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How to upload music to Huawei

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You have just bought your first Huawei smartphone. You are very comfortable, but unfortunately, not being particularly knowledgeable in the technological field, you have found yourself faced with a problem that seems insurmountable to you: you are unable to load music on the phone memory. When you connect your smartphone to your computer, Windows does not seem to recognize it and, even when you open Windows Media Player, the device is not connected to the PC.

Fear not – this is almost certainly a phone driver or configuration issue. All you have to do, if you want to resolve the matter, is to take five minutes of free time and follow the directions on how to upload music to Huawei that I am about to give you. I assure you that in no time you will be able to solve the problem and load all the songs you want on your new smartphone.

For the tutorial I will use a P9 Lite equipped with Android 6.0, but the instructions in the article are valid for all Huawei terminals and versions of Android. On the computer side, I will use Windows 10 and macOS 10.13 High Sierra, but even in this case there are no problems: the indications are generic and apply to all versions of the operating systems in question.

How to upload music to Huawei from Windows

If you want to upload music to a Huawei smartphone and use a Windows PC , all you have to do is take the USB cable that comes with the phone and use it to connect it to the computer. Windows should detect the device and within a few seconds it should install its drivers from the Internet. At the end of both operations, a notification will appear on the screen asking you which “operation to perform” with the device just connected to the PC.

Now you have to switch to the smartphone and enable the Android file transfer mode, otherwise the computer will not “see” the device correctly and will not allow you to access its internal memory (and / or the microSD inserted in the latter).

Then expand the Android notification menu by swiping from the top of the screen to the bottom, look for the item relating to the USB connection and press the File button in order to activate the Android file transfer mode.

If you do not see the “File” button, tap on the USB connection  item in the Android notification menu and, in the screen that opens, put the check mark next to the USB file transfer (MTP) option .

Android USB Settings

Now you can go back to your computer, where you have to open the Windows File Explorer (the yellow folder icon located at the bottom left of the taskbar). Once the File Explorer is open, click on the This PC (or Computer ) item in the left sidebar and locate the icon relating to the Huawei smartphone (eg HUAWEI VNS-L31 ).

Then double-click on the smartphone icon, access its internal memory (always by double-clicking) and look for the Music folder . If the “Music” folder is not there, create it yourself by right clicking in a white point of the window and selecting the New> Folder items from the Windows context menu.

File Explorer

We are almost there! Now all you have to do is select the music files you want to copy to your smartphone and transfer them to the Music folder of the device by simply copy-and-paste . You have to act just like when you copy files to a USB stick or external hard drive.

When the operation is complete, start the Android Music application (it should be on the smartphone home screen and have a musical note icon). Then select the Local Songs item and you should find, in the screen that opens, all the music files you copied via the Windows File Explorer.

Huawei Music App

By following the same procedure, but by copying the songs to the Ringtones folder of your smartphone, you can also copy ringtones from your PC to your phone. The ringtones will then become available in the Settings> Sound> Phone ringtone menu . You can use very common MP3 files, such as those that can be obtained from the sites that I recommended in my tutorial on how to download free MP3 ringtones.

If you prefer, you can also use Windows Media Player to copy music from your computer to your Huawei smartphone. All you have to do is select the Synchronize tab of the program (top right), drag the songs of your interest to the right sidebar and press the Start synchronization button that appears at the top right.

Windows Media Player

In case of problems

Following the instructions I gave you a moment ago, were you unable to upload music to your Huawei smartphone? This is probably a driver problem. In this regard, I recommend that you install HiSuite : Huawei’s official software that allows you to manage the files on your smartphone (not the music, strangely), create system backups and install updates for Android.

To download HiSuite on your PC, connect to  the official website of the program  and press the Download button  . Then open the RAR archive you downloaded from the Huawei website (if you don’t know how to open RAR files, take a look at the tutorial I wrote about it), extract the contents into any folder and run the HiSuite_xx_OVE executable  . exe .

In the window that opens, click on the Yes button  , put the check mark next to the item  I have read and accepted the Huawei HiSuite End User License Agreement and Privacy Policy to accept the HiSuite terms of use and click first on  Install  and then on  Start to finish the setup. If you are asked to restart your PC, accept.

HiSuite installation

At this point you should be able to connect your Huawei smartphone to your computer and manage it from File Explorer as explained above. If you then want to use HiSuite to manage the device, connect it to the computer and press the Yes button  , allow access (or OK ) that appears on the phone screen.

After that, if HiSuite doesn’t “see” your phone yet, enable developer options on Android and turn on USB debugging . If you don’t know how to do it, go to the Settings menu  > About  Android phone , tap on  Build Version  or  Serial number 7 consecutive times and go to the Settings menu . Developer options  to enable  USB debugging . If you have further difficulty connecting, you may need to go to the Settings> Advanced Settings> Security menu and activate the Allow use of HDB function .

