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Fix Album Art on Your Samsung Galaxy Device

June 19, 2014

in Technology

I’ve known about this issue for a while but it never really bothered me until recently when I started taking public transport and listening to music on my phone quite a bit. As of yesterday I’ve found the solution which im happy to share!

The Issue

What happens is that even after you’ve correctly tagged your mp3 files on your Mac/PC, moving them to the phone and playing them on the default music player mixes up the album artwork resulting in some tracks having artwork from a completely different artist/track which can be extremely frustrating (picture a Beethoven’s 5th Symphony with Britney Spears album art).

The Solution

First of all you need to make sure that the album art is embedded in the file itself not placed as an image in the same folder (it may work but you’re more likely to run into further problems). iTunes and Windows Media Player both have the ability to embed images directly into the ID tags of an mp3 file with ease. See below for a screenshot on this feature inside iTunes (right click on the track you want to edit and click “Get Info” to bring up the ID editor).


iTunes: Make sure you’ve got the correct album art on your tracks! If none exists, click add and follow the prompts.

Secondly (and this is what took some experimenting to figure out!) you need to make sure that the “Album” field of the mp3 file has been updated and is correct. If it is blank the Galaxy S3 will show artwork from a different track/album. See below for a screenshot in iTunes.

iTunes: You need to make sure the "Album" field has been updated and correct.

iTunes: You need to make sure the “Album” field has been updated and correct.


Edit Files in Android

If you’d prefer to edit your mp3 data on your Android device instead of iTunes/Media Player/other software, MP3dit is a free tool available on the Play Store which will do just the trick. It’s a really simple yet powerful tool and will also help you fix the above problems.

EDIT 12/08/2014 – I now own a Galaxy S5 and the same issues exists so I’m assuming its spread across all Galaxy smartphone/tablets. Can confirm this solution works for both the Galaxy S3/S5 phones. Let me know of any others that have the bug and you’ve successfully fixed!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

hemanth August 28, 2014 at 11:24 am

That worked with my iTunes
Thnx for idea


hemanth August 28, 2014 at 11:30 am

I gave a random album name for every song which I don’t care as I listen to singles just like “bxndjkwt”
I’m my iTunes(took time but that’s easy) then I re sent every song to my galaxy S4. Now it is showing correct art cover


greeneyedgirl800 October 14, 2014 at 11:51 am

I also have the galaxy S5 and since its latest system update i can no longer use mp3dit to edit the tags so now i am looking for a solution to it also. I know for a fact i had all the tags right and accurate and it is the same way in windows media player and iTunes and it still won’t let me edit a tag. it will let me put it in but it won’t save it


k.b. December 9, 2014 at 7:33 am

How would I fix the problem using Windows Media Player?


Vandread February 22, 2015 at 8:10 pm

Have you tried using winamp to edit the album art?


Matthew February 22, 2015 at 9:10 pm

I haven’t as yet however I’d imagine it would be the exact same process as all you’re doing to fix this problem is editing ID3 tags. Let me know how you go!


Byeloow February 23, 2015 at 5:54 pm

Thank you so much, you saved my time!


Matthew February 24, 2015 at 9:07 pm

You’re welcome! 😀


Technolover April 13, 2015 at 3:08 pm

It didn’t work for me D:
I definitely changed the artwork on iTunes and then I put the files back on my S5…


Jake May 5, 2015 at 7:52 pm

I have installed/removed seven music players for my Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 because of this. I have a library of over 10,000 songs. I use TagScanner to add album art but have been leaving the “Album” field blank. Gonna try adding something to the “Album” field tonight to see if it resolves the issue.


Michelle May 10, 2015 at 6:33 am

I have an S5 and tried MP3dit. It said I had to copy my song to PC and back. Because I was too lazy to turn the PC on I copied one song to the phone memory. All my songs are in a folder on the SD card. That seemed to fix the problem so I the end I made a new folder on my SD card and just moved all songs from the old music folder on the SD card to the new one.


richard May 12, 2015 at 9:31 am

I have the same problem. I tried using the MP3dit app.
It loads the album art, but as soon as I save it, it’s gone again.

Anyone have any working solutions.
Im on a Galaxy Note.


