How to use Spotify in Offline mode

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By Dan Plummer 05 Apr 2018
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Spotify is most widely used music streaming service in the world - most people use it everyday. But the problem with all streaming services is that they need an internet connection - no signal means no tunes.

One solution is to use Spotify's ‘offline mode', which lets you play all your downloaded songs and podcasts without a connection.

Getting started with offline mode

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Before going straight to the offline button, there are a few things you'll need to do.

  • Make sure you have a Premium subscription to Spotify
  • Have an internet connection, to begin with
  • Make sure you've downloaded the playlists and songs you want offline

 

Upgrading to Spotify Premium

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To download songs and use offline mode, you need to have a Premium subscription to Spotify. If you already have one, you can skip this section.

If you're using Spotify on an iPhone, you can't upgrade in the app - you need to do through the Spotify website. (Android users can also upgrade here too, or you can do it through the app).

 

1.

Go to your Spotify account page.

2.

Login to your account if you're not already signed in.

3.

Click Subscriptions on the menu on the left-hand side.

4.

Click Get Premium.

5.

Fill in the payment details you want to use for your subscription.

6.

Click Start Free Trial and your trial will begin.

If you're using an Android phone, you can do this in the app too:

 
 
 
 
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1.

In the Spotify app, tap Library, then Settings.

2.

Tap Go Premium.

3.

Tap Start free trial.

4.

Tap Got it when your trial activates.

5.

Pick how you want to pay, and then put in your details.

Once your trial begins, you'll be able to use all of the Premium features. At the end of the trial, your subscription will begin, and you will start to be charged.

Downloading your playlists, songs and podcasts

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Before you can go offline, you'll need to download the music so that it's available without an internet connection. This is only available to premium subscribers, and you'll need to keep your phone connected while it downloads your songs.

Downloading your music can be done in just a few steps.

 
 
 
 
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1.

Open the playlist you want to download.

2.

Click the Download switch at the top.

3.

Give the phone a few minutes to download the songs. You'll know a song is downloaded when it has a small green arrow to the left of it.

4.

Repeat this for any other music you want offline.

It might take a little while depending on how many songs your phone has to download, and how fast your internet is. You can store up to 3,333 songs offline on your phone, but this will depend on how much storage your device has. If you want to make a podcast episode available offline, tap the three dots next to it and hit Download.

To save your data, Spotify won't download over a 4G connection, it'll only do it on Wi-Fi. If you've got enough mobile data and need to download over 4G, you can turn this on by going into your Spotify settings:

Android: go to Library > Settings > Download using Cellular

iOS: go to Library > Settings > Music Quality > Download using Cellular

Switching to Offline mode

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Once you've downloaded all the music and podcasts you need, you can then go ahead and switch to Offline mode. The steps are slightly different on Android and iOS, so follow the steps for your device below.

Android

 
 
 
 
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1.

Go to your Library page.

2.

Tap on Settings in the top-right.

3.

Tap the Offline mode toggle switch.

iOS

 
 
 
 
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1.

Go to your Library page.

2.

Tap on Settings in the top-right.

3.

Tap Playback near the top.

4.

Tap the Offline toggle switch to turn it on.

With Offline mode on, Spotify won't connect, and will only play the music and podcasts you've got downloaded.  You'll need to ‘check in' once every 30 days by going back online. Otherwise, your downloads will be removed. You can have up to three devices offline at once and can manage offline devices here.

Hopefully, that's all you need to know using Spotify in Offline mode. For more help and guidance check out our Kit Guide's here.

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