How to upload music on Spotify.

  • You can upload local music to Spotify from your computer by going to the settings menu.
  • Spotify Premium subscribers can also listen to their uploaded music in the Spotify mobile app.
  • If you want to upload your music to Spotify so that others can stream it, you have to go through the distribution service.
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Spotify has over 70 million songs.


Catalog, but there are millions of songs that are not on the platform.

If there are songs on your computer that aren’t playing on Spotify, you can listen to them by uploading them to Spotify. And if you sync your computer with the Spotify mobile app, you can take these songs on the go.

And of course, if you’re a musician or recording artist, you can also upload your songs to Spotify’s catalog so everyone can hear them. It only takes a little more work.

Here’s how to upload music to Spotify from your computer and then sync it with the mobile app.

How to upload local music to Spotify on a computer.

You need to do this using the Spotify desktop app, which is available for free on both Mac and PC.

1. Open Spotify on your computer and click. The name of your account In the upper right corner, then click. Setting.

Spotify Mac app, featuring settings option.

Go to your Spotify settings page.

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2. Scroll down. Local files. Headline and toggle on Show local files..

3. A new menu titled Show songs from Will appear. If your local songs are in one of the default folders that Spotify offers, toggle it – otherwise, click. Add a source. And select the folder that contains the songs on your computer

The Settings page in Spotify, featuring the Local Files option.

Add the folder that contains your songs.

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4. Restart the Spotify app. After reopening, click. Your library In the upper left.

5. On the page that opens, you will find a playlist called Local files.. Click on it to open a list of all the songs you’ve uploaded to Spotify.

Your Library page in the Mac Spotify app.  Local files playlist is highlighted.

Open local files playlist.

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You can play these songs right away or move them to other playlists just like a normal Spotify song. You cannot add them to your list of favorite songs.

So now the songs on your computer have been uploaded to your computer’s Spotify app. Let’s bring those songs to your phone too.

How to upload local music to Spotify on phone.

The steps you take to listen to your uploaded music in the Spotify mobile app are quite similar for both iPhone and Android users.

Before you do anything, make sure you’re a member of Spotify Premium. Only premium members can stream local music in the mobile app.

You’ll want to add all your local music to the playlist in addition to the default local files playlist. You can’t open this default playlist in the mobile app, so doing so will make your songs visible.

And lastly, if you’re using an iPhone, you’ll need to enable local files on your phone first. Open Spotify and tap. Home In the bottom left corner, and then Gear icon Top right to open app settings. Then tap. Local files. And toggle on. Local audio files. Option

Three images showing how to open the iPhone Spotify app settings and enable local files.

Enable local files on your iPhone.

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Once you’ve sorted everything:

1. Connect your iPhone or Android to the same Wi-Fi network on which you uploaded the songs. If your computer is using Ethernet, temporarily connect it to Wi-Fi.

2. Open the Spotify app and go to the playlist where you put your local songs.

3. Below the playlist name, tap the download icon. It looks like a sack that encloses with a drawstring.

A Spotify app playlist.  The download button is highlighted.

Download playlists to save your songs.

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Once you tap the download, Spotify will save every song in the playlist to your phone – including the song you uploaded. Feel free to move them to another playlist like normal songs.

The songs will stay on your phone until you tap the download icon again to delete them.

How to upload music to Spotify so others can stream it

The steps we’ve outlined help you upload music, but only you can listen to it. If you want to add music to Spotify’s catalog so everyone can stream it (and you can make money with it), that’s a different process.

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If you make your own music, you can get it on Spotify.

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To get your music on Spotify, you need to work with a distribution company. Each company’s process is slightly different, but it usually involves paying a fee and then giving them a master’s degree in music.

Once you get your songs on Spotify, most distributors will receive a portion of the money you earn for yourself.

There are dozens of different distribution companies that help artists come to Spotify. Most independent artists recommend sites like Destroyed and Tuncor, and Spotify has its own list of “preferred” companies.

If you’re interested in uploading original music to Spotify, start looking for a distributor.

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