How to Synchronize Music Directly from Your Computer to Your Android Tablet

By Dan Gookin

Some Android tablets may let you copy music from the computer directly. Use the USB cable to connect the tablet to the computer. Use a music jukebox program on the computer, such as Windows Media Player, to synchronize music with your Android tablet, just as you would any portable music player. Follow these steps:

  1. Connect the Android tablet to your PC.
  2. On the PC, choose Windows Media Player from the AutoPlay notification or dialog box.

    If the AutoPlay dialog box doesn’t appear, start the Windows Media Player program.

  3. Choose your Android tablet from the Sync List.

    Click the Next Device link until you see your gizmo, such as the Galaxy Tab S2.

  4. Drag music to the Sync area.

    Drag an individual song or an entire album.

  5. Click the Start Sync button to transfer the music from the PC to your tablet.

    The Start Sync button may be located atop the list or it might be found on the bottom.

  6. Close Windows Media Player and disconnect the tablet.

This technique may not work for all tablets. If not, try the steps for uploading music to Google Play.

  • You cannot use iTunes to synchronize music with Android devices. Duh.
  • The Android tablet can store only so much music! Don’t be overzealous when copying your tunes. In Windows Media Player, a capacity-thermometer thing shows you how much storage space is used and how much is available on your tablet. Pay heed to the indicator!