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  1. Watcher's Avatar
    Thanks, scorpiodsu

    But I'm not sure if you listed instructions for an old version of Google Play or not but that didn't actually work for me.

    Here's what worked for me, which became clear after following what Opensourcegangster elucidated in the video at the bottom of page 1....

    1. Open ROM Toolbox Lite and select Root Browser
    2. Navigate to your microSD card and create a folder (I made mine "Google Play" and I put another folder within that called "music" - this is the name you must use as a folder)
    3. Once created, long press the "music" folder and select "Create Shortcut" that appears at the bottom
    4. Navigate to /data/data/com.google.android.music and delete the "cache" folder here.
    5. Click on the "files" folder and within that delete the preexisting "music" folder.
    6. Select "Create". This will create the shortcut to your "music" folder here.

    To test if it works properly, go to Google Play Music and pin one of your music files. Navigate to your microSD card in the folders you created, specifically the "music" folder and the pinned file should appear there.
    10-07-2013 08:52 PM
  2. Martin Rojas's Avatar
    So when I did this on my S4 on Verizon it totally worked. Only problem now is that when I restarted my phone, play music added the music that was stored in my SD card, and added the album called music. In that album is all the pinned music, and each song is named after numbers. For example, "104", "344" etc. Does anyone know a way for play music to not upload these files on the app? I tried deleting the album "music" but it won't do it. Any help is appreciated! Thank you for your time!
    10-14-2013 02:44 PM
  3. Gianfranco Gargano's Avatar
    I've tried this workaround, but after I do this it seems that I've a copy of music in sdcard and a copy on internal memory... And when i go to control sdcard space it seems that no space where used, and all the files are in internal memory...

    Posted via Android Central App
    10-19-2013 12:00 AM
  4. Gianfranco Gargano's Avatar
    Ok. Solved. The problem was that there is more than one directory named sdcard... And you have to select the right one.

    Posted via Android Central App
    10-19-2013 02:08 PM
  5. wayno52's Avatar
    Thanks, scorpiodsu

    But I'm not sure if you listed instructions for an old version of Google Play or not but that didn't actually work for me.

    Here's what worked for me, which became clear after following what Opensourcegangster elucidated in the video at the bottom of page 1....

    1. Open ROM Toolbox Lite and select Root Browser
    2. Navigate to your microSD card and create a folder (I made mine "Google Play" and I put another folder within that called "music" - this is the name you must use as a folder)
    3. Once created, long press the "music" folder and select "Create Shortcut" that appears at the bottom
    4. Navigate to /data/data/com.google.android.music and delete the "cache" folder here.
    5. Click on the "files" folder and within that delete the preexisting "music" folder.
    6. Select "Create". This will create the shortcut to your "music" folder here.

    To test if it works properly, go to Google Play Music and pin one of your music files. Navigate to your microSD card in the folders you created, specifically the "music" folder and the pinned file should appear there.
    Thanks for the detailed instructions, and I really want this to work, but I keep getting an error when I try to create the shortcut to the "music" folder, which says:

    "Error!

    Creating the shortcut failed.

    Please note that many SD cards and some other file systems so not support symbolic links."


    So I'm guessing that I need to try using a different SD card?? Or formatting to a different file system?? I tried formatting the SD card from my phone. Right now I'm using a SanDisk 2gb microSD in my Samsung Galaxy SII skyrocket (SGH-i727R)

    Thanks!
    10-22-2013 01:23 PM
  6. Laura Lee Dooley's Avatar
    4. Navigate to /data/data/com.google.android.music and delete the "cache" folder here.


    I've followed the directions but have to stop as I'm having trouble locating the directory above. I have a SG S4 and got a 64G SD card.

