How to Download Music to your Cell Phone for Free
Many, if not most, cell phones these days offer built-in music players. In many cases, you can download music to your cell phone over the air through your carrier’s online store. This option, of course, is far from free. You already have tons of music on your computer, but how can you get it onto your cell phone?
Well, as you were probably expecting, the answer depends on what kind of cell phone you have. Chances are, however, that your cell phone allows music transfer in at least one of the ways we’ve outlined below.
First things first. Make sure that…
- Your cell phone is capable of music playback.
- Your music files are in a format that is compatible with your phone.
If you’ve satisfied both of these requirements, you’re ready to move on to one of the following options.
Your handset may have come with a syncing cable. One end of this cable will plug into your phone and the other end will plug into your computer’s USB port. In some cases, your phone’s syncing cable may actually be the cord you use to charge the device. Check to see if the electrical plug separates from the cord.
The process found below may differ depending on your device, and your particular device may require additional software to allow music downloads. Consult your owner’s manual (manuals for many popular phones can be found here) or manufacturer’s website to see if software is available for your phone.
- Connect your handset to your computer using your syncing cable.
- Your phone may indicate that it has been connected to a computer, and prompt you to allow it to switch into a mode that will enable it to exchange files with your computer. Allow your device to exchange files.
- Your computer may indicate that it is installing new hardware. Allow it to fully complete the installation before continuing.
- A new removable drive will be displayed on your computer (in My Computer on a PC and on your desktop if you have a Mac).
- Open the removable drive. If there are multiple folders listed, find the music folder.
- Drag and drop (or copy and paste) the desired music files to the selected folder on your cell phone’s removable drive.
- After the transfer has completed, ‘eject’ the removable drive. You should now be able to play the music files you downloaded using your phone’s music player.
If you don’t have a syncing cable, check to see if your phone supports file transfer using a Bluetooth wireless connection. Once again, consult your owner’s manual to discover whether your device has this feature.
- First, you will need to pair your handset with your computer. This process will differ slightly depending on what kind of handset and computer you have. Set either your computer or handset to ‘discoverable’ mode, and perform a search for it from the device not set to ‘discoverable.’ Once discovered, initiate a connection between the two devices.
- After you have successfully paired the two devices, locate the music file(s) you wish to download to your cell phone.
- PC: Right-click the file, and choose Send To > Bluetooth. Select your device from the menu, and follow on-screen instructions. Mac: Open your Bluetooth menu. Choose “Send File….” Select the desired music file and follow on-screen instructions.
If you tried the above options without success, don’t give up – keep looking, a solution is out there.
- If your phone uses a microSD card, you can try purchasing a microSD card reader for your computer and put songs directly onto the card before inserting the card into your phone. You can also try using friend’s phone to download the music to your microSD card.
- Run an internet search for your specific phone model. Try using different keywords for your device like “transfer music to,” “put songs on,” and “sync music with.” There may well be a step-by-step tutorial for your phone out there.
- Check with your phone’s manufacturer to see if there’s syncing software available for your device. Also be sure to consult your handset’s owner’s manual. You can find manuals for many popular devices here.
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