Folder Player: An ad-free MP3 player for Android

Note: Folder Player currently supports Android 8 or higher. Please see archive of downloadable older versions.
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What is Folder Player?

Folder Player is a free/pro Android application (no ads in both) which knows how to play entire directories of files! It can play individual files, folders, or entire folder trees with one touch.

Get Free version google play free   Get PRO version google play pro

Do not have access to Google Play Store? Download Folder Player Free directly from this site.

Why another player for Android?

There are many great mp3 players out there. If you're happy with them, you probably don't need another one. But if you reached this site, you probably have the same problem as I had before I created this app - you tried many players, and your access to your music still too cumbersome.

Is Folder Player a solution?

Folder Player is best for those who rely on folders to manage their music collection. It simplifies interface to make access to music and audiobooks stored in directories quick, easy and enjoyable, while supporting lots of cool features such as Gapless, Crossfading, Android Auto, Super Shuffling and many more.
You open your player, and get to your music right away.

Free vs Pro

Pro version is not dramatically different from free, it exists rather to help you support ongoing development if you really like the free version.
... having said that, it is much more frequently updated (~ 6 releases of Pro for every release of Free) and provides some nice additional features:

  • Unlimited tagging: Create as many tags (you can call them "playlists") as you like
  • Unlimited folder "bookmarks" to place on your app home screen
  • Advanced crossfading: More track crossfading options
  • Auto-delete functions: Delete tracks "hands free" (skip track to delete, listen to the end to keep)
  • Auto playback of next folder
  • Pause playback on power loss
  • "Play Next" temporary playlist does not have limitations

Playback Basics:

  • Touch folder's play icon to play songs inside the folder
  • Touch folder name to see songs inside folder.
  • Long touch play button to re-play song or whole folder.

Frequently Asked Questions

!!! If something is wrong and you suspect corrupted data, reinstalling may not work as Android backs up and restores app states every time. Go to your phone settings, Apps, Folder Player, Storage, and tap "Clean Data" !!!

1. Folder Player does not see my files on my Android 11+ phone

in 2021 Google Play Store declared war on apps with direct access to file systems. Most users are not really affected by this, but this creates ugly problems for some. Please see a dedicated section covering this issue and potential options - Google's war on direct file access

2. Player shows FLAC/WAV/AAC files, but does not play them?

Playback for these is supported *ONLY IF* your device supports these formats (Folder Player is using your device built-in decoder and does not provide its own). Here is the list of audio formats officially supported by Android OS.

3. I have music on my network drive. How can I play that from my phone?

Your phone is a Unix machine, and it is perfectly capable of mounting external network drives and see files as if the were stored locally. Unfortunately, most mobile operators block your ability to do that, however, if you happen to gain root access, you can search for "cifs" on Google Play and install application that allows this function. If you uncover a better solution please let me know, and I will post it here for others.

4. Why player stops playing by itself? Is it a bug?

Short answer - most likely Android killed the app due to agressive battery settings OR you have some outside interference

Solution 1: In the app menu, check "Battery Use" and add Folder Player in the list of exceptions.
If that does not help:
Solution 2: in your phone settings (search or) go to "Battery and Device Care" - tap on "Battery" - "Background usage limits" - "Never Sleeping Apps" and make sure Folder Player is listed
Long answer:
If you notice that playback does not switch to "next" song, this probably means that service was "killed" by the OS. Also, please do NOT disable notifications. If a media app is running without notifications, Android may kill its service at any time. Do not user battery saving apps and you can also check battery settings of your device manufacturer. Also, some phone models have special "App Blocker" settings to advertise extreme battery saving capability, killing any service that is running for too long. You need to whitelist Folder Player there.
One other thing: Folder Player can pause playback if it receives a request from your phone, such as bluetooth "stop" command, OR some other app (or device), issuing "stop" command to external players. If the app is still active in the notification area but stopped, Bluetooth activity might be the reason

5. Why this app is running a background service?

Every music app needs to run a service, otherwise music will not be able to play in the background. If you want to shut down the service, use Menu > Exit in the app. But if you want to save your battery, you don't need to do that as Folder Player does not use your battery if music is not playing. Also, every service like that must be represented as an icon in the notification bar. If you want to hide the icon, go to your phone Settings->Application Manager->"Folder Player" and uncheck "Show Notifications" (BUT see #12 below for side effects)

6. Why application is asking for phone ID (and Nearby Devices) permission if this app is just playing audio?

Permission "read phone status" is (unfortunately) required to pause\restart playback after user picks up or hangs the phone. "Nearby Devices" is needed to auto pause playback on Bluetooth headset (or car) (dis)connection. Please remember that Folder Player does not have "internet" permission, so the app can't transfer anything online.

7. Does the app support playlists?

There is a support for similar functionality through the concept of "Tags". If you navigate to a track, in context menu you can associate song with a particular "tag". These tags are visible from the root, and can be played the same way as folders. Also, app supports m3u playlists which you create manually.

8. App complains "read only" when deleting (or moving) files from external SD card OR I delete files and they're not deleted (reappear).

Google established a special process for enabling write access to external drives. It works via showing a very confusing system dialog, which allows user to grant appropriate write permission to SD Card. The way it works in Folder Player - when you start app for the first time, you should see a dialog to find your external card to enable write access, after which you will see these SYSTEM screens (this dialog displayed by Google, not by Folder Player). If you want to re-run this process, just uninstall and reinstall the app.
If you have Android 11+, this could be little bit more complicated, please read this article.
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9. How about Chromecast support?

FolderPlayer does not implement this natively, however you can try this recommendation from Google to enable it. Cast your Android Audio from the Google Home app

10. My playback is distorted. Can you fix this?

FolderPlayer does not process the sound. It is just an interface to find a track to play, waiting for next track to be played by you built-in system player. During playback itself, FolderPlayer does virtually nothing, waiting for internal system Android media player to finish playback. If you hear any anomalies this should be a problem with the file itself, hardware/firmware of your phone, OR third party tools which may interfere with audio stream, such as equalizers.

11. When I click back from the settings the app disappears

Uncheck option "Don't keep activities" in the developer options in the phone settings.

12. No controls on my lock screen

If you disabled notification from the app you may not see controls on the lock screen.

13. I connect external USB drive, but the app can't see it

Make sure USB stick (or adapter) supports USB OTG specification.

14. Buttons in the notification area do not respond as expected

Go to "Menu" > "Battery Use" and add Folder Player in the list of exceptions.

15. Is there's a way to stop Folder Player from automatically playing when a Bluetooth audio source is connected?

Folder Player does not have functionality to start playback on Bluetooth connect. However some external devices (typically, cars), upon connection send a subsequent "Media Play" command which Folder Player executes. Unfortunately, there is no way to distinguish whether this is automated request by a car, or a manual request by a user.

16. Playback does not stop when I disconnect from Bluetooth

You probably did not setup "Nearby Devices" permissions when you installed the app. Go to your phone settings -> Apps -> Folder Player -> App Permissions and check if nearby devices are allowed.

17. Android Auto: missing app icon

This is reported quite frequently and the reason is unknown. Users report that the problem fixes itself after phone reboot.

18. When I hit "Next" button, I see music progress but no sound

Check if you have "Gapless" enabled. Support for this feature is unstable and varies from device to device.

How can you help?

If you'd like to share something important or you have an idea or comment, drop me a line at .

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