Google Play Music Not Showing songs from SD Card and Internal Storage [Solved]

google play music not showing songs

Are you looking for a step by step guide to fix google play music not showing songs from internal storage as well as sd card? Then you are at the right place.

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Google play music is a product of Google, which is just similar to Gaana and hungama music android app. Google music provides radio stations where you can search for millions of songs world wide for free. You can browse and start radio stations based on genre, mood, activity, artists, albums, decade, etc. You can also upload unlimited in-house music to the store and then listen to them across iPhone, iOS, iPad, Android, web app for free. The best part of Google play music is that you can download and save any music from the store to your device for offline entertainment.

Sometimes, Google play music dashboard does not show these downloaded songs as well as other songs which you have stored on your internal storage or Micro SD Card. And also sometimes Google Music player does not detect songs on the SD card.

If you are facing the same issue then you are at the right place. Here I am going to show you 5 methods which would definitely solve your problem in just a couple of minutes.


How to Fix Google Play Music not showing songs


Method 1: Delete .nomedia file [For SD card Only]

The .nomedia file is a tiny file containing rules regarding the visibility of media files which helps you hide or ignore useless and redundant media files in gallery, Music players and storage. The .nomedia files exist at the root directory of your device which sends signals to your device’s settings that do not show the media files in the music players. The .nomedia file, sometimes, created by the bloatwares and third party app. You can easily delete or remove it from your root directory.

Step by step guide

  1. First of all, open your file manager.
  2. And then navigate to settings and tap on “Show hidden files”. Android devices do not display files whose name begins with dot(.).
  3. And then navigate to the dashboard of your file manager.
  4. Now, You can see the .nomedia file in external storage.
  5. And then You have to delete the .nomedia file.
  6. That’s it.

Now go back to Google play music player and verify whether the songs from SD card are showing or not.

If you are still not able to see the songs then move to the next method.

Method 2: Clear the Cache and Data

This method works for Internal as well as external storage issues. Cache memory is a memory which stores the necessary data into the device in order to reduce the average time to access data from the Main memory.

Sometimes, Android applications generate unnecessary data into its cache memory which lead to unusual behavior of the application.

And so, It is a good practice to clear the cache data from time to time. This practice not only deletes the garbage files but also reduces the size of the file. Follow the below method.

Step be step guide

  1. First, Navigate to settings of your device.
  2. Then click on Apps and then click on Applications.
  3. Now look for Google Play Music. Then click on it.
  4. Then you have to tap on ‘Storage’.
  5. Now clear the ‘Clear data’ and ‘Clear Cache’.
  6. That’s it.

Now again go back to Google music and there you can see all the songs from the internal storage and Sd card.

Method 3: Move the Music Folder to the Root Directory

Android smartphones keep the music files in the root directory of internal as well as external storage. And the music player scans the media files in the root directory, by default.

So you have to make sure that the default music folder is in the root folder on your device. And you have to move all the songs to the default music folder.

Step by step guide

The simplest way to fix the directory or folder related issues is to create a “music” folder in the root directory on your device and then move all the songs to the folder.

And then your problem would be solved.

Method 4: Unmount/mount of sd card [For SD card]

Most of the time, Android devices do not detect the songs due to a corrupted external SD card. You should remove the SD card from the device and insert it again and then reboot your device.

Method 5: Uninstall the Google Play Music app

Lastly, if all the above methods do not work, then the only solution would solve your problem is by uninstalling and reinstalling the Google music app. Sometimes we change the default settings of an android app or application itself generates unnecessary amounts of files in its cache or data files.

To solve the issue Just navigate to settings > apps > applications and there look for the Google play music app and then uninstall it.

And then you can again install the application from the Google play store as usual.


Final words

Google play music is a popular music streaming app which allows you to listen to music online for free. Most of the time Google play music does not show the music from internal and external storage. However, you can easily solve an application related problem by rebooting the device.

When I had faced this problem then I easily solved it by following method 1. In my case, the .nomedia file was hidden in an obscure folder with weird names. And it was taken a lot of time to find out the .nomedia file.

If you are still facing the problem then I request you to add a comment in the below comment box regarding your issue.


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