This post was most recently updated on January 3rd, 2018
I started experiencing this recently when I upgraded my phone’s software to Android N 7.0. Before this, I have changed my SD card to a better one sold by Samsung. Noteworthy is the fact that I am talking about Samsung Galaxy S7 edge here. Suddenly I noticed that once I download a song and copy it to my SD card from my internal memory, my music players(talking about Samsung music and google play music) will not recognise it. Today, we will fix music players SD card issues the ultimate but simple way.
Fix music players SD card issues- definition of the problem
This problem is not peculiar to only Samsung phones or the Samsung S7. Irrespective of the android phone you are using, you can encounter this problem. Interestingly, we have the permanent fix for this. In my own case, my music players pick some songs from my SD card and ignore others. Suddenly, it stops adding new songs to the music gallery automatically as long as it is on the SD card. Immediately i copy the songs to my internal phone memory, the music app picks it. I chose not to save songs on my internal memory because it is rapidly running out of storage.
Similarly, your case may be such that your music app is not synchronising any songs from your SD card at all. whatever the case may be, read along and apply the tips that will be provided.
Scenario 1 fix music players SD card issues when both your default music player and google play music are not synchronising any songs from your SD card
- The first thing you should do if your music app is not recognising any music from your SD card is to rename the folder where your songs are stored on your SD card appropriate. The general rule is that you should place all your songs into a folder named “Music” (without the quotes). This is case sensitive as the first letter must be in the Uppercase
- If the above fails to solve the problem then you must surely Format or replace your SD card as it is most likely corrupt. copy out your songs to a safe location, format your SD card and copy them right back. You should be good to go.
fix music players SD card issues when you have a good SD card
On the other hand, if your case is like mine, it means your SD card is in good shape and it needs no repair or formatting. In other words, something other than your memory card is the problem. I will be dropping some using tips that will help you get around this.
- Check the file extensions of your songs and make sure they are the ones supported by your music player. For example, you won’t expect Samsung music or play music to play all mp4 songs or .avi files as music.
- Secondly, the actual file name before and after the extension matters. Make sure you avoid characters like multiple hyphens –, multiple dots ., or the asterisk *. Instead, use more of the underscore _ or space.
- Also, do not allow your filename to be too long. shorten the name and see what happens.
- Furthermore, you can force close your music app, then clear its cache and data under storage. This will force the app to resync the songs and it might just pick them up this time around.
fix music players SD card issues – the advance trick using two different music players
Every other thing refused to wrk for me as my case was special. Mine refused to sync new songs but it was playing older songs perfectly. I unisntalled my music plaeys, reinstalled, clear cache and nothing worked. Let me share with you what worked for me. Note, this is for smasung user.
- Make sure you have both google play music and samsung music installed on your phone
- If you use galaxy s7, download Samsung music from galaxy apps as it doesn;t come preloaded with your s7 or s7 edge
- Goto settings>>Apps>>default apps>>clear default for music player and google play music.
- Now, play the songs from your file manager and it will prompt you to open with.
- Continue by choosing google play music and select “just once”
- All other things being equal, the music will start playing now select google play music at the right bottom corner
- This will automatically redirect you to the google play music app but the music might not play. Don’t worry, we will get there.
- Next, close the play music and go back to your file manager. resect the same song and by this time, you will see go to Samsung music at the bottom right corner. This simply means that particular song is now synced to all the music players on your phone. Go and search for that very song and you will surely find it.
- Do the same for other songs on your SD card.
fix music players SD card issues – for other non-Samsung phones
If your phone is not android, simply substitute Samsung music app with your own stock/default music player and the trick will work as well for you. I don’t know why this is happening but I hope there is a fix someday.
Another trick to fix music players SD card issues for Samsung phone users only
Create a new folder on your card named “Samsung”
– make another within called “music”
– move all music into this folder
– close and clear data from google play music app
– open google play music again
-do the same thing for movies if you are using the stock video player
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