How to Download Music to a Cell Phone

by Ken Burnside
Smartphones have cannibalized several electronic device categories.

Smartphones have cannibalized several electronic device categories.

Cell phones have transitioned to smartphones, and even before the smartphone transitions, they'd already consolidated several other consumer electronics devices, like MP3 players and small digital cameras. Getting your music onto a cell phone usually requires a content management program like Google Play, the Amazon App Store, or Apple iTunes in iCloud.


Tap the "Settings" icon on your iPhone.

Tap on "iTunes & App Stores." You'll be given some sliders that will automatically download content from iCloud to your devices.

Slide the slider over for Music to On. Any iTunes purchases that have been synchronized to your iCloud account (which, by default, is all of them) will be available for you to download onto your iPhone.

Tap the "iTunes" icon on your home screen to purchase new music. You'll be able to browse all of the music available on the iTunes store and purchase it instantly with your Apple ID account.

Google Play

Tap on the "Settings" icon on your Android phone on the home screen.

Tap on the "Applications" icon. On the list that comes up, check "Unknown Sources." You're prompted with a security notification. Select "OK"

Return to the home screen and launch the Web browser of your choice.

Search for "Google Play" in the browser. This search pulls up a number of Google Play Android packages. Tap on the link for the most recent one, which will be the one at the top of the list.

Double-click on the downloaded file to install the Google Play store.

Double click on the Google Play application. You're be prompted to enter your account information (the email address and password that you have associated with your Android Store account), and then you'll be able to browse music.

Select the song you want to purchase and click "OK" to purchase it. It will automatically be loaded onto your play list on your phone. Google Play also enables you to store up to 20,000 songs on your own Google Play account and access them from any computer or phone with the Google Play application.

Amazon App Store

Tap on the "Settings" icon on your home screen.

Tap on "Applications." If unchecked, make sure "Unknown Sources" is checked. Click "OK" on the "Attention" dialog.

Open your "Notifications" screen and click on the email or text message from the Amazon Appstore to find a link. Clicking on the link will download the Amazon Appstore on your phone, which will be a file called "Amazon_Appstore.apk."

Click the file named "Amazon_Appstore.apk." When prompted, click "Install."

Click "Open" to launch the Amazon Appstore. You'll be prompted for your information. From there you can purchase any content in the Amazon App store, including music. Any purchases you make will be automatically downloaded to your phone. The icon to launch the Amazon Appstore will appear on your Home screen for future purchases.

About the Author

Ken Burnside has been writing freelance since 1990, contributing to publications as diverse as "Pyramid" and "Training & Simulations Journal." A Microsoft MVP in Excel, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alaska. He won the Origins Award for Attack Vector: Tactical, a board game about space combat.

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