Storage information

Spotify uses your device’s available memory to:

  • Store temporary, or snippets of, music for streaming (i.e. as cache). This means that when you press play, you hear the music immediately with few interruptions.
  • Store downloaded music if you listen offline (Premium only).

Note: For optimum performance, we recommend having at least 1GB of free memory on your device.

Manage memory usage

To free up some space or fix common issues, you can clear your cache or manage where your downloads are stored.

Pick your device below for more information.

Clear your cache

  1. Click  in the top-right corner of the desktop app and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click SHOW ADVANCED SETTINGS.
  3. Scroll down to Offline songs storage to see where your cache is stored.
    Tip: Click CHANGE LOCATION to store your cache somewhere else.
  4. Go to that folder on your computer.
  5. Select and delete all the files in that folder.

Clear your cache

  1. Tap Home .
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Tap Storage.
  4. Tap Delete cache.

Downloads storage

On iPhone, Spotify saves downloaded music in an encrypted form on your device’s storage. If you need more room for a new download, iOS automatically frees up space by deleting any unused stored data. If no more stored data can be deleted, you need to free up space by manually removing downloaded tracks.

Clear your cache

  1. Tap Home .
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Tap Delete cache under Storage.

Downloads storage

If your Android device has an external SD card, you can download Spotify music to it, instead of the device's internal memory.

Tip: Make sure your SD card has at least 1GB free space. The storage option only appears if your SD Card is available and accessible.

  1. Tap Home .
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Tap Other, then Storage.
  4. Select where you want to save your downloaded music.
  5. Tap OK. The transfer takes a few minutes, depending on the size of your library. You can still listen to Spotify as normal during the transfer. Spotify restarts afterwards.

Last updated: 27 January, 2021

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