Google has officially called time on its Google Play Music platform. The service is finally grinding to a halt after nine years in operation, which depending on how you play music, could be a frightening change. If you’ve built a healthy back catalogue of tunes on Google’s servers, you might be worried about losing the lot. But don’t fear. While Google Play Music is coming to an end, YouTube Music is set to take up the mantle, and if you act quick, you’ll be able to keep everything intact.
With YouTube Music taking over from Google Play Music, the transition is already underway. If you act before the service shuts down entirely, you can transfer your entire Google Play Music library, including recommendations, purchased songs and personal uploads directly to YouTube Music. Best of all, Google has made the process as simple as possible, provided you are keen to jump into a YouTube Music subscription.
So, how do you transfer music from Google Play to YouTube Music?
How to Transfer Music From Google Play to YouTube
If you want to transfer music from Google Play Music to YouTube Music, the process is remarkably simple. Google and YouTube have worked to integrate a transfer system that makes the upload seamless and speedy. Here is how you transfer music from Google Play Music to YouTube Music;
- Head to YouTube’s dedicated page for transferring your Google Play Music account
- Log in
- Click the transfer button
- Wait until upload is complete
The transfer could take some time depending on how much content you currently have stored on Google Play Music, but for the majority of users, it should only take a few minutes. One thing to note, however, is that the entire process may not be available for your account right now. You can still attempt to use the account, however, if you are unable to complete, you will not be able to proceed. Google will then send you a notification when it is ready for you to transfer your data.
What Happens After I Transfer my Google Play Music Account?
Once you have completed the Google Play Music transfer, you will receive both email and phone notifications to let you know the process has been finalised. For current Google Play Music subscribers, your payment and account information will automatically be transferred across along with your tunes. According to Google, your billing date will remain the same, however, some users may be hit with an extra cost. If you are locked in with an older Google Play Music promotion, you will have to pay a little extra for the AUD$15 (USD$10) per month YouTube Music Subscription.
How to Transfer Google Play Music to YouTube on Phone
If you want to transfer your music from Google Play Music to YouTube Music on your phone, the process is pretty much the same, albeit with an extra app download. Here is how you transfer music from Google Play to YouTube on mobile;
- Download the YouTube Music app on Android or iOS
- Open app
- On the main screen click on the ‘Transfer your Play Music Library’ banner (If you can’t see the banner, go into ‘Settings-Transfer from Google Play Music’
- Follow the onscreen instructions to finish the mobile transfer.
Similar to the desktop addition, Google may not have made the feature available in your area just yet, so if you can’t seem to complete the process, don’t freak out.
Google Play Music and YouTube Music
The retirement of Google Play Music does mark the end of an era for music fans. If you are a current subscriber and you’re keen to keep the tunes going, you better move quick. Check out the video below for more advice on transferring your account.