How to play music with the Groove Music app for Windows 10

Groove Music is a music player app that was introduced by Windows 10 and, besides its primary role of playing the music stored locally on our devices, it was also able to stream content or even download it. The streaming features were available to users who owned a Groove Music Pass but, unfortunately, Microsoft decided to end this service starting December 31, 2017. Now, the company is promoting Spotify. However, the Groove Music app is still useful for many: it is one of the best universal Windows apps ever created and, with it, you can play your locally stored mp3 library, or even listen to the songs you have stored in your OneDrive. This app is perfect if you do not want something complicated and you do not want to migrate to music streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer, Tidal, Apple Music, or Google Music. In this tutorial, we share information on how to use the Groove Music app so you can take advantage of all the features it has to offer:

How to open the Groove Music app on Windows 10

To open the Groove Music app, go to the Start Menu and scroll down the list of apps until you find the Groove Music shortcut. Then, click or tap on the shortcut.

If you want a faster way to open Groove Music, use the search function offered by Cortana. Type "groove" in the search box found on your taskbar and, in the list of search results, press on the Groove Music shortcut.

You can also ask Cortana to open the Groove Music app by saying "open Groove Music."

Once the Groove Music app is opened, you should see something similar to the screenshot below.

What are the methods of adding music to the Groove Music app in Windows 10?

Although Microsoft decided to end the Groove Music Pass streaming service that allowed users to access an extensive online music catalog, that does not mean that the Groove Music app is no longer useful. You can use it listen to music that you add from your Windows 10 device, as well as from your OneDrive account.

If you want to add music from your OneDrive account, but do not know how, this tutorial shows the whole procedure: How to stream your music with OneDrive and the Groove Music app.

If you want to add music to the Groove Music app from a local storage device, such as a hard disk drive, read the next section of this guide.

How to add music to the Groove Music app from your Windows 10 computer

One way to add music to the Groove Music app is to import it from your PC. To do that, click or tap on the Show Menu button from the top left corner of the app, and then press the Settings icon found on the right side of your name.

On the Settings page, click or tap on the "Choose where to look for music" link.

Next, to add a new folder to the music library used by Groove Music, click or tap on the plus "+" button.

Navigate to the music folder location, select it and press "Add this folder to Music."

The songs in the selected folder are automatically added to the music library in Groove Music.

If you want to add more folders to your music collection, repeat the same process for each new folder. Otherwise, press Done to return to the Settings page.

How to play music using the Groove Music app

To start playing songs using the Groove Music app, go to the main menu, select "My music," and then click or tap on Songs on the right side of the app.

Now Groove Music displays a list of all your songs. Scroll down until you find the song you want to play and press the Play button which appears on your selection.

At the bottom of the window, Groove Music displays some useful buttons, such as Previous, Pause, and Next. There are also buttons for Volume, Shuffle, and Repeat.

Also, when you try to adjust the volume, using the keyboard, a mini player is displayed on the top-left area of the screen, which includes only the basic buttons like Play/Pause, Previous, Next and the name of the song.

You can do the same thing using the Groove Music thumbnail on the taskbar.


If you would rather listen to a specific music album or artist, instead of browsing through your entire song collection, select either Artists or Albums on the top side of the window. Then, navigate to the album or artist you want to listen to, and click or tap on it. The Groove Music app then displays only the songs that match your request.

How to create a playlist using the Groove Music app

Creating playlists in Groove Music is simple. Go to the main menu and press on the + (New playlist) button from Playlists.

Next, you need to name your new playlist, and press "Create playlist" when you are done.

The playlist you created is displayed in the main menu, in the Playlists section. Now, you need to add new songs to the playlist you created. To do this, Groove Music automatically loads your playlist and invites you to add songs from your collection.

By default, it lets you add songs from your Albums, but you can also go to Songs or Artists, and select the songs you want to add to your playlist, by pressing the "+ (Add to)" button and choosing your playlist.

Note that you can select multiple songs at once. To add a whole bunch of songs to a playlist, mark the checkmark box from the left of each song you want to add, or hold the Ctrl or Shift key on your keyboard while clicking on the songs.

Repeat this action until the playlist contains all the songs you want. Then, click or tap on the "+ Add to" button from the bottom-right corner of the window and select the playlist to which you want to add them.

When you are done, you can enjoy listening to your new playlist.


Overall, Groove Music is a simple music player app, which can come in handy if you do not want something complicated. It allows you to perform simple actions like playing songs or creating playlists. You can have it stream music from your OneDrive account or import the songs from your computer. Although Microsoft ended the Groove Music Pass streaming service, we still believe that the Groove Music app remains a good music player, and we recommend it to our readers. If you have questions regarding Groove Music, do not hesitate to share them with us in the comments section.