How to use Spotify in offline mode on Android devices

If you're a Spotify Premium user, you can listen to Spotify's 13 million tracks from your Android device. We'll show you how to sync playlists so you can listen to them offline, without an Internet connection.

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If you're a Spotify Premium user, you can listen to Spotify's 13 million tracks from your Android device. Here's how to sync your favorite playlists so you can listen to them offline, without an Internet connection:

Step 1: Launch the Spotify app and click on the Edit offline playlists button.

Edit offline playlists
Screenshot by Ed Rhee

Step 2: Tap the check box next to the playlist you want to sync. Spotify will immediately begin synchronizing the tracks to your device.

Sync playlist
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Step 3: When you open the synchronized playlist, you'll now notice a green icon next to each track.

Sync icon
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Step 4: To force Spotify to only play music in offline mode, tap More from the menu at the bottom, then tap the check box next to Offline mode.

Force offline mode
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Step 5: You should now be able to play your synchronized playlist in offline mode.

Plays offline
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Offline mode is very useful for listening to your music on planes or in locations that don't have an Internet connection. It's also a good way to reduce data usage by synchronizing your playlists when you have a Wi-Fi connection and listening to them in offline mode.

Note: The number of tracks you can sync is limited to 3,333 tracks, and you'll also be required to log in to your Spotify account once a month to verify that you're still a premium member.

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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