How do I transfer music from my Android to my computer?

Transferring music files from your Android phone to your computer is a common task that allows you to backup your music collection, sync songs between devices, and access your music on a different machine. With the right cables or wireless connection, the process is relatively quick and easy.

In this guide, we’ll provide an overview of the main ways to transfer music files off of an Android device and onto a Windows or Mac computer. Whether using a USB cable, WiFi, Bluetooth, cloud storage services, or dedicated media transfer modes, we’ll cover the steps involved and potential issues that may arise during the file transfer process.


Before transferring files from your Android device to your computer, you’ll need to do some preparation on both devices to enable a smooth file transfer process.

First, on your Android device, you’ll want to enable USB debugging. This allows your computer to recognize your Android device and access its files when connected via USB. To enable USB debugging, go to Settings > System > Advanced > Developer options and toggle on USB debugging.

Next, if you’re using a Windows PC, you may need to install device drivers to allow communication between your Android device and computer. You can download the official drivers for your specific Android device from the manufacturer’s website.

If you’re using a Mac, you’ll want to download and install the Android File Transfer app. This provides the interface to transfer files back and forth between your Android device and Mac when connected via USB. You can download Android File Transfer for free from the official Android website.

With USB debugging enabled, device drivers installed if needed, and Android File Transfer downloaded on Mac, you’ll be ready to connect your Android device and start transferring files.

Using a USB Cable

One of the easiest ways to transfer music from an Android phone to a computer is by using a USB cable. Simply connect the Android phone to the computer using a USB cable. Many newer Android phones use a USB-C cable, while older models may use a micro USB cable. Make sure to use the appropriate cable for your specific Android phone.

Once connected via USB cable, the computer should automatically detect the Android phone. On a Mac, open the Android File Transfer app that comes pre-installed in macOS. On a Windows PC, the phone should appear as a connected drive in File Explorer.

Through the Android File Transfer app or File Explorer, you can browse the files and folders on your Android phone. Navigate to the music files or music folder you want to transfer. Then you can select and copy them over to your computer.

The advantage of using a direct USB connection is that it allows fast transfer speeds. Large music libraries or high-quality audio files can be quickly copied from the Android phone to the computer. It provides a simple wired method without needing to fiddle with wireless network settings.

One downside is that the Android phone may need to be unlocked and have USB file transfer enabled for this method to work properly. Check the notification or settings on your Android phone after connecting via USB to ensure file transfer access is enabled.




Using WiFi

One way to transfer music between your Android device and computer is by using WiFi. This allows you to wirelessly send files without physically connecting the devices.

To do this:

  • Connect your Android phone and computer to the same WiFi network. Make sure WiFi is turned on for both devices and they are on the same network.
  • On your Android device, download a file manager app such as ES File Explorer or Astro File Manager. Open the app.
  • In the file manager app, locate the music files or folders you want to transfer. Select them.
  • Tap the Share button, then select WiFi. This will enable sharing via WiFi.
  • On your computer, access the shared folders from your Android device. The device name will usually show up as a network device.
  • Copy the music files from your Android device’s folders to your computer.

This allows you to quickly transfer music over a local WiFi network between your devices. Just make sure they are connected to the same WiFi SSID.

Using Bluetooth

One way to transfer music from an Android phone to a computer is by using Bluetooth. To do this, you first need to pair the Android device with the computer via Bluetooth.

On the Android phone, go to Settings > Connected devices > Bluetooth and turn Bluetooth on. Make sure the phone is set to be discoverable so that the computer can find it.

On the Windows computer, go to Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices. Click “Add Bluetooth or other device” and select the Android phone when it appears in the list of available devices. Follow the prompts to pair the devices.

Once paired, you can browse the files on your Android phone from your computer and transfer music files wirelessly via Bluetooth. On Windows, go to File Explorer. You should see your Android phone listed under “This PC.” Click on it to view folders and files.

Select the music files you want to transfer and copy/paste or drag and drop them to a folder on your computer. The files will copy from your Android phone to the computer over the Bluetooth connection. Make sure Bluetooth stays on during the file transfer.

Bluetooth transfer speeds are slower than wired options, but the convenience of wireless makes it handy for occasional file transfers. Just keep the phone and computer within close range during the process. Some tips are to transfer smaller numbers of files at a time, and avoid moving large files like videos.[1]

Once complete, you can disconnect the Bluetooth pairing in the settings on each device to secure them again. The files transferred will now reside on your computer for backup and syncing to other devices.

