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How to upload songs to Spotify

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One of Spotify’s strengths is that it has a massive library of songs to choose from. But the problem is that due to licensing agreements, certain songs might only be available in certain regions. Then there is also the issue with licensing agreements running out, where a record label or publisher might not choose to renew their deal.

This means that a song that was previously available is no longer available on Spotify. If you prefer having more control over your tunes, then you might want to consider uploading your own songs to Spotify where you can at least ensure that your songs are available whenever you want to listen to them.

So how do you do that?

Uploading songs to Spotify


  1. Launch the Spotify app
  2. Tap the gear icon to launch the app’s settings
  3. Scroll down until you see “Import”
  4. Tap the toggle that says “Show local audio files”
  5. Your songs that are saved on your phone will now be in your Spotify library under the “Local Files” folder


  1. Open the Spotify desktop app on your computer
  2. Click your account name in the top right corner and select Settings
  3. Scroll down to Local Files and toggle on “Show Local Files”
  4. Choose the folder your songs are stored on your computer
  5. Restart the Spotify desktop app
  6. Click Your Library
  7. Your songs should now be in the “Local Files” folder

Keep in mind that these are songs you’re adding to your own Spotify. You’re not uploading them to Spotify’s servers where other people can stream them, since this would essentially be tantamount to piracy. What’s happening here is that you’re basically making Spotify your music player.

Sure, there are other music players you could use, some of them might even come preinstalled on your phone, but if you tend to use Spotify more often than not, having your songs consolidated into one location might be better.

Syncing your songs to your phone

If your songs are primarily stored on your PC and you don’t want to drag your files back and forth, there is a way to sync your songs stored on your PC with your phone. Before you do this, you will need to have a Spotify Premium account to do so, so if you don’t, then you’re out of luck, but if you do, then here’s what you need to do next.

  1. On your desktop computer, put the songs in the “Local Folder” into a playlist
  2. Launch the Spotify app on your phone and make sure your PC and phone are on the same WiFi network
  3. On your phone, look for the playlist you created on your computer
  4. Tap the download icon on the Spotify app
  5. This will now download all the songs from that playlist onto your phone so you can stream it whenever you want
  6. You might have to repeat this process every now and then when you add songs to the playlist on your PC
Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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