How to download songs from Spotify

So, you’ve found a few songs or a great playlist on Spotify, but you’d like to listen to them offline. Luckily, Spotify has a way for you to download your favorite songs so you can enjoy them whenever you want.

Before you become too excited, you’ll need a couple of things first: A device to store the songs on, an internet connection, and a Spotify Premium subscription.

Prerequisites

Spotify is a bit picky about what it lets you download on certain devices, so here’s a quick summary: On a desktop, you can save your liked songs and playlists for offline listening, but — unlike on mobile — albums and playlists are out of the equation.

Desktop

How to download liked songs on desktop

Downloading your entire catalog of liked songs on a computer couldn’t be easier — just open up the Liked Songs section of Spotify (using the Spotify application for MacOS or Windows) and flick the Download switch. That’s all there is to it.

How to download playlists on desktop

Step 1: When viewing a curated playlist you’d like to download, click the little heart-shaped icon, which is located directly to the right of the Play button, to save it to your library for easy access. (If you don’t, the download option will remain hidden.)

Step 2: Next, toggle the Download slider in the upper-right corner of any playlist. The playlist will begin downloading, but keep in mind that it may take a little while depending on the size of the playlist and the speed of your internet connection.

Once saved, the playlist will be accessible from within the “Playlists” section on the left-hand side of the Spotify application for MacOS and Windows, alongside all your other playlists (even those not downloaded for offline listening).

Mobile

How to download Liked Songs, an album, or a playlist on mobile

Whether you’re downloading your Liked Songs playlist, an album, or a playlist, the procedure is the same across the board. Just load up the collection you want to save and tap the Download switch in the upper-right corner. The tracks will then start downloading.

Note: You don’t have to be following a playlist or an album to download it on your mobile device.

How to download a podcast on mobile

Step 1: While watching a podcast (such as Trends with Benefits), you’ll see three dots in the upper right-hand corner of the screen. If you have an Android, you’ll see three vertical dots. Click these dots, and you’ll be directed to the information menu.

Step 2: From here, tap Manage Downloads.

Step 3: You’ll see a download icon next to each episode, which lets you pick which episode you want to download. 

Note: If you’re looking for a faster process, you can also click the three horizontal (or vertical) dots located right beside each episode. All you need to do now is click Download. 

Troubleshooting

If it’s not allowing you to download more songs, it may be because you’ve reached the irritating 3,333-songs-per-device limit. If this is the reason, try deleting a playlist from your offline library. This can help you make additional space for the songs you want to download. 

We also want to remind you that you can only download on three devices simultaneously. It simply won’t work if you attempt to download more. If you try to do this with no luck, you can turn around and disable offline listening on one of your other devices.

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