Spotify offers thousands of tracks for you to listen to, but it likely doesn’t have your favorite tracks. The good news is that you can add your local files to Spotify and listen to them on all your Spotify-enabled devices.
You can add local files to the Spotify app on your computer and then listen to those tracks on your computer, iPhone, and Android devices.
Know this before adding local files to Spotify
To import local songs into Spotify, you must meet the following minimum requirements:
- You must be a premium Spotify subscriber. Currently, the company does not allow free users to add local files to Spotify.
- You can only add files locally from the computer. You can’t add files from your Android phone or iPhone, but you can listen to your local files on these devices.
- You’ll need the Spotify app for your Windows or Mac computer.
- Spotify only supports the following file formats: MP3, M4P, and MP4. To use MP4, you must have QuickTime installed on your computer.
- To access local music files on your iPhone or Android device, both your computer and mobile device must be on the same Wi-Fi network.
Now, let’s see how to add local files to your Spotify account.
How to Add Local Files to Spotify on a Windows or Mac Computer
To import local songs to Spotify, Spotify app download to your Windows or Mac computer and install it. Both the Windows and Mac versions work pretty much the same, so you can use the same steps below on both.
Launch the app and sign in to your Premium account. Then follow these steps:
Enable local files in the Spotify app
First, you need to enable an option that allows you to download files locally in Spotify:
- Launch Spotify apps on your Windows or Mac computer.
- Select the down arrow next to your profile name and select Setting.
- Above Setting screen, scroll down Available files section.
- Here, turn the switch for Show local files arrive ABOVE Position.
And you’re ready to add songs to Spotify.
Add music sources to Spotify
The next step is to add the folder containing your songs to the Spotify app. You can add as many folders as you want.
To do this:
- inside Spotify desktop app, at the top select the down arrow next to your profile name and select Setting.
- Scroll down Available files section.
- Choose Add source option in Available files section.
- If you are using Windows, a File Explorer window will open. If you’re using a Mac, a Finder window will open. In this window, navigate to the folder with your local files and select it.
- Spotify will start downloading songs from your specified folder into the app.
Access local files in Spotify
Your selected local songs will now be available in Spotify on your computer. So you can start playing these songs right away.
- inside Spotify apps, from the sidebar on the left, select Your library.
- In the right pane, select Available files to access your local music files.
All your local songs will now be accessible.
Add songs to a Spotify playlist
If you want to listen to your local files on your iPhone or Android phone, you need to add local songs to the playlist first.
Adding songs to a playlist also makes it easier to find your favorite tracks when you want them.
To add songs to a playlist:
- Access Available files inner part Spotify application. Use the steps above to do this.
- Find the song you want to add to the playlist.
- Select the three-dot menu next to the song and select Add to playlist > playlist name. Here, playlist name Mention the Spotify playlist you want to add your song to.
- If you want to add a song to a new playlist, select Add to playlist > New list from the three-dot menu instead.
- Repeat this process for each song that you want to add to the playlist.
How to Access Local Files in Spotify on Android
On Android devices, you can use Official Spotify app to access your local music files:
- Launch Spotify app on your device
- From the bottom bar of the app, select Your library.
- Above Your library screen, tap the playlist containing your local files.
- You will see your local tracks. Tap a track to play it.
- To download a local file playlist, press and hold the playlist and select Download from the menu.
How to Access Local Files in Spotify on iPhone
As with Android, you need Official Spotify app on your iPhone to play your local tracks. There is an additional option that you need to enable in Spotify for iPhone before you can access your tracks.
Here’s how to do it:
- Open Spotify app on your iPhone.
- In the top right corner of the app, tap the settings icon.
- inside Setting menu, scroll down and select Available files.
- Activated Local audio files convert.
- Clap Your library in the bottom right corner of the app.
- Select a playlist with your local files in it. Tap a song to play it.
- To download a playlist, tap the three-dot menu on the playlist screen and select Download.
What to do if you can’t add local files to Spotify?
If you’re having trouble adding local files to Spotify, or your local files won’t appear in the app despite adding them, here are a few things you can do to fix the problem. out.
Turn on power options
If your local files don’t appear in Spotify, chances are your music folder switch button is disabled in the settings menu.
To fix this, launch Spotify application, go in Settingscroll to Available files and make sure the switch next to your music folder is turned on.
Spotify App Update
If Spotify doesn’t add your local tracks, or you don’t see them in the Spotify mobile app, you’re probably running an older version of the app.
Regardless of the problem, you should always keep Spotify up to date on all your devices. To get the latest version of the app, go to Spotify’s download pagewhere you can download both desktop and mobile apps for the platform.
Updating the app on your device will fix any app-related bugs and issues.