Local files

Make Spotify your all-in-one music player.

In addition to over 40 million tracks we offer, you can also use your Spotify app to play music files stored on your device (which we call "local files").

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

  1. Click , then Settings
  2. Scroll down to Local Files and switch Show Local Files on. 
  3. Any files in your computer's My Music and Downloads folders are automatically selected. Switch off any sources you don't want Spotify to access. 
  4. Click ADD A SOURCE to select another folder. 
  5. You’ll now find music from that folder in Local Files in the menu on the left.

Supported file types:

  • .mp3
  • .m4p (unless it contains video)
  • .mp4 (if QuickTime is installed on your computer)

Note: The iTunes lossless format (M4A) is not supported.

For: Premium

  1. Import your local files to the Spotify desktop app (see "Desktop" instructions above).
  2. Add the files to a new playlist in the desktop app:
    1. Click New Playlist in the menu on the left.
    2. Give your playlist a name and click CREATE.
    3. Drag and drop your local files into this playlist.
  3. Log in on your mobile or tablet using the same WiFi network as your desktop app.
  4. Select the playlist containing the local files.
  5. Switch Download on.

Didn’t work?

If after adding them to the desktop app you don’t see them on your mobile or tablet:

  • Check you're logged in to the same account on both your desktop and mobile.
  • Check your devices are connected to the same WiFi network.
  • You must have the latest version of the Spotify app installed on both devices.
  • Check your device's firmware is up-to-date.  

Need help?

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

Spotify supports the following file types: 

  • .mp3
  • .m4p (unless it contains video)
  • .mp4 (if QuickTime is installed on your computer)

The iTunes lossless format (M4A) is not supported.

We’ll do our best to match any unsupported local files with songs from the Spotify catalog.

Some of your tracks may be protected in restricted formats. You can install QuickTime on your desktop to allow most of these tracks to be played on Spotify.

If Spotify can’t import a file, we’ll do our best to match it with songs from the Spotify catalog. The version we match with might differ from the original. 

Last updated: 17 September, 2019