How to download music on Spotify

The ability to download music allows Spotify Premium users to listen to their tunes without streaming it over a Wi-Fi or data connection. Subscribers can listen to songs and podcasts whenever they want, wherever they want. Learning how to download songs from Spotify is typically something we recommend early on, so new Premium subscribers can take full advantage of the feature as soon as possible.

No. Downloading songs to your device and listening in offline mode is a feature reserved for Spotify Premium subscribers.

THE SHORT ANSWER

To download music from Spotify on Android and iOS, go to a playlist, album, or podcast and tap the downward arrow-shaped Download button to download it. Alternatively, go to your Liked Songs and enable the Download Songs slider to download anything in your Liked Songs list automatically. 

On desktop, add whichever songs you would like to download to a playlist or your Liked Songs. After that, download all of the songs within those groups by pressing the downward-facing arrow button. Additionally, you can go to an album or podcast and download them using that same downward arrow button. 


KEY SECTIONS

Downloading music from Spotify is a handy feature. For example, you likely won’t be in Wi-Fi range if you are going camping. If you don’t have an unlimited data plan, you might not want to waste all of your data streaming music from Spotify.

Yes. Apple users can select Download to Apple Watch. This feature was implemented in mid-2021.

How to download music from Spotify (Android & iOS)

Downloading music through playlists on Spotify mobile

To download specific songs, you’ll need to either add them to a playlist or your Liked Songs first.

  • Find the song you wish to download and press the button in the top right corner.
  • Add it to a playlist by pressing Add to Playlist. In this case, we’re adding “The Road” to a brand new playlist called Android Authority Demo.
  • Download that playlist by pressing the downward arrow-shaped Download button.
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Absolutely not. You can, however, add songs to a playlist and then download that playlist. You can also download all of an album or podcast, as the download button shows up there, too. If you want to download all of your Liked Songs, a slider allows you to do that.

Downloading albums on Spotify mobile

  • Find the album you would like to download.
  • Download the album by pressing the downward arrow-shaped Download button.
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Open the Spotify mobile app. From the Home screen, select Settings > OtherStorage. This will show you where your music data is being stored.

Downloading podcasts on Spotify mobile

  • Find your desired podcast. In this case, we searched for “Trash Taste Podcast” in the Search tab at the bottom of the Spotify mobile user interface.
  • Download the podcast episode of your choice by pressing the Download button.
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Downloading your Liked Songs on Spotify mobile

  • Navigate to Your Library.
  • Select Liked Songs.
  • Download all liked songs by pressing the Download Songs slider to the right.
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Downloading a song or artist radio on Spotify mobile

  • Navigate to the song or artist radio you want to download.
    • For song radio: Press the ⋮ button next to any song and then select Go to Song Radio.
    • For artist radio: Go to an artist’s Spotify page, and then press the button next to the Follow button. Press Go to Artist Radio.
  • Download all songs within that song or artist radio by pressing the Download button.
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Spotify does work offline. However, you must have your desired song, playlist, album, or podcast downloaded to your device. After this, turn on offline mode in Settings.

How to download music from Spotify (desktop)

Downloading music through playlists on Spotify desktop

To download specific songs, you must add them to a playlist or add them to your Liked Songs.

AA demo playlist on desktop

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  • Find whichever song you would like to download.
  • Right-click its name and select Add to playlist.
  • Select the playlist you wish to add it to.
  • Navigate to that playlist and download it by clicking the Download button.

Downloading albums on Spotify desktop

The Halo album on desktop

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  • Find the album you would like to download.
  • Download the album by clicking the Download button.

Downloading podcasts on Spotify desktop

The Trash Taste podcast as demonstrated on desktop.

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  • Find your desired podcast. In this case, we searched “Trash Taste Podcast” in the Search function.
  • Download the episode of your choice by clicking the Download button.

Downloading your Liked Songs on Spotify desktop

Liked Songs download button (desktop)

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  • Navigate to the Liked Songs tab. This will be available on the far left side of the Spotify desktop user interface, under Create Playlist.
  • Download all Liked Songs by clicking the Download button.

Downloading a song or artist radio on Spotify desktop

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  • Navigate to the song or artist radio you want to download.
    • For song radio: Right-click any song and select Go to song radio.
    • For artist radio: Go to an artist’s Spotify page, and then select the ··· button next to the Follow button. Select Go to artist radio.
  • Download all songs within that song or artist radio by pressing the downward-facing arrow button.

No. You can only download music using the Android or iOS mobile app, or the desktop app.

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