How to upload local music to Spotify

Spotify offers over 100 million tracks, 5 million podcast titles, and 350,000 audiobooks, but there’s a chance it doesn’t have your favorite music track. If you have songs you can't find saved as local files on your device already, you can import them to the Spotify app on your computer and then listen to those music tracks on your computer, iPhone, and Android devices. In this article, you will learn how to add local music to Spotify.

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1. How to Add local files to Spotify on a computer

Step 1 Open your Spotify desktop app. Click the arrow to the right of your account name at the top of the Spotify window. In the drop-down menu, choose "Settings."

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Step 2 Scroll down and find the "Local Files" section. Toggle the Show local files switch. It will turn green. In the same section, Spotify will suggest folders from which you can add the files.

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Step 3 Click the Add a source button and select the folder with the music. You can only insert mp3, mp4, and m4p files. All the songs added will be stored in the Local Files folder in Your Library.

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3. How to play local files on Spotify on a mobile device

The local files you added to Spotify from your computer can also be played on mobile device if you have a Spotify Premium account.

Playing local files from your computer on a mobile device is a fairly straightforward process, whether you're using an iOS or Android device (with a few minor distinctions that we'll point out).

  1. First, ensure that you've already enabled local files on your computer as per the aforementioned steps. Also, confirm that both your computer and your phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

  2. Launch Spotify on your computer and create a playlist containing the local files you intend to play on your phone.

  3. Open the Spotify app on your mobile device.

  4. For iPhone users, tap on "Home" and then select the Settings icon (the gear symbol located at the upper right corner). Within the Settings page, choose "Local Files" and activate local files by sliding the button to the right. Android users can proceed to the following step.

  5. Locate and tap on "Library" located at the bottom of the screen, then access the playlist containing the local files you wish to play.

  6. Within the playlist page, initiate the download of the files to your mobile device. On iOS, press the "Download" button resembling a downward-pointing arrow. Meanwhile, on Android, you'll need to swipe the Download button to the right.

The tracks are now downloaded to your phone, and you can play them just like any other song.

Troubleshooting Local File Playback Issues

If you encounter issues while attempting to play local files through Spotify, there might be a few potential problems to address. Here are some factors to consider:

  1. Spotify natively supports MP3 files. It may also recognize MP4 files if you have QuickTime installed on your computer and the MP4 files are audio-only. If you possess any other type of music file, it's unlikely that Spotify can play it.

  2. When playing local files on a mobile device, ensure that it's connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer. Also, remember to download the files onto your mobile device before attempting to play them.

  3. Your mobile device must be linked to the same Spotify account as your computer.

  4. Playing local files on a mobile device requires a Spotify Premium account.

If your mobile device has local files, you can also add them to Spotify.

3. How to Add local files to Spotify on iOS

1. Tap Home.

2. Tap Settigns.

3. Tap Local Files.

4. Switch Show audio files from this device on.

5. Your stored music is now playable from Local Files in Your Library.

4. How to Add local files to Spotify on Android

1. Tap Home.

2. Tap Settings.

3. Switch Show audio files from this device on.

Related: How to sync Apple Music songs to Spotify?

How to download Spotify songs as local music?

You can import local music to Spotify, is it possible to download Spotify songs as local music? You are not able to do that. Because all Spotify downloads are saved as cache, and they can only be opened with the Spotify app. Is there any workaround to download Spotify music to the computer as local files? All you need is a simple and useful Spotify music downloader - Pazu Spotify Converter . It can easily download Spotify music to MP3/M4A/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF files to your computer, and it works at 5x or faster speed. Now, let’s check how to save Spotify songs on your computer locally.

With Pazu Apple Music Converter , you can download Apple Music songs as local MP3 files and then upload to Spotify. Similar tools also includes Pazu Amazon Music Covnerter , Pazu Tidal Covnerter , and Pazu Deezer Converter .

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Step 1 Run Spotify to MP3 Converter

Download, install and run Pazu Spotify Converter on your Mac or Windows. Log in your Spotify account with the built-in Spotify web player.

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Step 2 Add Spotify songs to Pazu Spotify Converter

Pazu Spoitfy Converter features built-in Spotify web player for you to browse or search Spotify songs, albums and playlists you want to download directly on the interface. You don’t need to install Spotify app. Click the album or playlist you want to download and then click the red icon to load all songs.

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Step 3 Choose Spotify song output format

The default output format is MP3. Pazu Spotify Converter also supports M4A/WAV/FLAC/OGG/AIFF. You can change the audio quality, customize the output path, and organize the output file in various ways.

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Change the default output folder under General tab. Here you can also customize other output options if you like. Output file names are automatically generated from input filenames (only the filename extensions are different depending on the selected output format). But you can customize it.

Step 4. Start to Convert Spotify Songs

Click Convert button to start recording Spotify music to the format you choose.

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After conversion, click the folder icon to to quickly locate the DRM-free Spotify song. You can then transfer and play it anywhere.

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