How to Enable Spotify Offline Mode with or without Premium

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February 21, 2024

Spotify Premium users have the convenience of downloading music and podcasts for offline playback. Downloads play automatically when you lose internet. However, if you want to make sure only your downloaded tracks are played to save data usage or avoid interruption due to network issues, you need to enable the Offline Mode on Spotify.

While the offline mode is exclusive to Spotify Premium subscribers – you can only download podcasts on the free version – there’s an alternative method that allows Spotify Free users to enjoy this feature as well. Continue reading to discover how.

Contents

Part 1. How to Enable Spotify Offline Mode with Premium?

Spotify Premium users can enjoy offline listening through the Spotify app. Additionally, you can activate Spotify Offline Mode on both your mobile and desktop devices.

1. What You Need to Know Before Going Offline on Spotify

Before turning on the Offline Mode with Spotify Premium, make sure that you’ve already downloaded content from the Spotify app. Meanwhile, pay attention to the following when you download Spotify music on the paid version:

  1. You can only download albums and playlists with the Spotify app. If you wish to download individual songs, you’ll need to add them to a playlist and then download the entire playlist.
  2. Downloaded content can only be accessed through the Spotify app, and reinstalling the app may result in the loss of your downloads.
  3. You can download as many as 10,000 tracks on each of up to 5 different devices.
  4. You need to go online at least once every 30 days to keep your downloads. 

2. Download Playlists/Albums with the Spotify App

Follow the guide below to download playlists and albums with the Spotify app.

  1. When you’re online, open your Spotify app and go to the playlist or album you want to download.
  2. Tap the Download Arrow to initiate the download of the entire playlist or album.
  3. After the download completes, you will see a green Download Arrow beside each track. The download arrow of the playlist will also turn green. You can find the downloaded playlists in Your Library.

On Your Phone and Tablet

On Your Mac or Windows Computer

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3. How to Turn On the Offline Mode on Spotify

By activating the Offline Mode on your Spotify app, you can enjoy the downloaded playlists and albums from Your Library without the need for an internet connection. Follow these steps to enable the Offline Mode on your phone, tablet, and desktop.

On Your Phone and Tablet

  1. Go to the Spotify app on your iOS or Android device.
  2. Tap your profile icon and select Settings and Privacy.
  3. Choose Playback under Settings.
  4. Switch on the Offline mode.

On Your Mac or Windows Computer

  1. Launch the Spotify app on your computer.
  2. For Mac: Click Spotify from the top menu.
    For Windows: Click the More button(three dots at the top) > File.
  3. Select Offline Mode.
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Part 2. How to Turn Offline Mode On with Spotify Free?

As mentioned earlier, the Offline Mode is not supported on the Spotify Free version, and only podcasts can be downloaded. However, there is an alternative method to enjoy this premium feature with a free account. By downloading Spotify playlists, albums, podcasts, and even individual tracks to MP3, you can freely enjoy the music offline through the Spotify app or any other supported player. If you prefer listening to the downloaded songs with the Spotify app, you can use its “Local Files” feature.

1. How to Download Spotify to MP3

To download Spotify songs and playlists without a Premium subscription, you can explore a smart Spotify music downloader — Pazu Spotify Converter. This tool is designed for both Spotify Free and Premium users, enabling you to download all Spotify songs, playlists, albums, or podcasts for offline listening. It can extract Spotify music and convert it to various high-quality formats, including MP3, M4A, AIFF, WAV, FLAC, and AAC. This allows you to enjoy Spotify Premium features within a free account and transfer the downloaded tracks to other MP3-compatible devices for added convenience.

Key features of Pazu Spotify Converter:

  • Download Spotify songs, playlists, albums, and podcasts with either Spotify’s free or premium account.
  • Built-in Spotify web player, no Spotify app needed.
  • Multiple output formats: MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV, and AIFF.
  • Download Spotify to MP3 in 320kbps.
  • Keep all ID3 tags.
  • Rename Spotify songs with titles, albums, artists, etc.
  • Multilingual interface.

Now, let’s learn how to use Pazu Spotify Music Converter to download and convert Spotify songs with a free subscription from the following tutorial.

Step 1. Run Pazu Spotify Converter

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

Step 2. Choose the output format

Click the gear icon on the top right corner. Here you can select the output format (AUTO[M4A], MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, or AIFF), choose output audio quality, customize the output path, organize the output files in various ways, rename output files, and more.

Step 3. Select Spotify music

Use the integrated Spotify web player to search the songs, albums, or playlists, you want to download. Click the Add to List button to load all songs in the album or playlist.

Step 4. Download and Convert Spotify Songs to Local

Click the Convert button to start downloading the Spotify songs to your local computer.

You can download individual songs or batch-convert the entire playlist.

Download individual songs or specific songs you want

To download individual songs or specific songs of your choice, simply uncheck the ones you don’t want to download.

Download the entire playlist/album

Check all the songs in the playlist or album to download them all.

Step 5. Find Your Downloads in the Local Folder

Once the conversion is done, you can find your Spotify songs downloaded as local files by clicking the folder button or directly going to the output folder you customized in the previous step.

Note: The free trial version of Pazu Spotify Converter enables you to convert the first three minutes of each song. You can remove the trial limitation by purchasing the full version.

2. How to Upload Downloaded Music to Spotify

Along with the vast streaming library Spotify offers, you can also use the app to play local audio files stored on your device. Spotify offers the “Local Files” feature to help you upload music of your own to the Spotify app. Here’s how you can use this feature on both your mobile and desktop devices.

On Your Phone and Tablet

  1. Tap your profile icon and select Settings and Privacy.
  2. Scroll down to “Local Files” and switch on “Show audio files from this device.” 

  1. Go to Your Library and find your stored music in Local Files.
your library

On Your Mac or Windows Computer

  1. Click your profile icon at the top, and select Settings.
settings

  1. Scroll down to Library and switch Show Local Files on.
  2. Under “Show songs from“, turn on the folders you want to upload music from. Click the “Add a source” button to add other folders on your device.
show local files

  1. Go to Your Library to find Local Files for your stored music.
your library

Conclusion

One of Spotify’s standout features is the ability to listen in Offline Mode, which is easily accessible for Premium users. However, with the assistance of Pazu Spotify Converter, even Spotify Free account users can download playlists and individual songs. You can then listen to the downloaded music within the Spotify app using the Local Files feature or freely transfer them to other devices or players for enjoyment.

To get started, download and install Pazu Spotify Converter on your Mac or Windows