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Garage Band
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Play "local files" on my mobile device

What's the easiest way to be able to play "local files" that reside on my desktop device on my mobile? After bringing them in to the desktop Spotify client as a playlist I'm able to play them there, and the playlist appears on my mobile client, but the songs are grayed out and say "the track is unavailable".

 

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Accepted by 1256437999 (Music Lover)
‎2015-08-28 12:16 AM
Garage Band
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Re: Play "local files" on my mobile device

Yeh it won't sync local files under the latest version of Android. 

 

It's not that it doesnt actually sync it, but on the phone on android. There is no option for local files. 

It doesn't come up. Tho it is on the computer Spotify app. 

 

The only way to do it, is to make a playlist. Drag everything from local files into the playlist. Then sync. 

You can even click offline mode for what its worth. Obviously its already on the computer as its local files. 

 

It seems files that are not on Spotify are faded out. It is very inconsistent about it. But none the less you can play everything. 

 

Once you have it all on your new shiny playlist. Sync it to the phone. And just sync that playlist which just has local files. 

 

There is no way to work out the bitrate of the files on the spotify app for Andoid, so I can see the kbps. So I know if it is a local version or what the sound quality is either. Anyway you can sync local files only through making a playlist. 

 

The problem lies in the Spotify app. It has the option to click sync local files. And it actually does it, but this is useless as there is no way to search or play these files unless they are in a playlist on the latest Android App. And because it isn't in a playlist you cannot play it. 

 

So yeh Make playlist. Copy Local Files into Playlist. Sync Android Phone with that Playlist. You can now play local files. 

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Accepted by ijundi (Concert Regular)
‎2015-08-28 12:16 AM
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Re: Play "local files" on my mobile device

If your computer and device are on the same wifi network and all your local files are in a playlist. Just toggling the offline toggle on the playlist on your device and you will trigger the local files sync :).

 

The solution was given here by MattSuda, the 4th post. https://community.spotify.com/t5/Help-Android/Syncing-local-files-to-mobile-device-still-not-work/td...

 

 

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Accepted by jamjar20 (Music Fan)
‎2015-08-28 12:16 AM
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Re: Play "local files" on my mobile device

FYI to those still having issues syncing. Make sure "Network Discovery" is turned on as well in Windows. I often turn mine off when I don't need to connect to a device such as my printer and forget that I have it off. Took thirty frustrating minutes for me to figure out why I wasn't syncing local files to my phone. 

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Accepted by 12125003317 (Music Fan)
‎2016-01-09 06:17 AM
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Re: Play "local files" on my mobile device

Ok so I had had a long problem with this whole syncing thing, but I was able to fix It.

 

  1. open spotify on your computer in the app
  2. Make sure that your the selected local files appear in the computer app
  3. Now make a new playlist with just these songs in
  4. Now stop and go to your firewall settings (you should be able to search your files for it)
  5. Scroll through until you find spotify.exe and allow ALL of the apps through the firewall.
  6. Now go to your mobile device open spotify and press sync

The real issue lies within your computers firewall blocking spotify. This is probaby why spotify couldnt fix the issue

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Accepted by shearitchie (Concert Regular)
‎2016-02-09 05:50 AM
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Re: Play "local files" on my mobile device

I HAVE FOUND THE BEST SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM!

 

 

Switch to Google Music. It worked by finding songs on my phone and adding them to my library automatically.

 

After spending about 20 hours reading through these forums and writing back and forth with support, I decided it was time to cut my loss. Support does not allow users to simply call in and get personalized help and the answers are infuriating as they are basic and offer simple suggestions like "sync your files with your phone" (as if I hadn't TRIED that the entire time...some directions would be great) and "you may need a codec if the files were downloaded from itunes" (they werern't downloaded from itunes, I didn't say anything about itunes and clearly the .mp3 files should be working on the phone and spotify app). 

 

Each round of responses would add another huge delay in fixing the problem and no matter what, the support team refused to actually read my desctiption of the situation and respond with a direct response. If the files COULDN'T be played on my phone, simply telling me that would have been great. Offering generic copy / paste suggestions that were ignoring the situation I had described was just aggravating and you could imagine how relieved I was when everything worked with Google Music the on the first attempt without any effort. 