Robert May 23, 2015 at 7:35 pm

Thanks man. I had the album field blank on a few tracks and they were all screwed up. All is fixed it now. 😀


thomassuperman May 31, 2015 at 11:57 pm

Yall for s5 problems wit art, just edit the album name under details tab in properties on ur computer, then send the file to ur phone.


Mark June 4, 2015 at 10:16 am

This does not work at all for WMP in Windows 7 Pro. All of my music is set up exactly as you specified but random tracks show no album art on my S5.


cedrus July 13, 2015 at 11:15 pm

BIG thanks!


nepozeljan August 7, 2015 at 12:55 am

Gj man, it was so annoying till now… 🙂


Heather H. August 28, 2015 at 6:50 am

I didn’t realize the Album field of the MP3 file in iTunes would cause this. For my issue, it wasn’t that the “Album” field was blank, but instead it was due to the Album being name “Single”. I had to rename this to something else and it fixed the problem. Thank you!


okazes September 11, 2015 at 8:50 pm

Foobar it’s the best for art cover update


Galaxy Guy September 14, 2015 at 1:14 pm

It works! I have been looking for a fix after adding music to my S6. Thanks for sharing.


Pavel October 3, 2015 at 5:12 am

Thanks for tip. Still it seems as too much of a work. I was hoping that samsung could do it as native function. Well, one more reason to turn back to Xperia Z series. Sony has this as a native function on their walkman app and can do it on individual song as well as all-in-one… After missing FM radio, yet another one…


pgradone April 21, 2016 at 7:55 pm

I recommend using mp3tag universal tag editor on your Win PC.
-select all your mp3s
-right-clic –> edit with mp3 tag.
-within the app, sort by album – the songs with empty tags will show first
-select them all (click the first one, go down to last one, click the last one)
-add what you want in the “Album” field
And, voilà, no songs without an “album tag” in your collection


pgradone April 21, 2016 at 7:55 pm

forgot to mention, you can find it here:


Joshua Foster October 9, 2015 at 4:53 am

I use itunes to edit all of my files. The key is looking at where the files are saved after editing and fooling around in itunes (do this by right clicking a song in itunes and click “show in explorer”) I have noticed that sometimes itunes will save it in an “itunes media” folder on your C-drive… a different location of where the original file came from. If this happens, I simply copy those files and drag them back to my original folder (replacing the former), then add them back to itunes. Why?… because those are the edited files. You can always check what is embedded in the file by deleting from itunes and then re-adding and see how they come in.

If I continue to have problems with a certain file when re-adding back to itunes and the data doesn’t save, I right click it in itunes and “create mp3 version” which will put it in that itunes media folder. Then copy it back into my original folder again. I assume this happens when I’m dealing with an mp4 file or something other than your basic mp3 file.

I am no computer wizard or expert on the matter, but I’m extremely OCD and what I have mentioned above fixes the issues every time for me.


kal October 9, 2015 at 1:25 pm

Ive downloaded an albulm from itunes so everything is already entered… eg album title, artist, artwork etc etc but when i download it onto my samsung it doesnt show anything on the name of the song, no artist, no album title, no artwork. Solution?


David March 16, 2016 at 6:25 pm

I created cover art pictures of my songs to my android phone… but how come the pictures does not appear on my car build-in navigator. My phone music playlists is synch to my car . I can see the cover art picture on my phone when its played but its not appearing on my car navigator.. I would like the cover art photo to appear on my car navigator when the music is played.. Does anyone know how to do this??? Thanks!


Giorgio March 18, 2016 at 2:57 am

Same issue spread over brand new galaxy S7. No words!


The guy needs help April 15, 2016 at 4:23 am

How do I add a thumbnail on a mp3 file in my Samsung tablet?


Mike Bridger July 2, 2016 at 8:08 pm

Throw your Samsung under a moving bus and purchase an iPhone.


Mell August 25, 2016 at 12:33 pm



Vash November 6, 2016 at 12:30 am

Even to this day it’s still an issue. Thank you for the fix, why they can’t look for the mp3 image tag instead of album name for cover art is ridiculous. Great to have the right images for custom made mixes!


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