How to Sync Local Files to Spotify?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Sync Local Files to Spotify?

Did you know that you can sync your local files to Spotify so that songs on your computer can appear on the Spotify app?

You can do this on your mobile phone, too, though. This means you can play songs from your phone on the Spotify app.

To do this, you need to:

  1. Go to your Spotify Settings
  2. Find the “Local Files” menu
  3. Enable the “Local Files” option on your computer / “Show audio files from this device” on your phone
  4. Enjoy

Keep reading for a detailed guide on how to sync local files to your Spotify account!

For Computer

If you’re using Spotify on your computer, it’s going to be very easy to sync your Local Files to your Spotify account. Just follow the steps below:

1. Click on your profile name

Click on your profile name
Click on your profile name

Open Spotify on your computer and click on your profile name in the app’s upper-right corner. Keep reading for more instructions!

2. Select “Settings

Select "Settings"
Select “Settings

Once you click on your profile name, a drop-down window will open. You’ll see several options here, including the “Settings” option.

Click on it to continue!

3. Enable the “Local Files” option

Enable the "Local Files" option
Enable the “Local Files” option

Once you open your Spotify Settings, look for the “Local Files” menu. Under it, you’ll see the “Show Local Files” option. Enable it, and you’re done.

For Mobile

If you’re using Spotify on your mobile app, then all you have to do to enable Local Files is this:

1. Tap on the Gear icon in the upper-right corner

Tap on the Gear icon in the upper-right corner
Tap on the Gear icon in the upper-right corner

First, open Spotify and look in the app’s top-right corner for a Gear icon. That’s where you’ll find the Spotify settings. Tap on it and continue!

2. Enable the “Show audio files from this device” option

Enable the "Show audio files from this device" option
Enable the “Show audio files from this device” option

In the Spotify Settings, scroll down to the bottom until you find the “Show audio files from this device” option. Then, enable it.

That’s the “Local Files” option. Once you enable it, you’ll be able to play songs from your phone on the Spotify app.

What Is the “Local Files” Location for Spotify?

After you enable the “Local Files” option on Spotify, you might wonder where you should put the songs on your computer so that Spotify sees them.

The answer – is you can select that folder yourself, on a computer at least. By default, the two folders are “Downloads” and “Music Library,” but you can also add other folders.

Click on "Add a source"
Click on “Add a source.”

You need to go to the Spotify settings, find the “Local Files” option and enable it. Then, another menu will appear – “Show songs from.”

And you’ll find two options there – “Downloads” and “Music Library,” which will be enabled by default.

You can add another folder by clicking on “Add a source.” This will open another window that lets you select a specific folder where your tracks are.

Select that folder, and you’re done. You can then enable or disable any folder if you don’t want Spotify to get songs from them.

As for your mobile phone, you can’t add new sources because you don’t need to. Spotify will see the songs in your “Music” folder or anything related.

Conclusion

In short, you can sync the “Local Files” to your Spotify account by following these steps:

  • Go to your Spotify Settings
  • Find the “Local Files” menu
  • Enable the “Local Files” option on your computer / “Show audio files from this device” on your phone
  • Enjoy

You can then add other sources on your computer, which lets Spotify take songs from any folder and location on your computer.

If you have any questions about Local Files on Spotify, comment below, and I’ll reply as soon as possible!

Why doesn’t Spotify read my Local Files?

That’s because you haven’t placed your songs in the right folder on your computer. By default, you need to place them in the “Downloads” or “Music Library” folders.

You can also add other folders (sources) on your computer where you can use Spotify to take music.

Other reasons why Spotify doesn’t read your local files include:

– Your internet connection is not working properly
– Your Spotify app is not up to date
– The Spotify cache needs cleaning
– Spotify has a glitch (restart the app)
– Spotify hasn’t registered that you’ve enabled the “Local Files” option (disable and reenable it to fix this)

You can also try restarting your device to ensure no bug affecting the Spotify app.

After doing this, Spotify should read your Local Files correctly.

Can Spotify ban you for local files?

No, they can’t ban you from listening to local songs on your device. That’s because your local songs aren’t public.

No one else can listen to them but you. Even if you include them in a public playlist, local songs in that playlist won’t be public.

There’s no reason for Spotify to ban you from listening to copyright-protected songs on the app from your local files.

They also won’t report this to anyone else. And as long as you’re not distributing copyright-protected songs on the app, you’re fine.

And as I said, including local songs on a public playlist is irrelevant because other people can’t listen to your local songs either way.

You can be banned for other stuff, but not for this. So, you shouldn’t worry if you have some copyright-protected songs in your playlist from your local files.

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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