Huawei USB Settings

Mission accomplished! Now you can manage your smartphone from a PC using HiSuite (as well as copying files to the device memory via the Windows File Explorer). For more info on this, I invite you to consult my tutorial on how to connect Huawei to your PC.

How to upload music to Huawei from macOS

Are you using a Mac and can’t access your Huawei smartphone from the Finder ? It’s a normal thing. To access the memory of Android devices from macOS, you need to download Android File Transfer : a free application that bypasses the limitations of the Finder and allows you to easily manage the files on devices equipped with the green robot operating system.

To install Android File Transfer on your Mac, connect to  the program’s official website  and click the Download Now button  . Then open the dmg package  that contains the software and drag the icon of the latter (the green robot with the USB key in hand) to the Applications folder  .

How to upload music to Huawei

After this step too, right-click on the Android File Transfer icon that you copied to the macOS Applications folder, select the Open item from the context menu and first press the Open button to confirm the start of the software and then the Start button . The program will close.

Mission accomplished! From now on, whenever you connect your Huawei smartphone to Mac, Android File Transfer will start automatically and allow you to copy files to the Music folder of the device. How? With a simple drag-and-drop: you just have to select the songs to copy to your phone, drag them to the Music folder displayed in Android File Transfer and that’s it.

How to upload music to Huawei

Upload music to Huawei via streaming services

If you are subscribed to a music streaming service , such as Spotify , YouTube Music , Apple Music or Amazon Music , you can use the latter to copy the music to your Huawei smartphone and, if your subscription allows it, listen to it even when you are offline. Offline listening is reserved for subscribers of the premium plans of streaming services, which usually cost € 9.99 / month. The only exception is Amazon Prime Music , which allows subscribers of an Amazon Prime subscription to listen to part of the Amazon Music Unlimited catalog and download songs offline, with a listening limit of 40 hours per month.

Let’s do some practical examples right away. If you are a Spotify Premium subscriber, you can download your songs offline by simply selecting the Your Library tab at the bottom right, going to Playlists , Albums , Artists or Songs , selecting the content you want to download offline and turning ON the lever relative to the Download option. Furthermore, I point out that if you are a Spotify Premium user, you can copy songs that are not in the Spotify library from your computer to your smartphone by creating a playlist that contains the latter (on your computer), by connecting your smartphone to the same Wi-Fi network as the PC and starting the download of the playlist in the Spotify app. If any steps are not clear to you, check out my tutorials on how to download songs from Spotify and how to listen to music offline.


If you use Apple Music , however, you can activate the download of songs, playlists and albums of your interest by selecting them in the app and pressing the cloud icon . To copy the songs from your PC, instead, all you have to do is activate the iCloud Music Library service (which is free) and copy the songs of your interest to the iTunes library. All the songs will automatically sync to the cloud and then appear in the Apple Music library, as if they were songs officially available on the service. Convenient, right? For more information on this, check out my tutorial on how to switch music from PC to iPhone (you can pretty much follow the same steps, even if you have an Android terminal instead of an iPhone).

Apple Music

If you are intrigued by music streaming services but have not yet had the opportunity to try one, try following the tips I gave you in my tutorials dedicated to these platforms, such as how Spotify works and how Amazon Music Unlimited works.

Other solutions to upload music to Huawei

At this point of the tutorial, haven’t you yet found a way to upload music to your Huawei smartphone that will satisfy you 100%? It seems strange. Either way, here are some other solutions that might be right for you.


  • CloudPlayer – it is an excellent music player that allows you to listen to music hosted on cloud storage services, and more specifically Dropbox , Google Drive and OneDrive . You can try it for free for 30 days, after which to take advantage of the support for cloud services and other premium features (eg the 10-band equalizer and Chromecast support) you need to purchase the full version of the app for 2.99 euros.
  • AirDroid – is a very famous app (to be installed together with a client for PC or Mac) that allows you to transfer files wirelessly between computer and smartphone, to send messages from the PC and to control the phone from Windows or macOS. It is free in its basic version, but has a storage limit of 200MB and an upload limit of 30MB per file. The full version costs from $ 1.99 / month. To learn more, read my tutorial on how to transfer Android files.
  • SendAnywhere – as the name suggests quite easily, it is an application, also available in the form of an online service and a program for Windows PCs and Macs, which allows you to transfer files wirelessly from one device to another. It does not require registration or payments and is extremely intuitive. You can find more info about it in my tutorial on how to transfer Android files.