Spotify Local Files Not Showing? Try these Solutions

Spotify local files are your own files that you add to the platform from your device. There are times when the songs you want to listen to are not available on Spotify. If you are someone who has a big personal collection and want to add it to Spotify to create a playlist there, the platform allows you to do that easily through local files. Once the files are added and synced, you can listen to them on all the devices you use Spotify on. 

If you are having trouble viewing the Spotify local files, follow the troubleshooting methods below to fix the problem:

1. Enable the Local Files Option

If the ‘Show local files’ option is not enabled on Spotify, then you will not be able to see any of the files that you might have added manually. In this case, the solution is simple, as all that you need to do is enable the option back in the Spotify settings. 

Here is what you need to do:

  1. Launch Spotify and expand the username section on the top right.
  2. Choose Settings from the context menu.
    Click on Settings
  3. In the following window, scroll down until you see the Local files section.
    Look for Local Files Section
  4. Turn the toggle on for Show Local Files and check if you can now view the local files on the application.
    Turn Toggle On

If you were facing a problem with the Spotify local files simply because the feature was disabled, the steps listed above should fix the issue in no time.

2. Update the Spotify Application

Several corruption errors and problems like the one at hand can also arise because of an outdated version of the app. When you do not install the updates, you make the software prone to vulnerabilities, as well as experience system failure.

This is why it is important to keep the application updated on all devices.

To update the Spotify app on your phone, follow these steps:

  1. Launch Play Store and search for the Spotify app.
    Spotify local files
    Launch Spotify on Play Store
  2. If an update is available, you should see an Update button.
    Update Spotify on Play Store
  3. Click on it and wait for the process to be completed. 

Once that is done, proceed with updating the desktop application by following the steps below:

  1. Launch the app and click on the Profile section in the top-right corner.
  2. Choose Update available from the context menu. If you do not see this option, then it implies that the Spotify version you are using is already up-to-date.
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    Update the Spotify App
  3. Once the update is installed, check if the Spotify local files issue is resolved.

3. Delete the index.dat File

According to several affected users, another fix that worked for them was deleting the index.dat file from the folder containing their local files. Apparently, this file which is automatically generated by Spotify when you first install the application can get corrupt at times, leading to the issue at hand.

The good news is that the file is not critical, which means it is safe to delete it to fix the problem.

Here is how you can proceed:

  1. Head over to the folder of your local files and locate the index.dat file.
    Locate index.dat File
  2. Right-click on it and choose Delete.
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    Delete index.dat
  3. Now, launch Spotify and navigate to Settings.
    Click on Settings
  4. Scroll down the window to locate the Offline storage location section.
    Check Offline Storage Location
  5. Click on the Change location button and set your offline location to someplace else. We recommend creating a new folder named Spotify and choosing it.
    Spotify local files
    Click on the Change Location button

Once done, close the Settings window and check if you can now see the Spotify local files without any problems.

4. Modify Firewall Settings

Windows Defender Firewall typically does a great job in maintaining the security of the operating system. However, there are times when it blocks some legitimate features of applications because of false alarms. 

As for the Spotify error, there is also a chance that Windows Defender is at fault, so we will try changing its settings and see if that helps. Before you proceed, make sure that your mobile device and computer are connected to the same network. 

Once that is done, follow these steps to proceed:

  1. Type Control Panel in the search area of the taskbar and click Open.
  2. In the following window, change the View by option to Large icons and then look for the Windows Defender Firewall option.
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    Select Windows Defender Firewall Option
  3. Now, click on Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall from the left pane.
    Allow An App or Feature
  4. Select the Change settings button next.
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    Select Change Settings button
  5. You should now be able to edit the list of the apps available. Look for Spotify in the list and checkmark both Public and Private checkboxes for it.
    Tick Private and Public Checkboxes
  6. If you cannot locate the Spotify option, click on Allow another app button in the same window and navigate to the Spotify installation directory.
  7. Choose Spotify.exe from there and then checkmark the public and private checkboxes.
  8. Once done, click OK and then restart your PC.

Upon reboot, check if the Spotify local files problem is resolved.

If in case you are using third-party antivirus software, then the best way to go about this situation is by disabling the antivirus program temporarily and seeing if that makes a difference.

For that, right-click on the antivirus icon located on the taskbar and choose Disable for 30 minutes. If that works, then you can whitelist Spotify from the security software to fix the issue.

5. Clear Cache Files

Much like the index.dat file that we discussed above, the temporary cache files of Spotify can also get corrupted and cause issues within the application.

These files too are temporary, so you can delete them to fix the problem. However, deleting the cache files may make you lose data like the username and password, meaning you won’t be able to log into the application automatically. Other than that, there is no harm in deleting the cache files. 

Here is how you can proceed:

  1. Launch Spotify and navigate to Settings.
  2. Check the offline storage location and head over to it via File Explorer.
    Check Offline Storage Location
  3. Delete everything inside the folder and check if the Spotify local files issue is resolved.

To clear the cache on an Android device, follow these steps:

  1. Press and hold the Spotify app icon and choose App info.
    Select App Info
  2. In the following window, head over to the Storage usage option.
    Open Storage Option
  3. Select Clear cache and follow the on-screen instructions to proceed.
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    Click On Clear Cache

6. Uninstall the Spotify App

Finally, if none of the methods above have worked for you in fixing the Spotify local files issue, then you can proceed with uninstalling the app as the last resort. 

Uninstalling will remove the app and its contents completely, hopefully resolving the error in the process.

If in case even that does not work for you, then we highly recommend reaching out to a Spotify support representative and explaining the issue to them. They might be able to pinpoint the exact cause of the issue in your case and suggest a solution accordingly.

Zainab Falak
Zainab is an actuarial science graduate with a keen interest in technology. She specializes in data analytics and learns python and R in her spare time. At Appuals, she writes about anything and everything related to Windows 8, 10 and 11.

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