How to Export Google Play Music Library to YouTube Music

Google officially unplugged Play Music this week, the culmination of a long process that started last year. However, those who continue to use the service can easily transfer all their content to YouTube Music, including songs, albums, playlists, purchases, downloads, personalized recommendations, and likes/dislikes. Streaming can be done from Android devices, iPhones, iPads and even the YouTube Music website. Here is how you can transfer music from Google Play Music Library to YouTube Music.

Export Google Play Music Library to YouTube Music

This tutorial uses YouTube Music on Android for demonstration purposes, but the process is almost the same on iOS and the web. To stream using mobile apps, you must have a relatively recent version of YouTube Music installed on your device.

If you don’t see the ‘Transfer’ option on your smartphone/tablet, update the app from Play Store/App Store before trying again. The transfer will take place in the background and you will be able to listen to your songs without any interruption during the transfer process.

1. Open the YouTube Music app on your phone or navigate to: On your PC/smartphone browser. You may encounter a YouTube Music Premium ad that you can close by tapping the ‘x’ in the top right.

2. You will now see a banner that says ‘Transfer Your Google Play Music Account’. Tap/click the ‘Start Transfer’ button at the bottom to start the process. You will receive a message saying the operation has been completed. “could take a few hours”.

start the transfer

3. For me, the transfer took less than an hour. After the process was complete, YouTube Music displayed a message saying: “Transfer completed”. Once you get this message, you can tap/click the ‘Discover Music’ button to go to the main screen of the app, this screen will look similar to the bottom right screenshot.

YouTube music showing transfer complete message

Stream Your Google Play Music Content to YouTube Music

Google Play Music may be a thing of the past, but that doesn’t mean you have to lose your painstakingly created favorite playlists. Regardless of whether you are a premium member or a free user, you can easily transfer all your content to YouTube Music using the above process. As we mentioned earlier, the process is similar on Android, iOS and web. So what are you waiting for? Stream all your Play Music content to YouTube Music and play all your favorite music as usual.

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