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Exploring: Poweramp Music Player (Android), More Power to You

Poweramp Music Player is one of the best music players available on the Android platform. It also happens to be my personal favorite app to play music on my smartphone. While the app is insanely popular among the Android users, many users are not fully aware of its full capabilities. Don’t get me wrong, the app is wonderfully designed and is highly user friendly but hey let’s be honest, not everyone wants to wiggle into an app like me.

Exploring is a new section in which I will tell you all about an app and how to use it to its full potential. This is not a review of the app and so no scores will be given in this article. This is sort of an in-depth overview of an app, a JoyofAndroid user manual if you may. Exploring will explore a top app in a genre without the usual shackles of giving scores and critiquing.

Note: The Poweramp Music Player was tested on a Samsung Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note III, Galaxy Note IV, Xperia Z3 and Asus Memopad HD tablet. The app has been under my personal use for almost 3 years now. The app works flawlessly on every device.

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1. Getting It on the Phone

Installing Poweramp is a easy thing, all you need to do is to go to the Google Play Store and get the app. But the thing is, it’s just a timed trial. For some reason you have yet to try out this amazing music app, here is the link:


In order to continue using the Poweramp Music Player for longer, you will need to purchase the paid version. But the paid version is not an actual app but just an unlock which is installed as an app on your smartphone or tablet. The good thing is that once purchased and installed, Poweramp automatically asks to hide the app from the app drawer. This is a neat feature for those who want minimal clutter in the app drawer. Try one of the best launchers for Android if you need more drawer options.


This is it, now you have the number one paid music app installed and ready to be used on your Android device. Remember, the free app is only a trial which lasts only 15 days. The trial is fully featured so if you want you can check the app out in normal day usage and then make the jump to the paid version. If you want more options or want to compare the player with others, check out the best music players for Android list.

2. Moving Around It

Now simply tap on the app and you will see the main landing page of the app. Another great thing about the Poweramp Music Player is that it shows hints the first time you see anything. In this instance you will be looking at the main interface with little hints about easy of the button. If you don’t want any hints or already know how the app works, you can click on the hide hints button and the app won’t bother you again.

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If you click on the folder music button located on the top right side of the screen you will be taken to the folder view. Ill mark it on a screenshot so you know what I’m talking about.

using poweramp music player

This button will take you to this weird looking screen, which by the way is not really essential in using the app. If you have used any file manager app for Android before, you will instantly know that this player comes with a basic looking one. This view allows you to manually search for any music you may have placed on the memory of your Android device. But if you look closely, the app is already scanning the folders for potential music files. This feature comes in handy if you don’t want those pesky ringtones showing up on your music playlists.

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Tap on the Library button on the bottom of the screen and you will see a list of music categorized by different classes.

using poweramp music player

All Songs shows all the songs on your device. This includes all the folders you selected in the settings.

using Poweramp Music Player

Albums display the albums you may have, a point to be noted here is that the app is capable of downloading album art on its own too. It will obviously take a little bit of time to locate every album art for your music library though and will require an internet connection. Oh the album art can sometime take a lot of space, for example my album art consumes around 200 MB of internal memory.

using Poweramp Music Player

If you have a huge music collection, this makes it easier to filter out a particular genre. Here you can see I’m quite interested in Anime songs (I’m a nerd). I also love those blues and country music.

using Poweramp Music Player

3. Play Some Music Man

Select the song and simply tap on it. The app will take you to this fine looking screen again and display the album art if there is any. Another great thing about the app is that it shows the quality of the file right on the main screen, it’s located right on the bottom middle side.

using Poweramp Music Player

Now that the music is playing, it’s time to fine tune the tunes (pun intended). Tap on the equalizer button located on the top right in the middle of the folder and volume buttons and you will be presented with this screen.

using Poweramp Music Player

This is where the magic happens. You can play around with the sliders until you get that sweet spot you like. I recommend that you always keep that limit button on as it limits the output to avoid audio distortion. If you get something right, save the preset you made for future use and easy switching. If you get something wrong, click on the reset button and the knobs will return to zero.

Using Poweramp Music Player is very intuitive. If you are lazy like me, you can also select from a number of great presets. I personally use the Bass Extreme with my Steelseries headphones and simple rock with my CM Strom hands free ear phones. I’m not a audiophile and most of my purchases are made with either clear voice or good gaming performance in mind. The Poweramp Music Player makes every audio output device sounds equally nice.

using Poweramp Music Player

Click on the Tone/Volume button and you will see this basic screen.

using Poweramp Music Player

It is very simple and like I stated using Poweramp music Player is super easy as well. The Stereo X is the only option which you may not know. It basically enhances the width of the audio playing, on some tracks it is very noticeable on some it barely makes a difference. I usually keep it cranked to half and to be honest, never really noticed anything wonderful about it.

4. Outside the App

The widgets is what makes using Poweramp Music Player a treat. The app comes with an extremely versatile widget and it really helps you in listening to music with ease. It does come in three sizes which depending on your personal taste are fairly great ones. I use the 4×2 version because I don’t want to fill up a full screen with a widget but that’s just what I like.

using Poweramp Music Player

If you want to truly make the widget your own, you can do that too. Here are a couple of screenshots showcasing the sheer number of options there are when customizing the widget. You can change what background looks like; you can select a preferred text and also its size. You can change the color of the text as well. All in all this is one of the best music widgets I have tested on Android.

using Poweramp Music Player

5. Closing the Deal

Using Poweramp Music Player is a real treat and it truly embraces the spirit of Android. Sure many OEMs (original electronic manufacturers) make good music apps, especially Sony but this app takes the crown. Poweramp Music Player for Android is smooth and uses very less system resources. Well I’ll stop now because I sound like a salesman for Poweramp Music player.

