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Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite
My Question or Issue
I have encoutered this issue and many post with people with problems rebooting the phone and mantaining the storage option properly configured as SD card.
I've found the solution! (at least to my case).
I hope it can help someone else.
I've bought this new phone some weeks ago, and it has Android Pie (my old phone was Marshmellow) and in this version I've set a PIN number and, for some reason, didn't let configured to ask for the PIN before the system boots (with is the most secure option). Instead, it asked for the PIN before the first unlock and after the system boot. That's the catch:
I noticed that the SD card only mounts AFTER I unlock the first time after the boot. You can see it by the SD card icon who apears quickly at status bar just after the unlock. For security reasons, it make sense, since someone who stole the phone could try to load malicious software via external storage. Spotify service probably loads BEFORE the SD card mount, and then, like a mother who call the police when his son is 30 seconds late to come back home, it switches to the internal memory and starts to download all again. If the PIN is typed before the system boot, the SD card mount and when Spotify service loads, it can find the external storage. Works like a charm.
This solution did not let Spotify devs off the hook, since many other apps that use external storage didn't present this issue at all.
Make sure, if you have a PIN or password set, to Android ask BEFORE the system boot.
**bleep** this is exactly the problem i'm having atm! It's absolutely irritating for my 1k+ songs to have to download every.fricking.time. What did you mean by having android "ask" before system boot? Thanks!
Same issue on my Moto g6 running Android Pie. 128gb Samsung SD card.
After this issue of the Spotify app changing storage locations with each restart I tried switching to Offline Mode and then restarting. Unfortunately the app wouldn't even let me log in after that... Got stuck in an endless loop of Spotify sending me a login email, then the app saying the link had expired (2 seconds after I received it) - and round and round I went...
F&$# it. Going to try Google Play's 30-day free trial. I pay for Spotify Premium so I can have my music with me. If that functionality isn't available, there's no sense in stickin' around.
I've found workaround for that issue. Unfortauntely it requires admin (root) permissions, what may be quite embarrassing for most of you. But still something and maybe it will help someone: https://community.spotify.com/t5/Android/SOLVED-PARTIALLY-Spotify-downloads-songs-to-internal-memory...
I didn't test with encrypted SD card but should work too.
Proposed solution to require PIN before phone booting did not work for me on moto g6 play android 9
Thanks for reaching out to us!
Can you try the following steps? These are:
Enable permission for storage option for Spotify. This can be accessed by going to Settings>Apps>Spotify>Permissions>Storage.
If this doesn't do the trick, you can let us know your device, OS, Spotify version and all the steps you've tried so far.
Keep us posted 🙂
Hello @Petya. I am not Daedalus100, hovewer I tried your steps several times. Nothing helped.
You just need to implement postponed autostart for Spotify after boot or restrict permissions from starting its services.
For my phone only the solution with root works...
Hey there @Femzy,
Thanks for reaching out to the Community.
We're sorry to hear that you're experiencing this issue on your iPhone. Keep in mind that there are different Help boards in the Community for specific devices and topics, and this thread is in the Android Help board, so the solutions showed here might not work for different OS.
No worries though, we encourage you to post a new thread on the iOS Help board and we'll happily help you out.
You can find more info on how to navigate through the Community in this Spotify Answer.
We'll be on the lookout.
My Question or Issue
Premium user, Android 11, moto g power (2021)
Spotify keeps trying to download my songs to my internal storage instead of my SD card. Even after a clean reinstall and going to Storage and selecting SD card before doing any downloads if the app didn't select it, even if I successfully download all my songs to the SD card, eventually the app will try to download them to Internal Storage.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G, Android 13
Spotify keeps downloading to internal storage. This is a pain, because I have more data in soptify than the internal storage has.
It seems like this problem exists since 2016! - And still not fixed after 7 years?
Thats a shame!
It' so brilliant to download >100GB abroad in a hotel.
So please fix this!
And sorry guys...
What you name a "SOLUTION" is never a solution...
At best it is a workaround - and btw a s***** one. Because we have to do something evertime we reboot our phones.
And the other "solution" (PIN Code before boot) does not work since Android 10!
And this one: "Settings>Apps>Spotify>Permissions>Storage" Does not existing on my Phone.
I would suggest you guys to fix old errors instead of bringing features nobody really needs.
And it seems like you are closing all the threads with this bug, instead of fixing it.
Many companies did this that way... and they are all gone... ignoring paying customers was never a good way 😉
My patience is thin right now. I am not gonna pay more than 200$ a year for this anymore...
And btw: at least an answer from some official would be nice.
This solution does not work, never worked for me and most phones does not has such options available.
What I did try (and failed):
- paused Spotify (Android 12+ feature)
- reboot phone
- opened some SD card files just to check if it's was accessible (and it was)
- opened Spotify (removing it from the pause)
- Spotify is back to internal memory and started to download all over again
A less painful thing would be Spotify at least resume from SD library files after selecting back to SD; at least would avoid downloading it all again.
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