How to Download Songs on Spotify

Download your fave tunes to listen offline

What to Know

  • On the playlist of songs you wish to download, click the Down arrow to download the playlist.
  • You can't download individual songs, but you can add one song to a new playlist in order to download the song.
  • You need to be subscribed to Spotify Premium to download music.

This article teaches you how to download songs on Spotify so you are able to listen to them offline. It also looks at the limitations of the online service. 

How to Download Music From Spotify

If you want to download your songs on Spotify so you can listen to them offline, you need to have a subscription to Spotify Premium. Once you have signed up to a membership, here's how to download songs through the desktop app. 

  1. Open Spotify.

  2. Click on the playlist you wish to download.

    Spotify with a playlist highlighted
  3. Click the downwards arrow to download the playlist.

    Spotify with a playlist open and the download button highlighted
  4. The music will now be added to your library and can be listened to offline.

Can You Download a Single Song on Spotify?

It's not possible to download a single song on Spotify through the conventional method listed above, but there is a workaround to download a single song. Here's what to do. 

  1. Open Spotify.

  2. Click Search.

    Spotify with the search bar highlighted
  3. Search for the song you wish to download.

  4. Right click the song in the Songs result box.

    Spotify with search results and a song highlighted
  5. Click Add to Playlist > New playlist.

    Spotify with a song highlighted and Add to playlist dialog open
  6. Click the new playlist.

  7. Click the downwards arrow to download the playlist. 

    Spotify with a playlist open and download button highlighted
  8. The single song has now been downloaded to your library.

Can You Download Tunes From Spotify for Free?

The only way to download music from Spotify is to subscribe to Spotify Premium. It's also possible to download podcasts from Spotify for free if you so wish, but songs fall under the paid section of the service.

Why Can’t I Download Songs on Spotify?

If you can't download songs on Spotify, this could be for a number of reasons. Here's a look at why you may have a problem.

  • You're not subscribed to Spotify Premium. Check you're subscribed to Spotify Premium and that the subscription hasn't lapsed. If you're not currently subscribed, you can't download music from Spotify.
  • Check your internet connection. Check your internet connection is working so you are able to download files from it.
  • Check you have enough space. If you don't have enough space on your desktop or smartphone, you can't download songs from Spotify. Clear room for your music.
  • You're using too many devices. You can only download songs on up to five devices. If you try to download on a sixth device, Spotify will automatically remove downloads from whichever of the devices you use least often.
  • You've reached your download limit. You can only download up to 10,000 songs on your account. If you hit the limit, you will need to remove older songs. 

What Limitations Are There to Downloading Songs on Spotify?

To download songs from Spotify, you still need to go online every 30 days to refresh the licensing conditions of the service. You can also only download up to 10,000 songs on up to five different devices which may limit some users. 

FAQ
  • How long does it take to download songs on Spotify?

    It takes about four or five minutes to download a Spotify playlist of about 200 songs at normal quality if you have 4G speeds. If you download at higher quality (Settings > Music Quality > Download) it will take longer to download, and if you choose a lower quality, downloading will be faster.

  • How do I download Liked Songs on Spotify?

    You can download your Liked Songs playlist, but not individual liked songs. Open Spotify on your computer, go to Your Library > Liked Songs, and then toggle on Download to download the Liked Songs playlist.

  • How do I download Spotify songs on an iPhone?

    To download music from the Spotify app on your iPhone, launch Spotify and sign in to your Premium account. Go to Your Library, tap a playlist, and then tap the Download icon (downward-facing arrow). You'll see a green arrow next to each successfully downloaded song.

  • How do I download Spotify songs on an Android phone?

    To download music from the Spotify app on your Android device, launch Spotify and sign in to your Premium account. Go to Your Library, tap a playlist, and then tap the Download button. You'll see a green arrow next to each successfully downloaded song.

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