How to Copy Music to an Android Phone or Tablet From Any Computer

This tutorial will guide you through the easiest method to copy music files from Windows, macOS or Linux to your Android phone or tablet.

Note: the steps involved in transferring files from Windows/macOS/Linux to Android have changed considerably over the years. Back when this guide was initially published (2009!) you needed a USB cable and depending on your operating system, probably some software too. Now (2021) all you need is a web browser on each device and for them to be connected to the same network. Plus, you can transfer files the other way around – from the Android device to the computer. This guide now applies to files of all kinds – not just music/audio stuff.

  1. On the Windows, Mac or Linux computer, open a browser and visit the site Your computer be assigned a fun name and little emoji (as illustrated in the screenshot below).
  2. in a web browser on a desktop/laptop computer

  3. On the Android device, load the same site – You should see a name and emoji that’s been assigned to you as well as the name and emoji that the computer was assigned in the previous step. If it’s not there, have no fear – jump down to step #9 below. If you do see both emojis, proceed to step #3.
  4. in an Android web browser

  5.  Back on the computer, you’ll see the Android device pop up on the page. Drag and drop the files you want to transfer to the Android device onto its emoji.
  6. copy music files from a Windows file manager onto an Android device via a web browser

  7. If you’re sending more than one file, Sharedrop will quickly zip those files into a zip file.
  8. a notice about zipping files

  9. Once it’s ready to send, click the Send button.
  10. an arrow pointing at a Send button

  11. Back on the Android device, tap the Save button.
  12. an arrow pointing at a Save button

  13. The zip file will now transfer from the computer to Android. There isn’t a countdown-timer or clock, but there is a blue line that circles around the emoji to indicate the transfer status. It’s quite quick, even when transferring large files.
  14. an emoji with a time-bar around it

  15. Once the file has finished transferring it should open up in a file manager – from here you can extract the files to your Music folder (or wherever you wish, of course). That’s it! You’re all done. If you want to transfer files from the Android device back to the computer, just tap the computers “emoji” and follow the steps to select files to send.
  16. an Android file manager a copy of the music files

  17.  On the computer, click the “plus sign” button found in the upper-right corner of the page.
  18. an arrow pointing at a plus sign

  19. A window with a QR code will pop up. Open the camera app on the Android device and point it at the QR code – that will open the site and this time you will see the other computer. Jump back up to step #3 to proceed. Note: if the Android tablet or phone doesn’t have a QR reader built into the camera app, we’ve got you covered.
  20. a QR code embedded in a web page that allows files to copy from Android to other device

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17 thoughts on “How to Copy Music to an Android Phone or Tablet From Any Computer”

  1. thank you, very helpful….
    i’m a new android’s user..and i was got little bit confused about copying music from windows…xoxoxo

  2. Thanks for the “simple” help! You made it sound so easy I can’t understand why I couldn’t seem to figure this out on my own, but thank you!!

  3. Hands down the best step by step documentation I have found. To creat the “Music” folder was key for me.

    ~Thank you!

  4. Thank you!!!!! I hope you are a manual writer. The world could use more straight forward directions like this. You saved me hours of figuring this whole process out. Thank you!!!!

  5. Thankyou SO SO SO much, I tried to follow the user guide instructions but it seems like they miss 20 steps. You are a STAR. Thanks HEAPS ;-D

  6. YOU ARE AWESOME. After wasting freaking 5 hours finally I found step by step instructions. YOU ROCK.

  7. Thank you for providing this info, it was very much appreciated! It doesnt get easier than following this guide :)

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