Google officially ended Play Music this week, the culmination of a long process that began last year. However, people still using the service can easily transfer all of their content, including songs, albums, playlists, purchases, downloads, personalized recommendations, and liked/hated songs, to YouTube Music. The transfer can be done from Android devices, iPhone, iPad or even YouTube Music website. Here’s how to transfer music from Google Play Music Library to YouTube Music.
Transfer Google Play Music Library to YouTube Music
This tutorial uses YouTube Music on Android for demonstration purposes, but the process is nearly identical on iOS and the web. To transfer using mobile apps, a relatively recent version of YouTube Music must be installed on your device.
If you don’t see the “Transfer” option on your smartphone/tablet, update the app from the Play Store/App Store before trying again. The transfer will happen in the background and you can listen to your songs without any interruption during the transfer process.
1. Open the YouTube Music app on your phone or go to music.youtube.com/transfer on the browser of your PC/smartphone. You may be greeted with an ad for YouTube Music Premium which you can dismiss by tapping the “x” in the top right.
2. You will now see a banner that says “Transfer your Google Play Music account”. Tap/click the “Start Transfer” button at the bottom to start the process. You will receive a message indicating that the process “may take a few hours”.
3. For me, the transfer took less than an hour. When the process was complete, YouTube Music displayed a message saying “Full transfer”. Once you receive this message, you can tap/click on the “Explore Music” button to enter the home screen of the app, which will look like the screenshot on the bottom right.
Transfer your Google Play Music content to YouTube Music
Google Play Music may be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose one of your favorite playlists you’ve carefully created. You can easily transfer all your content to YouTube Music using the above process whether you are a premium member or a free user. As we mentioned before, the process is similar on Android, iOS, and the web. So what are you waiting for? Transfer all your Play Music content to YouTube Music and listen to all your favorite music as usual.