- Allow Spotify to display local files in your Settings.
- Add a new source to see MP3s stored in folders on your computer.
- Visit your library to see your local files in one place.
- Enable offline mode on mobile to listen to local files without wifi or data.
Spotify is our pick for the best music streaming service you can use today, thanks to its simple interface, great playlist management and extensive catalog.
But what if Spotify doesn’t have that one album you want to listen to? Well, you can actually upload your own music files to the streaming platform — super handy if you’ve got a vast collection of B-sides, remixes, and live performances that didn’t make it to the app.
You can play these local files in the Spotify desktop app – or, if you have a Premium account, in the mobile app when you’re on the go.
In this guide, we’ll take you through all the steps required to upload your own music to Spotify, whether you’re using the streaming service on your desktop or mobile device.
- A Spotify account (Premium subscription is required if you want to listen to local files on your mobile device)
- Desktop / Mobile Device
- MP3 files of the songs you want to upload
Upload music to Spotify (desktop)
- First, open the Spotify desktop app on your computer or laptop. Click on your username in the top right corner, and select Settings†
- Scroll down to Local Filesand turn on the slider with the text View local files† Spotify shows files from your . by default Downloads and Music Library Folders on your computer.
- Store your music somewhere else? You can add more by pressing the button that says: Add a source and select the relevant folder from the popup.
- Click on Your library in the menu at the top left of your screen. You should see a tile for your local files with the rest of your playlists and liked songs.
- All audio files you put in the folders you have selected in your settings now appears in your local files playlist automatically†
Upload music to Spotify (mobile/tablet)
Note: To listen to the files on your computer via the Spotify mobile app, you need a Premium subscription.
- First you need to create a playlist from your local files. In the desktop app, click Create playlist in the left sidebar – a new untitled playlist will appear in the menu below (we called ours My Local Playlist).
- Then navigate to your Local files in Your library† Drag and drop the files you want to add to your new playlist.
- utilities, open the Spotify app on your mobile device – make sure it is connected to the the same WiFi network as your computer†
- If you’re using an iPhone or iPad, you need to allow Spotify to find devices on your local network (Android allows this automatically). go to Settings > Local Files and then enable local audio files† A popup will appear – select OK Get on.
- Your playlist of local files will now appear in your Library† To listen to them offline, go to Settings > Playback and enable offline†
Having all your music in one place is certainly useful, but if you have a lot of hi-res audio files, you might want to upload your music catalog to one of the best MP3 players you can buy today. These devices may seem outdated now that music streaming is easy to get on our phones, but many offer superior audio quality thanks to high-quality built-in DACs, and they mean you don’t have to be constantly on your smartphone.
If you want to learn more about how to listen to music without a Wi-Fi network, read our guide on how to download songs from Spotify. Or, if you want to see an overview of all the other music streaming options out there, be sure to check out our roundup of the best music streaming services available today.