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Local files

Use the app to play music files stored on your device, which we call local files.

Spotify can play any audio files that your device supports.

Note: Files or downloads from illegal sources are not permitted.

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  1. Import your local files with the "Desktop" steps.
  2. Add the files to a playlist.
  3. Log in on your mobile or tablet using the same WiFi as your desktop.
  4. Go to Settings  > Local Files and switch on Local audio files.
    Note: You need to allow Spotify to find devices in the prompt that shows.
  5. Download the playlist with your local files.

Local Files sync supports:

  • .mp3
  • .mp4
  • .m4a

Didn’t work?

Make sure:

  • You're logged in to the same account on both your desktop and mobile
  • Your devices are discoverable and connected to the same WiFi network
  • The Spotify app has access to your local network. Check in your iPhone/iPad settings under Spotify.
  • The app is up-to-date on both devices
  • Your device is up-to-date
  1. Tap Home .
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Switch Show local audio files on .

Your stored music is now in Local Files in Your Library .

Didn’t work?

Make sure the app and your device OS are up-to-date.

  1. Click  in the top-right and select Settings
  2. Scroll to Local Files and switch Show Local Files on. 
  3. Switch off any sources you don't want. 
  4. Click ADD A SOURCE to select another folder. 

Music from that folder is now in Local Files in Your Library .


When the crossfade setting is enabled, Spotify will crossfade between local files that use the same sample rate and channel count (mono/stereo).

Last updated: 15 November, 2021

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