Using Cloud Storage

One convenient way to transfer files from an Android phone to a computer is by using cloud storage services like Google Drive or Dropbox. Here’s how to do it:

First, install the Google Drive or Dropbox app on your Android device and set up an account if you don’t already have one. You can download the apps from the Google Play Store.

Next, open the cloud storage app on your phone and upload the files or folders you want to transfer to the cloud storage service. Tap the upload button in the app and select the files/folders on your Android phone that you want to upload.

Once the upload is complete, open the Google Drive or Dropbox website on your computer, log into your account, and your uploaded files will appear there. You can then download the files directly to your computer.

The benefit of using cloud storage is it allows you to wirelessly transfer files between devices through the internet rather than requiring a USB cable connection. Most cloud services also allow you to access your files from anywhere by logging into your account. Just be aware of storage space limits based on the cloud service plan you use.

For more details, refer to the Google Drive or Dropbox help documentation on uploading and downloading files:
How To Transfer Files From PC To PC

Using MTP Mode

MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) mode allows you to access the Android device’s storage directly from your computer. To enable MTP mode on your Android:

  1. Open the Settings app and go to Connected devices > USB.
  2. Select “File Transfer/Android Auto” or “Transfer files”.

This will set your device into MTP mode whenever it connects via USB. Now when you connect your phone to your computer via USB, the device storage will show up as an external drive. You can access music files directly from your computer’s file manager (Finder on Mac or File Explorer on Windows).

MTP mode allows full access to your Android device’s storage without needing any special software. The downside is that transfer speeds may be slower compared to some other methods. Make sure to properly eject the Android drive before unplugging the USB cable to avoid corruption.



Transferring Playlists

If you want to transfer your playlists from your Android device to your computer, one easy option is to use a third party app like doubleTwist. doubleTwist allows you to sync playlists between your Android device and iTunes on your computer. Here’s how to use it:

  1. Download and install the doubleTwist app on both your Android device and computer.
  2. Open the app on both devices and sign in with the same account.
  3. On your Android device, select the playlists you want to transfer in the doubleTwist app.
  4. On your computer, open iTunes and make sure the doubleTwist plugin is enabled under Edit > Preferences > Plugins.
  5. In the doubleTwist app on your computer, click “Sync with iTunes” which will transfer the playlists over.
  6. The playlists should now appear in iTunes on your computer.

This provides an easy wireless way to transfer playlists without needing any cables. The playlists will remain in sync between devices as long as you use doubleTwist. It’s a handy option for those who want to manage their music playlists across devices.

Potential Issues

There can be some potential issues when transferring files between an Android device and a computer that are worth being aware of.

One common problem is driver conflicts. The drivers that enable communication between the Android device and computer can sometimes become corrupt or out of date, preventing a proper connection. Reinstalling or updating drivers may resolve this.

OS compatibility problems can also occur if the Android version and computer OS are not fully compatible. For example, older Android versions may not work well with newer Mac OS versions. Ensuring both are up to date can help avoid conflicts.

File transfer interrupts can happen if the connection is disrupted during the transfer process. This may lead to corrupted or incomplete file transfers. Using a stable high-speed connection and avoiding interferences can minimize transfer interruptions.

Lastly, file corruption is possible if the transfer process encounters errors. File corruption can make transferred files unusable. Checking hashes or sizes of transferred files against the originals can detect corruption issues.

Overall, being aware of these potential pitfalls can help diagnose and troubleshoot any file transfer problems between Android devices and computers.


Transferring music files between your Android device and computer is an important way to back up your library, manage limited storage space, and enjoy your music collection across multiple devices. This guide covered the main methods to transfer music files between Android and computer:

  • Using a USB cable provides a quick, wired connection to copy files directly.
  • WiFi allows wireless file transfer if both devices are on the same network.
  • Bluetooth can transfer files wirelessly over short distances.
  • Cloud storage services offer online backup and syncing across devices.
  • MTP mode enables file management capabilities when connecting via USB.

Reliable file transfer ensures you don’t lose your music library if your phone is lost, damaged, or needs to be replaced. It also lets you access your music anywhere by syncing it across devices. With the various wired and wireless transfer methods covered here, you can choose the option that best suits your needs and setup.

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