YouTube Music is, in a nutshell, Google’s Spotify. Called to replace Google Play Music, YouTube Music allows users to access, via subscription, all the music stored on YouTube without ads and in the background. Now goes a step further, since it has been updated to allow playback of content stored locally.

In other words, YouTube Music can now act as a streaming music player or as a player to use. It should be noted that you do not need to pay the subscription to access the local files, as was already the case with Google Play Music. On the other hand, this function seems to be available from version 3.13, which is the one that can be downloaded from Google Play.

How to play your music on YouTube Music

The function is not activated by default, but it is necessary to follow a couple of quick steps. The instructions are as follows:

  1. Open YouTube Music.
  2. Go to “Library”.
  3. Click on “Songs”.
  4. A pop-up will appear asking if you want to play the audio files on your device. Select “Allow” and give it permission to access the terminal’s internal memory.
  5. Automatically, a new tab called “Device Files” will be enabled at the top. There you will find all the music you have stored in your mobile memory.

It is important to make it clear that not only the songs, but also other audio files such as voice recordings appear, so it is possible that during playback of the library appears an audio note without notice. At the moment, it is not possible to filter the search for files by folders as you can do in PowerAmp, for example, so you have to wait or delete any audio file that is not music.

You can’t make mixed playlists, i.e. there can’t be local and YouTube Music songs in the same playlist.

You can’t add local songs to playlists or to the queue if they include YouTube Music songs, i.e. you’ll have to manage your songs on one side and those of the service on the other. What you can do is play the local files in the background without paying the subscription fee.

As we said before, it seems that this function has already been officially deployed in Google Play, so if you were already a YouTube Music user check the app store to see if you have the pending update. If you weren’t, you can try YouTube Music Premium for free for a month and then decide if you want to stay or just keep listening to your MP3s.