How to Transfer Music and Video Files to Samsung Galaxy S4 ?

Do you want to start using your Galaxy S4 to listen to music, but don’t know how ? By following the steps in this article, you will see how simple it is to transfer your favorite music and video files to your Galaxy S4.

Multiple ways to transfer music files to Samsung Galaxy S4?

There are various ways you can transfer video and audio files to your Galaxy S4. Here are the 7 suggestions:

  • Download from Internet.
  • Transfer from PC.
  • Transfer from a PC with Samsung Kies.
  • Transfer from a PC with Windows Media Player.
  • Receive via Bluetooth.
  • Receive via Wi-Fi.
  • Copy to your memory card.

In this article, I’m going to show you the 3 most common methods, which are transferring files directly from PC storage, using Windows Media Player and Samsung Kies.

i. Transfer music and video files from PC.

  1. Connect your Galaxy S4 to your PC using the USB data cable.
  2. On your phone, a USB icon will appear in the top Notification bar. Drag the notification bar downwards and then tap on the Connected as a media device.
    notification panel
  3. On the USB PC connection screen, ensure the Media device (MTP) checkbox is ticked. Now, you’re ready to transfer files between your PC and phone.
    usb pc connection
  4. Open up your PC Windows Explorer, and you should see your Galaxy S4 shows up as a removable disk.
  5. Access the phone storage via Windows Explorer. Here, you should see the Video and Music folders.
    window explorer with galaxy s4
  6. Simply drag/copy-and-paste your music or video files from your computer to the respective folders. On your Galaxy S4, the music and video players will automatically recognize the files.
  7. Alternatively, you can create a new folder in your phone storage or external memory card to store these files. The Galaxy S4 will scan storage and list them accordingly on the music and video players automatically.

ii. Transfer music and video files using Windows Media Player

  1. Connect your Galaxy S4 to your PC using the USB data cable.
  2. Run Windows Media Player on your PC.
  3. On the left side of the Windows Media Player, you will see little icons which represent the phone internal and external storage (only visible if your phone has an external memory card). For this tutorial, I will select the phone storage.
    windows media player
  4. Next, move to the right side and click the Sync tab.
  5. Drag the music files, videos or even a playlist to the Sync list area. Note: You can drag these files from either the PC folders or Windows Media Player library.
  6. Once you have all the files in the Sync list, click Start sync.
    windows media player sync_list
  7. Now, move to the left, and click Sync status to verify if those files are successfully copied over to your phone.
    windows media player sync-status
  8. Start playing those songs on your Galaxy S4.

ii. Transfer music and video files using Samsung Kies

  1. Install Samsung Kies and then launch the software on your PC.
  2. Connect your Galaxy S4 to your PC using the USB data cable.
  3. Click Music (or Videos) below a device name under Connected devices.
  4. Click the + sign at the top right of the Kies screen. If your phone has external SDcard, then you should see the Internal and external memory options. For this tutorial, I will select Internal Memory.
    kies add file option
  5. Next, through the Windows Open dialog, select the music files (or videos) that you would like to add.
    windows open dialog

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  1. dray says

    WOW thank you so much I never knew it could be this easy I went way to deep trying to find out how to do this! thanks again for this!

  2. RIck says

    How can you transfer that music to the SD card and still have it recognized by the stock “music” player?

    • Ethan says

      Yes, you can do normal drag and drop to the SD card. The stock music player will pick those music automatically.