Stream, Save, and Groove: Your Guide to Adding Local Files to Spotify

We all love the feeling of that perfect song hitting just right. But what happens when you can’t find your favorite tune on your go-to music streaming service? With Spotify’s rich catalog of over 70 million tracks, it’s rare not to find what you’re looking for. However, every once in a while, we may stumble upon a gem that’s not on the platform – a local band’s demo, a less-known foreign track, or a childhood favorite that’s not digitally available. Not to worry! Spotify has you covered with a feature that allows you to add local files to your Spotify playlists. Let’s take a journey through this impressive functionality together, exploring how to add these local songs on different platforms, and addressing some common queries along the way.

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Adding Your Local Files to Spotify: A Walkthrough

Spotify’s local file addition is a godsend for those seeking a centralized hub for all their music. Best of all, this isn’t limited to Premium subscribers; Free users can join in on the fun too! However, it’s worth noting that mobile access to these local files requires a Premium subscription.

How to Add Local Files to Spotify on Mac

Time needed: 12 minutes

  1. Open Spotify App

    Begin by launching the application on your Mac. If you don’t have the Spotify app installed, you can download it from the official Spotify website.

  2. Access Settings

    In the app, navigate to the top right corner and click on the downward arrow next to your profile name. From the drop-down menu that appears, select “Settings”.

  3. Scroll to Local Files

    Furthermore, In the Settings section, scroll down until you find the “Local Files” option.

  4. Enable Local Files

    Likewise, you will see a switch next to “Show Local Files.” If it’s greyed out, enable it by clicking the switch. The switch will turn green when it’s enabled.

  5. Add Your Source Folder

    In the same “Local Files” section, you will see the option “Add a Source”. Click on this button. This will open a file explorer window where you can navigate to the folder that contains the local music files you want to add to Spotify.

  6. Select Your Folder

    Similarly, browse through your folders and select the folder where your music files are stored. Once you’ve found it, click on “Open” to add this folder as a source for local files.

  7. Navigate to the “Local Files” Section on Spotify

    Now, navigate back to the main Spotify window and look at the left sidebar. You should see a section labeled “Your Library.” Under this, you will find a “Local Files” option. Click on it.

  8. Find Your Local Files

    After clicking on “Local Files,” you will see all the music files from the folder you added in Spotify’s main section. These are your local files.

  9. Add Local Files to a Playlist

    Lastly, to add a local file to a playlist, simply drag and drop the track into the desired playlist on the left sidebar. If you want to add a local file to a new playlist, create a new playlist first, then drag and drop the track into that playlist.

Adding Local Files on Windows

Windows users, you’re up next! The process is similar to Mac, with a few minor differences.

  1. Open your Spotify desktop app.
  2. Click on your Profile icon and select ‘Settings.’
  3. In the ‘Local Files’ section, toggle ‘Show Local Files’ on.
  4. In the ‘Music Library’ section, click on ‘ADD A SOURCE’ to choose a folder.
  5. When you return to the Home screen, you can access your local files from the ‘Your Library’ section.

Transferring Songs from iTunes to Spotify

If you’re coming from the Apple Music universe and want to bring your iTunes library along, you can do so in a few simple steps:

  1. Open iTunes or Apple Music and select ‘Preferences.’
  2. Choose the ‘Advanced’ option and check the ‘Share iTunes Library XML with other applications’ option.
  3. In Spotify, navigate to ‘Settings’ and choose ‘Add A Source.’
  4. Select ‘iTunes’ and choose the specific folder that you want to upload to Spotify.
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Accessing Your Local Files on Mobile Devices

Though you can’t add local files directly from your mobile devices, you can still enjoy the songs you’ve added via your desktop app.

For Android users, find the playlist with your local files and download it. Make sure you’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer.

For iOS users, go to ‘Settings’ and toggle on the ‘Local audio files switch. Find your local files playlist and download it.

Troubleshooting Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

Can’t seem to find the local files on the mobile device or computer?

If you can’t seem to find your local files on your mobile device, ensure both your mobile and computer are on the same Wi-Fi network, you’ve updated your Spotify app, you’re using the same account on all devices, and you’ve enabled local files on your desktop app.

What files are supported?

Spotify supports .mp3, .m4a, .m4r, and .m4p files. However, m4p files with video aren’t supported. If you have FLAC files (m4A) or other lossless formats, you’ll need to convert them.

Conclusion: Make Spotify Your One-Stop Music Destination

With the ability to add local files, Spotify allows you to have all your favorite tracks in one place, making your music-listening experience more seamless and personalized. As you combine your cherished local tracks with the ocean of music available on Spotify, your perfect playlist is just a few clicks away. For further difficulties visit Spotify help desk. Happy grooving!

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