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Spotify WILL NOT Stop Showing Local Files, Even After Disabling & Deleting local-files.bnk

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Spotify WILL NOT Stop Showing Local Files, Even After Disabling & Deleting local-files.bnk

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Device

16" MacBook Pro (Late 2019)

Operating System

macOS Catalina 10.15.4 (19E287)

 

No matter what I try, my Spotify desktop app (version 1.1.32.618.gda5638a6) will not stop showing & scanning for local files.

  • I have already turned off local files in settings.
  • I have already manually deleted local-files.bnk from /Users/(my username)/Library/Application Support/Spotify/Users/(my username)/
  • I have already uninstalled Spotify, deleted ALL caches, then reinstalled Spotify

I've done all of this, and the app doesn't take the hint. Spotify still keeps showing local files from my Apple Music Library and random, unorganized audio files sitting on my computer.

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Re: Spotify WILL NOT Stop Showing Local Files, Even After Disabling & Deleting local-files.bnk

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Hey there @localfiles!

 

Thanks for reaching out to us on the Community!

 

Could you let us know if you see the Local files songs in your playlists or only in Liked Songs in Your Library?

 

It'd be great if you could let us know your Spotify version and send us a screenshot of where you see the local songs on the app.

 

We'll be happy to investigate further. Keep us in the loop!

 

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I don't have any local files in my playlists or in my liked songs. They start appearing when I use the search feature. My settings should be preventing Spotify from seeing these locally stored files.

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I noticed this has been happening since 1.1.32 to 1.1.34 desktop windows 10 so far too.

Windows keeps seeing it and tries to block it. This sort of tactic can be viewed as ransomware btw and very privacy intrusive. Fix your app Spotify!
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I just got version 1.1.35 in windows store. If I see this behavior I will reply again.  This issue really intrusive.

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1.1.35 its been 4 days and hasn't done it anymore. So I want to thank spotify for fixing that. But if it comes back I will post again!
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It still does this in PC. I have to manually turn on local files and then uncheck download folder and music folder to get rid of it. The fact that this is turned on and hidden by default is WRONG! 1.1.35 Windows 10 store version
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Hey @ParentalControl,

 

Thanks for reaching out and voicing your concerns.

 

If you have never used the feature to import local files, this option in the settings should be tuned off by default. In that case there is no search for importable files going on and that's why no folders are shown in the menu with the option off. Just to make sure that we're on the same page- you did manage to deactivate Show Local Files and now everything functions as intended, right? 

 

If that's not the case, it's a good idea to perform a clean reinstall of the app. This way if some of the files have gotten corrupted and are causing such behavior, they can get compiled anew. You can learn how to do this here

 

Hope this helps. Keep us posted if you have any questions.

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@Mihail Yes I had to turn on the local folders feature and toggle "off" the individual folders then turn off local folders again and it seems to ignore the folder when you use search now.

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You wrote that:

  • I have already manually deleted local-files.bnk from /Users/(my username)/Library/Application Support/Spotify/Users/(my username)/

But did you remove the whole Spotify folder in Application Support?

 

If not then try once more by following all the steps in https://support.spotify.com/ee/article/reinstallation-of-spotify/

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