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Local files

Make Spotify your all-in-one music player.

In addition to over 30 million tracks that we offer, you can also use your Spotify app to play music files stored on your computer (which we call "local files"). 

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

Add local files

  1. Click  in the top-right corner of the app and select Settings
  2. Scroll down to Local Files
  3. Any files in My Music, Downloads, and iTunes folders are automatically selected. Switch off any sources you don't want Spotify to access. 
  4. Click ADD SOURCE to select another folder from which Spotify can access your personal music files. 

Spotify supports .mp3 and .m4p files (unless they contain video). If QuickTime is installed on your computer, .mp4 files are also supported.

First, import your local files to Spotify using the desktop app (see "Desktop" instructions above), then add the files to a playlist. Then:

  1. Log in on your mobile or tablet using the same WiFi network as your desktop app.
  2. Select the playlist containing the local files.
  3. Switch on Download.


To add local files to a mobile or tablet you first need to import them via the desktop app, then add them to a playlist to sync to your device.

If after adding them to the desktop app you’re unable to sync them to your mobile or tablet, check the following:

  • You must be logged in to the same account on both your desktop and your mobile or tablet.
  • Both devices must be connected to the same WiFi network.
  • Ensure you have the latest version of the Spotify app installed (on both devices).
  • Make sure your device’s firmware is up-to-date. 

Spotify supports .mp3, .mp4, and .m4p files. It doesn’t support .mp4 files that contain video, or the iTunes lossless format (M4A), but we’ll do our best to match any unsupported local files with songs from the Spotify catalog.

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

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. 

Not working?

If you followed the steps above but having trouble importing local files:

  • Try using a different WiFi connection (although make sure all devices are connected to the same WiFi network).
  • Add the files to a different playlist.
  • Reinstall the app on all devices.