How to get music onto your HTC EVO 4G LTE

Your HTC EVO 4G LTE is capable of doing much more than simply managing your life. Your powerful Android phone can also be a media powerhouse – once you figure out how to actually get your media onto the device.

Getting your media from your PC or Mac onto your HTC EVO 4G LTE (or other Android phone) is not always as straightforward as you might hope.  Fortunately, however, there are a few very good options for transferring your music and videos onto the phone.

The first thing you need to decide is whether you want to “buy into” the Google ecosystem in a similar manner as to how an iPhone user buys into iTunes.

If so, this is probably the easiest way to get your media content from the computer onto the phone.

Using Google Music and Google Play to manage your media

When you first get your HTC EVO 4G LTE, there is no media and no real guide as to how to get the media onto the phone.

There are two icons you will immediately see for playing music. Where they are will depend on which Scene or Skin you might be using.

The Music icon is for playing music stored locally on the device. The Play Music icon is specifically for music stored on the Google music server, which you can either stream or download to your device.

Music icon  Play Music icon

Tapping the Play Music icon begins the process of syncing your Google account with all of your music and media.

  1. Tap the Play Music icon.
  2. Read the Welcome to Google Music screen.
  3. Select a Google account to associate with Google music. If you have more than one Google account set up on the phone, you will need to choose a primary Google account for music.
  4. The next screen shows you three ways to add music to your account: Shop for music in the Google Play store, Upload your own music (up to 20,000 songs) for free Transfer music via USB
  5. For now, select the second option – upload your music.
  6. Read the instructions for downloading the desktop app for Goggle Play for your PC or Mac.

You are now partially on your way to syncing your HTC EVO 4G LTE with your music from your computer. The next step is to download the Google play app for the computer and upload your music.

  1. Download the correct Google Play Music Manger app for your computer at play.google.com/music
  2. Install the Music Manager app on your computer.
  3. Once the app is installed, start the Music Manager app on your computer.
  4. Choose where you music is stored so that Music Manager can upload it. Choose either;  iTunes Music, Folder or Other Folder
  5. In this example, I choose iTunes and then on the next screen also choose to automatically upload music that is added to iTunes to my Google Play Music account in the future.
  6. You should then get a screen notifying you that your music is uploading with a button to click to Go to Music Player.
  7. Depending on whether you use a Mac or PC, the screen might look slightly different – but you can follow the progress of the music upload.

Now that your music is uploading and syncing with your Google account, you can access all your Artists, Albums and Playlists from your HTC EVO 4G LTE.

  1. Go back to the Play Music icon and tap it.
  2. Across the top, choose:

a.     Recent

b.     Artists

c.      Albums

d.     Songs

e.     Playlists

f.      Genre

Google music playlist view

Your music will begin to "stream" to your device.

Streaming music can use up lots of data. If you stream over WiFi, this isn’t an issue, but if you stream over your cellular data network, this can be a problem.  Fortunately, you can make your music available for offline listening.

music available off line

  1. Choose an artist, album, playlist – whatever you want to listen to offline.
  2. Touch the small “arrow” icon in the lower right hand corner and then touch the Available offline tab and a check will be placed in the box.
  3. The selected music will then be downloaded directly to the device for listening whenever you want without using up your data.

NOTE: Downloaded media does take up room on the device, so be sure to monitor your storage carefully.

Transferring Music and Media via USB or WiFi

The second method of transferring music and media should be the easiest, but that is not always the case. In this method, you simply connect your HTC EVO 4G LTE via the USB cable included and drag and drop or copy and paste music or video right onto the device.

  1. Connect your device to your computer.
  2. Pull down the Notification area and tap the USB tab. The default should say “Connected as media device.”
  3. Choose which method to Connect As. For most music and video transfer, choose Media device (MTP) – which lets you transfer media files on a PC or using Android File Transfer on a Mac.
  4. For transferring photos, choose Camera (PTP) –which lets you transfer photos using camera or built in photo software. This method also works on computers that don’t support MTP.

