Your phone doesn’t always come with the greatest of speakers. Because of that, your phone’s speaker(s) aren’t always prepared to output the nuisance of your favorite songs. Sure, you could put on a really nice set of headphones, but what if you want to share your music at a party or simply want to take advantage of bigger speakers, say, on a PC?

Believe it or not, the possibility is there, after all, phones and PCs are built to interact with one another in a myriad of ways, including streaming the music on your phone to your PC. And, as a bonus, one of the methods is already built into your PC, specifically Bluetooth.

Let’s get started with one of the easiest solutions.

Playing Music on Windows 8.1 from Your Phone

Windows 8 has this really neat feature of being able to stream the music on your phone through the use of a Bluetooth connection. Bluetooth technology is like connecting your phone to your PC through the use of a USB cable, only without the USB cable. In other words, it’s wireless; you don’t even need Wi-Fi. But first, you need to do a bit of setting up.

Let’s start computer-side:

1. Start by opening your Windows Startup Menu located in the bottom left corner of your screen, on your taskbar. Or, alternatively, press the Windows key.

2. In the Windows Startup Menu, start searching for “Control Panel.” When it appears in the search results, go ahead and click on it.

3. Leave your computer for now and hop on over to your phone.

4. Your next move is to locate and launch Settings.

5. In the Settings menu, locate and select Bluetooth.

Bluetooth menu

6. In the Bluetooth menu, ensure that’s been enabled. If not, move the slider to the right, which will turn it ON. It will immediately start searching for a viable Bluetooth connection. Head back over to your computer.

Hardware and Sound

7. In Control Panel, choose Add a Device, located under “Hardware and Sound.” A window will appear and start scanning for your Bluetooth-enabled phone.

Enter password

8. When your phone appears as an option, select it. You’ll receive a passcode. Windows will ask that the passcode matches the one on your phone’s screen. If so, click Yes.

9. Back in your Control Panel, click Devices and Printers. At the top, you’ll see your device. Double click on your phone.

Now, from here you’ll see a few options. First, you’ll notice that your PC and phone have been connected via Bluetooth. More importantly, you have a menu option for playing music and audio from the phone to the PC.

Music and Audio

10. Under “Music and Audio,” click Connect.

After a few moments have passed, Windows Media Player will launch and play the music located in your phone’s storage. Enjoy!

Playing Music from your Phone to Windows 10

Unfortunately, the method that works in Windows 8 does not work in Windows 10; that feature was removed. If you want to listen to music from your phone, you’ll have to make use of streaming platforms that have multiple versions, such as Spotify, Google Play Music and so on.

Alternatively, you can also move the music files over with a USB cable connection. This is arguably the best method as it doesn’t require you to install any necessary software, and your entire music library can be moved to your computer this way.

How to Transfer Music with a USB

Transferring music over to your computer from your phone is as easy as moving a single file. So, here’s what you do:

1. Plug the small end of your USB cable into your phone’s charging port. Afterwards, plug the bigger end into your computer’s USB port. This will start the connection process.

2. Now, on your device, you’ll get a confirmation that a connection wants to be made. For example, on Android devices you’ll see the “Connect to PC” page. Choose Media device (MTP). In doing so, you establish that connection, and allow files to be transferred between PC and device.

3. Now that a connection has been established, open File Explorer. You can find a shortcut icon in the bottom left corner of your screen. Once opened, look to the left hand panel. Choose This PC.

Devices and Drives

4. With This PC opened, head down to Devices and Drives. Underneath you’ll see your connected device. Double click to explore its contents.

Music

5. Now, you’re looking for a folder pertaining to “Music.” As you can see in the screenshot above, this Android device has a “MusicPlayer” folder. Double click to reveal its contents.

6. Drag and drop the music files from your device’s music folder to your desktop.

You have successfully moved your music files from your phone to your PC.