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How to copy music to the LG G3 or G4

Our quick and easy guide to transferring your music tracks and albums from your PC, Mac or iTunes account to your LG G3 or LG G4 smartphone.

Copy music from a Windows PC to your LG G3 or G4

First, grab your micro USB cable which you use to charge the mobile and plug the LG G3 or G4 into your PC. Then open a Windows Explorer window (by hitting the Windows key and ‘E’ at the same time) and scroll down to ‘Devices and Drivers’. You should see your handset listed there, with a phone icon to identify it.

No sign of the phone in Windows Explorer? You’ll need to make sure the phone is connected as a media device, or you won’t be able to transfer your music files across. Just pull down your notifications tab and you should see ‘Media device, Tap for more USB options’. If this says anything different, give it a poke and swap to media device.

If you still don’t see your phone listed in Windows Explorer for whatever reason, you may have to install LG’s software on your PC to copy your music over. Pull down your G3/G4’s notifications bar and tap the ‘connected as media device’ option, and you should see a prompt to install the software onto your computer from the phone. Agree and you should see the below pop up on your PC desktop. This will hopefully help your computer to recognise your phone when it’s plugged in.

So, you’ve now got the G3 or G4 appearing in your Windows Explorer window, right? Double-click the icon and then browse to the ‘Music’ folder. This is where you need to copy your music. Just drag and drop your music directory, or individual tracks or albums, from your PC’s music folder into the phone’s music folder, and they will automatically be transferred over.

Copy music from your Mac to the LG G3 or G4

Mac users should download a nifty little app called Android File Transfer, to drag and drop music files between a Mac computer and the LG G3 or G4. It’s completely free and available from the Android website.

Once that’s all installed, the app should pop up as soon as you plug your LG handset into your Mac using the bundled micro USB cable. If Android File Transfer doesn’t show for some reason, go to Launchpad and find the app and manually open it instead.

When Android File Transfer appears you’ll see a list of directories on your G3 or G4’s internal storage. There should be one folder called ‘Music’. Double-click this.

Now it’s just a case of dragging and dropping your music files from your Mac onto the Music folder in the Android File Transfer window. They should automatically be copied across.


If you want to copy your iTunes music across from your PC or Mac, you can use the drag and drop methods detailed above if your songs are already stored on your computer (find the iTunes folder on your Mac and away you go).

Otherwise, you’re best off using third-party software such as MobileGo. This can be installed on either a Windows or Mac computer from that link, and then synced with your iTunes account for direct copying.