Google Play will shut down later this year, leaving YouTube Music as Google’s only streaming music service.
But Google has just launched a tool that makes it very easy for users to transfer their music.
From today, users will be able to move their tracks, albums and playlists to the newer YouTube Music service by following a few simple steps.
Here’s everything to know about the process…
How to transfer your Google Play Music library to YouTube Music
Google Play users can transfer music on the web by heading to music.youtube.com/transfer – although it seems this is being rolled out in batches, so isn’t available for everyone yet.
Alternatively, Apple and Android users can do so by clicking the new ‘Transfer your Play Music library’ button on the YouTube Music app home screen – but it’s important to have the latest version of YouTube Music installed from Google Play or the App Store.
There’s also a ‘Transfer from Google Play Music’ option in the app’s settings.
Phone users should then tap on ‘Let’s Go’ and they will be presented with everything they’re about to transfer over. If all looks good, they can select the ‘Start Transfer’ button and the process will begin.
Essentially, the app does all the hard work – by uploading purchases and preferences from an individual’s Google Play music profile.
Google says it will update the new profile to offer music recommendations based on listening history, as well as likes and dislikes.
The process can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few days to complete, but Google says (once it’s done) all the audio recommendations should appear in the YouTube Music app.
YouTube Music will also email users when the transfer is complete and their music has been added to the in-app ‘Library’ tab.
Users will still be able to listen to YouTube Music and use the app as normal, while the transfer is taking place.
It’s also worth pointing out that people who continue to use Google Play after the transfer will need to complete the process again at a late date – to ensure their profile is fully updated.
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