How to Transfer Music to Your Android Phone

by Catherine Hewson

    Unlike the Apple iPhone, Android phones don't come with a dedicated syncing application for transferring music and other media files from the computer to the device. However, you can use several different methods for transferring music to your Android phone. Some of the easiest methods include transferring via the USB cable, via the SD card or through third-party iTunes-like software.

    USB

    Step 1

    Connect your Android phone to the computer through the phone's USB sync cable.

    Step 2

    Drag down the "Notifications" top bar on your phone and tap the "Connect to PC" option. Tap "Use as disk drive." This ensures that your computer recognizes your phone correctly for the transfer of music and other files.

    Step 3

    Open the folder that contains the music files you want to transfer to your phone. Right-click the music file or files you want to transfer, and then click "Copy."

    Step 4

    Click the Windows Start button and then select "Computer." Double-click the icon for your Android phone under "Drives with removable storage." Double-click the "Audio" folder on the phone.

    Step 5

    Right-click within the "Audio" folder and select "Paste." Wait for the transfer dialog box to disappear which signals that the music files have been successfully transferred to the phone. Repeat the process as necessary to transfer additional music to your Android phone. Unplug the phone from the computer and open the "Music" app on the phone to begin playing your transferred music.

    SD Card

    Step 1

    Consult your phone's manual for instructions on removing the SD card from your phone. In most cases, this can be done by taking off the back of your phone and then gently removing the card from the slot.

    Step 2

    Insert the SD card into your computer. If your computer does not have a built-in SD card reader, you can purchase an external one that connects to the computer via USB.

    Step 3

    Open the folder that contains the music you want to transfer to your Android phone. Select the files you want to transfer and then right-click and select "Copy."

    Step 4

    Click the Windows Start button and then click "Computer." Double-click your SD card icon listed under "Drives with removable storage." Right-click within the SD card folder and select "Paste" to transfer the music to the SD card. Wait for the transfer dialog box to disappear before disconnecting the card from the computer.

    Step 5

    Reinsert the SD card into your Android phone. Open the "Music" app on your phone to begin listening to the music on your SD card.

    DoubleTwist

    Step 1

    Install the doubleTwist app on your Android phone through the Google Play store. Download and install the doubleTwist program on your computer.

    Step 2

    Connect your Android phone to the computer via the USB sync cable for the device. Drag down the "Notifications" top menu and select "Connect to PC." Tap "Mount as disk drive."

    Step 3

    Click Start, then "All Programs," then "doubleTwist." Click "File," then "Import" to import your music into the doubleTwist library.

    Step 4

    Click each song that you want to transfer to your phone and then drag it to your phone's icon listed under "Devices" in doubleTwist. The song is then transferred to your Android phone. Repeat the process to transfer additional songs. Do not unplug the phone until the transfer box says the process is complete.

    About the Author

    Catherine Hewson has been writing professionally since 2006, contributing to a variety of websites. She is also a technical writer with extensive experience in Android/iPhone development and PC repair. Hewson holds a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems from the University of Michigan-Flint and works as an IT project manager.

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