How to Add Album Art to MP3 in Windows?

Album Art is the small picture displayed in the background when a particular song/album is being played. Often, the picture is pre-selected by the music developers. However, this image can easily be changed using almost any music-playing software. Therefore, in this article, we will teach you different methods to change the album art for an MP3 file.

Album Art is being shown when playing MP3

How to Add Album Art to MP3 in Windows 10?

Album Art can very easily be added to any MP3 file. We will be demonstrating that using some of the most common MP3 players used in Windows 10.

Adding Album Art through Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player is perhaps the oldest software that comes preloaded with almost every version of Windows. It is quite easy to add Album Art to your MP3 files using Windows Media Player. In order to add Album Art:

  1. Right-click on the file to which you want to add the album art.
  2. Hover the pointer to the “Open With” option and selectWindows Media Player” from the list.
    Hovering the pointer to open with and selecting Windows Media Player from the list
  3. Doing so will play your music using the Windows Media Player and also add it to the software’s library.
  4. Download the image which you want to use as Album Art.
  5. Right-click on the image and select “Copy“.
    Right-clicking on the image and selecting copy
  6. Press “Windows” + “S” keys simultaneously to open up the search.
  7. Type in “Windows Media Player” and select the first option.
    Typing in Windows Media Player and selecting the first option
  8. In the left pane, click on “Music“.
    Clicking on Music in the left pane
  9. Rightclick on the mp3 file to which you want to add the album art.
  10. Select the “Paste Album Art” option to add the Album Art to the MP3.
    Right-clicking on the MP3 and selecting the “Paste Album Art” option.

Adding Album Art through Groove Music

Groove music is the default Music Player for Windows from Windows 8 and onwards. It is quite good and provides all the essential features that the consumer looks for. We can use it to easily add Album Art to your MP3 files. In order to do that:

  1. Download the image that you want to be added as Album Art.
  2. PressWindows” + “S” keys simultaneously to open search.
  3. Type in “Groove” and select the first option.
    Typing in Groove and selecting the first option
  4. Click on the “Settings” cog in the right pane and select the “Choose where we look for music” option.
    Clicking on the “Choose where to look for music” option
  5. Select the folder which contains the MP3 to which album art is to be added.
  6. Wait till the software adds the MP3 files to its library.
  7. Navigate back to the main screen of the software and click on the “Albums” option.
    Clicking on the Albums option
  8. Right-click on the album to which you want to add the Album Art.
  9. Select the “Edit Info” option and click on the edit option.
    Right-clicking on the album and selecting the “Edit Info” option.
  10. Navigate to the folder in which you downloaded the image and double click on it to select it.
  11. Click on the “Save” option to implement the changes.
    Clicking on the save option to implement the changes
  12. The album art has now been added.

Adding Album Art through VLC Media Player

Although Windows includes two pretty good media players, VLC is the sole winner for being the most popular Media Player among PC users and rightly so. It can also be used to easily add Album Art to MP3 files. In order to do so:

  1. Download the image that you want to add as Album Art.
  2. Rightclick on the MP3 file, hover the pointer to “Open With” and select VLC Media Player” from the list.
    Right-clicking on the MP3 file, clicking on open with and selecting “VLC Media player” from the list
  3. Click on the “Tools” tab on the top of the screen and select the “Media Information” option.
    Clicking on “Tools” and selecting “Media Information”.
  4. On the bottom right side of the window, the current Album Art can be seen, rightclick on it and select the “Add Cover Art from file” option.
    Right-clicking on the Album Art and selecting the “Add Cover Art from File” option
  5. Navigate to the folder which contains the Album Art which you want to add and double-click on it to select it.
  6. Click on “Close” and the image will be implemented as the Album art automatically.

Adding Album Cover by using MP3Tag Software

You can easily use third-party software named “MP3Tag” to achieve add an album cover to your MP3 file it will also work if it is moved to someone else’s computer or if it’s moved. It basically allows you to edit the metadata of your MP3 file. Here is how you can use it:-

  1. First of all, you will have to download the MP3Tag software. You can download it from this link (here).
    Downloading MP3Tag Software
  2. Once the program is downloaded, Install it and open the program. Once it’s opened it should look like this:-
    MP3Tag Interface
  3. Now drag the MP3 file you want to edit and drop it inside the program.
  4. Once the MP3 is imported select it. Now right-click on the CD/DVD Photo that’s under “Directory”.
  5. Then click on the “Add Cover…” option.
    Adding Cover Art to MP3 File
  6. Locate the image file and select it. Now it should appear as your album cover inside the program.
  7. Once that’s done click on the save button under the title bar.
  8. That’s it simply save the file and you should have a custom album cover on an MP3 file.

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