Spotify is known for its best-in-class features and intuitive user experience, all combined with a huge collection of music tracks and podcasts. On the long list of its useful features, one of them is that it also allows its subscribed users to download soundtracks on their devices. This comes in handy when you have to put your device into airplane mode or are not in any kind of network coverage.
But do you know where to find downloaded songs on Spotify on a PC, an iPhone, or an Android device? Well, this article helps you to access these files on multiple devices. Moreover, you will also learn how to download music from Spotify even without premium.
Part 1. How to Find Spotify Downloads on iOS/Android
If you are subscribed to Spotify Premium, then the platform allows you to download songs, albums, and entire playlists on your mobile device. You can play Spotify downloads directly on the app. All you need to do is find the Downloaded tab in Your Library. Or you can even check the location storage on your device via Settings on Spotify to find out where downloaded files are being saved. Below are the step-by-step instructions for you.
To find Spotify downloads in the app on your Android or iOS device, follow the below steps:
Step 1. Launch the Spotify app and click Your Library on the bottom right of the screen.
Step 2. Within your library, you will horizontally scroll through the mini tabs, which will be named Albums, Playlists, and Podcasts.
Step 3. When the Downloaded tab appears, tap it. It will show all your downloaded music tracks on your iOS or Android device.
Where Are Downloaded Spotify Songs Stored on iOS/Android
Unlike Apple Music, Spotify does not save audio downloads to its server. It means that if you access your Spotify account on another device, your previously downloaded music files won't be synced on this new device. You may therefore wonder about the exact location of your Spotify downloads. Here is the guide for you. But it is worth mentioning that if you have an iOS device, you cannot see your local Spotify downloads due to iOS restrictions on system files. For Android users, read below to learn how to locate them.
Step 1. On your Android device, open the Spotify app, then navigate to Settings > Other > Storage and check the storage location where your offline files are being saved.
Step 2. Alternatively, open your file manager app on your Android device and search for a folder with the title "com.spotify.mobile.android.ui". Open this folder and follow the path Android/data/com.spotify.mobile.android.ui/files/Spotify cache/Storage/ to find all your downloaded Spotify music files on your Android device. These files will be named with sequential numbers and letters.
Note that even if you locate files on your Android device, you won't be able to play them on a native media player of an Android device due to Spotify encryption. You can only play the Spotify songs within the app.
Part 2. How to Find Spotify Downloads on PC
Likewise, Spotify allows you to enjoy offline songs within the app via the Downloaded tab. You can also find these downloads on your PC for management. But keep in mind that you can only listen to them with an active subscription, and the downloaded files can not be played with other media players because the files are encoded. Here we will guide you through the process of accessing Spotify downloads in these 2 ways.
First, let us find your Spotify downloads on your Spotify app installed on your computer:
Step 1. Launch the Spotify app on your computer and click on the Your Library tab on the left side to collapse it.
Step 2. Next, below the library tab are small tabs for Albums, Playlists, and Podcasts . Scroll with your mouse to the right side by clicking > until you find the menu named Downloads .
Step 3. Click the Downloaded Mini tab; all the songs saved on your computer's hard drive will be displayed in the main window of Spotify.
Where Are Downloaded Spotify Songs Stored on PC
As mentioned, Spotify downloads are not saved to its server but stored in the local drive. So the downloaded Spotify songs on your device can not be synced to another one of your account. So where are they stored on your local drive? Well, by default, Spotify downloads are stored in the local app folder on your system drive of computers. Read the instructions below to learn it:
Step 1. Open your File Explorer on Windows and Finder on your Mac computer.
On Windows, the Spotify offline downloads folder is located at this address:
On Mac computers, it is at:
If you can not find the downloaded Spotify files in the folder, you may have changed the location. Then check the step below:
Step 2. Alternatively, you can also find these files by clicking the Settings tab of Spotify. Scroll down and find the Storage tab and Offline Songs Storage. This is where you can see the complete path where Spotify is saving your offline downloads. You can click this path to change it or browse it to locate your downloads.
Even though you can locate the files on your PC, you may find the format can not be played on mainstream media players. No worries. By using Spotify music converter, you are able to convert Spotify music into common MP3 audio.
Part 3. How to Download Spotify Songs as DRM-free Files [without Premium]
Although Spotify enables premium users to download Spotify music, you won't be able to play these songs, if your premium subscription expires. Even if one can locate them, they may find Spotify local files not playing with other media players. That's because Spotify downloads are encoded, users won't be able to play them outside the Spotify app.
This is where TuneFab Spotify Music Converter saves the day, as it allows both Spotify Premium users and Free users to access the huge music library of Spotify. Moreover, it can easily convert these encrypted songs into common MP3 files and also download them. Below are some of its features:
Main Features of TuneFab Spotify Music Converter
• Converts encrypted Spotify files into MP3, ALAC, WAV, FLAC, and AIFF audio formats
• Up to 35 times faster conversion speeds
• Lossless Audio Quality (up to 320kbps)
• Retention of original Metatags and ID3 settings
• Tweak bitrate, sample rate, and audio formats of output files
• Runs both on Windows and Mac OS
• Works with or without a premium subscription to Spotify
Getting started with TuneFab Spotify Music Converter is extremely easy. Let's first learn how to convert and download Spotify music files on your computer with this remarkable tool.
Step 1. After installation of TuneFab Spotify Music Converter, launch the application. Click the tab Open the Spotify web player. You will be navigated to the signing page. Login with your Spotify account.
Step 2. Completing the sign-in prompt will take you back to the main page of Spotify. From here, navigate to your favorite song or a playlist in Spotify Music. Drag and drop them into the conversion "+" icon.
Step 3. Within the conversion list, you can change audio formats and audio quality for each song. If you want to convert them in the same format or quality, you can make it on Convert all files to. Once done, click Convert All to start the conversion.
Step 4. Once the conversion is complete, click Finished > View output file to locate your decrypted audio files. Note that the converted files have retained all the metatags and ID3 information from Spotify.
There you have it. After following the above tutorial, you can finally locate and easily play all your favorite Spotify music downloads with any media player on your computer. You can also transfer these unrestricted files to your Android device or import them to your iOS device.
Up to this point, you already know how to view your Spotify downloads on both the app and the local storage. Therefore, you can feel free to play them for offline enjoyment. But it is also a pity that you can not access the downloads once the subscription ends. Using TuneFab Spotify Music Converter solves this problem and enables users to convert their favorite music into popular audio formats even without premium. This gives its users an unparalleled experience of enjoying Spotify music with no restrictions!