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Local Files

Local files are files that aren't hosted by Spotify but can be imported to Spotify from your own devices. You can then add them to playlists and enjoy them locally on the device they're stored on.


Here's how to import your local files to Spotify:


iOS mobile users head here.




1. Open your Home tab Emil_2-1652868672912.png.

2. Go to Settings Emil_4-1652868745920.png (you can access them by going to your profile picture in the top left corner and then tapping the Settings and privacy gear icon).
3. Scroll down and toggle "Show local audio files" to on.

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This will let Spotify continuously monitor device's folders to detect playable audio and add them to Your Library.

4. Open Your Library Emil_6-1652868896592.png and tap on Local Files to see all detected files.


You can now continue to add them to playlists or just listen to them from your library.

Note: For iOS devices, the files need to be imported using a dedicated music data management app. Check out this FAQ for details.



1. Click on the down arrow Emil_0-1652879883170.png in the top right of the app and select Settings.
2. Turn Show Local Files on.

3. You can turn off any of the default local file sources or click on Add Source to add a custom folder where you have music stored.


The music files of these folders will be imported into Spotify and you will be able to find them in the Playlist section of Your Library Emil_6-1652868896592.png.


From there you can add them to playlists or play them directly.



Local File not playing?

Right now you can’t play Local Files with Connect.


⚠️ Files or downloads from illegal sources are not permitted. If your files have not been obtained from an official source, this is most likely why they are not playing.

If your file is purchased and downloaded from an official source, but still isn't playing, there're some things you can check.

  • Spotify supports .mp3.mp4, and .m4p files. It doesn’t support .mp4 files that contain video, or the iTunes lossless format (M4A).
  • Some of your tracks may be protected in restricted formats. You can install QuickTime on your desktop to allow most of these tracks to be played on Spotify.
  • Ensure the files aren’t DRM-protected. We’d recommend reading this interesting article to find out how.
  • Perform a clean reinstall of the app, ensuring to remove any leftover files.
  • Update your codec pack. This can also solve issues trying to play FLAC.
  • For iOS devices you need to use a dedicated audio library management software for the file transfer. Check this FAQ out for full details.

For more info on Local Files check out our support site. If you have any other questions, go ahead and create a new thread to ask the Community.