 

Switch to Google Music and all of your problems will disappear. There is even a program called "Portify" that will transfer your spotify playlist directly to Google!! 

 

This should have been the top solution and I would have saved myself weeks of back and forth emails with Spoitfy for nothing....

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Re: Play "local files" on my mobile device

You need to synchronize that playlist to your mobile.

Start Spotify on both your desktop and on your phone, with the phone on wifi on the same network as the PC. If there are no network issues your phone will appear under the Devices section in the desktop app - from there you can choose which playlists to sync.

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Re: Play "local files" on my mobile device

I've done this but find that whenever the app has updated, or sometimes even when rebooting my phone I lose all synced 'local file' tracks.

 

This is highly annoying as I cannot sync them back while at work or while traveling (which I do for work...).

 

One would think not deleting local tracks would be a fairly simple thing to get working.

Garage Band
Posts: 47
Registered: ‎2012-05-10

Re: Play "local files" on my mobile device

I synced the playlist that i wanted, songs that aren't on Spotify but on my C drive, and it automatically downloaded them to the device. That's not really what i wanted, although it gets me part of the way there.

 

Is there a way to play the songs on the device without downloading?

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Re: Play "local files" on my mobile device

You cannot stream 'local files' type tracks.

 

You also cannot play files on your SD card any more.

 

Sadly a lot of features are going poof it seems :(

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Accepted by 1256437999 (Music Lover)
‎2015-08-28 12:16 AM
Garage Band
Posts: 35
Registered: ‎2012-06-14

Re: Play "local files" on my mobile device

Yeh it won't sync local files under the latest version of Android. 

 

It's not that it doesnt actually sync it, but on the phone on android. There is no option for local files. 

It doesn't come up. Tho it is on the computer Spotify app. 

 

The only way to do it, is to make a playlist. Drag everything from local files into the playlist. Then sync. 

You can even click offline mode for what its worth. Obviously its already on the computer as its local files. 

 

It seems files that are not on Spotify are faded out. It is very inconsistent about it. But none the less you can play everything. 

 

Once you have it all on your new shiny playlist. Sync it to the phone. And just sync that playlist which just has local files. 

 

There is no way to work out the bitrate of the files on the spotify app for Andoid, so I can see the kbps. So I know if it is a local version or what the sound quality is either. Anyway you can sync local files only through making a playlist. 

 

The problem lies in the Spotify app. It has the option to click sync local files. And it actually does it, but this is useless as there is no way to search or play these files unless they are in a playlist on the latest Android App. And because it isn't in a playlist you cannot play it. 

 

So yeh Make playlist. Copy Local Files into Playlist. Sync Android Phone with that Playlist. You can now play local files. 

Garage Band
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Registered: ‎2012-06-14

Re: Play "local files" on my mobile device

Just tried this on iPod touch and it is working. As there is a Local Files folder. It actually shows one. 

 

Using the same archive. 

 

The latest Android software is basically the problem. 

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Re: Play "local files" on my mobile device

[ Edited ]

The Spotify webpage Local Music Files (https://www.spotify.com/us/about/local-music/) states:

 

Listening on your mobile
With Spotify Premium, your MP3 collection can also be enjoyed on your phone. All you need is a Spotify-friendly mobile.

 

Syncing local files by WiFi
If you have Spotify Premium and you want to sync your MP3s from your computer to your phone, just connect your mobile to the same network as your desktop computer. Now add your MP3s to a Spotify playlist, then open Spotify on your mobile to sync them for your offline pleasure.

 

 

This still seems to be true with the new Android version, provided "your MP3 collection" originates on your computer and you import it into Spotify there first.

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Re: Play "local files" on my mobile device

wtf? this is one of the main reasons i have spotify. guess ill be cancelling. I was wondering if it was just me not being able to see my local files or have the local files from my computer sync to my phone. grr..that makes me very unappy

Garage Band
Posts: 47
Registered: ‎2012-05-10

Re: Play "local files" on my mobile device

From what you are suggesting it appears that you may only be able to play synced songs on the mobile device if you are still on the same WiFi network as the desktop, but if you leave it, you can only play them if they are downloaded to the device storage space.

 

Again, I don't want to download. I have thousands of songs on my harddrive that i'd like to play from the Spotify client on the mobile device. I thought it would support that without having to save them to the device.

 

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