Spotify is known globally as one of the most popular music streaming platforms. Sometimes our streaming is halted when we have run out of data or our internet signal dips.
Fortunately, you don’t have to miss a beat with Spotify because you can download your songs and playlists.
In this article, we look at how you can listen to Spotify offline on your device.
Here’s How to Listen to Spotify Offline:
If you are a Spotify Premium subscriber you can download your songs, playlists and podcasts for offline listening. Premium users can download up to 10,000 tracks. Spotify Free users are only able to download podcasts. You need to ensure your device has enough free space to store downloaded files.
How do you listen to Spotify offline on iPhones?
Listening to Spotify songs and playlists offline on any smart device is simple if you have a Premium account. Free users will only be able to download podcasts.
Here’s what you need to do:
- Head to the Spotify app.
- Go to your Library.
- Now, tap your ‘Songs’ folder (this is a preloaded folder).
- At the top of the screen, you will see a Download toggle (a down-facing arrow in a circle), and click on it.
- All the songs in your library will download directly to your phone. There will then be a green down-facing arrow next to them while they are busy downloading.
You can also download individual playlists in the same manner by going into each playlist instead of the Songs folder.
Unfortunately, if you want to change the location of your downloaded Spotify tracks on iPhone, it isn’t so easy. You can access your files but you cannot change the location due to Apple’s encryption settings.
If you’re struggling to get Spotify to download your podcasts, take a look at our article about issues that might be preventing your podcasts from downloading.
How do you listen to Spotify offline on Android devices?
To listen to Spotify offline on Android, the steps are quite similar to iPhone.
You need to:
- Open up Spotify and Go to your Library.
- Select the ‘Songs’ folder (this is a preloaded folder).
- At the top of the screen, there is a Download toggle (a down-facing arrow in a circle) click on it.
- All the songs in your library will then be downloaded onto your device. A green down-facing arrow will appear next to them while they are downloading.
Individual playlists can be downloaded in the same way. This is done by going into the desired playlist instead of the Songs folder and following the same steps.
If you don’t have Spotify Premium, some other third-party websites and apps allow you to ‘download’ songs off Spotify. But, take note these are not officially endorsed by Spotify and may run the risk of introducing viruses to your devices.
How do you Listen to Spotify Offline on Laptop Computers?
If you lose internet, your downloaded tracks will automatically start playing. However, you can enable “Offline Mode” to ensure that your device only plays your downloaded songs.
Guide to listening offline on Macbooks:
To enable “Offline Mode”:
- Open Spotify.
- Go up to the Apple menu at the top of the screen and click Spotify.
- Now, click Offline Mode.
To download tracks:
- Open the Spotify desktop app
- Go to your Library
- Go to your Songs folder (this is a preloaded folder)
- Click on the ‘download’ toggle.
- All the songs in your library will download. There will then be a green down-facing arrow next to them while they are downloading.
Guide to listening offline on PCs:
You can download Spotify tracks on PC using the following steps:
- Open the Spotify desktop app.
- Go to your Library.
- Go to your ‘Songs folder’
- Now, on the ‘download’ toggle
To ensure that only downloaded songs play: Click the ellipses icon (three little dots) at the top of the screen, then click File and Offline Mode.
If you own a Chromebook then we have some bad news. Currently, Spotify does not have a desktop app that is compatible with Chromebook. You will need to access Spotify via the web player.
How do you Listen to Spotify Offline on an Apple Watch?
There are a few must-haves before you can listen to songs offline on your Apple watch.
- Spotify Premium
- Apple Watch Series 3 or above
- WatchOS 7.0 or above
- Bluetooth headphones
- A paired phone
Once you have paired your phone and Apple Watch you can download approximately 10 hours, or more, of music and podcasts to your Apple Watch. This will enable you to listen offline.
Here’s how to download tracts to Apple Watch:
- You need to first ensure you have installed Spotify on your Apple Watch app (on your phone)
- Now, on the watch, swipe right to access the home screen.
- Next, find the playlist of your choice and tap to download.
You can also download playlists to Apple Watch straight from your iPhone. You need to tap the ellipses icon on the playlist, then tap ‘download to Apple Watch’.
Please also read our article here about common problems with Spotify and Apple Watch.
How do you Listen to Spotify Offline on a Galaxy Watch?
Download the Spotify app on your Galaxy Watch and sign in to your premium Spotify account. Once you have logged in on your watch it will sync with Spotify on your phone.
- Open up Spotify on your Samsung Watch
- In the watch app, you will be able to view Recently Played music from your connected phone and browse the app’s top charts.
It would appear that, unlike the Apple Watch, you cannot choose to have a specific playlist on your Galaxy watch.
You can only listen to those songs that were listened to most recently on your paired phone.
How do you Listen to Spotify Offline on iPads?
Here you can follow the same steps as outlined for iPhone.
Remember, as a Premium subscriber, you can download up to 10,000 on 5 different devices.
However, in order to download this many files, you need to have ample storage space available. Spotify recommends having at least 1GB of free storage space on your device.
But, do note, you need to go onto your Spotify app every 30 days in order to keep your downloads on your device.
How do you Listen to Spotify Offline in Airplane Mode?
For those who are traveling by airplane or want to save on data, being able to listen to your playlists while on airplane mode is crucial.
Here’s how you can do this:
- Open your Spotify app.
- Go you the library.
- Open up settings (the cog icon in the top right).
- Now, open the Playback folder.
- Switch on ‘Offline Mode’
This will allow you to access any songs that you have downloaded already. You will not be able to stream music when Offline Mode is enabled.
If you’ve tried all the options above, and playing your music offline is not working, we have some troubleshooting tips for you to try. Check out our solutions to Spotify offline problems.
Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming sites available today. Part of its popularity over competitors is its free listening service.
The good news is that your offline streams are still counted! Therefore, they will be added to Spotify Wrapped and the artists will get paid for these streams.
The ability to listen to music for free is great. However, if you want an ad-free offline experience, you will need to pay for Spotify Premium.