    What is more important to me is to know if anyone has tried to do a configuration for Google Play movies ... I'd love to pin several of my purchased movies to my device but, again, have already run out of space in my internal drive for pinning films.
    11-05-2013 06:16 AM
  7. Mitteldorf's Avatar
    (to STVSVA, concerning suggestion in post #15)
    Can you give more details about how to do this? I have no trouble transferring music to the SD card. It's in a folder called "music" and Music Player finds it there, but Google Music is clueless. I'm also concerned about being able to use the hundreds of playlists I've created in GM. Music Player doesn't know about these, and that's the main reason I don't just stick with Music Player.
    11-05-2013 08:41 AM
  8. Mitteldorf's Avatar
    11-05-2013 08:50 AM
  9. STSVA's Avatar
    (to STVSVA, concerning suggestion in post #15)
    Can you give more details about how to do this? I have no trouble transferring music to the SD card. It's in a folder called "music" and Music Player finds it there, but Google Music is clueless. I'm also concerned about being able to use the hundreds of playlists I've created in GM. Music Player doesn't know about these, and that's the main reason I don't just stick with Music Player.
    I don't use Google Music for anything on my phone, so I'm not sure what exactly you're asking. I'm using either the stock Samsung Music app or the Rocket Player app to play music on my phone. As noted in my earlier post, I downloaded the music I had previously purchased from Google Music to my PC, then transferred it to my phone. I'm afraid I don't know anything about Google Music playlists; all of my playlists are from iTunes, and there are apps that will transfer those to the phone. I don't have any idea if there's a way to transfer Google Music playlists to the phone.

    EDIT: Here's "official" word from Google on how to use their music and playlists offline on your device; as I noted earlier, I find their method of saving music for offline play to be unnecessarily complicated - https://support.google.com/googlepla.../1250232?hl=en
    https://support.google.com/googlepla.../1233029?hl=en
    11-05-2013 01:02 PM
  10. Tom Thompson3's Avatar
    after many days of trying I found out what to do.
    first if you want to move an app google have taken that away, you can only do that on rooted phones now. no app in google play can help you.
    ok to move music and other files. I have just upgraded from samsung galaxy 2 to galaxy 3
    all my music was on the sd card well the ex sd card, I hoped it would just work but no!!!!

    ok first of all you will need to format your ex sd card to your new phone but you dont want to lose everything on it right.
    two ways of doing this.
    first move the files you want to keep to the sdcard0 or phone file from the ex sd card you can do this in the my files everything should show in the my files even if the music apps dont show them. my files,exsdcard tick the files you want to keep or hit the menu button and select all then top right on the phone screen and move then hit the sdcard and create new folder call it music. ande then the move here.
    second way is by the computer if you have too many files and wont fit on your phone
    if your computer doesn't have a sd card slot dont worry you can find an sd adapter on ebay for 99p like i have done.
    make a new file on your compute desktop by clicking right on your mouse, new file then name it. plug in your sd card go into my computer in the start up menu click on removable disk. how drag everything you want to keep into your new file.

    DONT BOTHER WITH AIR DRODE OR ANY OTHER APP TO DO THIS OR EVEN THE PHONE WITH USB. ITS TOO SLOW AND TO MUCH MESSING ABOUT. THESE APPS AND THE PHONES USB ARE GREAT FOR SMALL FILES, BUT A NIGHTMARE WITH BIG FILES.

    now your ready to format your ex sd card.
    to do this go in to setting on you phone go into storage (make sure ex sd card is in the phone) then format sd card.
    now your ready to cope everything back on to the ex sd card. the same way you moved everything before. make a new file on the ex sd card the same way you did moving before if you moved it to your phone call it music (some music apps wont see it if now rooted to the main exsd card called music) if doing it on computer just make a file on the ex sd card same way you made the file on your desktop.

    thats it everything should work.

    one more thing if you want to cope music from your computer to your phones ex sd card this is how i did it and no fuss.

    I use itunes player, doesnt matter which player you use. everything is copied as mp3 format.
    you you need to do is find the folder that itunes or your music player has copied all your music too. plug in the sccard into the computer open it and the folder that has all your music in that drag and drop. again dont bother with any software to do its. YOU DONT NEED IT !!!!
    11-08-2013 10:04 AM
  11. jculpepper400's Avatar
    Will this work for the Galaxy S3?
    11-13-2013 03:48 PM
  12. DaveWWright's Avatar
    Thanks for the detailed instructions, and I really want this to work, but I keep getting an error when I try to create the shortcut to the "music" folder, which says:

    "Error!

    Creating the shortcut failed.

    Please note that many SD cards and some other file systems so not support symbolic links."


