Local Files

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Local files are files that aren't hosted by Spotify but are importable into Spotify from your own devices.

 

To access them, open the Desktop app and follow these steps:

 

  1. Click Mario_1-1618152305359.png

     

    , then Settings
  2. Scroll to Local Files and switch Show Local Files on. 
  3. Switch off any sources you don't want. 
  4. Click ADD A SOURCE to select another folder. 

Music from that folder is now in Local Files in the menu on the left.

 

The file types that the feature is designed to work with are:

  • .mp3
  • .m4p (unless it contains video)
  • .mp4 (if QuickTime is installed on your computer)
  • .m4a (unless it’s an Apple lossless file; ALAC or ALE)

These files must exist on the device, either outside of the app or by setting them to Offline inside the app.

 

To sync local files from one device to another, you must be actively logged in to both devices with Spotify open and on the same network. As a heads-up, local files synchronization is possible on Premium.

 

Sync local files on iOS

  1. On desktop, import your local files (with the "Desktop" steps above).
  2. Add the files to a new playlist.
  3. Log in on your mobile or tablet using the same WiFi as your desktop.
  4. Go to Settings Mario_0-1618152020801.png

     

     > Local Files and switch on Local audio files.
    Note: You need to allow Spotify to find devices in the prompt that shows.
  5. Download the playlist with your local files.

Didn't work?

Make sure:

  • You're logged in to the same account on both your desktop and mobile.
  • Your devices are connected to the same WiFi network.
  • The app is up-to-date on both devices.
  • Your device is up-to-date.
  • The Spotify app has access to your local network. Check in your iPhone/iPad settings under Spotify.

 

Sync local files on Android

  1. On desktop, import your local files (with the "Desktop" steps above).
  2. Add the files to a new playlist.
  3. Log in on your mobile or tablet using the same WiFi as your desktop.
  4. Download the playlist with your local files.

Didn’t work?

Make sure:

  • You're logged in to the same account on both your desktop and mobile.
  • Your devices are connected to the same WiFi network.
  • The app is up-to-date on both devices.
  • Your device is up-to-date.

 

General troubleshooting tips:

Files won't play/import:

  • Make sure you are trying to import one of the file types above.
  • Make sure that the file isn't DRM (Digital Rights Management) protected.
    Note: If you have iTunes, you can check for DRM protected tracks by following these steps.

Syncing between device issues:

  • Double-check you followed all the device-specific steps above.
  • Double-check both desktop and the other device are on the same WiFi.
  • Add some songs from our catalogue to the playlist as well as the local file/s and make sure you have ‘Show unavailable songs in playlists’ turned on in Settings.
  • Play some music on the device that has the local files to see if it shows via Connect on the other device.
  • Make sure your router supports the Bonjour protocol. There’s no good way to check this, but if the router is made after 2005, it will likely have this protocol. The best way to handle this is to check the router make/model and Google it.
  • Creating a hotspot with the phone and connecting the desktop to it, might help (caution this will use 3/4g data).

 

Hope you'll find this useful and it answers your questions regarding local files.

 

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