Want to download songs from Spotify for offline listening? It is super easy and we’ll show you how.
Spotify is a popular digital music streaming service that gives access to millions of songs, but what happens when you’re away from mobile or internet access and want to play some music? Thankfully, Spotify has a feature called Offline Listening, where users can download their favorite music onto their device so that they can play the songs anytime, anywhere.
How to download songs from Spotify for offline use
Follow the instructions below:
1. Launch the Spotify app on your phone.
Spotify is the most popular streaming music service with 286 million monthly active users, offering three kinds of subscriptions - Spotify Free, Spotify Premium ($9.99) and Spotify Family ($14.99). Compared to the paid subscribers, Spotify Free users are restricted to listen to ad-supported tracks in “Shuffle Play” mode only under a well. Download Spotify instead of streaming. Yes, if you love any Spotify songs and want to listen to them over and over again without using data usage on the mobile phone, it is a good idea to download the songs. To save your data with offline mode, follow our guide on how to download Spotify songs.
2. Navigate to the song, album, artist or playlist that you want to download.
3. You need to move the Download toggle button (Below artwork) to ON position. This will instantly start downloading your songs.
The downloading process will take time depending on the size of the file and internet connection speed but should be a rather quick process.
The green color download icon before the song title confirms that the song is downloaded successfully to your phone.
Note: You can do this to download singles, album or the entire playlist. Also, download songs means, you’re downloading the songs withing the Spotify app.
4. You can navigate to Library -> Downloads. Here, you will get the list of songs which you have downloaded.
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Set the Spotify app to run in Offline Mode
- Tap on the Library icon available at the bottom
- Tap on Settings
- Tap on Playback
- Enable Offline.
Alternatively, you can also turn off Cellular or Wireless connections to enable the Spotify offline mode.
Note: If you’re using an Android phone, then you might see the “Your Library” icon on the bottom, not on the corner like in the case of iPhone.
Downloading Spotify songs for offline listening has some caveats
Spotify’s Offline Listening is a premium feature and to access feature users require a subscription which cost $9.99/Month and $14.99 for a family plan. This means users running the freemium version won’t get the advantage of this feature.
Previously, the users with Spotify premium can download up to 3333 songs on each up to three devices, but recently the company ups the limit on offline downloads to a whopping 10,000 songs, that means you can download 10,000 songs on each of up to 5 different devices. So it’s not a caveat anymore.
Keep in Mind: Make sure to take Spotify app online at least once every 30 days. Failure to do so will make your offline song library inaccessible.
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Using Spotify Without Wifi
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Being completely disconnected from Wi-Fi and data—whether in an airplane or rustic cabin in the woods—doesn’t mean you need to be without your favorite music or podcasts. If you’re a Premium subscriber, it only takes a few simple steps while you’re still at home and on Wi-Fi to download your favorite content and ensure it’s available when you go off the grid or up in the air.
First, if you’d like to use Wi-Fi to download, go to Settings > Music Quality > Download Using Cellular and check that the feature is set to the default “off.” From there, it’s easy to download tracks and podcasts on your cell phone, tablet, or iPad:
- Search for the content you want
- Select the playlist, album, or podcast you want to listen to offline
- Switch the download toggle ON—it will turn green so you know it’s working
- Once tracks in your library are downloaded, you’ll see a little green arrow below each song name
- Connect your headphones and start listening, no matter where you are!
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If you’re using Spotify on desktop, but still want to take those songs or podcast episodes with you on your mobile device:
- Select songs to download automatically to your device by clicking the plus symbol next to any track
- That plus symbol will turn into a checkmark, which means the song will sync to your phone next time it’s connected to WiFi
- If you’re looking to organize your downloads, now’s the time! Using your computer to organize tracks into a playlist before you go can be a bit easier
Note that if you’re seeing songs grayed out when you’re offline, it means they’re not downloaded and you won’t be able to play them without Wi-Fi. (It might be a good idea to experiment with going online before you board the plane.) To see everything you’ve downloaded on your phone, check out the “Downloads” tab under “Your Library” on mobile.
Also know that there’s a maximum to the number of songs and podcasts you can download per device. If you do hit the limit, you can always go back and remove some existing downloads.
Plus, keep in mind that in order for Premium subscribers to keep all downloads available, you’ll need to connect your phone to Wi-Fi at least once every 30 days. So if you’re on an extended hiking trip, just make sure to connect to Wi-Fi at least once per month if you want to keep streaming.
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