For Windows computers, you should see your phone as a connected device to which you can simply drag and drop media.

For Macs, go to www.android.com/filetransfer and download the necessary software. Install the software and run it.  Connect your phone to the USB and you will see it as a connected device. You can then drag and drop or copy over media to the device.

In this example, I locate a movie from my Movies folder and just drag it over to my connected device and it transfers.

Transferring media using doubleTwist

doubleTwist is a great free desktop and Android app which allows you to have a very iTunes like experience in transferring and syncing music and video.

Go to http://www.doubletwist.com/ and download the desktop app for your computer. Then go here and download the doubleTwist app from Google Play.  

doubletwist app

For most PC’s, you can use the USB sync method but this is problematic for Macs. Fortunately, there is an upgrade to doubleTwist AirSync – a $4.99 app from Google Play which allows for complete wireless syncing of all your media. AirSync is available here

To use doubleTwist (either via USB or wirelessly using AirSync)

  1. Start the doubleTwist app on your computer.
  2. Choose Music or Videos from your library (in this example, from iTunes.)
  3. Highlight the music or videos in the lower window of doubleTwist.
  4. Simply drag it over to your device (listed under Devices.) Don’t worry about putting music in the Music folder and videos in the Videos folder – that will happen automatically.

Follow the same procedure to transfer photos to your device. Just choose the source from the doubleTwist window and then select photos in the lower window and drag them over to the HTC EVO 4G LTE. The photos will them appear in the Gallery app.

Playing music transferred via USB or doubleTwist

Music that you transferred via USB or WiFi does not go to the same place as the music you transferred via Google music and the Play Music icon.

Depending on which Scene or Skin you are using, the location may be different – but you should see an icon that just says Music.  Tap that icon to see a folder of music apps; My phone, Sprint Music Plus, SoundHound, Tunein Radio and Pandora.

Music folder on EVO 4G LTE

For our purposes, just focus on the My phone icon. Touch this and you should now see all the music that you transferred via USB or WiFi on to your HTC EVO 4G LTE.

Transfered music in music app

Either one of these options should work well for the transfer of music and videos and photos onto your device. The good news is that you can try them all out and see which is easiest and most efficient for you.

How do you go about getting your media onto your device? If you use one of these methods or use another method, let us know in the forums.

 
There are 7 comments

capt4chris says:

I like the Google Play idea, but since it won't let me choose to store the music on my external sd card, I choose not to buy into that ecosystem. Gotta have choices...

iSyncr Wifi FTW. Been using it with my Sensation 4G for 6 months now. A few issues getting it set up, but has run flawlessly since then.

dually says:

On these phones that have no usb mass storage, can't you still mount mass storage from Clockworkmod recovery?

MakeMKV works just fine on Ubuntu for decrypting your blurays and dvds, Handbrake will convert them into a playable format for your phone, and then I believe the best app for playing movies is MXplayer. You can also stream from samba share using estrong file explorer.

karentdq says:

THANK YOU for this post!!
I registered just to say that wow, as a newcomer to smartphones, I chose an HTC Evo 4g LTE. I use Macs at work and PCs at home, and was stumped as to why my Evo wasn't just showing up as a storage device when I plugged it into my Mac via USB to transfer files. I was so frustrated and angry and thought my phone was faulty or it just plain sucked. But now I understand that Android users should download the Android file transfer program for Macs in order to transfer files. Either everyone out there assumes every Android user should know this, or I thought that maybe Macs and Androids (especially HTC) didn't want to work together and put some stupid barrier in between themselves.

It seriously took me days to figure this out... thank you.

Is there a way to move music on "play music" to "my phone" music?!

Oscar Silva1 says:

I have a evo4g phone how do i download videos to mxplayer into my external memory i have no SD card in my phone

I have the EVO also and I can't quite figure out how to transfer files in windows when the EVO is connected as a USB drive. I also don't have a memory card, I don't know if that makes a difference, but the only thing that I found that works for me is a program called HTC Sync Manager. You can find it on the HTC site or google it and you should find it.