How to Move Offline Music in Spotify for Android to SD Card

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If you are a premium subscriber of the popular Spotify music streaming service, you know that one of its premium benefits is being able to download your playlists and play them offline on your phone. The bad thing, though, is that it can eat up your phone’s storage space rearly fast if you have a big playlist.

If, for some reason, Spotify saved the cache (offline music) to your (Android) phone’s internal storage and you are looking to move them to an external SD card (that is, if your phone supports an external SD card), here is how you can move offline music to external SD card in Spotify.

Note: For Spotify to save music to an external SD card, the only requirement is that the remaining storage space in the SD card must be more than the phone’s internal storage. For example, if your SD card only has 4GB of space left and your phone’s internal storage has 5GB, Spotify will still save the offline music to your phone’s internal storage.

1. First, you have to clear all cache and offline music from your phone’s internal storage. To do that, open the Spotify app on your Android phone and go to its Settings page. (Tap on the cog icon at the bottom of the page).

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2. Scroll all the way down to the end. You should see the option “Delete cache and saved data.” Tap on it and select OK to delete all cache and saved data from the phone’s internal storage. This will also log you out of Spotify.

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3. (Optional) Using a file manager (we recommend ES File Manager), navigate to the “Android -> data” path. Find the “com.spotify.music” folder and delete it.

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4. Lastly, log in to the Spotify app on your phone and start saving your playlist offline. Using the file manager you will see that the offline music will now be saved in your external SD card (in the folder “Android -> data -> com.spotify.music -> files”).

That’s it.

Image credit: Spotify HQ

30 comments

  1. It didn’t work… I have 28 GB on my memory card and 3 GB on my phone
    and it still saved on the phone. They should really do so we
    can move spotify to the memory card!

    • Did you clear the cache and delete the data? If it is still not working, do the following:
      1. uninstall the spotify app.
      2. Clean up your SD card to make sure it has sufficient space and is bigger than the internal storage.
      3. Delete the remnant app files in the internal storage (refer to the screenshot in the steps above).
      4. Reinstall Spotify and log in to your account.

  2. Not working on LG g4

    Everything above.
    Everything in the reply to the comment.
    Even tried formatting everything and doing above steps after installing. Spotify is being clingy to my phone.

  3. I have this problem with my Moto X Play. It happened immediately after the 6.0 update. I went through extensive troubleshooting with support, and after about 5 attempts at doing this and that, the agent admitted there must be some issue they can’t work around, at least for now. They have assured me they are working on a fix, and will email me when they have found one.
    I suggest you bother them, to let them know this is a problem that should be top priority for them, or else you threaten to take your business elsewhere.

  4. This isn’t working on the LG G Stylo either. Following these steps and trying to log back into the app gives an error message of “no storage area found”.

  5. Hi guys,
    I’m on Cyanogenmod Marshmallow 6.0 and it didn’t work for me either.
    I tried everything…is this related to Marshmallow 6.0. As far as I know there is some restriction introduced by 6.0 version which doesn’t allow you to write to sd card, something called sdcard permisson…I remember I faced this sort of issue when I tried to install some kind of Gallery Lock app that was supposed to import all my photos to the external sdcard…
    Damien, maybe you could switch to 6.0 marshmallow and see what’s happening. Thanks in advance!
    Despite this sdcard permission, Marshmallow really is worthing every penny!!

  6. I’ve tried this too (Motorola G). It hasn’t worked and I’ve given up. Have uninstalled Spotify and looking for an alternative service. No point in a mobile service that I can’t use on my mobile! Meantime dusted off the old iPod .. sigh

  7. Okay for those who are having issues here is the solution I’ve come up with for android 6.0.

    1. Uninstall Spotify
    2. Delete the .com.spotify.music folders on the internal memory (see destination in article) and the one that is automatically generated on the SD card.
    3. Fresh install Spotify
    4. Make a playlist (10 songs or so) and select in the playlist “make available”. Half way through downloading, stop it by unselecting. If you run out of storage space beforehand, that’s okay, stop it there.

    THE PURPOSE OF THIS IS TO DOWNLOAD SOME OF THE SONGS ON THE INTERNAL STORAGE AND LEAVE THE OTHERS FOR LATER. REALLY ALL YOU NEED IS ONE TO DOWNLOAD.

