cloud is fine to move things fast but for heavy files, it is better to resort to the physical connection.

Where do I keep my music and how do I find it?

Solid Explorer

We are already clear on how to pair the two devices to start transferring files. Before we start copying and pasting folders without order, our suggestion is that we create a dedicated folder inside our mobile to organize all the records and songs there. It is easier to find and it will also help us to better manage our mobile memory.

A little order to have everything under control

Normally, on Android phones it comes already created a folder called “Music” by default and that’s a good place to start putting our records in. We can also create a new one, but the ideal, as we said, is to create folders with artists or albums within a large one to have everything under control.

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With this in mind, the next step is to go copying and pasting folders from our computer to the mobile as if it were one more hard drive of our computer. There is no further step to do and the process is identical in all operating systems, it does not matter if we are on Windows, Mac or Linux.

If you have made a mistake copying folders and you have disconnected the cable, nothing happens, from Android you can organize everything again if it has not been to your liking. File explorers such as Solid Explorer allow us to see the memory of our mobile in a similar way to how we do it on our computer.

Having the folders in Android in order will help us to manage everything better in order to move documents or delete them.

Now that we’ve copied the music, it’s time to find it on Android. To do this, we will return to use a file explorer and we will dive through the different folders. Do you remember that a moment ago we said that it is a good idea to have everything in a large folder? Well, if you go to the root of the memory of your mobile in the application to explore files, there we will find the folder in question with all the music.

Inside it we can move folders, rename files or delete them if we are no longer going to listen to them. If your mobile has inserted a microSD card, you can move folders to this storage unit in order to free up the main memory. In fact, if you are going to put a lot of discs or files in formats that occupy a lot like FLAC, it is better to transfer them to the card to save space.

Players: what options do I have?


We already have our music well organized on the mobile and ready to be listened to so let’s get to it. In Android there are thousands of options to listen to the discs we have saved in the memory of the mobile. In fact, the one you have probably already comes with a pre-installed app to listen to it.

Setting up a music player on Android will take just a few seconds if we don’t go into advanced parameters. In fact, most do an automatic memory scan and will identify where the music is and then show it in a list format and well ordered, if we have previously saved everything on your site.

There are many possibilities and in Engadget Android we have seen many options and very versatile applications for those looking for the best. From my own experience, I recommend the following:

  • If you like minimalist but functional players: Phonograph and Shuttle Music Player are two great options and they both work great.

  • If what you are looking for is a player that In addition to sounding good, it is beautiful and also has lyrics support, Retro Music Player is one of the best out there right now.

  • If we want an application with many options And design isn’t that important to us – Poweramp remains the go-to music player for those who like to calibrate every detail so everything sounds perfect.