How to Add Local Files to Songs on Spotify

Spotify is one of the most popular music apps that provide millions of songs to its users worldwide. Although it offers an extensive library of songs and allows users to download music for offline listening, sometimes music enthusiasts wish to add their local files to the Spotify library. It is a handy feature that enables users to keep their local files and Spotify songs in one place. In this blog, we will discuss how to add local files to songs on Spotify.

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What’s Needed

Before we start with the methods, let us have a look at the prerequisites to add local files to songs on Spotify. Firstly, we need a computer or laptop, where we store the local files. Secondly, a stable internet connection is required to download and install the Spotify app on your computer. Lastly, we need to have a Spotify account, either a free or a premium one. Users can also connect their Facebook account with Spotify to access it.

What requires your attention is…

Before we start adding our local files to Spotify, a few things require attention. Firstly, both Spotify and local files need to be on the same Wi-Fi network. Secondly, make sure the local files are in one of the formats that Spotify supports, like .mp3, .mp4, and others. Lastly, ensure that the local files are free of DRM protection.

Method 1: Add Local Files through Settings

Spotify allows users to add local files by modifying their settings. Here are the steps involved in adding local files via settings.

1. Open the Spotify app on your computer/laptop.
2. Click on the "Edit" option on the top menu bar and select "Preferences" from the menu list.
3. Scroll down and find the "Local Files" option and click on "Add a Source."
4. Choose the folder where your local files are stored and click "Okay" to confirm.
5. Select your added source and toggle on the "Show Songs from" option.
6. Press the "X" button, and now your local files are added to the Spotify library.

Method 2: Drag and Drop Files

Another way to add local files to Spotify is by drag and drop feature. Here are the steps.

1. Open Spotify and navigate to the "Local Files" option under "Your Library."
2. Open the folder where the local files are stored in a separate window.
3. Select the local files you want to add and drag them to the Spotify app window, and select "Local files" from the options.
4. Now, the local files will be available in the "Local Files" option.

Method 3: Sync Local Files with Mobile Device

An alternate method to add local files on Spotify is by syncing your mobile device with your computer. Here are the steps.

1. Open the Spotify app on your mobile device and navigate to the "Settings" option.
2. Select "Local Files" from the list of options and toggle on "Enable Sync from desktop."
3. Connect your mobile device and computer to the same Wi-Fi network.
4. Add local files to the desktop app by following method one or two.
5. Open the mobile app and go to "Local Files" to see the added files.

Why Can’t I Add Some of My Local Files?

Sometimes, users face a problem while adding local files to Spotify. The reason behind this issue is that the local files may have DRM protection or are in incompatible formats. Additionally, make sure that the local files and Spotify are on the same Wi-Fi network.


Can I add local files to my Spotify playlists?
Yes, you can add local files to your Spotify playlists by following the above methods. However, make sure that the local files are DRM-free and in the compatible formats supported by Spotify.

Can I add local files to Spotify on my phone?
Yes, it is possible to add local files to Spotify on your phone. The method involves syncing your mobile device with your computer and then following method three.

Is it necessary to have a Spotify premium account to add local files?
No, both free and premium Spotify account users can add local files with the help of the above-mentioned methods.

How many local files can I add to Spotify?
Spotify allows users to add up to 10,000 local files to the app on desktop and mobile devices.

Can I play local files on Spotify without an internet connection?
Yes, Spotify allows users to play local files without an internet connection, provided they have already added the local files to the app’s library.

Implications and Recommendations

By adding your local files to Spotify, you can access all your music in one place, without the need to switch between different apps. It is an efficient way to store music, and users can also create playlists containing songs from both Spotify and their local files. However, it is recommended that users ensure that their local files are in compatible formats to avoid any issues while adding them to Spotify.


Spotify is a great music app, and adding local files to it can improve the overall music listening experience, without having to look for music in different places. In this blog, we have discussed three methods to add local files to Spotify – by modifying settings, drag and drop feature, and syncing your mobile device with your computer. We hope this blog has been informative, and you can now add your local files to Spotify effortlessly.