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How to Transfer Music from Your Computer to an Android Phone

Your computer is the equivalent of the 20th century stereo system — a combination tuner, amplifier, and turntable, plus all your records and CDs. If you’ve already copied your music collection to your computer, or if you use your computer as your main music-storage system, you can share that music with your Android phone.

In Windows, you can use a music jukebox program, such as Windows Media Player, to synchronize music between your phone and the PC. Here’s how it works:

  1. Connect the phone to the PC.

  2. Pull down the USB Connection notification.

  3. Choose the item to mount the phone into your computer’s storage system as a portable media player.

    Not every phone has a specific media player option. Sometimes it’s called Windows Media Sync or Media Sync. It may simply be named Mount. If necessary, touch the OK button to confirm your connection choice.

    It’s not entirely necessary to connect your phone to the computer and have it pretend to be a portable media player. By choosing this option, you’re simply making it easier for the computer to share music. Honestly, any of the USB connection options should work.

  4. On your PC, start Windows Media Player.

    You can use most any media program, or “jukebox.” These steps are specific to Version 12 of Windows Media Player, though they’re similar to the steps you take in any media-playing program.

    If you see a device window for your phone in Windows 7, choose the item Manage Media on Your Device.

  5. If necessary, click the Sync tab in Windows Media Player.

  6. Drag to the Sync area the music you want to transfer to your phone.

  7. Click the Start Sync button to transfer the music.

  8. Close the Windows Media Player when you’re done with the transfer.

    Or keep it open — whatever.

  9. Unmount your phone from the PC’s storage system.

The phone can store only so much music! Don’t be overzealous when copying over 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 phone. Pay heed to the indicator!

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