The main point is, this is a must have music app if you are serious about listening to music on your Android device. I hope I have explained the app in sufficient detail, if there is something I missed (apart from the self-explanatory settings) point it out in the comments and I’ll make amendments.

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  1. Thanks for the great article. I just wanted to add that it’s the only 3rd party player I’ve found so far that supports the Galaxy Note Edge.

  2. A fantastic review. I have had “poweramp” installed on my phone for a year. I rarely used it because, I didn’t know how and I was intimidated, it seemed complicated. This article was jolly on the spot for me, I just had to read it. We need more ‘how to use’ articles like this. Simple, to the point and thorough. How about a similar article on using file manager ‘Solid Explorer’. Thanks again.

    Vince, a GALAXY S5 owner.

    1. Vince,
      Thanks for the feedback and of course we will review “Solid explorer” soon for you. Subscribe to our email list and watch out!
      Oh owning Galaxy S5? Try reading these. I’m sure you will love these info!

      Let me know your feedback.


  3. I used power amp exclusively for a few years, but I have been using Google music for the music I have bought on the play store, my problem is either I am overlooking something or there is no way to play your play store purchases with poweramp, can you help me out? Am I right in the fact that you can not use play store purchased music with poweramp? PS, thanks for your help and FYI I don’t have the unlimited music service from Google or any other service.

    1. Charles,
      I will look into it and get back to you. The reviewer have not downloaded anything from Google Music but I will get him to do so and check.

    1. Anthony,
      Will download something from Google Play and see if there is a work around. Thanks for the question man, we will sort it out soon.

    1. Allan,
      Many have asked the same question. I have mailed the developers. Will get back to you. Alternatively check out the solution thingy I gave a few posts above/below.

  4. Billa, I have used this app for over 3 weeks. It is MINE, now! Your info on this is the best help regarding this app. It explained a lot. I have a fairly large vinyl collection from the ’50s to the early ’70s. I have placed over 1500 mp3s on my S III. Due to no Bluetooth in my ’05 Ford 500 I have to use a FM transmitter to play my mp3s. For over 30 years I had been a drummer playing classic rock and country. One problem I had was I worked with some bassists who played so darn loud I could feel the bass on my chest. THAT was very uncomfortable. I want to HEAR the bass. I also use a BOSE radio when in the house. I have to set it differently between the 500 and the BOSE. Again, thanks!

    1. Hey Joe!

      First off, you are officially the 3rd person I have seen who uses an AOL account 😀 Secondly glad to have been of help man. I’m a huge fan of country music, especially while typing articles. I would love to hear some of your work 🙂

  5. Great article. I love Poweramp. I only wish I could make the song, album and artist larger. When driving, it’s nice to glance down and see who is playing.

    1. Hi Tim,
      Thank you for your kind words. Have you tried looking in settings to see if song info bigger? =-) Thanks for commenting.

  6. Poweramp is the best ive found for stored mp3-4 music playing. For those who cant play downloaded files…you may have to select the particular folder that that particular file was downloaded into. Not all downloaded music will find its way into the same download folder. Some create new download folders that those apps download into. You have to go into your settings/folders and library/music folders and ck. the boxes for what poweramp will play or not. Also going into settings/audio/advanced tweaks you can enable music FX …depending on your android OS and device…Music FX may or may not work. It worked great on my on S2 skyrocket…but is dead on my note 3. (bugs the poweramp have to fix). hope this helps

  7. More on the MUSIC FX option. This is a awesome little hidden addition that not many know about. However poweramp has issues with it working right on certain devices and android OS versions. On my old Samsung S2 it was amazing …much to my disappointment it’s a bust on my Samsung Note 3. Anyways when MUSIX FX is enabled …it will pop up on the vol. /tone/balance screen. touching it will turn it on/off. longpressing it will let you tweak it further in another screen. Also you can longpress the stereo X word to get to yet another screen to tweak it too. Hopefully soon poweramp will have a fix for the MUSIC FX issues.

    1. Hi Kenny,
      Don´t worry. Hopefully, they will have a fix soon and are already working on a fix. Thanks for commenting. =-)

  8. Why do added songs indicate unknown artist/unknown album. How can I rectify this happening and edit details of those songs already showng as unknown ?

    1. Hi, Robert. There are a couple things you can do to address this. First, you can re-scan all the songs back into your library to see if Poweramp properly reads the artist and album. Second, confirm that the tag data (the information on things like artist and album) is present and correct. The easiest way to do this is to simply look at the file info on a pc. Last, Poweramp doesn’t always recognize special characters and may not be able to display titles or artists that contain these characters. You can change anything with special characters in the tag information of the files.

  9. I purchased the Poweramp music app so that when using my GPS, I could turn down the music a little so the GPS instructions would be louder. It works, but sure would be nice to have some documentation since it doesn’t work every time. That requires restarting the apps and keeping fingers crossed.

  10. Thnx for yr review. I agree PA is pretty cool and offers many features. I can’t seem to discover how to setup each number with it’s own personal EQ etc., when I save these settings to each number, they are sometimes retained when that piece is replayed and sometimes not. Could you clarify the correct procedure. I am sure I am missing something Pete

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