How to Play Local Audio Files on YouTube Music



YouTube Music is one of the best music streaming applications currently available. Since the app basically has all the music from YouTube, you’d find just about any song you wish to listen to. You can also download and listen to songs offline via YT Music. However, by default, you cannot listen to audio files stored on your device itself. This means that if you have songs in the internal storage or an SD card, then you will not be able to listen to the audio files via YT Music by default.

Fortunately, there’s an option to toggle on the feature to play local audio files in YouTube Music. After enabling the option to show devices files in YouTube Music, you will be able to play audio files stored on the device. Thus you will not have to download a third-party music player if you’re fine with using YT Music to play music. YT Music does also lets you download and store music for offline playback. However, having the option to play local audio files is a bouns. So without any further ado, let’s check out how to play local audio files on Youtube Music.

Enable the option to play local audio files in YouTube Music

Here are the steps you need to follow to enable the feature in the YT Music app on your Android device.

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  1. Launch the YT Music app on your device.
  2. Tap on your profile icon which should be located at the top right corner.
  3. Select Settings and then tap on Library & downloads.
  4. You should be able to see the option labeled Show device files. Toggle on the feature.

That’s it. You will now be able to play local audio files in YouTube Music. The device files will show up in a separate tab within the library section of the application. To view the audio files stored on your device in YT Music, simply tap on the Library tab in the bottom bar and select Album, Artist, or Songs and swipe over to the Device Files tab. All the supported audio files on your device should appear here.

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It’s worth noting that you will not be able to add these audio tracks to the same playlist consisting of songs from YouTube Music. Moreover, you will not be able to cast these audio files. Therefore, using YT Music to play local audio files might not be the best application for the purpose. You can check out the 10 best offline music player apps for Android. Nonetheless, the option is there for those who want it. And we hope this tutorial helped you use the option to play local audio files in the YT Music app on your Android phone.

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