How to Download Music From Google Play to Your Phone

MakeUseOf | 1/23/2019 | Dan Price
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Google Play Music can act as a central hub for all your audio files. If you subscribe to Google’s service, you’ll have access to Play Music’s catalog of songs, and can also upload 50,000 of your own tracks.

But you can also download the music to your phone! Keep reading to find out how.

Types - Tracks - Google - Play - Music

There are three types of tracks in your Google Play Music Library: tracks you uploaded, tracks you bought, and tracks from a Play Music subscription. We’ll look at streaming tracks later. For now, let’s focus on tracks you own.

Because you own the tracks, you are free to download them from Google Play and use them on your other apps and devices.

Album - Playlists - Play - Music - Android

If you only want to download a particular album or one of your playlists, it’s easy to do with the official Play Music Android app. Just follow the step-by-step instructions below:

Open the app and navigate to the music you want.

Name - Album - Playlist - Context - Menu

Tap on the name of either the album or playlist to open the context menu.

On the context menu, tap Download.

Notification - Device - Download

You’ll receive a notification on your device when the download is complete.

If you want to see which songs you have saved locally through the Google Play Music app, tap on the three horizontal bars in the upper left-hand corner, then scroll down to Downloaded only and slide the toggle into the On position.

Music - Play - Music—meaning - Song - Song

So far, so good. But what happens if you want to download all the music you own on Play Music—meaning every song you’ve ever uploaded and every song you’ve ever bought?

Clearly, the method we just explained isn’t suitable. It would take an untold amount of time to download every album and playlist individually, and that’s before you worry about accidentally overlooking some of the files.

Google - Play - Music - App - Download

Oddly, the Google Play Music app does not provide a simple “Download All” button....
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