    5. Now navigate using es explorer to the SD Spotify.com.music and delete all contents BUT KEEP THE FOLDER (should just be an empty cache folder) .

    6. Copy all of the contents from the internal com.Spotify.music folder to the one on the SD card.

    7. Go back to your playlist and select “make available again”

    This will resume your download into the SD card folder AND ALL FUTURE DOWNLOADS WILL ALSO BE ON THE SD CARD.

    • The problem specifically is getting the contents from the internal to SD. I can ‘copy’ but there is no paste function on es. Any advice would be appreciated

    • Tried this on HTC M8 with Mashmallow installed. Seems like Spotify is able to access the stored tracks from the SD card. However all new downloads are still being created at the internal memory. Looks like you have to move everything manually? Is there any way to flag the SD storage folder as preferred?

    • I am responding to Nini above. Your solution worked for me. I tried all the other solutions but Spotify still used the primary drive instead of the SD card. Before i reinstalled Spotify, I filled up the primary card with videos, just to influence Spotify to choose the SD card. Once Spotify started using the SD card and downloaded all my playlist. I deleted to filler videos. This storage location should be just a setting within Spotify. But we have to do this jiggle to get it to work. Thank you Nini for the solution. Also, I manually created the folder structure Android/data and copy the com.spotify. music folder to that data sub-folder before re-installing Spotify. I am running Android 4.4.2 kit kat. Again, thank you.

    • Turns out this method doesn’t work. I formatted my SD card to act as additional internal memory. Android gives you this option just make sure you back up everything the card onto another device before you reformat it.

  8. Using an LG G stylo I have failed to locate a com.spotify.music folder. So I can not clear out or delete the folder. Long story short it seems impossible….HELP!!!

  9. In the last version of Spotify to date, I just found an option to select the destination for downloaded files.
    It’s at the bottom, in the “other” section, and called “memory” (translated from French so might slightly differ).
    After deleting all spotify data, re-installing, selecting this option, and then downloading my songs again, I can confirm they’re stored on the SD card.
    I’m on an LG G4 with Android 6.0

  10. Open SPOTIFY app, go to settings, swipe down to the bottom of the menu, under “OTHER” section, look for the STORAGE label and tap. Now you’ll see Internal Disk or SD Disk and the available space on disks. Just tap SD Storage, transfer will begin. I didn’t need to clear cache at all. After your transfer to SD card, You can clear cache using your Devices own App settings/manager. If doing so you may need to redownload personal library for offline use again. Connecting to WiFi when using Spotify to save, change, browse, listen to new music. You don’t need WiFi or Data to listen to your personal library or playlist once downloaded. You can also select setting Download using Cellular. If setting is on you can Save and Download songs to your library using service data, and will use up data and storage on phones internal space.(not recommended) Also you can choose what Sound Quality of the music that you download (normal,high,enhanced) and determines file size, and storage on SD Card. Also choose Sound Quality of Streaming music, will help manage usage and upload speed. Use Spotify right and it’s a pretty enoyable app. If tranfering downloads to SD card, that does not have enough space, it will transfer as many files to SD Card until card is full. Songs that didn’t make transfer will stay in library, But will not be avaliable for offline use. Hope I helped some of yall.

  11. That didn’t work and I have the es file manager and 110 gb sd card. The spotify file is there with a cache and data folder , both empty. I haven’t checked yet but I sure hope that having cleared my spotify cache hasn’t deleted all of my tunes into never never land.

  12. REPLY TO NINI.
    I do not see any option for “make available” I do see a switch for ‘Available offline” ON /OFF

  13. could i just copy it and paste to sd card?
    i did it because want to factory data reset ny phone but not sure, i will not , if it restarts, will spotify play those files? pls answer soon as possible

  14. Hey everyone, I’ve just bought the new Alcatel pop 4 which runs Android 6.0.1 and tried to save my music to my SD card by just opening Spotify and going into settings, and select the storage as SD card like I have in my past phones, but it’s not even in the settings anymore?! I have made sure I have more free space in my SD card then phone storage, made sure Spotify has all the permissions ticked etc… But still no option in Spotify settings? Thanks to anyone that maybe able to help that have had the same problem and found a solution.

  15. I tried all of the above which didn’t work, then went and ejected my SD card, then reinserted, after this the ‘Storage’ option in settings became available.

  16. Stephen’s Solution worked for me! just unmounting and mounting the SD card gave the storage option baack

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