10-11-2014 11:00 AM
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  1. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    Hello All,

    One of the painpoints with Play Music for me is not natively being able to pin music to my SD card and only the device storage. When you have over 10GB that's really not feasible for a 16GB SG4. Of course streaming is an option but with data caps and unreliable data connections at times, it's best to have this on extra storage. Afterall, that's why we buy storage cards, right? Anyhow, this little workaround was found a long time ago and I thought I'd bring it here. As in the title, device needs to be rooted.

    The apps you will need are ROM toolbox and of course, play music.

    1. Open ROM Toolbox > Root Browser
    2. Navigate to your SD card and create a folder. e.g. music
    3. Once created, long press and select "Create Shortcut" that appears at the bottom
    4. Navigate to /data/data/com.google.android.music/
    5. Select Paste. This will create the shortcut to your music folder here.
    6. Delete the "cache" folder in this directory
    7. Rename the shortcut to "files" Play music now will look at the "files" folder for the music library.

    Any music you pin from Google music will be stored to the original folder on the SD card.


    I know there are some better music players and streaming apps but this is probably the best all in one app for free and I always look to eliminate redundancy and this has helped me do so. No credit for coming up with this. I read it a long time ago and can't find the original thread to post.
    ragamuffindianne likes this.
    08-06-2013 02:57 PM
  2. cyberchief's Avatar
    If only there were a way to do this with the Google Play movies! I have purchased a few movies and they sure take up a ton of space.
    08-06-2013 03:16 PM
  3. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    If only there were a way to do this with the Google Play movies! I have purchased a few movies and they sure take up a ton of space.
    I wouldn't be surprised if the workaround was similar. All we are doing with this is just recreating the folder it saves to as a shortcut to a folder stored on the SD card. So it might we worth a shot to try the same method.
    08-06-2013 03:45 PM
  4. lmarsh21's Avatar
    I'm surprised more people haven't jumped on this or mentioned it as much. I'm having this issue my S4 since I only have 16GB internal. I was going to cancel the all access subcribtion until i found this.
    08-14-2013 07:59 AM
  5. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    I'm surprised more people haven't jumped on this or mentioned it as much. I'm having this issue my S4 since I only have 16GB internal. I was going to cancel the all access subcribtion until i found this.
    Yeah I think part of the reason is that many people probably still don't upload all their music to play music. Most still use standalone apps like iTunes or Media Player. So with knowing that Play music saves directly to the device they probably didn't care about a solution to get to the sd card since they have no use for it. But it is a good little workaround.
    08-14-2013 05:15 PM
  6. jeffreii's Avatar
    I first heard about this method here:


    Haven't tried it yet though - glad to hear it works.
    08-14-2013 10:18 PM
  7. scorpiodsu's Avatar
    I first heard about this method here:


    Haven't tried it yet though - glad to hear it works.
    I think I first saw it on xda sometime last year. Very hard finding archive threads over there Lol.

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    08-15-2013 06:28 AM
  8. djmiked's Avatar
    08-15-2013 09:37 AM
  9. bearda's Avatar
    Tried it last night with Nova and seems to be working. I can see the files sitting on the SD card, and nothing on the internal memory. I have heard reports that this can cause issues trying to Chromecast music (it says sideloaded music can't be played even if it's in the Google cloud if it's on the SD card of the device you're trying to cast from), but I normally cast from my Nexus 7 so I haven't noticed it yet.
    08-15-2013 09:58 AM
  10. bearda's Avatar
    Nevermind, looks like the next Google Play Music update removed the SD card support:
    PSA: Google Music v5.1.1109K Removes SD Card Support Hack, Adds Very Little
    08-15-2013 02:22 PM
  11. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    If only there were a way to do this with the Google Play movies! I have purchased a few movies and they sure take up a ton of space.
    Haven't tried it, but there's no reason why it wouldn't work, the app is just looking for a path, and since you can't change the path it's looking for, you trick it by mounting a virtual directory from your SD card there. You would just have to find the location on your phone where Google Play movies stores the cached files and perform the same procedure in the OP.



