Spotify is a free online music service that allows individuals to listen to millions of different songs.

Downloading music from Spotify is a painless task, as long as you know what you need to do, and have the necessary settings put in place.

If you are asking yourself how to download music from Spotify, stick around as we have this guide just for you, to get you in the right direction and give you all the necessary tools and info to make your Spotify experience as easy as it should be.

How to Download Music from Spotify

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With Spotify, you can listen to music for free online. You will encounter a few adverts while you’re listening to your favorite tunes as this will only disappear if you have Spotify’s premium subscription.

You won’t be able to download any music on the standard Spotify app.

In order for you to be able to listen to unlimited music off of Spotify when you aren’t connected to the internet, you would need to subscribe to Spotify premium at just £9.99 a month.

What are the steps to download

You’ve gone for Spotify’s premium service, and now want to download your favorite tunes.

Keep in mind, you still need to be connected to the internet when downloading the songs.

On Android

Step 1. On Spotify, get onto the album or playlist that you want to download

Step 2. Click on the ‘Download’ button on the right-hand side

On iPhone

Step 1. Find the album or playlist on Spotify that you want to be downloaded

Step 2. Select the arrow facing down on the left-hand side

Remember, Spotify will work just as well on your PC.

Your album or playlist will now be downloaded.

Note, there will be a green arrow facing down next to each song once they have been downloaded successfully.

Top Tip: One thing to remember when it comes to downloading music on Spotify, is that you cannot download individual songs, you would have to add your desired songs to a playlist and download the playlist.

What is Spotify Premium

Spotify Premium is an upgrade from the standard Spotify app. It gives you a better Spotify experience by giving you more features and benefits and allows you to download music so you can listen to them without being connected to the internet.

Spotify Premium is a monthly subscription, and you can get a 30-day free trial if you have not had Spotify Premium before.

Is it legal to download music from Spotify

This is a question that can sometimes get misinterpreted.

With the standard Spotify app, you do not have the benefit of downloading albums and playlists, you are only able to stream the music online so you do not need to worry about downloading illegal content.

Spotify Premium entitles you to download music within the Spotify app so you can listen via Spotify while being online as well as offline.

If your Spotify app is not responding while trying to download, click here for an easy-to-read guide to help you out.

What am I paying for with Spotify

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What am I paying for with Spotify

You’ve decided, or you’re on the fence about getting Spotify Premium.

The main reason why most individuals get Spotify Premium is so that they can download their favorite tunes, but besides that feature, what am I paying for with Spotify?

There are other benefits when going premium on Spotify;

  • Unlimited Streaming
  • Listen to your downloads without an internet connection
  • Travel abroad with your Spotify still available
  • No Ads in between songs
  • Skip songs as many times as you like

It’s now up to you as to whether or not you’ll be going with Spotify Premium, or sticking to their free service. At least with Spotify standard, you can still download podcasts for free.

Why won’t my downloaded Spotify songs play on my phone

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If you have opted for Spotify Premium so you can download your songs and they are now not playing, there are a few reasons as to why this is happening for you;

  • Offline mode on Spotify is not enabled
  • You have gone over the limit of using your Spotify app on only 5 devices
  • Permissions are not enabled
  • You have run out of storage space
  • Your app needs updating
  • The cache files are full
  • Your device’s SD card is malfunctioning

We have a more in-depth article on this for you with Easyfixpro to look at, if this is an issue you are currently experiencing;

Why have my Spotify downloads disappeared

You’ve come to your downloads on Spotify and they have disappeared.

Why have my Spotify downloads disappeared? There are a few potential reasons for this;

  • You did not go online within 30 days
  • Spotify has been uninstalled and reinstalled
  • You are downloading albums and playlists to more than 5 devices

You may have to log into your Spotify app and verify your membership, as well as remove your Spotify off a device or two if it is over 5 devices.

If you know for certain you are not a culprit of these reasons, they may have disappeared due to;

  • Your Spotify app needs updating
  • There is an issue with your SD card in your device

You can easily go onto your app store and check your Spotify for any app updates that are pending.

If you have an SD card, try taking it out and reinserting it.


Whether you have Spotify standard or Spotify Premium, you’ll always be connected to a good music source.

If for some reason you have Spotify Premium but would like to cancel your subscription, you can follow the cancellation steps here.

Spotify does have a good customer service forum for any other issues or queries you might have.

We hope this guide has given you ample amounts of information to guide you in downloading your music from Spotify, as well as highlighting all the different aspects of using Spotify on your device.