What's the easiest way to be able to play "local files" that reside on my desktop device on my mobile? After bringing them in to the desktop Spotify client as a playlist I'm able to play them there, and the playlist appears on my mobile client, but the songs are grayed out and say "the track is unavailable".
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Yeh it won't sync local files under the latest version of Android.
It's not that it doesnt actually sync it, but on the phone on android. There is no option for local files.
It doesn't come up. Tho it is on the computer Spotify app.
The only way to do it, is to make a playlist. Drag everything from local files into the playlist. Then sync.
You can even click offline mode for what its worth. Obviously its already on the computer as its local files.
It seems files that are not on Spotify are faded out. It is very inconsistent about it. But none the less you can play everything.
Once you have it all on your new shiny playlist. Sync it to the phone. And just sync that playlist which just has local files.
There is no way to work out the bitrate of the files on the spotify app for Andoid, so I can see the kbps. So I know if it is a local version or what the sound quality is either. Anyway you can sync local files only through making a playlist.
The problem lies in the Spotify app. It has the option to click sync local files. And it actually does it, but this is useless as there is no way to search or play these files unless they are in a playlist on the latest Android App. And because it isn't in a playlist you cannot play it.
So yeh Make playlist. Copy Local Files into Playlist. Sync Android Phone with that Playlist. You can now play local files.
If your computer and device are on the same wifi network and all your local files are in a playlist. Just toggling the offline toggle on the playlist on your device and you will trigger the local files sync :).
The solution was given here by MattSuda, the 4th post. https://community.spotify.com/t5/Help-Android/Sync
FYI to those still having issues syncing. Make sure "Network Discovery" is turned on as well in Windows. I often turn mine off when I don't need to connect to a device such as my printer and forget that I have it off. Took thirty frustrating minutes for me to figure out why I wasn't syncing local files to my phone.
Ok so I had had a long problem with this whole syncing thing, but I was able to fix It.
The real issue lies within your computers firewall blocking spotify. This is probaby why spotify couldnt fix the issue
I have had this problem as well, the only solution I have found that actually works is enable a WiFi hotspot with my phone and conect my Laptop/Desktop computer to it, once my Laptop/Desktop computer is conected to the WiFi generated with my phone go into Spotify in my phone and press available offline and then it synced everything!!
Just did this today (6/25/16) although it did take some work.
1. (If windows 10) search "firewall" in the desktop search box and select windows firewall.
2. Click allow an app or feature through Windows firewall, near the top left of the popup.
3. Go to Spotify.exe and make sure both boxes are checked.
4. Do you have multiple routers/ wifi networks? (If so make sure device and computer are on the same network on the same router!)
5. Restart spotify app on device
6. Recheck local file playlist to available offline
7. If it says "Waiting to download" then you're either not on the right network or firewall is still blocking it
8. If it says "Downloading" but it isn't downloading try unchecking and rechecking the available offline box on desktop and app, and restart both if still not working.
I have 2 routers, and my desktop is wired to one while my phone is connected to another. Once I connected my phone to the same router as my desktop (doesn't need to both be wifi) then it switched from Waiting to download to Downloading, but not actually downloading. I restarted each application and tried again and it managed to go through.
I wish the process was easier, but honestly it's not Spotify's fault if your router/firewall is blocking Sync. Hopefully this helps clarify a little bit.
Any problems with syncing local files are normally down to communication issues so here's a list of things to check if local files won't download.
If you still can't make it work, you can create a mobile hotspot on your mobile and connect your PC to this hotspot via wifi. Syncing the local files should then work.