    So I'm guessing that I need to try using a different SD card?? Or formatting to a different file system?? I tried formatting the SD card from my phone. Right now I'm using a SanDisk 2gb microSD in my Samsung Galaxy SII skyrocket (SGH-i727R)

    Thanks!
    I got this error when trying to make the link in
    /storage/sdcard0/data/com.google.android.music
    rather than
    /data/data/com.google.android.music

    It worked for me once I had realized my mistake.
    11-24-2013 11:04 AM
  13. Raz Ecoutre's Avatar
    hey guys,

    Thank you for this tutorial, i was able to do all the steps and the music files appear in my folder too.
    But i cant listen to them, when i click on them and say open with any program i got, none of them is able to play the music.
    I tried sending them to my windows pc but its the same thing there - an error opening it.
    Any solution?
    12-08-2013 04:07 PM
  14. shanghaichica's Avatar
    There's been a new update to the Google play music app. You can now save music to the SD card without Rooting the device.

    Posted via my Galaxy s4
    12-09-2013 03:57 PM
  15. Justin_27's Avatar
    NO ROOT REQUIRED-You can easily add music to any android phone with a windows computer (5 minutes or Less)
    *You MUST delete all music on your phone before adding music to the SD card.
    *This method is for adding music from Google Music, (If you need iTunes help just ask

    1. Connect phone to computer with USB cable and enable it as a Media Device.
    Google Play Music to SD card *Root Required*-ac-media-mode-mtp.jpg

    2. Use Google Music Manager to download your music files to your computer.
    Google Play Music to SD card *Root Required*-capture-review-step-2.jpg

    3. Find the Music File, copy all the songs you want on the SD Card.
    Google Play Music to SD card *Root Required*-capture-copying-musci-review-step-3.jpg

    4. Locate Phone by going to Computer and Clicking on your phone.
    Google Play Music to SD card *Root Required*-capture-phone.jpg

    5.Click on SD Card.
    Google Play Music to SD card *Root Required*-capture-phone-sd-card.jpg

    6. Right click and hit paste and wait for upload to Finish.
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    12-18-2013 06:56 PM
  16. Justin_27's Avatar
    Dave try this it worked for me no problem and its super easy
    NO ROOT REQUIRED-You can easily add music to any android phone with a windows computer (5 minutes or Less)
    *You MUST delete all music on your phone before adding music to the SD card.
    *This method is for adding music from Google Music, (If you need iTunes help just ask

    1. Connect phone to computer with USB cable and enable it as a Media Device.
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    2. Use Google Music Manager to download your music files to your computer.
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    3. Find the Music File, copy all the songs you want on the SD Card.
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    4. Locate Phone by going to Computer and Clicking on your phone.
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    5.Click on SD Card.
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    6. Right click and hit paste and wait for upload to Finish.
    12-18-2013 07:05 PM
  17. Robert Arsenault's Avatar
    What if I have an internal storage, an "emulated" sd card storage (which is where the music is going to), and an actual sd card? I followed your procedure to the letter and a message comes up saying exactly this: "Creating the shortcut failed. Please note that many SD cards and some other file systems do not support symbolic links."
    I also tried linking the Library files to the sd card with Link2Sd, but that didn't work either. I'm stuck here man.
    08-19-2014 07:11 PM
  18. Raven-6's Avatar
    What if I have an internal storage, an "emulated" sd card storage (which is where the music is going to), and an actual sd card? I followed your procedure to the letter and a message comes up saying exactly this: "Creating the shortcut failed. Please note that many SD cards and some other file systems do not support symbolic links."
    I also tried linking the Library files to the sd card with Link2Sd, but that didn't work either. I'm stuck here man.
    I am also having this issue using this method. Also the paths are different on my device.

    On my device, the paths are:

    Google Music App Cache: /data/data/com.google.android.music
    Google Music MUSIC FILE Cache: /sdcard/Android/data/com.google.android.music/files/music
    The external SD card where I want the music to be stored: /sdcard/external_sd

    Why is the app storing cache files in two different places?

    I tried creating a symlink (create shortcut on root browser) in /sdcard/Android/data/com.google.android.music/files but it gives me the same error Robert is seeing.
    10-11-2014 11:00 AM
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