Sync Media To and From Android via Windows Media Player

Written by Alan Monday, 15 August 2011 07:00

One of the most commons question that new Android users have is about how they can get music onto their device.  One popular solution is a program called Double Twist, but that’s only good for users of iTunes.  Fortunately, there is a simple solution for Windows users – Windows Media Player.  WMP comes pre-installed with every version of Windows.

The first thing you you need to know is that there are four types of USB connection modes that Android can use.  Two of those modes we will discuss here.  The four modes are “PC Mode”, “Windows Media Sync”, “USB Mass Storage”, and “Charge Only”.  If you don’t know which mode your device is in, or need to change it, then plug the device into your PC (let the drivers install, if you haven’t done this before) and then pull down the top bar.  Click on the USB symbol to show what mode you are in and to change it.

android usb modes Sync Media To and From Android via Windows Media Player

Method 1 – USB Mass Storage

Since my device is currently in “USB Mass Storage” mode that is where we will begin.

In “USB Mass Storage” mode, you will need to open Windows Media Player.  Once open, you should see your device in the left column (in this case it has made itself drive “H”.  Expanding the drive will show you folders for Music, Videos, and Pictures.  Clicking any of these will show the contents.

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To sync files, drag and drop media to WMP’s right column under the Sync tab.  When you are done, just click the “Start Sync” button.

android wmp sync Sync Media To and From Android via Windows Media Player

Method 2 – PC Mode

Using the PC Mode is easier, and probably what most experienced Android users choose.  When you device is in this mode, a nifty WMP interface pops up automatically on your PC.

Rather than delving into this, I will refer all of you to a previous how-to article that appear on this site that cover using this method in great detail.  Just visit How to Access your Wndroid Phone’s Files in Windows.  However, if this box doesn’t pop up, then see below for an easy way to access it.

android browse files Sync Media To and From Android via Windows Media Player

To access the sync interface picture above, you can also click Start => Devices and Printers => Android Device Name.

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