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How to Browse the Music Library on an Android Phone

Music Headquarters on an Android phone is the app named Music. You can start this app by touching its icon, found on the App menu, though it may also adorn the Home screen.

Android phones have the generic Android Music app, but like many Android apps, it may be customized by your cell phone manufacturer or cellular provider. The differences between the versions are subtle.


The Music app organizes by category the music stored on your phone:

  • Artists: Songs are listed by recording artist or group. Choose this category, and then choose an artist to see their albums. Choosing an album displays the songs for that album. Some artists may have only one song, not in any particular album.

  • Albums: Songs are organized by album. Choose an album to list its songs.

  • Songs: All songs are listed alphabetically.

  • Playlists: Only songs you’ve organized into playlists are listed by their playlist names. Choose a playlist name to view songs organized in that playlist.

  • Genres: Tunes are organized by their themes, such as classical, rock, or irritating. Not every phone may have this category.

  • Shared media: Songs available on devices that can share their music over a Wi-Fi network appear in this category. As with the Genres category, not every phone has a Shared Media category.

  • Now Playing: This item isn’t a category, but rather a quick link to the song that’s now playing (or paused). When the phone is held in vertical orientation, this item appears at the bottom of the screen.

These categories merely represent ways that the music is organized — ways to make tunes easier to find when you may know an artist’s name but not an album title or when you may want to hear a song but not know who recorded it.

  • Music is stored on your phone’s internal storage as well as on the MicroSD card.

  • The size of the phone’s storage limits the total amount of music you can keep on your phone. Also, consider that pictures and videos stored on your phone horn in on some of the space that can be used for music.

  • Album artwork generally appears on imported music as well as on music you purchase online. If an album has no artwork, it cannot be manually added or updated (at least, not by using the Music app).

  • When your phone is unable to recognize an artist, it uses the title Unknown Artist. This happens with music you copy manually to the phone. Music that you purchase, or import or synchronize with a computer, generally retains the artist and album information. (Well, the information is retained as long as it was supplied on the original source.)

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