Most of us are used to Spotify being able to stream almost any song that we could want. Unfortunately, it’s not perfect. For every favorite track on Spotify, there must be an equally unpopular exception.
It doesn’t have to be this way though; the app is now testing a new feature (using the Desktop steps) for importing local music tracks onto Spotify.
The main problem with Spotify on Android is that you can only sync your local files to the device if you’re a Premium user. If you’re new to Spotify and you want to add some of your own music, I’ve put together a detailed guide to show you how syncing works for Android.
Songs can only be added to the Spotify library if they are stored locally on your computer. You should know that Spotify doesn’t support all file types.
Spotify accepts MP3, M4A, M4R, and M4P files. Currently, M4P with video files are not accepted.
FLAC files and other “lossless” formats are not supported (but they can be converted on your end).
Spotify doesn’t allow you to upload songs that aren’t your own–even if they come from a CD or were downloaded for free.
Here’s how to add your own songs to Spotify:
1. In the Spotify app for Android, tap the gear icon in the upper-right corner to access “Settings.”
2. Scroll to the “Show local audio files” option and make sure it’s turned on.
3. From the drop-down menu, select “Your Library -> Local Files”.
It’s important to note that simply enabling the “Local Files” folder on your desktop doesn’t mean it will automatically show up in your mobile app. Once you’ve downloaded them on the mobile app, then the desktop “Local Files” will show up in the mobile “Local Files.”
4. To add an audio file to a playlist on your mobile device, enable the “Local Files” folder under Settings > Music. Tap the three-dots icon in the audio file menu and select “Add to Playlist” or “Queue.” This will create a new playlist or add them to an existing one.
If you have a Spotify Premium subscription, you can sync local files to Android devices.