How to transfer your iTunes library to an Android phone or tablet

In this guide, we find out how you can transfer your iTunes music library, for iOS, on a smartphone or tablet with Android operating system. Let’s examine the direct way, via USB cable, and the indirect one, through the use of Google Play Music and Music Manager (cloud).

Smartphones or tablets are essentially portable music players, so here’s how to transfer your iTunes library to an Android phone or tablet. It is possible to either copy music directly to a device with a cable or upload songs to Google Play Music making them available for streaming to any device without occupying memory.

And so you have an Android smartphone or tablet and you want to listen to your music collection on it, but how can you transfer your library from your computer to your Android device? Fortunately, the process is quite simple because Android devices appear on the computer as mass storage just like a USB stick.


Let’s start with the simplest transfer system, which requires the phone, the computer and a cable. We will consider the cloud in the next section.• Step 1: Connect the Android phone (or tablet) to your PC. You may need to select the “Media Sync (MTP)” mode for transferring files (images, music, videos and documents).

• Step 2: Open the device music folder. The folder location could be: Computer> Mobile device> Internal storage> Music . Then leave this window open to be ready to transfer the music.

• Step 3: Open a new window by clicking on “Start” (bottom left button on the computer) and then on “Computer” and find the iTunes music library. By default you should find it in: Computer> Music> iTunes> iTunes Media> Music .

• Step 4: With the two windows open next to each other on the desktop, simply drag and drop the music you want to transfer to your Android device. You can select particular folders or simply move everything if you have enough space on your device.


Transferring music directly to a device may be the obvious solution, but you might want to make your music available to multiple devices at once – for example you might own both a smartphone and a tablet.

Loading a music library on Google Play Music means not only that it is accessible to all devices, but also that it does not occupy storage space (unless you want it). It is in fact stored in the cloud so you will need a data connection to stream music, but you can also block content for offline listening.
Google Play Music allows you to upload up to 50,000 songs for free and it’s easy to upload your entire collection with “Music Manager”. Follow the steps below to transfer your iTunes library (plus Windows Media or local folders) to your Android phone with Google Play Music.

• Step 1: Go to the Google Play Store and click on Music, then select “My Music”. You will need to login with a Google account.

• Step 2: once you have entered the music section, open the menu on the left (with the three horizontal lines), click on “Listen now” and select “Upload music”. You will be prompted to download “Music Manager”, but if you have already downloaded it previously, open it and log in with your Google account. Note that Google Play Music has a limit of 10 authorized devices so be careful; it may be necessary to remove the authorization from some device if the maximum allowed has already been reached.

• Step 3: After registering in the Music Manager, select “Upload songs to Google Play” and press “Next”.

• Step 4: Now you can select which library or folder you want to upload – please note that iTunes has been chosen for this guide. Music Manager will automatically find the library showing how many songs and playlists are available. You can choose to upload all or only the songs selected from the playlist plus the option to include podcasts.

• Step 5: click on “Next” and you will be asked if you want to automatically load the songs that will be added to the library in the future, thus keeping iTunes and Google Play Music synchronized. Then decide which is the most appropriate choice, approve the next screen and your music will then be loaded. If you turn off the computer while music is loading, it will automatically resume from where it left off.

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