How to upload your local music to Spotify

How to upload your local music to Spotify

Want to access all your music in one place? If you use Spotify regularly, you can play your personal music files, stored locally on your computer hard drive, via Spotify, turning it into your music player for both streaming and local audio files.

If you have obscure music that isn’t on Spotify, foreign music that isn’t available in the US, or a non-music recording that you want to access more easily, this is absolutely the way to go.

You can do this with any Spotify account. But if you have a paid Spotify Premium account, you can listen to those local files on your phone too, with a few caveats.

Here is everything you need to know to play local music files through Spotify.

How to upload local files to Spotify on a computer

To play local music files using the Spotify app on your computer, you will need to enable local files in Settings.

1. Using the Spotify desktop app, click the arrow to the right of the account name at the top of the Spotify window. In the drop-down menu, choose “Settings”.

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2. Scroll down and find the “Local Files” section.

3. Enable “Show local files”. The button should slide to the right.

4. Choose the music sources you want to use in Spotify. By default, Spotify uses the Downloads and Music Library folder. If you store music in other locations, click “Add a source” and select the folder with the music.

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5. You should now see Local Files in the left navigation pane. Click “Local Files” and choose the music you want to play.

You can also freely add these songs to your playlists and they will sound like any other song.

How to play local files on Spotify on a mobile device

Remember, you will need a Spotify Premium account to do this.

Playing local files from your computer on a mobile device is basically the same regardless of whether you have an iOS or Android device (with a couple of small differences, which we’ll highlight).

1. Make sure you’ve already enabled local files on your computer by following the steps outlined above. Also make sure your phone is on the same Wi-Fi network as your computer.

2. Using Spotify on your computer, create a playlist that contains the local files you want to play on your phone.

3. Launch the Spotify app on your phone.

4. If you have an iPhone, tap “Home,” then tap the Settings icon (the gear at the top right). On the Settings page, tap “Local Files” and finally enable local files by sliding the button to the right. If you have an Android, you can skip to the next step.

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5. Tap “Library” at the bottom of the screen and then open the playlist with the local files you want to play.

6. On the playlist page, download the files to your phone (on iOS, tap the “Download” button which looks like an arrow pointing down, while on Android you’ll need to slide the Download button to the right).

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The tracks should now be downloaded to your phone, where you can play them like any other song.

Troubleshoot local files

If something goes wrong while trying to play local files via Spotify, there are some possible problems. Here are some things to check:

    • Spotify natively recognizes MP3 files only. The program may also be able to play MP4 files if QuickTime is installed on your computer and the MP4 files are audio only. If you have another type of music file, don’t expect Spotify to be able to play it.
    • If you’re trying to play local files on a phone or tablet, make sure it’s connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer and make sure you download the files to your mobile device before trying to play them.
    • Your mobile device must be on the same Spotify account as your computer.
    • You can play local files on a phone or tablet only if you use a Spotify Premium account.

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