How to Listen to Spotify Offline on Mobile and Windows 10

Spotify is one of the coolest music and podcast streaming apps. It has an impressive music collection, some exclusive content, and an overall engaging interface. Many find it functional and there is certainly room for improvement. It may be for the simplest things, for example some users can’t figure out how to listen to Spotify offline on desktop or mobile app.

Spotify has been making changes behind the scenes for a while, but it’s not always for the better. They’ve made a few changes to make room for the new podcasts section. Offline mode is a popular feature that helps many people disconnect from distracting apps and just enjoy music or podcasts. Let’s understand how it works.

Listen to Spotify Offline on Desktop

Many listen to music while working or cleaning the room. Spotify’s desktop application comes to the rescue, especially in these times when there is no internet connection.

The logical step would be to open Spotify, click on our profile icon and select Settings. This is where these options are usually found. Actually, offline mode is available under playback settings in mobile apps but not in desktop version.

You will find the offline mode option under the File menu under the three-dot menu icon. Strange place to put this option.

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When you enable Offline mode in Spotify, you should see a blue badge in the bottom left corner of the screen informing you that you are running Spotify in offline mode.

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When you disable offline mode again, the badge will disappear.

Listen to Spotify Offline on Android

As discussed earlier, Spotify’s offline mode is placed under the playback settings and this makes a lot of sense to use it quickly. Launch Spotify and go to Settings > Playback.

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Just like the desktop version, you will always see a banner at the bottom of the screen to let you know that you are listening to your favorite songs/podcasts in offline mode.

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Listen to Spotify Offline on iOS

Unlike Android, you’ll have to dig two levels deep to toggle the offline mode option on your iPhone. You will open Settings > Playback and enable Offline mode. Tapping play opens another screen, which is not the case on Android.

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As usual, a persistent banner notification will appear at the bottom of the screen to let you know that Spotify is now running in offline mode.

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Things to Know About Spotify Data, Storage, and Cache

Offline mode is only available to Spotify premium users. This makes sense from the company’s point of view. Offline mode is not the same as cache. However, both use your device’s storage to work and offer a seamless listening experience.

Spotify uses the internet to download songs or entire playlists to your device, whichever it is, so you can listen to them later when you’re offline. Cache works differently. Here, Spotify saves tracks of your favorite songs that you listen to often. So when you hit the play button there is no buffering and no lag.

Spotify recommends clearing cache files to fix common problems with apps. We even recommend clearing app caches frequently.

Listen to Spotify Offline on Mobile and Windows 10

Storage shouldn’t be an issue on most modern smartphones and desktops, unless you have an old device or have a lot of media files on the computer/phone. Fortunately, Spotify allows users to save songs/podcasts offline to an SD card instead of internal storage. Most Android phones, especially budget phones, offer SD card support and you can buy the one that suits your needs.

How much data are we talking about? You know you need to save songs or entire playlists offline to save precious bandwidth, especially when you’re on a metered connection on a smartphone. But do you know how much data you consume while streaming Spotify content? Here is a snapshot:

  • Music Quality 96 kbps => 0.72 MB per minute
  • Music Quality 160 kbps => 1.2 MB per minute
  • Music Quality 320 kbps => 2.4 MB per minute

Most of us choose the highest quality, which means lots of data unless you’re using Wi-Fi. Still, it’s a good idea to save some playlists for a rainy day while traveling on flights or working in a remote location.

Find the difference

The offline mode in Spotify is a boon for people like me who often want to get off the grid. It keeps the listening experience smooth and free from delays caused by network issues. Spotify needs to improve its UI as this is the only area where it is currently lagging. Let’s take Apple Music for example. It offers a seamless experience across platforms and everything works as intended. The UI is not only functional, but also nice to touch and feel, and easy to navigate. Maybe take a leaf or two from Spotify’s books and make some subtle changes under the hood?

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