(Root) Enable 5-star ratings in Google Play Music for Android

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I am a regular user of Google Play Music on my Android phone and take full advantage of rating my songs. But if you’re like me, you aren’t satisfied with just a thumb-up or thumb-down rating. I prefer the 5-star rating system because I have varying degrees of “like” for the music I listen to. Thanks to the Android developer r3pwn, I have enabled this months ago and put it to the test.

Before I get into the how-to’s, Let’s look at how it works. On the web player located at google.com/music, you can enable the 5-star ratings in Settings, then within Labs. This lets you organize and filter music by ratings. In theory, the ratings should also influence Google Music’s recommendations, shuffle, and “I’m Feeling Lucky,” though this isn’t confirmed. Enabling this on the Android app isn’t as easy, but should function the same way. The only thing lacking is the ability to sort by ratings currently.

There are two ways to enable this feature. Both essentially do the same thing but using different tools to achieve it. Developer r3pwn’s directions are as follows:

  1. Connect your phone to a PC and open a command prompt for ADB or open the Terminal Emulator app on the phone
  2. Type “su” then enter
  3. Type “sqlite3 /data/data/com.google.android.gsf/databases/gservices.db” then enter
  4. Ttype “insert into overrides (name, value) values (‘music_use_star_ratings’, ‘true’);” then enter
  5. Type “exit” then enter
  6. Type “reboot” then enter or manually reboot your device

If you prefer a graphical interface, use the app  SQLite Editor and follow these steps:

  1. Open SQLite Editor
  2. Tap Files
  3. Open data
  4. Open data again
  5. Open com/google.android.gsf
  6. Open databases
  7. Open gservices.db
  8. Open overrides
  9. Tap the + sign
  10. Add “music_use_star_ratings” in Name
  11. Add”true” in value
  12. Tap save
  13. Reboot your phone and you ought to see the 5-star ratings in Google Play Music

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The only problem I have found with the 5-star ratings is the 3rd star overlaps the Chromecast icon on the bottom-center of the screen. You can still access the Chromecast options on a screen which places the Chromecast button on the top, such as Listen Now.

Source: Reddit via r3pwn

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