Spotify is one of the coolest music and podcast streaming apps. It has an impressive collection of music, exclusive content, and an attractive overall interface. Many find it functional and there is certainly room for improvement. It could be for the simpler things like some users cannot figure out how to listen to Spotify offline on desktop or mobile app.
Spotify has been making changes behind the scenes for a while now, but not always for the better. They made some changes to create a place for the new podcast section. Offline mode is a popular feature that helps a lot to log out of distracting apps and just enjoy music or podcasts. Let’s understand how it works.
Listen to Spotify offline on the desktop
Many listen to music while working or cleaning the room. Spotify’s desktop app comes to the rescue at these times, especially when there is no internet connectivity.
The logical step would be to open Spotify, click on our profile icon and select Settings. This is where these options are, generally. In fact, offline mode is available in reading settings in mobile apps, but not on desktop version.
You will find the Offline Mode option under the File menu located under the three-dot menu icon. Well that’s a strange place to put the option.
Once you have enabled the offline mode in Spotify, you should notice a blue badge informing you that you are running Spotify in offline mode in the lower left corner of the screen.
The badge will disappear once you turn off offline again.
Listen to Spotify Offline on Android
As mentioned earlier, Spotify’s offline mode is placed under the playback settings and it makes a lot of sense to use it quickly. Launch Spotify and go to Settings> Playback.
Just like the desktop version, you will see a banner at the bottom of the screen at all times to let you know that you are listening to your favorite songs / podcasts in offline mode.
Listen to Spotify Offline on iOS
Unlike Android, you will have to go two levels deep to enable or disable the offline option on your iPhone. You’ll open Settings> Reading, then enable offline mode. Pressing play opens another screen, which is not the case in Android.
As usual, a persistent notification banner will appear at the bottom of the screen informing you that Spotify is now working in offline mode.
What you need to know about Spotify data, storage and cache
Offline mode is only available for premium Spotify users. It makes sense from a business perspective. Offline mode is not the same as cache memory. However, they will both use your device’s storage space to work with and provide a seamless listening experience.
Spotify will use the internet to download songs or entire playlists to your device, whichever may be, so that you can listen to them later when you are offline. The cache works differently. Here, Spotify will record samples of your favorite songs that you stream often. So when you press the play button, there is no buffering and delays.
Spotify recommends clearing cache files to fix common app issues. Even we often recommend that you clear app caches.
Storage shouldn’t be a problem on most modern smartphones and desktops unless you have a dated device or have too many media files on the PC / phone. Fortunately, Spotify allows users to save offline songs / podcasts to SD card instead of internal storage. Most Android phones, especially budget phones, offer SD card support and you can buy one that meets your needs.
How much data are we talking about? You know that you need to save songs or entire playlists offline to save precious bandwidth, especially when using metered connection on a smartphone. But do you know how much data are you consuming when streaming Spotify content? Here is an overview:
- Music quality 96 kbps => 0.72 MB per minute
- Music quality 160 kbps => 1.2 MB per minute
- 320 kbps music quality => 2.4 MB per minute
Most of us would go for the best quality, which means lots of data unless you’re using Wi-Fi. Still, it’s a good idea to save some playlists for a rainy day when you are traveling by plane or working in a remote location.
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Spotify’s offline mode is a blessing for people like me who often want to get off the grid. This makes the listening experience smooth and without delays caused by network issues. Spotify needs to improve its user interface as that is the only area where it is currently lagging behind. Take for example Apple Music. It offers a seamless experience across all platforms and everything works as expected. The user interface is not only functional, but also beautiful to the touch and touch and easy to navigate. Maybe Spotify can take a leaf or two from their book and make some subtle changes under the hood?
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Last updated on Dec 21, 2020
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