Import your own music to YouTube Music

YouTube Music is a huge service that covers tons of genres, playlists, and albums from thousands of artists around the world. That being said, there will be times when you can’t quite find the track you’re looking for. Luckily, YouTube Music lets you upload your own music to keep with you in your account. Here’s how.

How to upload your music to YouTube Music

First, you will need to do this on a computer, be it a PC or a Macbook. Either will be fine. Once you have one or the other ready to go, the process is very simple. To upload your own music to YouTube Music, follow these steps:

  1. On your computer, open Google Chrome.
  2. Head toward
  3. Click on your profile picture.
  4. Find and click Download music in the menu that appears.
  5. Finder or Windows Explorer will open. Choose a track or tracks you want to download and hit Open.

That’s it! Your music will start uploading to YouTube Music. Once the download is complete, processing will begin. Combined, the process takes no more than a few seconds per song on average.

From here you can see your downloaded songs by heading to Library > Songs and pressing the drop-down menu, and changing the list to Downloads. You can select songs by clicking the checkbox — select several by holding Control or Shift and clicking other tracks — then drag them to playlists.

Is music synced to my account?

Like most music streaming services, one of YouTube Music’s many strengths is account-wide synchronization of tracks, artists, and playlists. In fact, YouTube Music content can be embedded within YouTube itself.

When you upload music to YouTube Music from your computer, that track is treated as a private YouTube video. It is first downloaded and then processed on the servers of the system. Once processed, it becomes available for your listening.

As long as the processing is complete, you can open your library on another device and listen to the same track you just downloaded. For example, you can download from your computer and open the app on your Galaxy S22 and see the same tracks you just downloaded in a playlist. It’s a great way to create custom playlists in YouTube Music and make them available on many different phones and tablets.

Do I need YouTube Music Premium?

Although YouTube Music Premium offers many great features, the ability to download hundreds of tracks and have them at the push of a button on multiple devices is not one of them. In other words, you don’t need to subscribe to YouTube Music’s monthly premium tier to use this feature.

In fact, many draws on YouTube Music Premium are bypassed when uploading your own tracks. Since you play your purchased and purchased songs, there are no ads and you can play your downloaded songs with the screen locked. This wouldn’t be the case with listening to music downloaded and hosted by YouTube Music itself.

Apart from your own uploaded tracks, you will still see ads for songs in YouTube Music without subscribing to Premium. Also, locking your phone while other tracks are playing will pause the music entirely.

Overall, YouTube Music can be a great tool for custom playlists with your own music. You can try uploading your music to cloud storage elsewhere, but nothing works quite like a music player designed to handle uploaded tracks that can sync across devices.

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Victor L. Jones