How to Add Music to a Cell Phone

By Contributor

Updated December 12, 2019

How to Add Music to a Cell Phone. Most newer cell phones are able to store and play music files. Having music available on your cell phone is a great way to listen to your favorite songs without carting around an extra music player. Adding music to a cell phone does not have to be difficult. With the right knowledge and few supplies, turn your phone into a portable music player.

Save your favorite songs on your computer. Burn songs from a CD to your computer's music player or download songs to the music player from websites.

Keep track of where you save your music. This saves time when you load it to your cell phone.

Plug the USB cable into the outlet on the phone. There is not a universal USB cable to fit all phones, so be sure you use the right cable for your phone. If you do not have a USB cable, go to a cell phone store and buy one for your specific cell phone. Plug the other end of the cable into an open USB slot on your computer.

Open "My Computer" or "Computer" from your Start menu. Your computer should automatically detect the cell phone. Double-click on the cell phone's icon in the open window.

Open the folder you saved the music in. Right click on the music file or files you want to place on the phone. To select more than one file, hold down the Control key while you click on the files you want to transfer to your cell phone. Select "Copy" from the menu that pops up when you right click the highlighted files.

Click in the cell phone's folder window opened in Step 4. Right click in the middle of the window and select "Paste" from the menu you are given. This automatically starts to transfer the files to your cell phone. Once the transfer is complete, remove the USB cord and listen to the music on your phone.