A while ago I blogged about the various ways you can sync your Android device with your PC/Laptop without the need to connect the two together, whether by USB or wirelessly. In this blog, i’ll demonstrate a quick and easy way to take your music purchases on your phone or tablet and back them up on your PC.
While I accept that cloud storage is the inevitable future of how we store things and that there are some great services catering for music and photo storage in particular, for now I like to have my files stored close to hand too.
As well as storing my files on my home network’s hard drive, I use Google Drive and Dropbox for my cloud storage; with Dropbox backing up my photo collection and Drive accommodating my music and other files. There are other cloud storage services available and I’ve tried most of them, but in my opinion if you use an Android device then you may as well add Google Drive to your extensive collection of Google services. As for Dropbox, I recommend this for owners of any smartphone from Apple to Android as probably the easiest way of immediately backing up photographs as you take them. Whilst I’m slightly digressing from music storage, I recommend Google Drive or Dropbox for a simple way of using cloud storage to back up music purchases from your Android device to your PC/Laptop.
I should mention now that if you use Google Play to purchase music, you won’t be able to back up an actual file as your purchase is stored in Google’s cloud – the music is streamed to your phone when you select to play it.
I use the Amazon MP3 app to purchase music, this app stores your purchase in Amazon’s cloud but also sends the file to your device. You could plug your device in to your PC by USB, find the file and simply copy it to your PC’s hard drive, but simple as that seems you can transfer it easier and quicker…
This demonstration is based on my experience of doing this transfer on a Samsung Galaxy Note running on Jelly Bean.
Step One: Once you’ve purchased a music file, find the file on your device.
Step Two: Select the file and hit the Share button.
Step Three: Select your desired cloud storage location.
Step Four: Next time you’re on your PC, at your convenience select the cloud drive your music file is saved in.
Step Five: Click and drag to your desired folder on your PC or networked hard drive.
Step Six: There is no Step Six, you’re done. If, like me, you like to back up your music in cloud storage and on your PC at the same time - then instead of dragging the file from your cloud to your PC, copy and paste instead.
If you found this guide useful, or can recommend an alternative method of synchronising your purchases, then please leave your comments below.