Can't Save Tidal Music to SD Card? Solved!

Q: When I try to move Tidal downloads to SD card on my Android phone, there is no 'Memory card' but an internal storage option to choose only. It seems that Tidal app couldn't recognize my SD card even though other apps, like Spotify can. Could I confirm whether Tidal only allows to sync Tidal music to phone memory but not to an SD card?

Downloading Tidal music to SD card is a smart way to avoid devouring the phone's internal storage by music files. But there are some troubleshooting you need to do when syncing Tidal songs to SD card. And it's also important to be well noted that Tidal music is cache files but local files. As a result, here, we will also introduce the easy way to download Tidal to SD card and an effective workaround to save local Tidal music to SD card with ease.

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Part 1. How to Download Tidal Music to External SD Card

Have you tried to transfer Tidal music and playlists to SD card on iOS and Android devices but you have met some obstacles? There are two troubleshooting you need to do as below:

  • To save music to your SD card, Your Android phone should be running 5.0 or higher version. Otherwise, you will be limited to save Tidal music in internal memory.
  • Check whether your SD card is mounted well and Tidal app permissions. Sometimes SD card could be popped up randomly and automatically.
  • Check the memory of the SD card to make sure you have a lot of space to store Tidal downloads. If not, please change one.

If everything is OK, you can refer to the following tutorial on learning how to make Tidal store in the SD card.

Step 1. Open Tidal app on your Android or iOS phone, and then navigate to the 'Settings' section.

Step 2. Please go to the 'Music Playback' > 'Download Destination' option to open the setting window.

Step 3. There are two options for your choice, respectively 'Internal' and 'Memory card'. Please check the mark before 'Memory card'.

Step 4. Now, you can start to download Tidal music offline and all Tidal downloads will be saved on SD card well.

Part 2. How to Move Tidal Music to External SD Card

As you know that Tidal music is cache files stored in your SD card. When you cancel Tidal subscription, all Tidal downloads will disappear automatically. And you can't use SD card reader to recognize Tidal songs. Put it another way, it's impossible to listen to Tidal music on other devices from SD card.

Is there any other way to save music to SD card from Tidal so that we can play Tidal playlists on devices via SD card? Fortunately, the answer could be positive.

As a matter of fact, the reason why you can't download Tidal music as local files is that Tidal streams are protected by DRM technology. So here, we will meet the professional AudFree Tidal Music Downloader, which is well-desinged to remove DRM from Tidal music, download Tidal music onto computer as well as convert Tidal music to MP3, FLAC, WAV, etc. So that you can easily transfer Tidal music to an external SD card.

AudFree Tidal Music Downloader

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  • Download Tidal songs and playlists offline losslessly
  • Convert Tidal to MP3, FLAC, WAV, M4A, AAC, etc.
  • Keep original ID3 tags and 100% lossless audio quality
  • Save Tidal music to SD card, USB flash drive, etc.

Detailed Guide to Save Tidal Music to SD Card

The following tutorial will show you how to use AudFree Tidal Music Downloader to download Tidal music offline and convert them to SD card compatible audio files and how to move local Tidal downloads to SD card. Please download and install Tidal Music Converter for Mac or Windows version on your computer. The free trial version can only convert 1-minute track of each music, you need to purchase the full version to unlock it.

Step 1Copy and paste Tidal songs to AudFree Tidal converter
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When you launch Tidal Music Downloader on your computer, you will see Tidal app will be opened at the same time. (This tool needs to work with Tidal app. So please install Tidal desktop app on your computer in advance). You can discover Tidal music that you'd like to save to SD card on Tidal app, and then click this item to choose 'three-dot' icon > 'Share' > 'Copy Tidal Track' to copy Tidal link and paste it to AudFree's search box. Just click the '+' button, it will take a second to load Tidal songs.
Step 2Adjust Tidal output audio parameters for SD Card
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SD card can support a wide variety of audio files except for DRM protected tracks. Just click the top menu icon on Windows computer or the 'AudFree Tidal Music Converter for Mac' on Mac computer and then choose 'Preferences' > 'Convert' option, the setting window will be opened automatically. Now, you can start to define output format as MP3, FLAC, WAV, and others, customize the sample rate as 48,000 Hz, bit rate as 320 kbps, etc. Besides, you can also change the destination folder by clicking the 'file' icon.
Step 3Download Tidal music for saving to SD card
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Once all settings have done, please click the 'Convert' button at the bottom-right corner of the Tidal Music Downloader to start the downloading and converting process. This great tool will download and convert protected Tidal music to common audio files that can be transferred to SD card without problem. All ID3 tags can be preserved in converted Tidal files.
Step 4Move Tidal downloads to SD card for storage
You can locate all Tidal music and playlists by clicking the 'history' > 'search' icon or just clicking the 'file' icon on destination folder on your computer. And then please insert your SD card into your computer via card reader. Once connected, please drag and drop Tidal music files to SD card folder for saving. Now, you can insert SD card included Tidal music to any other devices that support SD card for listening to Tidal songs offline.

Aug 29, 2019 4:00 PM

Posted by Miley Swift to Tidal Tips