Do you have a bunch of music around the house or on your phone, and curious how you can upload it to Google Play Music? The process might not seem very straightforward at first, but you can actually have your local music uploaded to the service in just a few minutes. When uploaded, you’ll be able to access all of your local music from any device with Play Music installed (but remember that you do have to be logged into the corresponding Google account).
This won’t cost you a dime either. Google will actually allow you to upload up to 50,000 songs to Google Play Music free of charge. And like we said, as long as you’re logged in with the corresponding Google account, you’ll be able to stream your music from anywhere.
So let’s get started uploading those songs to your Play Music account!
The neat thing about Google Play Music is that it allows you to upload tracks and songs from almost anywhere. Whether you’re music is on iTunes, Windows Media Player, or in a folder somewhere on your computer, you can upload it to Play Music.
Through The Chrome Browser
The simplest and easiest way to upload music to Google Play is through the Chrome browser. You can actually go to the Chrome Extension Store and download the Play Music extension, which allows you to add music to your Google Play account with the tap of a button.
To get started, you can head to the Chrome Web Store and search “Play Music” for the Chrome extension, or you can grab it from this link here. Download the extension to your Web browser by clicking the Add to Chrome button.
Once downloaded, you’ll be redirected to a Google Play Music page where you’ll be prompted to sign in with your Google account. Make sure that this is the Google account that you’ll be using for your primary music source. Alternatively, if you don’t have a Google account, you can create on here, too.
Once signed in, click on the menu button at the top left corner and under the big blue Subscribe button, you’ll want to select the option that says Upload Music. This will open up a new window, where you’ll be given a couple of options for uploading music. You can choose to drag and drop music files into the main area, or you can click on the button that says Select From Your Computer. Play Music will then open up your computer’s default File Explorer, where you’ll have to go through your file hierarchy to find the music files that you want to upload.
For example, if you were to want to upload music that you have stored in iTunes, you would need to navigate to your iTunes folder and select the music in there. Alternatively, you could open iTunes and drag the songs that you want to upload from iTunes to the Play Music page.
You can follow a similar process with music you have locally stored on your phone. You would just access the Menu button on your phone, and then select the Upload Music option.
Automatically Upload Music
Believe it or not, Google Play Music will let you automatically upload music from select folders as well. Open up the Menu again and select Settings. From the Settings page, click on Add Your Music button under the Music From This Computer option.
Next, add the folders that you want Play Music to monitor. You can then click the Add My Music button, but make sure that the box that says Keep Google Play up to date when I add music to these locations is checked first.
You’re Ready To Go
Now that you have music automatically being uploaded to Play Music (or music that you added already), you can access these songs from anywhere. You can try it now — we uploaded the music from your computer, so you can open up Play Music on your smartphone and see all of the songs that are in your library. You can click or tap on any of these songs to begin streaming it.
Like we said, Google will allow you to upload up to 50,000 songs free of charge — it essentially operates in a similar fashion to Google Photos’ free picture and video uploading.
As you can see, uploading music to Google Play Music is a breeze. You can say goodbye to storing music at a local level, as this is much more efficient. Now you can stream your favorite songs that you already own from anywhere.