Spotify downloads all songs to internal memory every reboot instead keeping them on SD card

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Spotify downloads all songs to internal memory every reboot instead keeping them on SD card

Atexor
Casual Listener

Plan

Premium

Country

Poland

Device

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X

Operating System

Android Pie (I am using custom Android system but this is not its cause)

 

My Question or Issue

Hello, some time ago I set storage to my SD card, where I have downloaded over 1000 songs. Unfortunately I have noticed that every time, when I reboot my phone Spotify downloads immediately all songs again to internal memory and in the preferences the option is switched to Device storage.

 

As I noticed Spotify process launches immediately after PIN is inserted and before SD card is checked, so it 'thinks' that there isno SDcard and starts download tracks again. There should be a delay or possibility to disable auto-launch app on boot.

 

I have noticed that similar issues were posted in in the current and previous year but problem is still unresolved.
https://community.spotify.com/t5/Android/SD-offline-downloads-lost-after-reboot-Maybe-due-to-SD-moun...

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Ongoing-Issues/Storage-switched-back-to-internal-at-every-reboot-Sa...
https://community.spotify.com/t5/Ongoing-Issues/Issue-with-storage-option-switching-from-SD-Card-to-...
https://community.spotify.com/t5/Ongoing-Issues/Android-encrypted-SD-Card-Offline-Music-lost-on-Rebo...

I noticed and tried are few workarounds like:
- mounting SD card as extended, internal storage (I cannot do it, I need SD card as external),
- enabling developers options and allow to install or move app on SD card (I have that option but I do not see possibility to move Spotify to SD card),
- disabling overall Spotify app at system boot (I cannot do this, disabling autoboot it via AppOps doesn't help, it still boots),

- modyfying app receivers (especially disabled broadcast receiver) - Spotify did not start, stuck at logo,

- disabling notifications - app does not start when I disabled "Spotify Music" notification.

 

Could you take a look on it? It's quite old issue, many people "voted" for it so as I think it should be fixed as soon as possible without combining. What if we are abroad and the phone will be discharged? Roaming might be really expensive.

With regards,
Atexor

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Re: Spotify downloads all songs to internal memory every reboot instead keeping them on SD card

GrobiFarnsworth
Newbie

This bug has been known for several years now, it not being fixed would be a disgrace even for a free service. I can't get my head around why this extremely annoying issue is simply closed every time it pops up, referencing some obscure work-around using a complete reinstall of the app or something similar.

I really don't WANT to switch to a competitor, but every time this happens (about once a month) makes it more likely...

Re: Spotify downloads all songs to internal memory every reboot instead keeping them on SD card

Atexor
Casual Listener

Thanks for reply - exactly, I don't know what I can do more with that thing - I can't delete more apps in my internal memory (I'd removed all bloatware as I can with root access), migrating other apps to SD card is impossible on my Android system.

 

I prefer to keep Spotify cache on SD card - in case of changing phone or system to not download that large amount of files every time. It terribly destroys the lifespan of flash memory - both internal and SD card. Spotify team - can you finally take a look on it?

 

Or just add possibility to not auto-launch Spotify on system boot?

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Re: Spotify downloads all songs to internal memory every reboot instead keeping them on SD card

qrty
Regular

Spotify programmers seem to be busy on making the app completely impossible to use, like destroying the Library, removing the Widget...

 

This would imply an improvement in the way the app work, that is why they do not care. probably, this threat will be closed soon . XD

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