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How to download music from Spotify

Go off the grid and listen to your tunes offline with this premium feature.
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December 16, 2021
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The ability to download music in high quality is a feature that sets Spotify Premium apart as a paid service. It allows users to listen to their music whenever they want, whether they’re connected to the internet or not. As such, learning how to download songs from Spotify is typically something we recommend early on, so new Premium subscribers can take full advantage of the feature as soon as possible.

In fact, when I stopped subscribing to Spotify Premium over the summer, this was the feature I missed the most.

Read more: How to add songs to a playlist on Spotify

QUICK ANSWER

To download music from Spotify on Android and iOS, add whichever songs you would like to download to a playlist or your Liked Songs. Then, press the symbol that looks like a downward-facing arrow to download the music within that playlist; if you added the music to your Liked Songs, this will instead look like a slider. Additionally, you can go to an album or podcast and download them using that same downward arrow button. 

On the desktop, add whichever songs you would like to download to a playlist or your Liked Songs. After that, download all of the songs within those groups by pressing the downward-facing arrow button. Additionally, you can go to an album or podcast and download them using that same downward arrow button. 


JUMP TO KEY SECTIONS

Downloading music from Spotify is an incredibly useful feature. If you are going camping, for example, you likely won’t be in range of Wi-Fi. If you don’t have an unlimited data plan, you might not want to waste all of your data streaming music from Spotify.

Spotify’s download feature allows you to download music at various levels of quality directly to your device.

How to download music from Spotify (Android and iOS)

Downloading music through playlists on Spotify mobile

In order to download specific songs, you’ll need to either add them to a playlist or add them to your Liked Songs first.

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  • Find whichever song you would like to download and press the button in the top right corner.
  • Add it to a playlist by pressing Add to Playlist. In this case, I am adding “The Road” to a brand new playlist called Android Authority Demo.
  • Download that playlist by pressing the downward-facing arrow button.

Downloading albums on Spotify mobile

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  • Find the album you would like to download.
  • Download the album by pressing the downward-facing arrow button.

Downloading podcasts on Spotify mobile

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  • Find your desired podcast. In this case, I searched for “Trash Taste Podcast” in the Search tab at the bottom of the Spotify mobile user interface.
  • Download the podcast episode of your choice by pressing the downward-facing arrow button.

Downloading your Liked Songs on Spotify mobile

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  • Navigate to Your Library.
  • Select Liked Songs.
  • Download all liked songs by pressing the Download Songs slider to the right.

Downloading a song or artist radio on Spotify mobile

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  • Navigate to the song or artist radio you want to download.
    • For song radio: Press the ⋮ button next to any song and then select Go to Song Radio.
    • For artist radio: Go to an artist’s Spotify page, and then press the button next to the Follow button. Press Go to Artist Radio.
  • Download all songs within that song or artist radio by pressing the downward-facing arrow button.

How to download music from Spotify (desktop)

Downloading music through playlists on Spotify desktop

In order to download specific songs, you’ll need to either add them to a playlist or add them to your Liked Songs first.

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  • Find whichever song you would like to download.
  • Right-click its name and select Add to playlist.
  • Select the playlist you wish to add it to.
  • Navigate to that playlist and download it by pressing the downward-facing arrow button.

Downloading albums on Spotify desktop

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  • Find the album you would like to download.
  • Download the album by pressing the downward-facing arrow button.

Downloading podcasts on Spotify desktop

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  • Find your desired podcast. In this case, I searched “Trash Taste Podcast” in the Search function.
  • Download the podcast episode of your choice by pressing the downward-facing arrow button.

Downloading your Liked Songs on Spotify desktop

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  • Navigate to the Liked Songs tab. This will be available on the far left side of the Spotify desktop user interface, underneath Create Playlist.
  • Download all Liked Songs by pressing the downward-facing arrow button.

Downloading a song or artist radio on Spotify desktop

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  • Navigate to the song or artist radio you want to download.
    • For song radio: Right-click any song and then select Go to song radio.
    • For artist radio: Go to an artist’s Spotify page, and then select the ··· button next to the Follow button. Select Go to artist radio.
  • Download all songs within that song or artist radio by pressing the downward-facing arrow button.

Read more: How to create collaborative playlists on Spotify

FAQs

Will Spotify work offline?

Spotify does work offline. However, you must have your desired song, playlist, album, or podcast downloaded to your device.

Can you listen to Spotify offline without Spotify Premium?

No. Downloading songs to your device is a feature reserved for Spotify Premium subscribers.

Can you listen to Spotify offline on an Apple Watch?

Yes. Apple users can select Download to Apple Watch. This feature was implemented in mid-2021.

Where are Spotify offline files stored on Android devices?

To find where your Spotify music is being stored, do the following:

Open the Spotify mobile app → from the Home screen, select the gear-shaped icon in the upper right corner to open Settings → scroll down until you see Other in Other, there should be an option that says Storage; select this. This will show you where your music data is being stored.

Can you download music using the Spotify web player?

No. You can only download music using the Android or iOS mobile app, or the desktop app.