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Storage information

Spotify uses your device’s available memory storage for 2 purposes:

  • 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.
  • To 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

Reinstalling the app clears your Spotify cache.

Note: After clearing the app’s cache, you’re logged out, and your login details are cleared. You’ll need to resync any offline music, and reselect your preferred settings after logging back in.

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

Note: After clearing the app’s cache, you’re logged out, and your login details are cleared. You’ll need to resync any offline music, and reselect your preferred settings after logging back in.

  1. Tap Your Library  in the menu at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap .
  3. Scroll to Other and select Delete cache and saved data.
  4. Tap OK.

You can also do this within your phone’s settings:

  1. From the Android home screen, tap Settings > Apps.
  2. Find Spotify in your list of apps, tap it. For older Android devices, navigate to Settings > Applications > Manage applications.
  3. Tap Clear Cache to remove just the temporary storage. If you're using Android 6.0+, tap Storage > Clear Cache. The app may function more quickly after this step.
  4. Tap Clear Data to remove everything except the app itself. If you're using Android 6.0+, tap Storage > Clear Data.

Downloads storage

Some Android devices have an external SD card (check your manufacturer’s guide for details), meaning it’s possible to switch the storage of downloaded music from your device’s internal memory to your external SD card.

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 Your Library  in the menu at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Tap 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.