Google Music is a great way of purchasing tunes for Android devices, but it has some downsides which cannot be overlooked. One of them directly concerns how the user enjoys the products he purchased, and to be more precise, there has always been an issue with playing songs offline. Thanks to a handy new guide, smartphone owners can now save Google Music files on the local SD card and enjoy the songs without relying on a permanent data connection.

Moreover, using this guide you can even burn CDs with the music purchased or port it on another device, without having to sync it with Google at all. Without needing an Internet connection, owners won’t have to fear about slow buffering times and continuous interruptions, with the much needed file being played right from the storage space.


How to save Google Music files on the SD

First, you must make sure that the device is fully rooted and has Google Music already configured. Also, a root-compatible explorer is also required, and this one found on the Play Store is just fine. Now here’s what you have to do:

  1. Open Google Music and play the desired song. Let it buffer until 100% and hit the Pause button, or simply leave it running until the end.
  2. Open the File Explorer we’ve mentioned earlier and navigate to /data/ folder. 1
  3. Inside that folder, go to /cache/music and open this folder as well.
  4. Copy each file found inside the SD card to always store the song internally.

Quite simple, right? Although there are some downsides of this method, because the songs have to be manually ported and there just isn’t a smart app to do the thing for you, it’s something worth trying. Google also has a special option that is pretty much similar to the above method (a setting for playing songs offline) but once the box is checked, files will be saved on the internal drive and not on an external SD. This means that when whipping the phone, everything will be lost.

Note: Some devices may save the Google Music Cache folder automatically on the SD card, one of them being the AT&T version of the Samsung Galaxy S3. If you poses such a device, please check the existence of this folder first because it may spare you of all the pain.

Source: XDA

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Alex holds an engineering degree in Telecommunications and has been covering technology as a writer since 2009. Customization is his middle name and he doesn’t like to own stock model gadgets. When he’s away from the keyboard, simpler things like hiking, mountain climbing and having a cold drink make his day.


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