How to Download From Soundcloud

Take your Soundcloud playlist offline

Smartphone with Soundcloud app icon on the screen

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There are several ways to download music from Soundcloud to either play offline or share easily. Some methods are more acceptable than others, but they all ultimately get users the Soundcloud media they want.

Here's how to download from Soundcloud.

You must be logged in to your Soundcloud account to download content.

How to Download From Soundcloud

In theory, it's rather simple to download music from Soundcloud. Artists have control over whether they make content available for download. If you see a download button on the desktop webpage of a song, mix, or podcast, select it to save and download that content.

You cannot download content directly from the Soundcloud mobile app. If the content is available for download, you must access it from Soundcloud.com on a desktop browser. You can access the desktop version of Soundcloud.com from a mobile web browser.

A Soundcloud track with a download button

However, there are several limitations to this feature on Soundcloud. First, most content on Soundcloud is not downloadable, and it may be difficult to find the tracks you can download.

Second, a lot of content that seems to have a download option through Soundcloud may instead send you to a third-party website to download the media you want. To proceed with the download, you may have to register an account with the third-party service or log in to another service like Twitter or Facebook. This method is typically legitimate, as it's set up by the artist, but it can be annoying and may link your social media accounts to a media page you may never use again.

You have to be subscribed to Soundcloud Go or Go+ to be able to save media on your mobile device. Soundcloud Go is $4.99 per month, while Soundcloud Go+ is $9.99 per month.

How to Download From Soundcloud Using a Browser Extension

Finding a Soundcloud downloader browser extension is another way to save Soundcloud content. Search for "Soundcloud downloader" in the Chrome or Firefox web store and find the extension you'd like to use. Some well-known extensions for Chrome include Download SoundCloud and ZoundCloud Downloader, while some options for Firefox include SCDL SoundCloud Downloader and Mp3 Downloader for SoundCloud.

Downloaders are frequently removed from the extension web stores because they violate Soundcloud's terms of service. Once installed, you should be able to use them without issue, but if they're removed from the web store you won't be able to install them again.

Some downloaders add a download button to all Soundcloud.com media pages, while others add a Soundcloud icon to your browser where you can paste a Soundcloud web address and download the content.

A SoundCloud extension for Google Chrome

Installing such extensions could be a security risk as they could open your computer to viruses or other vulnerabilities.

How to Download From Soundcloud Using a Third-Party Downloader

Finding a third-party website with a Soundcloud downloader is yet another way to save Soundcloud content. This method is beneficial because it doesn't require you to install anything. You simply paste a Soundcloud web address where it's instructed and download the content. However, third-party sites have the same security risks as extensions.

A SoundCloud downloader website

If you're willing to take a risk, KlickAud is a popular Soundcloud downloader website. You can also Google search "download from Soundcloud" or "Soundcloud downloader" to find additional options.

Downloader websites may have bugs or other issues that prevent a smooth download. If a website you frequent is on the fritz, you can search for another and test it out until you find one you're comfortable using.