How does one move local files to a new location?

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How does one move local files to a new location?

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How can I move the folder containing my local files to a new location, while maintaing my local tracks in my playlists?

 

My attempt so far:

1. Move the folder to a new location

2. Remove the old local files source in Preferences

3. Add the new local files source in Preferences

 

Expected Result:

Spotify rescans and links to songs in the new location

 

Actual Result:

All songs under "Local Files" appear duplicated, and when attempting to play any song, I recive an error message "Spotify can't play this right now. If you have the file on your computer you can import it." (even after Spotify is restarted). If I then move the folder back to its original location, all the songs play, even though the original location is no longer registered as a local files source.

 

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Plan: Premium

Country: United States

Device: MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015)

Operating System: macOS High Sierra Version 10.13.5

Spotify Version: 1.0.85.257.g0f8531bd

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Re: How does one move local files to a new location?

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Hey @Shabissen, welcome to the Community.

 

Hope you are doing great!

 

First of all try to save the songs you have locally in the location you want, also turn off Local Files inside Settings.

Then follow the steps listed below to do a clean install of Spotify:

  1. Click Spotify in the menu bar then Quit Spotify.
  2. Open Finder then click Go > Library in the menu bar. (You may need to hold the Alt key if Library isn’t visible).
  3. Open Caches and delete the com.spotify.Client folder.
  4. Click the back arrow.
  5. Open Application Support and delete the Spotify folder.
  6. Download and install Spotify.

You can read more about Local files in this FAQ.

 

Let me know how it goes 🙂

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Gig Goer

I've tried moving my own local files before and it doesn't work. The only thing you can do right now is just keep your local files in a seperate playlist.

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Casual Listener

That’s unfortunate 😞

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Re: How does one move local files to a new location?

Rock Star 16
Rock Star 16

Hey @Shabissen, welcome to the Community.

 

Hope you are doing great!

 

First of all try to save the songs you have locally in the location you want, also turn off Local Files inside Settings.

Then follow the steps listed below to do a clean install of Spotify:

  1. Click Spotify in the menu bar then Quit Spotify.
  2. Open Finder then click Go > Library in the menu bar. (You may need to hold the Alt key if Library isn’t visible).
  3. Open Caches and delete the com.spotify.Client folder.
  4. Click the back arrow.
  5. Open Application Support and delete the Spotify folder.
  6. Download and install Spotify.

You can read more about Local files in this FAQ.

 

Let me know how it goes 🙂

LoxerRock Star 16
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If you appreciate my answer, maybe give me a Like.
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Casual Listener

@Loxer this worked!! You're amazing, thank you so much! 🙏

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