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How to Play a Song on an Android Phone

To listen to music on your Android phone, you first find a song in the Music app’s library. After you find the song, you touch its title. The song plays in another window, similar to the one shown.


While the song is playing, you’re free to do anything else with the phone. In fact, the song continues to play even if the phone goes to sleep.

After the song is done playing, the next song in the list plays. Touch the Song List button to review the songs in the list. The next song doesn’t play if you have the Shuffle button activated. In that case, the phone randomizes the songs in the list, so who knows which one is next?

The next song also might not play if you have the Repeat option on. To change settings, simply touch either the Shuffle or Repeat button. To stop the song from playing, touch the Pause button.

When music plays on the phone, a notification icon appears. Use this notification to quickly summon the Music app, to see which song is playing or to pause the song.

Information about the song that’s playing might also appear on the phone’s lock screen. In fact, you may be able to use the music controls on the phone’s lock screen without unlocking the phone.

  • The volume is set by using the Volume switch on the side of the phone: Up is louder, down is quieter.

  • Determining which song plays next depends on how you chose the song that’s playing. If you choose a song by artist, all songs from that artist play, one after the other. When you choose a song by album, that album plays. Choosing a song from the entire song list causes all songs in the phone to play.

  • To choose which songs play after each other, create a playlist.

  • After the last song in the list plays, the phone stops playing songs — unless you have the Repeat option on, in which case the song or list plays again.

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