What makes good music streaming app? A player with a large music collection, a good UI, and other important features like smart music recommendations. Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services due to its simple UI and features.

But even though Spotify has over 70 million songs (as of November 2020) and new songs are added every day, there are always cases when we cannot find our favorite music. These can be regional songs, old songs, foreign music, and more.

spotify local files

But did you know you can add these evergreen songs to Spotify right from your PC? And you can even import your personal music files directly into Spotify. Plus, the playlist will sync with your smartphone, so you can easily access them on your smartphone. In simple words, Spotify local files is your own music app for the downloaded music that’s not streamed from Spotify.

Today we will look at how you can add your locally saved music directly to Spotify at PC. However, to use this feature, the user must have an active Spotify Premium subscription.

Given that YouTube Music lets free users play locally stored files play uploaded songs download playlists containing uploaded music, Spotify should also offer the feature to free users.

Pre Requisites

1. A Windows or Mac laptop/desktop.

2. Download Spotify

3. Spotify Premium subscription

4. An active Internet Connection

Supported File formats

  • .mp3
  • .m4p (unless it contains video)
  • .mp4

How to add local files to Spotify using PC/Mac

Using a PC/Mac is crucial for adding local music tracks to Spotify because you cannot do the same using a mobile device. That said, the process is quite simple, so let us have a look.

Note: On Windows and Mac, Spotify performs a scan of all music folders as soon as you install the app. However, if your audio files are scattered in different folders, it is unlikely that Spotify will find them all.

1. Open the Spotify desktop app (Windows/Mac) and click on your profile.

spotify home

2. After clicking on the Profile tab, hit the settings icon in the drop-down menu.

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3. Under settings, scroll down till you see the local files option.

4. Now turn on the Local files option.

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5. Once turned on, click add source button and choose the destination folder of the local music file (music sources).

Sync local music files using Android Smartphone

As mentioned before, you cannot import local files on your smartphone, but if you add it via PC, it will automatically sync it to your Android phone if you are connected to the same WiFi network.

1. To access audio files on your Android smartphone, you will still need to add local files from your PC first.

2. After adding local files from the PC, install Spotify from the Google play store on your android device.

3. Now, open Spotify and log in with the same account you logged in on your PC. (Make sure PC and smartphone are  connected to the same WiFi network)

4. Once done, look out for the playlist you just created and hit the download icon. It will download and store it locally on your smartphone.

Sync Spotify local music using iPhone or iPad

The process on an iOS device is similar to an Android device but with a few additional steps. Let us have a look at it below.

1. Add all the local files to Spotify via PC by following the steps shared above.

2. Once done, download and install Spotify on your IOS device using the App Store.

3. Log in using the same account you used on your PC. (Make sure PC and smartphone are  connected to the same WiFi network)

4. Now, navigate to Settings and scroll until you see local files

5. Click on local files and turn on the option

spotify ios local file

6. Download the playlist, and boom, you can now access local files directly on your iOS device.


Spotify local files not showing? Wondering why local files won’t download on Spotify? You can’t play local Spotify files on your mobile? If even after following the mentioned steps, you are unable to find the local files on your smartphone, you must try the following troubleshooting steps.

  • You’re logged in to the same account on both your desktop and mobile
  • Your devices are connected to the same WiFi network
  • The app is up-to-date on both devices
  • Your device is up-to-date

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I import my iTunes library in Spotify?

Yes, technically, you can, but since Spotify does not allow us to do that natively, we need to use a third-party software called Soundiiz.

Steps to import iTunes music Library using Soundiiz

  1. Open iTunes on PC and navigate to your playlist.
  2. Once done, click on the three-dotted icon just next to the shuffle button, and click on the share playlist option.
  3. Here, choose the copy link option.
  4. Now, open your preferred browser on PC and visit Soundizz.com
  5. Sign up on Soundizz. After signing up, look for the import playlist option.
  6. Click on import playlist and paste the iTunes library link
  7. Soundizz will now import your iTunes playlist.
  8. At the end of the process, choose Spotify and log in with your Spotify credentials.
  9. It will now import your entire iTunes playlist on Spotify.
  10. Now, just open Spotify and navigate to the playlist. Additionally, you can download the playlist directly for offline listening.

2. How do I turn on Offline mode on Spotify?

Turning on Offline mode is relatively simple. Let us have a look

  1. Open Spotify and click on the three-dotted menu in the top left.
  2. After clicking on it, click on fie.
  3. Under the files tab, you will find an option for Offline mode
  4. Just click on it, and you will not enter offline mode.

3. Can I add my own Music to Spotify?

Yes, you surely can but only if it is in .mp3, .mp4, or .m4p file type. That said, for downloading these files on Smartphone, you need to be a Spotify premium user.

4. What additional features does Spotify offer other than the local files option?

Spotify offers plenty of good features to uplift the user experience. Let us have a look at a few of them.

1. Private sessions

Did you know you can have private listening sessions on Spotify? The private session feature allows you to hide the music you are listening to from your followers. The setting can be turned on quickly from the Spotify Desktop App.

2. Recover deleted playlists

Have you ever deleted your favorite music playlist by mistake and regretted it later? Well, if you are a Spotify user, then you need to worry. Spotify has a feature known as “Recover deleted playlists,” using which you can recover your deleted playlist. Just log in to your Spotify account and navigate to account settings. Here, you will find the recover playlist option.

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