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How to Organize Music on an Android Phone

A playlist is a collection of tunes you create. You build the list by combining songs from an album or artist or from whatever music you have on your Android phone. You can then listen to the playlist and hear the music you want to hear in the order you want to hear it. That’s how to organize your phone’s music.

Any playlists you’ve already created, or that have been preset on your phone, appear under the Playlists category in they Play Music app.


To listen to a playlist, long-press the playlist name and choose the Play command from the menu that appears.

You can also touch a playlist name to open the playlist and review the songs that are listed. You can touch any song from the list to start listening to that song.

A playlist is a helpful way to organize music when a song’s information may not have been completely imported into your phone. For example, you probably have a lot of songs by “Unknown Artist.” The quick way to remedy this situation is to name a playlist after the artist and then add those unknown songs to the playlist.

Building playlists on your Android phone

The Play Music app features one playlist that’s already set up for you — the Last Added playlist. This playlist contains all the songs you’ve purchased for, or imported to, your phone. Obviously, having more playlists would be a good idea.

To create a new playlist, follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that the Playlist category is selected.

  2. Touch the Add Playlist button, or press the Menu soft button and choose the New Playlist command.

  3. Type a descriptive name for the new playlist.

    Short names are best.

  4. Touch the OK button.

    The playlist is created, but it’s empty. The next step is to add music to the playlist.

  5. Long-press the song you want to stick in a playlist.

    Use the Music app to locate the song; you don’t have to play the song — just locate its name on the screen.

  6. Choose Add to Playlist.

  7. Choose a playlist from the Add to Playlist menu.

    The song you long-pressed (refer to Step 5) is added to the playlist.

You can continue adding songs to as many playlists as you like. Adding songs to a playlist doesn’t noticeably affect the phone’s storage capacity.

  • To remove a song from a playlist, long-press the song in the playlist and choose the command Remove from Playlist. Removing a song from a playlist doesn’t delete the song from your phone.

  • To delete a playlist, long-press its name in the list of playlists. Choose the Delete command. Touch the OK button to confirm. Though the playlist is removed, none of the songs in the playlist has been deleted.

Deleting music from your Android phone

To purge unwanted music from your phone, follow these brief, painless steps:

  1. Long-press the music that offends you.

    It can be an album, a song, or even an artist.

  2. Choose Delete.

    A warning message appears.

  3. Touch the OK button.

    The music is gone.

Music you’ve purchased from the Play Store must be deleted on the web at Also, some music in the Play Music app might continue to be available on other Android devices you own or on the web.

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