How to Change Where Spotify Saves Offline Files

This guide will show you how to change the location where Spotify stores any files that you flag to download in order to be able to play them when you’re offline. This can be particularly helpful if you have a large library and want to store it on an external drive.

Note: this screenshots/images used in this guide are from macOS. If you use the Windows version of Spotify, the steps are nearly identical.

  1. Open the Spotify Preferences by selecting Spotify from your Menu Bar, and then Preferences from the pull-down list. Windows users: select Edit and then Preferences…
  2. Scroll to the bottom of the Spotify Preferences and click the SHOW ADVANCED SETTINGS
  3. Scroll down until you find the section titled Offline Songs Storage. Click the CHANGE LOCATION button.
  4. Now select the folder where you want Spotify to save files for offline listening etc. It’s worth mentioning that Spotify creates a bit of a ‘mess’ when it stores files – it utilizes a lot of coded folder and file names. You will almost certainly want to create a specific folder to store all of the other folders that Spotify will create.

    When you’ve selected the new location, restart Spotify.

  5. When you re-start Spotify it’ll move all of the files to the new location. As illustrated in the screenshot below, it does create a rather confusing series of folders with just as “strangely” named files inside them. It’s OK – you’re not meant to really be sorting through them, it’s just the way Spotify stores things.
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  • Dale R Novak July 4, 2018, 5:55 am

    Excellent!!!! Works great, just like you said.

  • Wessel de Vries August 29, 2018, 6:15 am

    I found out this process myself, but when I do exactly like you explain here it simply doesn’t work!

    I’m on a Windows laptop, and a while back changed the “Offline Songs Storage” Location to a folder on my F: drive. It also shows that exact folder whenever I visit the Advanced Settings section in Spotify, so it did register that I made that change.
    However it seems like Spotify simply won’t listen to me (or itself) because it still saving all that offline song cache crap in it’s default folder anyway and it’s clogging my C: drive!!

    Have you heard of other people having this same issue? A workaround for this would be a lifesaver for my laptop!

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