How to Save Music to Your Phone

By Karen Adams

Phones save music with the help of your computer. With music stored on your phone, you share your musical interests with friends and have something to listen to when not at home. To save music onto your phone, you need to know where your music files are located on your computer, such as a music library or "My Documents" folder.

Things You'll Need

  • Phone-compatible USB cable

Step 1

Plug one end of a phone-compatible USB cable to your computer and the other into the USB port of your phone. The USB data transfer cable carries all file types from phone to computer and vice-versa. Many electronics stores carry USB cables for cell phones if your phone does not come with one, so check with your phone's documentation or electronics store.

Step 2

Open "My Computer" on Windows or "Finder" on Mac. Click your phone's device in the list of connected devices. When you click on your phone's device, find the folder for DCIM, Music, MP3 or ringtones.

Step 3

Open your music library on your computer to show all of your files. Drag each song file you want to one of the folders specified for your phone. Wait for the computer to finish transferring the files to your phone.

Step 4

Eject the device from your computer by clicking the eject symbol next to the device, then unplug the USB cable.

Step 5

Open your phone's main menu and navigate to your media or ringtones folder to find your music files saved to your phone.

Tips & Warnings

  • You may need to convert music files to MP3 format to play on your phone.