Use the Music Player and Manage Playlist on Samsung Galaxy S4
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- 1 This is part of the VisiHow series on how to use the Samsung Galaxy S4. You can visit the main VisiHow on how to USE SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 for a full list of S4 VisiHow Articles
- 2 Play Music Using your Samsung Galaxy S4 Music Player
- 3 Create Playlists on your Samsung Galaxy S4
- 4 Edit Playlists on your Samsung Galaxy S4
5 Questions and Answers
- 5.1 I don't know how to load music onto my S4. How do I import music from my computer library?
- 5.2 How do I alphabetize the songs in my newly created playlist?
- 5.3 How do I find the menu button? I can only see album art for music I have on my phone.
- 5.4 Why does my phone keep opening up to a specific album, and why do certain songs not show?
- 5.5 How do I clear music from the "Now Playing" list?
- 5.6 How do I permanently delete a playlist?
- 5.7 Why is the S4 music player not recognizing new songs?
- 5.8 Samsung does so many things and has so many features which are great, but the downside is I can't easily figure out how to get them to work.
- 6 Comments
This is part of the VisiHow series on how to use the Samsung Galaxy S4. You can visit the main VisiHow on how to USE SAMSUNG GALAXY S4 for a full list of S4 VisiHow Articles
Once a must-have gadget, MP3 players, thanks to the built-in music players included in smartphones, like the Galaxy S4, are becoming less common. Your S4 music player is easy to use and offers plenty of space for large media libraries, with the ability to play any of the following files: AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, EVRC, FLAC, MIDI, MP3, OGG, QCELP, WAV, and WMA.
Best of all, the S4's media player is really simple to use. Just follow these instructions to get started.
Play Music Using your Samsung Galaxy S4 Music Player
Create Playlists on your Samsung Galaxy S4
- 5Tap on the "Menu" buttonUnder Playlists, you can see four default playlists.
Edit Playlists on your Samsung Galaxy S4
- 1Go to your S4 Home Menu by pressing the Home button.
This is the rectangular button located in the lower-middle part of the front of your Samsung Galaxy S4.
- 4Tap on a playlist that you want to edit. Tap on the "Menu" button to view available options for the playlist. Options include the following:Under Playlists, you can find the list of playlists on your phone.
- 6If you want to add music to your playlist, tap on the plus icon and search for the track(s) that you want to add.
Questions and Answers
I don't know how to load music onto my S4. How do I import music from my computer library?
How to establish a music library.
You can load music files on your Galaxy S4 by moving music files from your computer to your phone. To do so, you need to do the following:
- Download and install Samsung USB drivers to your computer.
- Connect your phone to your computer via USB cable.
- Locate the desired files on your computer and copy them to your phone's external memory card.
- For a more detailed explanation, check out this article on how to Transfer Files from Samsung Galaxy S4 to PC and Vice Versa.
Once the songs are loaded, refresh your music library by restarting your phone. Your device should automatically detect new music and display it in the music player.
Another solution requires a USB cable, and you need to download the Samsung Kies software to your computer. Once you have downloaded the application, connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable and then wait for the computer to install your phone's drivers. Then, open Kies and wait for it to detect your phone. You can then import music files from your computer to your phone.
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How do I alphabetize the songs in my newly created playlist?
I created a new playlist & there is no function to reorder alphabetically
Unfortunately, the only way to order a playlist alphabetically is to create it that way. There is no option to automatically rearrange an existing playlist in alphabetical order.
How do I get to the menu button? I want to create a unique playlist for exercising.
In step 5 of "Create playlists on Samsung Galaxy S4", it says to "tap on the Menu Button." The "Menu Button" here refers to the soft touch key located at the left side of your home button - http://screencast.com/t/se75NsO7iVA. Just touch it to see the playlist options and create your exercise playlist.
Why does my phone keep opening up to a specific album, and why do certain songs not show?
I recently synced a lot of new songs (they were ripped from CDs), and none of them seem to show on my phone. In addition, every time I open my music app it opens to one specific album and not the place I last left it. What gives?
If you copied the songs from CDs, they may not be in the correct format. Before copying them onto your phone you should ensure they are in one of the formats your S4 can read. If they are not, you can find a free converter on the internet to change the tracks into Mp3. You can try this free online converter http://media.io/ and see if that fixes your problem. If the songs are already in mp3 format, check to ensure you placed them into the correct folder for your music.
How do I clear music from the "Now Playing" list?
I just want to clear the "Now Playing" playlist. When I tap the menu button, I do not have an option to remove or delete tracks.
The now playing list is only letting you know what you have playing on your device at this time. If you want to remove the song or list, simply long press on the song in order to bring up the options to delete or remove items from the playlist.
How do I permanently delete a playlist?
I added a playlist, but apparently didn't delete it completely, so when I try to add another playlist of the same name, it won't let me. If I add a 01 or another name it works fine. I just want to delete the old name completely. Can you help? I used the Kies the first time.
There are more likely some components of the previous playlist that were left on your list. What you can do is restart your device and wait for a few minutes before turning it on. In most cases, the phone is not able to delete the file right away - that's why when you try to create a file with a similar name it still detects it as existing in the system. Wait for your phone to fully detect that the file is gone before creating a new one.
Why is the S4 music player not recognizing new songs?
The S4 music player will not recognize new mp3s anymore, even after restarting the device.
If your Samsung Galaxy S4 will not recognize new MP3's anymore, and restarting the device is not solving the problem, you will have to try to look inside your "My Files" folder by going to your Apps.
Click on "My Files" and then "All Files."
Choose "Device Storage" and "Select Music."
Look to see if the new MP3s are there.
If not, you have to transfer the music files to your phone again. You also have to check the file formats of the new music files.
If the music files have the supported extensions, take a look at the memory and see if it is almost full. Try to delete some files. If possible, backup the music files and then reformat your memory card (if you are using a memory card). Once reformatted, load those music files again and try to restart your device.
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Samsung does so many things and has so many features which are great, but the downside is I can't easily figure out how to get them to work.
For example... How to play multiple audio files one after the other in a row. Took me quite a while to figure out their mysterious controls. It would be nice if they had help popup to make it more user-friendly. I feel like I have to get a PhD in Samsung software, just to enjoy all the features. I DID finally figure it out but it took a while.
This is the biggest flaw of any touch-screen mass-market technology. There are no manuals shipped with the devices, there are no help files for the Android system, and everything feels counter-intuitive and guess-like. On top of that, not a word is written on the icons, and it is not always clear where you can tap on the screen, as there are no shadows and the interface is flat. Finding each feature is painful on Samsung, on any Android smartphone, or any iOS smartphone. In addition to that, tapping the screen occludes the area, which makes it a blind choice sometimes.
Thankfully, you have VisiHow, where we are ready to help you with solving your questions. To queue up files in Google Play Music, find an album or song you want to play. Tap on the triple-dot icon in the corner. Tap on "Add to queue". In Samsung Music Player, open the song, tap on "MORE" in the upper-right corner, and select "Add to now playing list". This will let you queue up your files.