13 March 2020
Google has reportedly started to roll out YouTube Music's local file upload support more widely. As spotted by 9to5Google people, the new feature is accessible via the web version of the service. It allows users to upload their music collection locally stored on the PC or a laptop. It was possible on Google Play Music and has now been added to YouTube Music as well.
To check if your account has received the new feature, you simply need to visit YouTube Music on the web and sign-in using your Google account. The next step is to click on your profile icon in the top right corner which will show a drop-down menu. If the feature is available, you will see a new Upload Music option below the existing Sign Out option.
Clicking on this new option will open the usual Windows file picker so that you can browse and select the music files you want to upload. It supports selecting and uploading multiple files at the same time as well. You will be able to check the upload progress bar at the bottom left corner along with the name of the song that is getting uploaded.
It is worth noting that unless the locally stored songs have correct metadata information, YouTube will not show them correctly. If this is something that is important to you, then you should ensure that the info is correct before starting the upload. Once all songs have been uploaded, it will take some time for the syncing process to get done and then they will become visible on Android and iOS apps as well.
While browsing Albums and Songs tabs, the app/web client will now let you choose whether you want to listen from your uploaded collection or YouTube Music's online songs collection. It is worth noting that uploaded songs will not affect your YouTube Music song recommendations.