This tutorial will guide you step by step through the process of adding audio files (mp3, ogg, wma, etc) from your Windows PC to your Android phone.
Note: the steps and screenshots in this tutorial are specific to the G1 Android phone. They will likely be similar if not identical as new Android devices reach the marketplace.
Note 2: while the steps below work perfectly, and still do, this tutorial will show you how to transfer any file – music or otherwise – using just a web browser and one free App on your phone. And it’s not restricted to just Windows – it works. It does require a 3G or WiFi connection – unlike the tutorial below – which uses your USB cable to transfer files.
- In order to add music to your Android phone you’ll need to plug it into your PC using a USB cable. Once it’s connected to your PC, you should see a small USB icon in the upper left corner of your phone.
- Drag the “menu bar” down and there will be an entry titled USB connected. Tap (or click) it.
- Now tap the Mount button.
- Depending on how you have Windows configured to react when a new drive is detected, you may see a Removable Disk screen similar to the one below. If you do, select Open folder to view files using Windows Explorer, click OK and skip the next step. If you don’t see a Removable Disk window, proceed to the next step (#5).
- Double-click the My Computer icon on your Desktop, or open My Computer from your Start menu. There will be a new drive listed – double click it.
- You’re now viewing the contents of the SD card in your Android device. There should be a folder titled Music – but if there isn’t don’t worry – just create it.
- Now navigate to the location you store your audio files on your PC. Select the ones you want to copy to your Android phone/device and copy them by clicking Ctrl+c or right-clicking on them and selecting Copy.
- Return to the Music folder on your phones SD card and paste the files into it (click ctrl+v or right-click and select Paste).
- Your music/audio files will now copy over.
- Once you’ve finished adding files to your phones Music folder, double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon in your system tray.
- Select the USB Mass Storage Device and then click the Stop button.
- Select the drive that represents your Android phone (in my case it was F: drive, as indicated in the screenshot below) and click the OK button.
- Windows should now prompt you that it’s OK to remove the device (your Android phone). But before you disconnect the USB cable, keep reading.
- Back on your phone, pull down the top menu bar again, if it isn’t still being displayed. Tap (click) the Turn off USB storage entry.
- Now tap the Turn Off button.
- At this point you can disconnect your Android phone from your PC. To listen to the files you just added, go to your Applications screen and select the Music app.
- Tap either the Artists, Albums, Songs or (if you added them) Playlists button.
- And now you’ll be able to play your songs and/or audio files on your Android phone!