Gone are the days of voice-recording a song on the radio so you can listen to it on your smartphone when you’re 30,000 feet in the air. Now, you can just download the tracks you want to listen to offline from a music streaming service like Spotify.
But before you can start downloading songs from Spotify for offline listening, you need three things: A Spotify Premium subscription to activate the download button, a connection to the internet to download the tracks, and a mobile device to store them.
All set? Let’s get downloading.
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.
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 start to download, 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 that have not been downloaded for offline listening).
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: When viewing a podcast (like Trends with Benefits), tap the three horizontal dots in the upper-right corner — or the three vertical dots, if using an Android device — to access the info panel.
Step 2: Next, select Manage Downloads.
Step 3: A download icon will appear beside each episode, allowing you to pick and choose which you’d like to download.
Note: You can also tap the three horizontal dots to the right of individual episodes and select Download if you prefer a quicker method.
Unable to download additional songs? It could be because you’ve hit the oh-so-frustrating 3,333-songs-per-device limit. If that’s the case, consider removing a playlist from your offline listening library. It will free up space for the tracks you’re trying to download.
It’s also worth keeping in mind that you’re only allowed to download songs on three devices at a time. Try to add more and you’ll hit a dead end. Reach that point and your only option is to make a U-turn by disabling offline listening on one of the other gadgets.
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