Where are my music files on Android?

This article will explain the various places where music files may be stored on Android devices. Music downloaded on an Android phone can end up in different folders depending on the app used, storage location, and user settings. We will cover the default storage locations in device storage, SD cards, music apps like Play Music, cloud storage, transferring from a computer, and using third party apps or search to locate files. Understanding where your music collection may be saved on an Android phone is helpful for easily accessing and managing your audio files.

Device Storage

By default, music and audio files downloaded or transferred to an Android device are stored in the device’s internal storage. The specific location varies slightly between devices and Android versions, but audio files are generally saved in a folder like “Music” or “My Files” located in internal storage.

To access these files, open the My Files or File Manager app on your device – this is typically pre-installed or can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. Navigate to the folder where audio files are saved, such as Music or Ringtones. From here, you can play music and audio files directly, transfer them to a different location, delete them, and manage them as needed.

On some devices, there may be a pre-installed “Music” or media player app that scans internal storage and gives access to all music content in one place. However, the My Files app always allows direct access to view and manage the actual audio files stored in internal device storage.

MicroSD Card

Many Android devices support the use of external microSD cards to expand storage capacity. This provides more space to save photos, videos, and music files. When adding music to your Android device, you can choose to save the files directly to the external SD card rather than internal storage.

To find music saved on your SD card, open the My Files or File Manager app on your device. Here you can navigate to the SD card folder, then into the Music folder to view artists, albums, songs, and playlists stored on the external memory. You may need to grant the file manager app permission to access and view SD card content.

Another option is to use a music player app like AeroPlayer that lets you browse and play music stored on external SD cards.

Overall, using a microSD card provides a simple way to expand storage and directly save music files separate from the device’s internal memory.

Play Music App

For many years, Google Play Music allowed users to upload their personal music libraries and stream the audio files through the app. When Google announced plans to shut down Play Music in 2020, they assured users that their audio libraries would be transferred to YouTube Music, Google’s new dedicated music streaming app.

Users’ uploaded music libraries from Google Play Music do not automatically appear in the YouTube Music app library upon opening it for the first time. According to Google support, to access your uploaded Play Music files in YouTube Music you must:

Open the YouTube Music app and select “Library”. Then choose either “Albums”, “Songs”, or “Artists” depending on how you want to browse your collection. Finally, select the “Uploads” tab. This is where all of your transferred Google Play Music audio files now reside within YouTube Music app.

The files have not changed, only the app housing them. So users can search for and play any of their uploaded music just like before now within the YouTube Music app. Anything transferred from Google Play Music exists locally on the device and can be listened to even without an internet connection. The audio files behave just like they did in Play Music in terms of background play, downloads, casting etc.


Other Apps

Many popular music streaming services like Spotify, Pandora, and Amazon Music allow you to download songs, albums, or playlists for offline listening on your Android device. This downloaded music can be accessed within the respective apps.

For example, Spotify lets you download music for offline playback. To find this downloaded content in the Spotify app, tap on “Your Library” at the bottom and select “Downloads” to see all your offline content. Pandora also allows you to download songs and playlists for offline listening, which can be accessed in the “My Music” tab of the app.

Similarly, Amazon Music members can download songs, albums, and playlists to listen offline within the Amazon Music app on Android. The downloaded content can be found in the “On Device” tab within the app.

So if you’ve downloaded music for offline listening from apps like Spotify, Pandora or Amazon Music, you can access it within the respective apps on your Android device.

Cloud Storage

Many people store their music files in cloud storage services like Google Drive. This allows you to access your music from any device by downloading it on demand.

To find music files stored on Google Drive, open the Drive app and tap the search icon. Type in keywords related to the music files you’re looking for or even lyrics from a song. Google Drive search will return any matching music files you have stored there. You can also use Google Drive search operators like “type:mp3” to narrow results to specific file types like MP3s. See more tips for searching Google Drive here.

Once you’ve located your music files on Google Drive, tap to open them and select the download icon to download them to your Android device storage for playback in apps like Play Music. Here are more instructions for downloading Drive music files to Play Music.

For other cloud storage services like Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud Drive etc., check their apps for options to search, play, and download music files to your device.

Transfer from Computer

You can transfer music files from your computer to your Android device using a USB cable connection. When you connect your Android phone to your computer, you will get a notification asking how you want to transfer files. Select the file transfer or media transfer option.

On your computer, navigate to the folder where your music files are stored, usually the Music folder or iTunes media folder. Select the songs you want to transfer and copy them over to your Android device’s storage. The files will be saved in the Music folder on your Android phone.

You can also use the Android File Transfer app if you are using a Mac computer. This will allow you to easily drag and drop music files to your Android device. The transferred music files will be accessible in the Play Music app or other music apps on your phone.

Music transferred from a computer is typically stored in device storage rather than external SD card storage, unless you specifically save it to the SD card location. So check the Music folder in your phone’s main storage to access the transferred music files.


One of the easiest ways to find your music files on an Android device is to use the built-in search function. Here are some tips for searching for music using search:

Open the app drawer and select “Search” or swipe down from the home screen and select the Google search bar. Type in keywords related to the song, artist, or album you are looking for. The search will scan through song titles, artists, albums, and filenames across your device storage and display matching results.

To narrow your search, you can type in more specific keywords like the song title, artist name, album name, or even lyrics. Search will return the music files, playlists, or audio apps that match.

If you know the folder location, you can also search by typing something like “downloads folder” or “sdcard music.” This will show files saved in those folders.

Using search is handy when you don’t know or remember where your music files are stored. It scans your entire device and provides an easy way to find music content.

(Citation: https://www.imyfone.com/android-recovery-tips/recover-disappeared-music-files-on-android/)

Third Party Apps

There are several third party file manager apps on the Google Play Store that can help you easily locate music files stored on your Android device or SD card. Some popular options include:

Shazam – This app can listen to music playing around you and identify the song title and artist. It offers unlimited music discovery and can find songs even when using headphones.

According to users on Reddit, Beatfind is one of the best Android apps for identifying music. It’s free, simple to use, and quickly recognizes songs playing in your environment.

These music recognition apps allow you to easily identify both local files and songs playing externally. They can help you re-discover music you have stored on your device that you may have forgotten about.


To recap, there are several main places your music files are likely to be stored on an Android device:

  • On your device’s internal storage
  • On an external SD card if you have one installed
  • In apps like Play Music or other music apps you use
  • In cloud storage if you’ve uploaded your music to services like Google Play Music or Dropbox

To locate your music files, you can use your device’s Files app to browse folders directly. Or use the search function to look for filenames, artists, albums etc. Some music apps like Play Music also let you browse your music library within the app.

You can transfer music files to your Android device from your computer using a USB cable or cloud storage. And there are many third party apps that can help organize and play music files stored across different locations.

The key is knowing where your music is likely to be saved, and using tools like search and music apps to easily access your tunes when you want to listen!

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