Downloading on Android

Here’s how to download albums from Bandcamp straight to your Android phone:

  1. Download the .zip file from Bandcamp
  2. Unzip the file to your Music folder
  3. Rescan your Music folder
  4. Open the music app and listen to your tunes

Downloading tracks is much the same, but they download as single audio files, so there’s no unzipping.

Troubleshooting

It will work out of the box for most people, but in case you hit a snag here’s how to solve a few of the more common problems.

Install an unzipping app

If you’re downloading an album you’re going to need an app that knows what to do with .zip files (single tracks download as straight audio files). Try a free single-purpose app like UnZip, or more advanced file management apps like ES File Explorer and ASTRO.

If you don’t have an app installed that can handle .zip files your phone will usually refuse to complete the download at all.

Download a format you can play

It probably goes without saying, but make sure you have an app that can play the format of file you’re downloading. If you’re unsure, go for the standard MP3 option.

If you’re going to download FLAC, get an app that can play it and make sure you have a decent connection. FLAC album files are pretty big and if your connection flakes out you’ll end up with a corrupted .zip file.

Unzip the album to your Media folder

Your album will usually land in your Downloads folder, and you’ll want to move it to your Music folder, which will probably be /sdcard/Music. You should be able to specify where to unzip the file, or unzip it then move the folder.

Rescan your media folder to make your music show up

To make your new album appear in your music player you may need to rescan the Media folder. There are several free apps that let you do exactly this – we’ve used Rescan Media.

Help us to help you

If you’re looking at this page and thinking “That’s not how my phone works!” don’t just sit and stew – email us with your corrections, ideas and handy tips for making downloading music on Android a fun hobby for all the family.

Still wondering? Contact Bandcamp Support.