The 10 Best Google Play Music App Tips And Tricks

Make the Google Play app your very own, personalized DJ

If you've never tried the Google Play Music app, you may be surprised just how much you can do with it.

It's very similar to other music services like Pandora or Spotify. However, you'll find there are more services offered for free, and it's much easier to access music from a multitude of devices and locations.

The following are some of the best tips and tricks to take full advantage of everything the Google Play Music app has to offer. You'll also learn how you can get the most out of your Google Play Music account.

Google Play Music is being phased out in favor of YouTube Music, and will likely go away at the end of 2020. The company is making it easy to transfer playlists and music from Google Play Music to YouTube Music.

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Let Music Put You to Sleep: The Sleep Timer

Screenshot of the Google Play Music app sleep timer

There are some useful features hidden inside the settings menu. One of those is the ability to set a sleep timer so that you can play Google Music just long enough for you to get to sleep.

To enable the sleep timer:

  1. Click on the menu icon, and click on Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the General section and select Sleep timer.
  3. On the first screen, tap the number of hours for the timer.
  4. On the next screen, tap the number of minutes for the timer.

Finally, play any music or radio station you'd like to go to sleep to, and the music will stop playing once your sleep timer has timed out.

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Be the Life of the Party: DJ Playlist

Screenshot of the Google Play Music queue

The best way to become a DJ using Google Play Music is through the mobile app. You'll need a subscription to download all of the songs you want to play, but once you do they'll all show up in your music library under the Songs menu item.

Follow these steps to queue up your DJ playlist:

  1. Click the play icon for the first song track you want to play.
  2. Click on the three dots next to the downloaded songs you want to play in order, and click Add to queue
  3. Once you're done loading up your queue, all songs will play in order automatically. But you can click the three dots next to any song and choose Play next if you want to.
  4. If you're bored of the order songs are playing in, you can click Shuffle All to mix things up.

Playing the part of the DJ at your next party has never been easier.

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Tune Your Tunes: The Equalizer

Screenshot of Google Play equalizer

You can enhance the sound quality of Google Play music on your mobile device by enabling the equalizer.

To access the equalizer:

  1. Tap the menu icon and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down to the Playback section and tap Equalizer.
  3. The FX Booster lets you adjust dB settings across frequencies from 60 Hz up to 14 kHz.

If you tap the FX Booster menu, you can choose from preset settings for genres of music like Jazz, Rock, Folk and more.

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Reduce Data Usage: Control Quality

Screenshot of mobile network quality setting

Streaming music on your phone can potentially use up a lot of data. If you have a limited data plan, you'll want to be careful about using up too much data and incurring data usage charges.

The Google Play Music app provides several different settings that can help you control the amount of data you're using when streaming music.

If you access the Settings menu and scroll down to the Playback section, you'll see several options that can help.

  • Quality on wifi network: Adjust music quality from Low to Always High to control data stream volume when you're connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  • Quality on mobile network: Set music quality to Low when connected to mobile networks to minimize your mobile data usage while streaming.
  • Stream only on Wi-Fi: Dramatically reduce your mobile data usage by blocking any music streaming unless you're connected to a Wi-Fi network.
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Stream Music Offline: Download Albums

Screenshot of downloading an album in Google Play

If you're planning a trip "off the grid" - to a location without any mobile data access or internet - the option to download entire albums will let you take your music with you.

Google Play requires a subscription for this feature to work, but this feature alone makes a subscription worth the cost.

In Google Play on any album or radio page, just tap the download button to save all of the songs locally on your mobile device. It's best to initiate these downloads when you're on a Wi-Fi network so you don't use too much mobile data.

Once you've downloaded the music, you can listen to them anywhere, even if you're in the middle of a National Park far away from any mobile towers.

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Home Music: Stream Songs Throughout Your Home

Screenshot of casting music from Google Play

Considering Google markets the Chromecast device and other smart home gadgets like the Google Home hub, it makes sense that Google Play Music would have a built-in cast button.

This means that you can cast music from Google Play Music to any smart home device or Chromecast-enabled TV just by tapping the cast button on any song or album.

Just tap the cast icon, and choose the device in your home that you want to cast to.

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Remote Control Music: Allow External Devices

Screenshot of allowing external devices to start playback

If you connect your mobile phone with your car, headphones or any other bluetooth connection, you can remotely control Google Play Music with those devices.

However, before you can do so, you need to enable remote control from external devices.

To do this:

  1. Open Google Music Play settings.
  2. Scroll down to the Playback section.
  3. Enable Allow external devices to start playback.

Once this is enabled, you can use your car or wireless earphones to play, pause, or skip songs directly with your bluetooth device.

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Child Controls: Block Explicit Songs

Screenshot of blocking explicit songs in radio

If you're letting your kids use Google Play Music to stream songs, it's a good idea to protect them from explicit lyrics.

Google Play Music has a built-in setting that will block all explicit songs from the app.

  1. Open Google Play Settings
  2. Scroll down to the Playback section.
  3. Tap Block explicit songs in radio to enable explicit filtering.

Enabling this on your children's phone will ensure that they can enjoy Google Play Music without accessing explicit lyrics that you don't want them to be exposed to.

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Automate Your Music: Google Assistant

Screenshot of Google Assistant launching the Google Play Music app

If you want to control your Google Play Music apps with voice commands, the easiest way to do that is through your Google Assistant app.

Let your Google Assistant by your Google Play Music DJ by asking it to play you any genre of music, or any specific album or artist.

You can integrate these two apps by enabling Google Play Music as your default music player in the Google Home app.

  1. Tap on your Profile icon
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Tap Services
  4. Tap Music
  5. Enable Google Play Music as your default music player
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Google Play Music Tasks: Use Tasker

Screenshot of the Tasker app set up to launch Google Play

Another way you can automate the Google Play Music app on your phone is through the Tasker app for Android.

The Tasker app is an amazing mobile automation tool and it can connect with your Google Play Music app to do some amazing things.

  • Launch music when you arrive at any location
  • Activate the music app at a set time of day
  • Play music if your heart rate drops to a certain level (on supported devices)
  • Activate music when you miss a call
  • Play music when your battery level drops to a certain level

These are just a few example automations. Tasker opens up a massive list of potential ways to trigger music based on a variety of inputs from your phone.

The Google Play Music app looks simple, but it's a powerful tool for enjoying music on your own, or playing a whole list of music tracks for friends. The only question is whether you want to control things from your mobile device, your browser, or your desktop.