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Here's how to download Spotify playlists and songs on mobile and desktop

These steps show you how to listen to your Spotify tracks offline on your phone and laptop.

Spotify is working to bring its desktop app on par with the mobile app.

In March, Spotify revamped its desktop and web apps to work more like the mobile versions, making the music streaming service easier to use across platforms. In addition to the fresh look, Spotify improved playlist creation by adding the ability to drag and drop tracks. You can also now write playlist descriptions and add cover images on desktop and web the same way you would on mobile. 

Perhaps one of the biggest updates arrived for premium members: You can now download tracks to a computer with the desktop app. This was already available for the mobile app, but now laptop and desktop users can also enjoy downloaded music while offline. 

Here's how to download Spotify music on the mobile and desktop apps.

Read more: Spotify Duo vs. Family vs. Individual: Which Premium Spotify plan is best?

How to download music in the Spotify mobile app

In case you didn't know you could do this on your phone, it's easy. Build a new playlist by going to the Your Library tab and tapping the Plus sign (+) in the top right corner. Name your playlist and start adding songs. No matter if you've got just one song or a dozen, toggle the Download button in the playlist within the mobile app. A little green arrow will appear next to each song to indicated it's been saved to your phone. 

But where do you find the downloads once you've got them? Go back to Your Library, and at the top of the screen you should see Playlists, Artists and Downloaded. Choose Downloaded. Now you should see all the playlists and songs you've downloaded and can listen to offline. 

Music on the Spotify app

Now, Spotify's desktop app works more like the mobile app.

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How to download music in the Spotify desktop app

Downloading music with the Spotify desktop or web app is essentially the same as using the mobile app. Unfortunately, you can't download solely using the web player in a browser, but downloading the desktop app is free. 

1. Open the Spotify desktop app (if you haven't downloaded it already, go ahead and do so from the app store of your choice).

2. Build your playlist. You can do this by clicking a song > Add to Playlist. From there, add it to an existing playlist or choose New Playlist to start from scratch. 

3. Open your playlist (if you closed out of it while searching for songs) and toggle on Download.

4. After it's completed, you'll see a little green arrow next to the downloaded playlist in the left-hand panel. The little green arrow indicates that the playlist is available offline -- no need to go through filters like on mobile. 

5. If you no longer want the playlist or songs available offline, simply toggle off Download

For more, check out our guide on which premium Spotify plan is best and the best music streaming services for 2021.