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I have a song I want to use for a ringtone, but the Google Music app doesn't let me set it. I've checked on my sdcard/internal storage for a music/google/gmusic etc folder but can't find anything.

Where is the music file stored on my phone?

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See "Where does Google Play Music v5 store music locally?" for the location of the new Google Music version. – Flow Jan 3 '14 at 15:37
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The Google Music Apps cache is at


which is usually

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Is it possible that this folder is only readable on a rooted device? On my (unrooted) Nexus 4, using Astro File Manager, both the /cache and /files subfolders appear "EMPTY", even with "Show hidden files" enabled. (And I have quite a few songs available offline/"on device" within Google Play Music.) – w3dk Mar 8 '13 at 16:25
I assume that this has to do something with the multi-user feature and new sdcard layout of Android 4.2. You can read more about it here and here. tl;dr try looking at /sdcard/0/... or /sdcard/<userid>/... – Flow Mar 8 '13 at 20:01
Well, maybe... but I have neither of those folders you mention. If I search the entire device for music/mp3 files (using Astro FM) the only files found are files I have manually copied onto the device. None of my "offline" (Google Play Music) music is found. Using the DiskUsage app I can see a large continuous data block in Apps/Google Play Music/ which appears to relate to my "offline" music (the size increases as I store more offline) - but there are no individual files as far as I can see. – w3dk Mar 9 '13 at 13:06

It is actually in /data/data/

You might need root to access this. The songs are titled just by numbers so it might be a pain to find the right ones. This is from a Sprint Samsung Galaxy S4 rooted stock ROM NAE Android 4.4.2.

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I use Bluetooth File Transfer and have found the files in


I'm running Android 4.4.2 on a Galaxy S5 (not rooted) and the Play Music app is v5.7.1788Q.1634597

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