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How To Play Music Files Directly from Google Drive

If you have some music files stored in your Google Drive, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be able to play them everywhere, without having to download them first. Here’s how you can do just that.

Play Music Directly from Google Drive

Log in to your Google Drive and find the music file you want to play and right-click it. In the menu that comes up, click Open with, then Connect more apps.

google drive mp3 player connect more apps

Now, in the window that comes up, search for Music Player for Google Drive and Connect it to your account. Don’t forget to set it to be used by default.

google drive mp3 player music player for google drive

Now, just right-click the MP3 file you want to play, go to Open with Music Player for Google Drive and Allow Access to your account. It also supports MP4, OGG, WAV, and AAC music files.

google drive mp3 player allow

Your song will play without a problem, and from now on it will do so directly.

google drive mp3 player playing song

Tip: If you select more than one track, a playlist will automatically be created. You can always click Add audio files from Google Drive to add more songs to the playlist.

google drive mp3 player playlist

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12 Responses to How To Play Music Files Directly from Google Drive

  1. Diablo March 24, 2014 at 5:41 am #

    Hi Bogdan,

    Since Google increased the storage allocation I’ve moved a lot of audiobooks and movies into my Drive folder. Just wondering though, while it seems easy enough to play an album/book on a desktop it doesn’t seem as easy to do from my (android) phone.

    Any suggestions?


  2. Jerome April 12, 2014 at 2:18 am #

    Thank you for the tip!

    However, when I got the following message:

    “An error occurred when attempting to read this song”

  3. Pascal Couture June 18, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    Hi, I am using tho method and I can play files from my own Google Drive. However, if I share a folder containing WAV files with another user, they cannot play them. Do you know of a workaround or solution to this issue? Btw, I am not pirating music. These are recordings we have produced internally at our office that we want to be able to stream with whomever we share a folder with.


  4. paige November 8, 2014 at 2:22 pm #

    How do I put music from google play music into my drive?

    Please help!

  5. eddie March 5, 2016 at 6:01 am #

    Does it still need signal to access them I do alot of traveling and lose signal alot and rely on the music on my phone.

    • Branden April 4, 2016 at 6:02 pm #

      You can save music offline when using Google Drive

  6. machiel June 1, 2016 at 6:36 am #

    Nice advice, but it doesn’t work (at least not on Firefox on Linux). It says “Sorry we are unable to play this song”

    • Tim Welch July 27, 2016 at 1:12 pm #

      I am having the same issue. Did you figure out how to get Music Player for Google Drive to work?

  7. Murphy October 5, 2016 at 1:01 am #

    Will “Google Home” allow you to play music directly from “Google Drive”?

  8. Frank Schenk November 20, 2016 at 1:36 am #

    There’s no way but using the Google App or maybe something “compatible”… that’s no good politics, to force people to use some stuff… and to tell them – by the way – their browser can’t play mp3-files…! Hilarious, isn’t it? I won’t store any (even of my own) music on google drive no more… they don’t want you to share it… ^^

  9. Cat December 18, 2016 at 10:54 pm #

    Our work voicemail emails them to us as .wav files. I wish I could play these in Google Drive, rather than downloading then playing via iTunes which is a slow process (and means having iTunes open, which slows down my entire computer). But it says it’s unable to play it — and ‘your browser may be unable to support this format’. I use Chrome so not sure why this is happening.

    I hope someone can help?

  10. Gord Michaels August 11, 2017 at 4:25 am #

    I agree, others should be able to listen without having an account. Another annoyance is you can’t select for example 3 files to download at the same time, you have to download one after another. Pure pain in the ass. Why is there no option to not zip when downloading. You have to explain to all how to unzip the damn thing. For those not tech if you don’t tell them this just causes total frustration.

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