How To Add Your Local Music Files To Spotify
Last Updated: June 15, 2021
Do you have some personal music files that you want to mix with your favorite songs on Spotify? If that’s the case, then you can use the app as a music player. In our guide below, we’ll show you how you can sync and play local audio files from your computer on the Spotify desktop and mobile app.
Although Spotify offers millions of songs and podcasts on their platform, we understand that some of the music you like isn’t available in their catalog. Fortunately, the app can also serve as an audio player for your local files.
By syncing and adding your local files to Spotify, you can now mix your favorite songs and play them through the app, wherever you are. With that in mind, we’ll show you how to use this feature on their desktop and mobile app.
How to play your local music files on Spotify
If you have some personal music files that aren’t on Spotify, you can use the app to sync and play them on your device. In this way, you can enjoy streaming music online or listen to your personal audio files in one place.
You can play your local music files on the Spotify desktop app, even if you’re only using the free account. However, premium users can listen to audio files from their computer on the mobile app as well.
Either way, we’re here to offer our help. In our tutorials below, we’ll show you how to play your local music files on Spotify, whether you’re using the app on your computer or mobile device.
On your computer:
- Open the Spotify desktop app and sign in to your account.
- On the upper-right side of your screen, click your profile icon and select Settings on the drop-down menu.
- Scroll down and toggle “Show Local Files.”
- By default, Spotify syncs your files from your Downloads folder and Music Library. However, you can select the “Add a Source” button and choose the folder containing your audio files.
- Click “Your Library” on the navigation panel, open “Local Files,” and choose which song you want to play.
You can also add your local files to any of your playlists and mix them alongside the songs you have on Spotify. In this way, you won’t need to open your “Local Files” folder to access them on the app.
On the Spotify Android app:
You can play local music files from your computer on the Spotify mobile app as well. However, you’ll need a premium membership to do so.
Aside from that, you’ll need to add your local audio files in a playlist beforehand, to access and play them on the mobile app afterward. Once you finish making your preparations, follow our step-by-step tutorial below.
- After signing in to the Spotify mobile app, tap “Library” at the bottom-right side of your screen.
- Open for the playlist where you saved all the local audio files from your computer.
- Download all the songs on the playlist.
- After downloading all the local music files from the playlist, you can go ahead and play them like any other song on the app.
If you’re having some trouble playing your local audio files in Spotify, it is worth noting that the app natively recognizes MP3, M4P (without video), MP4 (if you have Quicktime installed). Some of your songs might have some restrictions as well.
Spotify only allows you to use files or audio that you acquired legally. If they can’t play the local audio file due to reasons, they’ll try to find you the best match from their catalog.
To wrap it all up
Now that you know how to upload your audio files to Spotify, you can go ahead and play them on your computer or mobile device in the future. You can now mix your favorite local songs with the ones you have on the app.
However, always remember that you’ll need to subscribe to a premium membership to sync the local files from your computer to the mobile app. You’ll also need to add them to a playlist beforehand to play them on your phone.
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