How to Add Local Files to Spotify on iPhone/Android/Computers

By Charlie Williams

Updated on October 12, 2021

Q: Spotify is my principal streaming music platform to discover and listen to music and playlists based on my music taste. And as time goes on, I also collected many favorite local files shared by my friends, some of which are not available on Spotify. Can I add local files to Spotify for better music management and classification?

Spotify provides all users with direct and easy access to its large internal music library via its app and web player. To make matters better, it also has perfect compatibility with local files. By default, Spotify has the ability to search for stored local music using the Spotify app. It automatically detects local files from three options, respectively iTunes, Downloads, and Music Library. 

Besides, Spotify has an ‘Add A Source’ option to add local files from the target music folders on hard drives or external storage properly. If you have met local files not syncing to Spotify issues or don’t know how to upload local files to Spotify, don’t miss this complete tutorial to add local files to Spotify on iPhone, Android, and computers.

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Part 1. How to Add Local Files to Spotify on Computers

Before we get into how to import local files to Spotify, you should keep one thing in mind. The prerequisite of accessing local files on Spotify is your local music is encoded in Spotify-compatible audio formats. Spotify supports adding files with the following audio formats: MP3 and M4P (unless it includes video). Besides, if you have QuickTime installed on your computer, MP4 also can be supported by Spotify.

Make sure your own songs are in line with the Spotify file upload guide. You can then follow the concise yet professional user guide to add local files to Spotify on computers via the Spotify desktop app. 

How to Upload Local Files to Spotify

Step 1. Launch your Spotify desktop client on your Mac or Windows computers and fill in your personal Spotify account details to authorize it. 

Step 2. For Mac users, you can click the Spotify menu tab to select the Preferences option.  For Windows users, you can find it by clicking the three-dot menu on to upper-left corner > Edit option. Also, you can open the setting window by clicking your Account > Settings button.

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Step 3. In a setting window, you can scroll down to the Local Files section. Just tap the Add A Source button to browse files stored locally on your computer. Then, choose the target music folder that contains the music files you want to import. Local files will be synced to the Spotify library for a while. 

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Step 4. You can find local files on Spotify in the Your Library on the left side of Spotify’s home screen > Local Files section.

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How to Add Local Files to Spotify Playlist

Step 1. First, please create a new playlist to add local files to the Spotify playlist by clicking the New Playlist button in the bottom-left corner of the Spotify app.

Step 2. You can define a name, image, and description of your new Spotify playlist as required. You can click the Save button to apply them.  

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Step 3. Now, please return to the Local Files tab and start adding local files to Spotify playlist by tapping the Add to playlist button. After that, it’s able to play local files on Spotify for free as you want.


Part 2. How to Add Local Files to Spotify on iPhone/Android

Would you prefer to use mobile devices to explore music entertainment via the Spotify mobile app? Then, how to add local files to Spotify on iPhone and Android phones? As a matter of fact, you still need to follow the guidelines in Part 1 to add local files to Spotify ahead of time. You can only sync local songs to your mobile device from the Spotify desktop application with the same account. And then, let’s look at how to sync and add local files to Spotify on mobile devices.

How to Add Local Files to Spotify on Mobile

Step 1. Open your Spotify mobile app on iPhone or Android devices and sign in to the same Spotify account you used previously. 

Step 2. Create and open a new playlist. There is a Play Offline switch in the upper right corner. Activate the switch, and it will sync local files to Spotify on mobile devices. 

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Step 3. When this process is complete, you will be able to listen to your local files on Spotify on iPhone and Android phones.

Note: When you turn ‘Play Offline’ on, please connect your desktop and phone to the same local WiFi network.


Part 3: Troubleshooting of Uploading Local Files to Spotify

#1. Can’t add or sync local files to Spotify mobile app?

It’s worth noting that adding local files to Spotify on iPhone and Android phones is not an upload but sync. If you encounter Spotify local files not syncing problem, you have to check whether your devices are on the same WiFi network. Unless both are bound to the same wireless MAC address, the system won’t let you synchronize anything. 

#2. Can I upload local files to Spotify from iTunes?

The answer is probably yes because there is an iTunes option on Spotify’s Local Files section. But before adding local files to Spotify from the iTunes library, navigate to the iTunes > Preferences > Advanced section. You should activate the Share iTunes Library XML with other applications function.

#3. How to transfer Spotify music to the iTunes library? 

Speaking of this topic, you should know that Spotify music files are encoded in Ogg Vorbis format. But iTunes supports adding MP3, M4A files only. If you’d like to transfer Spotify songs to the iTunes library, please use AudFun Spotify Music Converter to convert Spotify songs to iTunes-compatible files.  When you do that, it’s easy to transfer Spotify playlists to iTunes. 

Bottom Line: Now, you can easily add local files to the Spotify library.  You can not only play Spotify music but also your own tracks through the Spotify desktop and mobile apps. If you run into some roadblocks while uploading local files to Spotify, please leave them in the comments section. We will give possible solutions to fix them as soon as possible.

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