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Spotify not syncing local files to iPhone

WillsJaffa
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Computer running Windows 7 32 bit.

iPhone running IOS7.

As far as I know both applications on both devices are up to date.

 

All songs in relevant playlists I want them in, but none of them are syncing across to my phone. They appear completely greyed out on the phone. Artist name on local files are greyed out on computer (Don't know if this helps at all)

 

Any advice and suggestions whatsoever would be heavily appreciated. Thanks guys.

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Re: Spotify not syncing local files to iPhone

sitruc
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Update: As of a this morning I can now sync files to my iPhone via the old desktop version 0.9.15.27 - I didn't change anything except restart my computer to hopefully refresh things (again).

 

TL;DR - find instructions to downgrade to old spotify desktop version and stop auto updating and viola - it can read my large personal collection, easily serch/filter it, AND sync to my iPhone (even Beatles and Taylor Swift amongst others not licensed by Spotify).

 

Yes, I know my TL;DR is longer than the post. Oops.

 

Spotify, please make the current version useable so I don't have to keep up these shenanigans/ cancel/ move to a competitor.

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Re: Spotify not syncing local files to iPhone

Rodrigo
Community Legend

Hey there @WillsJaffa! Welcome to the community!

 

The Artist names are greyed out on your computer because these tracks couldn't be linked to the corresponding ones in Spotify.
To sync your local files correctly, follow these steps:

 

- First, make sure your computer and your iPhone are connected to the same WiFi network;

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- On your phone, go to Settings > General > Auto-Lock and set it to "Never"

- Launch the Spotify app on both your computer and phone;
- Now, go to the "Devices" tab on the desktop app and make sure your phone is displayed there;

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- Click on your iPhone's name and then on the big "Sync this device" if it's asked. 
- Now, choose either to sync all the music or manually select playlists. If you go for the latter, make sure to select "Local Files".
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- Wait for the sync to finish. Leave your phone unlocked with the screen on and with the Spotify app open. This is really important. If you close the app or lock the screen, the sync won't happen.
- The Spotify app needs to be open on the computer during the sync, too.

 

I hope this solves your issue ;D

edit: typos typos typos :/

Re: Spotify not syncing local files to iPhone

BlakelyAnthony
Casual Listener
Oh yeah that's super helpful. It's not like spotify didn't get rid of the devices tab or anything. -_-

Re: Spotify not syncing local files to iPhone

Lucas5
Community Legend

Are you connected to the same WiFi on both of your devices? And have you tried to logout-in on your devices as well as to reinstall Spotify? 




If my post solved your issue, please accept it as a solution.

Re: Spotify not syncing local files to iPhone

Swanny
Community Legend
@BlakelyAnthony: the Devices tab is returning to the desktop app. In the mean time, the sync should still work by saving the Local Files playlist offline on the iOS app.

Re: Spotify not syncing local files to iPhone

dmkbills11
Newbie

did anyone figure this out? devices tab? anything? the whole same wifi. rest the "available offline" back and forth, "never" auto lock....nada works!!!!

 

so bummed about spitfy. each month and update the product gets worse. features get deleted. things dont work. been a paying memeber since 2011 and have never been closer to cancelling.

Re: Spotify not syncing local files to iPhone

rrudolphjr
Roadie

This feature does not work anymore. Paying customer but features do not work or are taken away. Not paying for too much longer.

Re: Spotify not syncing local files to iPhone

sitruc
Casual Listener

I too am so confused about the features disappearing. I can no longer use Spotify to save MY OWN songs that I own to my phone. It seems that if Spotify hasn't worked out a deal with a certain artist then even though I own the file on my computer, Spotify won't let me use their service.

 

The worst part is that this feature used to be available and has gone away.

 

Secondly, the "Local Files" on the desktop version has been neutered to a point that I can no longer use it. I have too many files so it won't load AND there is no search/filter within the local files anymore (if it did load). As with the above iOS syncing problem with my own files, this used to work fine but now is getting worse and worse.

 

I have recently reverted back to an old desktop version so that I can use Spotify to view my local files AND search them (again, things that used to be in the program). I still haven't found a way to sync files I own (Beatles, Taylor Swift etc) that Spotify doesn't have permissiong to use with my phone however.

 

Any advice? Any news? I've been a loyal subscriber for a couple years but am now withing moments of canceling.

 

Please help.

Re: Spotify not syncing local files to iPhone

rrudolphjr
Roadie

My sister-in-law wanted to try Spotify but was worried about her iTunes playlists. I said no problem, Spotify has an easy way to transfer playlists into Spotify and for the songs that Spotify doesn't have you can sync them through local files. Well, guess my surprise that the transfer iTunes playlist feature is gone and that nothing that you try to sync actually does. Both of these features used to work so seamlessly.  Long story short: she didn't switch and now she is waiting for the Apple Music to come out. Sigh. 

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Re: Spotify not syncing local files to iPhone

sitruc
Casual Listener

Update: As of a this morning I can now sync files to my iPhone via the old desktop version 0.9.15.27 - I didn't change anything except restart my computer to hopefully refresh things (again).

 

TL;DR - find instructions to downgrade to old spotify desktop version and stop auto updating and viola - it can read my large personal collection, easily serch/filter it, AND sync to my iPhone (even Beatles and Taylor Swift amongst others not licensed by Spotify).

 

Yes, I know my TL;DR is longer than the post. Oops.

 

Spotify, please make the current version useable so I don't have to keep up these shenanigans/ cancel/ move to a competitor.

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