Can't Move Spotify Music to SD Card? Solved!

Q: I have subscribed Spotify Premium to listen to ad-free songs, playlists and albums from Spotify on my Android phone offline. But as times gone by, I have a big Spotify music collection, which is devouring my phone's internal storage. To release my Android phone's memory, I would like to save Spotify music to SD card. So, my question comes: How to move Spotify Music to SD card Android?

As a matter of fact, there is no plenty of space for users to download tons of music files to mobile devices for offline listening. Downloading songs to SD card seems be one of the best ways to solve this dilemma. But when I navigated to Spotify community, I found that most of Spotify users have trouble in saving playlists from Spotify to external SD card. To make it easier, in the following article, we will introduce two effective ways to sync Spotify download music to SD card.

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Method One: Download Spotify Music to External SD Card

Have you tried to move Spotify app to SD card so that Spotify songs can be downloaded to SD card directly? If yes, you will discover that the option of moving Spotify application to SD card is greyed out on the Definitions->Application-> Spotify, after you have installed Spotify app on your Android phone from the 'Play Store'.

Since Spotify app can't be moved to the SD card directly, what should we do to convert our Spotify music to external SD card? Fortunately, Spotify offers the option to store cache that includes offline music to an external SD card on Android. Now, you can refer to the following detailed tutorial to move Spotify music to your Android SD card.

Step 1. Launch Spotify app on your Android device and enter to the 'Settings' option.

Step 2. Tap 'Other'-> 'Storage' tab to choose 'SD card' as the target place to save your offline tracks.

Step 3. Come back to the 'Other' section and delete all downloaded playlists from your device by hitting on 'Delete cache and save data' button.

Step 4.Please note this will require you to re-sync your offline playlists, you can need to click 'OK' and all offline Spotify music you sync will save to your SD card instead.

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Note: Please make sure your Android SD card has at lease 1GB free memory and has more free space than internal Spotify cache on Android.

Method 2. Save Spotify Music to SD Card

As a Premium user on Spotify, it’s an easy task to put Spotify music on SD card by using the above way. But if you are the one who are using the free Spotify account, things could be different, since you have no rights to download Spotify playlists for offline listening, which is the precondition to transfer Spotfiy files to SD card. Let free Spotify users save music from Spotify to SD card for offline playback on mobile devices, here, I will share the alternative way to achieve it.

The key reason why free subscribers can't download Spotify songs is that Spotify tracks come with DRM protection. To get rid of this limitation from Spotify music, we need to remove DRM from Spotify music tracks firstly. Here, we can meet AudFree Spotify Music Downloader, which can not only bypass DRM lock with 100% original quality, but also download and convert Spotify to MP3, FALC, WAV, AAC and other audio formats. Once we get the DRM-ed Spotify files, we can transfer them to the SD card with ease.

AudFree Spotify Music Downloader

audfree spotify music converter
  • Losslessly remove DRM lock from Spotify OGG Vorbis music
  • Download and convert Spotify music to MP3, AAC, WAV, etc.
  • Transfer Spotify songs to SD card, iTunes library, USB drive, etc.
  • Work at 5X faster speed, edit music quality and parameters

Tutorial on How to Put Spotify Music on SD card

Since AudFree Music Downloader for Spotify is available for Windows and Mac operating system, we will finish the transferring process on your computer. Before get started, please make sure you have download and install the free trail version of this software on your target computer.

Step 1Import Spotify music to AudFree
add spotify music to audfree
Once you have discovered the favorite Spotify music on launching Spotify app, you can drag and drop them to the conversion window or copy and paste the URL of those Spotify files to the search box of AudFree and press the '+' button to import them.
Step 2Set output format and other audio parameters
set output format
Go to the top menu-> Preference-> Convert option, you can start to set the output format (MP3, FLAC, AAC, WAV, M4A or M4B) as wanted audio formats and customize the output quality (bit rate, sample rate and audio channel) as you like. By the way, if you are running Windows OS, you’d suggested to set conversion speed as 1X to make converting process more stable.
Step 3Download Spotify music/tracks offline
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Now, you can start to launch the converting process by simply touching the 'Convert' button at the bottom-right corner of the main interface. After conversion, you can locate unprotected local Spotify files on the destination folder.
Step 4Move converted Spotify files to SD card
Please insert your SD card into the card reader on your computer and you can transfer converted Spotify music to SD card via copying and pasting action. And then, you can install the SD card which contains Spotify tracks to your mobile devices. Now, you can play Spotify playlists on mobile devices from SD card.


If you are a paying user on Spotify, the first way is more suitable to download songs or playlists to SD card on Android devices for freeing up the system storage, the majority of which is taken over by offline Spotify music.

As for free Spotify subscriber, using AudFree Spotify Music Downloader could be the only choice for you to save Spotify music to SD card. It can help you download Spotify music for offline playback and break the lock of listening to Spotify in Shuffle-only Mode. Besides, for Premium users, you can also use this way to sync Spotify music to SD card and keep them on your mobile devices even you have canceled the Premium subscription.

Which way you will choose to move music from Spotify to the external SD card? Do you have any other way to transfer Spotify playlists to SD card? Let's know in the below comment area.

Aug. 06, 2018 17:50 pm

Posted by Charles Davis to Spotify Tips

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