How to Fix Spotify Can't Play Local Files

Posted by Adam Gorden on Nov. 2, 2020 3:35 PM.

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Totally can't play my local files on Spotify! I have around 16k songs on my PC. Spotify won't load my local files anymore, at all. It used to sit and take forever, now it won't even try. I have NO WAY to add local files to playlists now, because I can't view them under Local Files. This is totally breaking Spotify for me. I can't use it as a music player if I can't add my own music. Any ideas? - - Spotify user from Reddit

One of the important features from Spotify is that it allows users to upload their music to its app and play them along with the music online. But many users have reported issues with this feature: some of the local songs are lost, or no local songs are available across devices…

In the following parts, I'll be showing you how to fix Spotify can't play local files issue and resume your smooth music playing.

Part 1. Fixes to Spotify Can't Play Local Files Issue
Part 2. Ultimate Solution to Play Every Spotify Songs Offline

Fixes to Spotify Can't Play Local Files Issue

Before we get started, make sure that you properly do the processes to sync your local files on Spotify.

How to Sync Local Files on Spotify

If you don't know how to upload local files to Spotify, check out this article down below:

After uploading your local files on Spotify, you'll need to place them into a new playlist and sync them across devices:

1. Click New Playlist in the menu on the left.

2. Give your playlist a name and click CREATE.

3. Add your local files into this playlist.

4. Log in on your mobile or tablet using the same Wi-Fi network as your desktop app.

5. Select the playlist containing the local files.

6. Switch Download on.

If you have done the processes above and still can't play local files on Spotify. Here're some fixes.

How to Fix Can't Play Local Files on Spotify

1. Check you're logged in to the same account on both your desktop and mobile.

2. Check your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

3. You must have the latest version of the Spotify app installed on both devices.

4. Check your device's firmware is up-to-date.

5. Show unavailable songs. If you found out there are some local files missed on Spotify but don't know what they are. Go to Settings > Display Options > Show unavailable songs in playlists. Then you can see what local songs are currently unavailable and upload them again on Spotify.

6. Delete cache on your Spotify mobile app. If you've streamed Spotify songs for a long time and never clear the cache before. The phone might become sluggish and can't play local files on Spotify mobile app. Go to Settings > Storage > Delete cache, then the offline streaming cache will be cleared. Then go to the playlist where your local songs are and then tap the download button again. Then all the local files should be available to be played.

Ultimate Solution to Play Every Spotify Songs Offline

If your local files still get stuck in Spotify and can't be played. Why don't we try it in reverse, that is to say, play your local files including your favorite Spotify songs offline together.

With ViWizard Spotify Music Converter, you can download all your Spotify songs to your computer without Premium. And then you can play them on any media player, so that you can always play songs you love.

ViWizard Spotify Music Converter

ViWizard Spotify Music Converter is designed to convert Spotify audio files into 6 different formats such as MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV and FLAC. Almost 100% of the original song quality will be kept after converting process. With 5X faster speed, it only takes few seconds to download each song from Spotify.

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ViWizard Spotify Music Converter Key Features

  • Convert and download Spotify songs to MP3 and other formats
  • Download any Spotify contents at 5X faster speed
  • Play Spotify songs offline without Premium
  • Avoid Spotify can't play local files issue
  • Save Spotify with the original audio quality and ID3 tags
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1Launch ViWizard and Import Songs from Spotify

add spotify tracks to ViWizard

Open ViWizard software and the Spotify will be launched simultaneously. Then drag and drop tracks from Spotify into the ViWizard interface.

2 Set Up Output Parameters

set output format

After adding music tracks from Spotify to ViWizard, you can choose the output audio format. There're six options including MP3, M4A, M4B, AAC, WAV and FLAC. And then you can adjust the audio quality by selecting the output channel, bit rate, and sample rate.

3 Start the Conversion

downloading spotify music

Once all the setting is finished, click the "Convert" button to start loading Spotify music tracks. After the conversion, all the files will be saved to your specified folder. You could browse all the converted songs by clicking "Converted" and navigate to the output folder.

4Play Spotify Songs along with Your Local Songs

After downloading Spotify songs to your computer, you can now play them on a media player with Spotify. Of course you can place these songs and your local files in the same playlist and play them together offline.

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