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How to add your own MP3s to Spotify

Jeremy Milliner

Jeremy Milliner

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Even though Spotify’s catalog of music features over 30 million songs, there are still some tracks the service won’t have. Since the streaming service has to license music, some musicians aren’t available, like Tool or Joanna Newsom. If that’s music you want to add to your Spotify collection, there’s still a way to do it: You can add music files stored on your device to the Spotify app on Android or iOS so you can listen to them whenever you want.


How to add your own MP3s to Spotify

How to add MP3s to a Spotify playlist

1. Open Settings

Start Spotify and sign in to your account. At the top right you’ll notice your profile pic. Click the drop-down icon next to your name, and open Settings.

Spotify Settings drop-down
Click the drop-down next to your profile pic to access your Settings.

2. Access your Local Files

Scroll down the list of Setting filters until you reach the Local Files category.

Spotify Local Files under Settings
Scroll down towards the bottom to find your Local File settings.

By default, you should have your Downloads and Music Library already synced up to your account.

3. Add the new source

Click the big button that says ‘Add A Source.’ This will open up your File Explorer and you’ll have access to all your local files and folders. Simply navigate to where your local tracks are kept, and click OK.

Spotify Add A Source to Local Files
Navigate to the folder you want to pull new music from.

Now navigate to your Local Files in your Spotify (you should see it under Your Library in the left rail) and you should be pleasantly surprised to see all your local tracks from your select folder plunked right into your Spotify!

Spotify Local Files added location
As soon as you select a folder you should see the path listed here.

Intertwining these tracks with your other playlists is the easiest step of all: All you need to do is drag them right in. To make a new playlist for them instead, click ‘New Playlist’ in the bottom left corner and drag in whatever tracks you like.

Spotify Local Files add to playlist
Just drag and drop the new tracks from Local Files to your other playlists!

Log into the app on your device

Make sure that the device with Spotify is on the same wireless network as your computer. Spotify will sync the playlists from your computer to the app. The playlist should appear, but the songs won’t be imported to the device unless you enable the Download option. This will download these songs into the Spotify app so these songs can play through the app regardless if you have a data connection.

Wait for sync to complete

As soon as you toggle on the download switch, Spotify will begin downloading the songs to your device. Depending on how many songs you added to the playlist, it could take a while for all the tracks to get added. Just be patient and soon you’ll be able to listen to songs not available through Spotify.

Spotify offline download
This ring means it’s the track currently being downloaded

That’s it! Enjoy your tunes!

Jeremy Milliner

Jeremy Milliner

Jeremy is an avid gamer, writer, musician, and instructor. He has been teaching for over 15 years, with his primary focus on music, and has written all manner of gaming articles, reviews, FAQs, walkthroughs, strategy guides, and even the odd screenplay or two. He has run the gamut of tech reviews, game guides, lifestyle content, and more. His focus as a writer is to give fair feedback of products, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses in a clear, concise, and entertaining manner.

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