The way to Obtain Full Albums on the Spotify Desktop App

Here is everything you need to know about downloading albums for offline listening on Spotify for desktop.

You may need a constant internet connection to listen to your music on Spotify for desktop. However, this is not the case. In fact, you can download entire albums for offline listening.

In this article, we are going to show you how to download an album for offline listening on Spotify for desktop and be aware of some limitations.

How to download an album on Spotify for Desktop

Before trying to download an album on Spotify for desktop (available on Windows and macOS), make sure you have enough free space. This varies by album and depends on the audio quality, but there is at least 1GB of replacement available. Also, check that your internet connection is active.

  1. Navigate to the album that you want to download.

  2. Press the Download symbol (the down arrow inside a circle) below the album cover and title.

  3. The Download symbol turns green to indicate success and each song displays the same icon to indicate that it is available offline. The album is also added Your library.

Related Topics: How To Download Music From Spotify To Your Phone

How to listen to downloaded music offline on Spotify for Desktop

Once an album has been downloaded to your computer, you do not need an internet connection to listen to it. That is, if you want to force Spotify offline listening:

  1. Press the Menu icon (three horizontal points).

  2. Move the mouse pointer over file.

  3. click Offline mode. A blue icon will appear in the upper right to indicate that you are listening offline. You can repeat these instructions to get back online.

In offline mode, tracks that are not available are grayed out. When you try to play it, the message "This content is not available" appears.

You may not even be able to access artist or album pages. Instead, you may see the message "Not available when you are offline".

Therefore, you should always access your downloaded music through a playlist Your library. The downloaded songs and albums are displayed here as usual and can be played offline.

How to change where Spotify stores downloaded music

You can change the folder where Spotify stores offline music. Note that you will not be able to navigate to this folder and start music as you will still have to manage everything through the Spotify app. Even so, it's convenient to switch to a folder on a different drive.

  1. Press the Menu icon (three horizontal points).

  2. Move the mouse pointer over To edit.

  3. click Settings.

  4. click Show Advanced Settings.

  5. Under Offline location, click Change the place.

  6. Navigate to the folder you want.

  7. click OK.

Limitations on downloading albums on Spotify for Desktop

The ability to download albums offline on Spotify for desktop is only available to premium members. If you have a free account, you can only download podcasts.

Related: Which Spotify Subscription Is Best For You?

You can download up to 10,000 songs on up to five devices. You need to go online every 30 days to save your downloads. Spotify claims it can collect game data to compensate artists.

If you reinstall Spotify or download it on more devices than allowed, you may lose your downloads. Spotify will delete downloads on the device that has not been used for a long time.

Finally, you should keep the Spotify application updated, although it usually does it automatically.

Discover new music on Spotify now!

Spotify only added the ability to download albums offline to the desktop in April 2021. Previously, this was only possible on mobile devices. Now you can download on any device!

Download your favorite albums to get the most out of offline listening. If you're looking for new music to enjoy, take inspiration from your friends' activity feeds, listen to Artist Radio, or just browse the Spotify homepage to see the latest releases.

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Joe Keeley
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Joe was born with a keyboard in hand and immediately started writing about technology. He has a BA (Hons) in Business and is now a full-time freelance writer who enjoys making technology easy for everyone.

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