The Spotify catalog is quite extensive, but it has limits. Plus all We have certain songs outside of that catalog that we are obsessed with and we would like to always have within reach and with the rest of our musical collection instead of in a different application where you have to pay an additional cost to be able to listen offline.
It’s a bit of a hidden trick but happily Spotify does give you the option to import local files and being able to have ALL your music on your mobile.
You just have to follow these steps:
1. Download Spotify on a Windows or Mac OS computer
If you haven’t already, download the desktop version of Spotify on your PC.
2. Download music from YouTube or Soundcloud on the same computer
We recommend YT1s for YouTube and for Soundcloud (you can put a link to a playlist to download all the songs from the front). Both services are super fast and easy to use.
When using YT1s make sure to download the files as MP3, as we are only interested in audio.
mp3 at YT1s.com
In case you want to transfer music from a CD or USB, just pass it on your computer.
4. Edit information
Both Windows and Mac OS allow you to edit the metadata of the audio file (song name, artist name, album, year, cover, etc.), which is highly recommended if you want to keep order in your Spotify library. You just have to right click on the file and choose ‘Edit information’.
In this case we do not get to put the artworks because apparently they have to be 300×300 images and, in addition, it brings many problems.
5. Enable “Local Files” in Spotify Settings
This is the key step.
Enter Settings by clicking on your username and then go down to the Local Files section, which you must activate. Then you must choose the folder where you saved your music.
By default, ‘Downloads’ and ‘Music Library’ appear but you can also ‘Add a source’ to select the folder where you saved your music yourself.
How to Activate Local Files in Spotify for PC
Make sure to do this step on both your computer and your mobile, so that the files can be synchronized from one device to another.
On iPhone, you must select the little nut in the upper right part of the initial screen to go to Preferences, go down to Local Files and activate the switch.
How to Activate Local Files on Spotify for iPhone
6. Import downloads to Spotify
Once you’ve selected a source for the Local Files on your computer, the songs will automatically start to appear in your Spotify library (but they’re not on your phone yet).
Some may not be imported due to formatting errors.
7. Add to a Spotify playlist from your computer
This step is essential to be able to listen to them also on your cell phone, since Spotify for mobile devices does not have a local file folder. Therefore, there is no way to view them -or reproduce them- on your cell phone unless they are in any playlist.
You can put all of them in a single playlist or place each one in a specific playlist, it makes no difference.
8. Download the playlist on your cell phone
Finally, you will access it or the playlists to which you have just added music from your PC and you will have to download the files, since they cannot be played in streaming. Remember that if you delete the download and want to have that song on your cell phone again, you will have to repeat the synchronization process with your computer.
It is essential that your cell phone and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
It is worth noting that you can download any video from YouTube and Vimeo or audio from Soundcloud, so you can download not only songs but also live presentations or concerts of any duration (as long as you have space on your iPhone). For example, we downloaded the NPR Tiny Desk Concert by Ozuna, Freddie Gibbs with Madlib, and Mac Miller.