    I'm surprised more people haven't jumped on this or mentioned it as much. I'm having this issue my S4 since I only have 16GB internal. I was going to cancel the all access subcribtion until i found this.
    Most likely because root is require for it to work, so it's not a "mainstream" solution.
    08-15-2013 04:00 PM
  12. Spon4ik's Avatar
    Nevermind, looks like the next Google Play Music update removed the SD card support:
    PSA: Google Music v5.1.1109K Removes SD Card Support Hack, Adds Very Little
    anyone knows how to get it back?
    08-18-2013 03:12 AM
  13. cindylee60's Avatar
    Thanks for posting this...it was what finally made me root and works like a charm!
    09-05-2013 11:18 PM
  14. punitenshu's Avatar
    Maybe a bit necro here, but does anyone know how to play the music that is actually from All Access (not your own uploaded music)?

    The tracks stored on my SD card that were uploaded by me play fine, but the songs from All Access that I pin won't open at all in many players (including Play Music when opening a file), and when they do, the only sound that they produce is bleeps, buzzes, and blurps.

    When I'm offline Play Music plays the pinned songs just fine (when initiated in Play Music itself as opposed to opening the actual song file on my SD card).
    09-24-2013 01:01 PM
  15. STSVA's Avatar
    As an alternative to rooting the phone, download the songs to a PC, then transfer from the PC to the phone's SD card. The main problem I encountered was the stupidly difficult process Google makes you go through to "pin"/download songs.
    09-24-2013 01:49 PM
  16. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    Maybe a bit necro here, but does anyone know how to play the music that is actually from All Access (not your own uploaded music)?

    The tracks stored on my SD card that were uploaded by me play fine, but the songs from All Access that I pin won't open at all in many players (including Play Music when opening a file), and when they do, the only sound that they produce is bleeps, buzzes, and blurps.

    When I'm offline Play Music plays the pinned songs just fine (when initiated in Play Music itself as opposed to opening the actual song file on my SD card).
    Because All Access is a subscription service, the cached files are encrypted, so the only way to play them is via the Google Play app.

    (There may be ways around this, I don't know...but that is how it's designed).
    09-24-2013 03:42 PM
  17. Daniel Crispin's Avatar
    I think the best work around would be to sell the Samsung phone and buy an iPhone.

    My friends convinced me to switch to android. So the day the Galaxy S4 came out, I ran to the store and shelled out the 450$ to get one.

    Ever since it's been nothing but issues with everything. The phone only has 16 gb and out of that only about 8 usage... So I purchase a 64 gb memory card... phone can't use it for anything useful like playing music and videos. Who designs this at Samsung? Do they have any idea what they are doing?

    Thanks for the work around, I find it completely stupid I need to find work around for stuff that should be built in, but I have an other year and a half of wait before I can switch back to Apple and NEVER EVER buy an other Android phone.
    09-29-2013 06:22 AM
  18. steaxauce's Avatar
    I attempted this. When I select "create shortcut", ROM Toolbox freezes, and that's as far as I can go. Has anyone else had this problem? Any ideas for a workaround? I'm using a Galaxy S4.
    10-03-2013 10:34 PM
  19. STSVA's Avatar
    I attempted this. When I select "create shortcut", ROM Toolbox freezes, and that's as far as I can go. Has anyone else had this problem? Any ideas for a workaround? I'm using a Galaxy S4.
    You might get more of a response if you linked to or otherwise described what it was you attempted. I'm also not sure why people are doing this the hard way. As I posted above, I had no issue downloading Google Play music I had previously purchased to my PC, then transferring it to the phone from the PC (it's on my SD card now and plays fine).
    10-04-2013 12:45 PM
  20. garublador's Avatar
    Ever since it's been nothing but issues with everything. The phone only has 16 gb and out of that only about 8 usage... So I purchase a 64 gb memory card... phone can't use it for anything useful like playing music and videos.
    I keep all my music and videos on my uSD card. You just can't use Google Music, which I'm perfectly fine with. This is an issue with Google Music, not with Android or with Samsung. Fortunately, because of how Android works, you aren't forced to use any specific music management software.
    10-04-2013 01:12 PM
  21. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    I attempted this. When I select "create shortcut", ROM Toolbox freezes, and that's as far as I can go. Has anyone else had this problem? Any ideas for a workaround? I'm using a Galaxy S4.
    Try using "Root Explorer" instead...that's what I used. The procedure is pretty much the same, but it shouldn't freeze up on you.

