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How to get your Google Play Music library into Groove on Windows 10

If you're using Windows 10 and want to have all of your music in one place, the Groove music app is a good place to be. We've covered how to get your music out of iTunes and into Groove, but what about if you're using Google Play Music?

Google has no desktop player for its music service but you can still get your music out of there and import it to Groove with relative ease. Whether it's music you uploaded to the cloud or bought from Google's store, we'll show you how to get it onto your Windows 10 PC and into your Groove library.

The first thing you need is the Google Music Manager application. If you uploaded your own music to Google's cloud before then you'll already have it. If you do need it though, grab it from the download link below.

Google Play Music Manager

With this installed you're going to need to actually download your library from Google. Depending on its size and your connection, you can probably go off and have a hot beverage or two while you're waiting. To download your library follow these steps:

  • Open Google Play Music Manager
  • Select the option to download your library
  • Select the location to download to. iTunes and your Music folder are the two stock options, for anywhere else select the third option.

Once you've downloaded your files the steps are just the same as importing any music files to Groove from your PC. All you need to do is tell the app where to find the music.

  • Open up Groove music on your PC.
  • Click on the cog icon to open "Settings."
  • Under "Music on this PC" click on "Choose where we look for music."
  • Click the "+" button and navigate to the folder you downloaded your library to.

With that all the music you have in Google's cloud will now be available offline, on your PC in the Groove music app.

If you want to go one step further and have your Google cloud music available to all your devices, but through Groove/Xbox Music, then just add it to your OneDrive account. We've got a step-by-step on what you need to do at the link below.

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Richard Devine is an Editor at Windows Central. A former Project Manager and long-term tech addict, he joined Mobile Nations in 2011 and has been found on Android Central and iMore as well as Windows Central. Currently you'll find him covering all manner of PC hardware and gaming, and you can follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

25 Comments
  • Soundiiz.com helps with other services!
  • Oh man... that f*kin genious, TNX!
  • As soon as I saw this article I thought what a ridiculous situation. Groove should be able to authenticate against Google Play Music, see what's there and then enable it in Groove. Downloading your music is a horrible way of syncing. So thanks for posting this site, that's a thousand times easier; and let's hope MS allow a way of automating this soon.
  • The 150gb of music I have in google music is just a backup for what I already have in Onedrive.
  • Services like google music or groove music/Xbox music doesn't exist here on the other hand Apple music fully supported it's funny that apple more globally supportive than Microsoft and google :-S
  • Has anyone else put music in one drive music folder just to have all the album art show up in your photos?
  • Will Grove play lossless files or just MP3/4s?
  • It will support FLAC, I think?  At least Windows Media Player will, and that's the only media player that matters to me as I don't use Windows Phone and the Universal Player is terrible.
  • It already does.
  • Call me weird, but I have it in both. It's just easier if I don't have access to Groove on my desktop so I can then pull it from Google Music. Though I prefer Groove...now if only Microsoft would do a "Genius" playlist based off of my library. (Click a button on a track, generate a playlist based off similar tracks.)
  • Requested it in Feedback. BOOM! ;)
  • Great
  • Onedrive syncing? Does that not work?
  • In my experience, iTunes organizes my music under the artists name. It actually places the raw file in a folder within the parent iTunes folder. Unfortunately, I am unable to organize my music library the same way when you upload it to OneDrive. And I know that the GUI is all that matters when searching and playing music, but what if I want to copy the raw files of the artists albums to sent to someone. OneDrive makes this difficult. I don't want just raw files in my OneDrive music folder. Call me what you will, but I like being organized. Why can't Microsoft make their OneDrive music folder play music the way apple has their iTunes music folder... Organized.
  • Even if you upload raw files to OneDrive on the Groove music app it appears organized. Even if you don't organize your files with iTunes, they appears organized when you open iTunes. Same result. iTunes can mess your files if you let to, Onedrive let's you conserve your folder structure. But if you want you can organize your music library to your needs with Windows Media Player before uploading to OneDrive.
  • Weird Unlimited download when using Google play music manager but when using the browser to download user are restricted to 2 downloads. if you upload music on Google play music can you download the music on other pc or is it only streaming for upload music.
  • Can someone explain to me One Drive storage in all this?  What's good about Google Music is its 50,000 songs do not count against any limit.  In other words, it's truly 'free' as neither it (nor Google Photos, another discussion) count against my Google Drive GB size (which i have the 'free 15gb' plan).   Do songs on One Drive count against your 15GB One Drive Storage?  If they do, then this is a no-go for me.
  • You can store up to 50.000 songs to Onedrive for free. About 100GB
  • The first thing I noticed about this post was that you have A in your library. I thought I was the only person in the world who knew about that band. Talk about a group that's hard to track down via search!
  • I'd have to clean my Google library first before transfer. I just visited last week and found a bunch of junk in it. All the podcasts I've listen to and ringtones sound from my phone back when I used to use android. (nexus one) disappointed
  • I buy my musics using amazon. No DRM
  • Do I understand correctly that Groove Music for phone doesn't show "related" artist information anymore?
  • so this is for music that you only purchased right? It wont sync playlists and offline songs right?
  • Google blocked Play Music API so Outcold player for Windows (the best Play Music App on any platform) didn't work anymore. Immediately I downloaded all my music library from Google Music to Onedrive. So now I can stream my music to ANY of my devices. Fuck You Google.
  • And who downloads like 40-50GB music frome Google for upload it to Groove? One Google its dosent take any space frome Google Drive is totaly free up to 50.000 songs, Microsoft take space for save them, and am have upload my totaly CD Collections and remove the must worst songs frome the CD and just keep the best of the best frome the CD, and the only payments music i have do ans its arount 5000 songs and is arount 32GB larges, OneDrive just give 5GB now my old OneDrive is still 15GB but that is not engouts and why pay for a service some is totaly complete free at Google? The best part you dont even save the music one Google Drive = Dosent take any space frome you C Drive when you install Google Drive software like the build in OneDrive to for have sync in you PC and hidden the map is just bad just after re-install a pc.