    You might get more of a response if you linked to or otherwise described what it was you attempted. I'm also not sure why people are doing this the hard way. As I posted above, I had no issue downloading Google Play music I had previously purchased to my PC, then transferring it to the phone from the PC (it's on my SD card now and plays fine).
    I agree 100%. I have a specific folder on my computer that has all of the music files I like to keep on my phone for offline use, so each time I get a new phone it's very easy to just copy everything over to the SD card and BOOM! it's ready to go.

    I've done the trick to relocate the default cache location for Google Music as well, and it works, but if you've already put most of the music you want on your SD card there really isn't that much of need to do this unless you're really trying to conserve every bit of space.

    None the less, the fact is that as long as Google's stance on SD cards remains as it is (and I have to believe it will), then manufacturers *should* start making their phones with more storage options, because while having SD expansion is nice, it's functionality is limited. This really isn't an Android vs iPhone argument as much as it is a case against Samsung for not offering at least 32GB with their base model...the other part of this too is that salespersons need to be better educated at explaining exactly what SD storage can be used for so that consumers can make the right decisions based on their needs. I knew when I bought my 16GB S4 exactly what my SD card could and could not do, but I personally don't have a need for more on board storage, so I was quite comfortable with my purchase...I hear too many stories however of folks being told by sales reps that they can use the SD card for apps and other functions that it really cannot do, and therefore can be misleading.
    10-04-2013 01:18 PM
  22. davequinn2's Avatar
    I attempted this. When I select "create shortcut", ROM Toolbox freezes, and that's as far as I can go. Has anyone else had this problem? Any ideas for a workaround? I'm using a Galaxy S4.
    When you select the music folder and click create short cut, before you actually click the "create" box that appears at the bottom of the screen, go to the /data/data/com.google.android.music/ folder that is specified above and click create there ... then follow the rest of the steps above ... for some reason, the system is freezing because it is trying to create the shortcut in the same folder as the original file ... I just had the same problem ... I just did the same thing on my S4 and my wife's also... it did work to get the music from the SD card, and store more music to the SD card ...
    10-07-2013 04:13 AM
  23. punitenshu's Avatar
    Because All Access is a subscription service, the cached files are encrypted, so the only way to play them is via the Google Play app.

    (There may be ways around this, I don't know...but that is how it's designed).
    That's a bummer because the Play Music app is cute, but totally unrefined compared to many other players. It's awful if you use the phone to stream over bluetooth in the car because you always need to manually start the music, whereas with players like GoneMad it'll auto-start and pause when you turn the car on or off.
    10-07-2013 05:45 AM
  24. punitenshu's Avatar
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    So I purchase a 64 gb memory card... phone can't use it for anything useful like playing music and videos. Who designs this at Samsung? Do they have any idea what they are doing?

    .
    There are hundreds of ways to watch video and play music stored on the SD card that involve no workarounds whatsoever. As far as I'm aware the only time you should have an issue where you are locked to the root storage is when unrooted and trying to view Play Store content.

    It's true that it's pretty ridiculous that Samsung let their OS hit 7ish gigabytes on a 16 gigabyte phone though.

    Don't be too quick to judge. Perhaps in the next year you'll have the chance to appreciate the things you can do only in Android that make it appeal to so many people in the first place.
    STSVA likes this.
    10-07-2013 06:02 AM
  25. paintdrinkingpete's Avatar
    That's a bummer because the Play Music app is cute, but totally unrefined compared to many other players. It's awful if you use the phone to stream over bluetooth in the car because you always need to manually start the music, whereas with players like GoneMad it'll auto-start and pause when you turn the car on or off.
    That works for me in my car...I tune the stereo to the BT, and Google Music starts playing automatically, I turn off car or switch back to radio and Google Music pauses and stops playing. In fact, sometimes it annoys me because Google Music *always* starts playing automatically, even if I want to listen from a different app (first world problem, I know).
    10-07-2013 10:19 AM
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