3 Ways to Save Spotify Music to the SD Card

3 Ways to Save Spotify Music to the SD Card

Learn how to save your favorite Spotify tracks to an SD card with our step-by-step guide.

Spotify is one of the most popular choices when it comes to music streaming services, with millions of users worldwide. While it's convenient to stream music directly from the Spotify app, sometimes you may want to save your favorite songs, albums, or playlists for offline listening, especially if you're in an area with limited or no Internet access. One way to do this is to save your Spotify music to an SD card. SD cards are small portable storage devices that can be used in a variety of devices, including smartphones and portable music players, and can greatly expand the amount of storage available for your music collection.

In this article, we'll discuss three ways to transfer Spotify music to an SD card, including changing the Spotify storage location to an SD card, moving the Spotify app itself to an SD card (Android only), and downloading Spotify tracks in MP3 format for transferring them to an SD card (Spotify Free).

Method 1: Change the Spotify Storage Location to an SD Card

Spotify offers a feature that allows users to download music and listen to it offline. If you have an SD card in your device, you can choose to save your Spotify downloads to the SD card instead of your device's internal storage. Here are the steps:

  • Step 1. Open the Spotify app on your device and sign in to your account.
  • Step 2. Go to the "Settings" menu by clicking on the gear icon in the top right corner of the screen.
  • Step 3. Scroll down and tap "Storage."
  • Step 4. Select "SD card" as the storage location.
  • Step 5. Now go back to the Spotify home screen and find the music you want to download. You can download individual albums, playlists, or podcasts by clicking the "Download" button (downward arrow) next to each item.
  • Step 6. Once you've downloaded your music, it will be saved to the SD card in the location you specified in the storage settings.
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Note: The exact steps to save Spotify music to an SD card may vary slightly depending on the device and operating system you are using. Additionally, not all devices or versions of Spotify support saving downloads to an SD card, so it's important to check that your device and Spotify app support this feature before attempting to save music to an SD card.

Method 2: Move the Spotify App to the SD Card (Android Only)

If your Android device supports it, you can move the Spotify app itself to the SD card. This will automatically save any downloaded music to the SD card.

  • Step 1. Insert your SD card into your device.
  • Step 2. On your Android device, go to "Settings" > "Apps".
  • Step 3. Find the Spotify app and tap on it.
  • Step 4. Tap "Storage" and then "Change" (If available).
  • Step 5. Select "SD card" as the new storage location.
  • Step 6. Tap "Move" to move the app and all its data to the SD card.
  • Step 7. Download the music you want to save to your SD card by tapping the Download button (downward arrow) next to the album, or playlist.
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Extra Tips: What to Do If Spotify Does Not Move to an SD Card

If you're having trouble moving Spotify to your SD card, there are several things you can try to fix the issue:

  1. Check if your device supports moving apps to an SD card. Some Android devices don't allow apps to be moved to an SD card.
  2. Make sure your SD card is properly inserted and mounted. Go to your device's settings and check if your SD card is recognized and mounted properly. If not, try reinserting the SD card or formatting it.
  3. Clear the cache and data of the Spotify app. Go to your device's settings, then "Apps & notifications", find Spotify in the list of installed apps, and select "Storage". From there, you can clear the cache and data of the app.
  4. Uninstall and reinstall Spotify. If the above steps don't work, try uninstalling and then reinstalling the Spotify app. Before doing this, make sure to back up any downloaded music or playlists.
  5. Use a third-party app. There are several third-party apps available on the Google Play Store that can help you move apps to the SD card. One example is "Syncios", which allows you to move apps from your device's internal storage to your SD card.
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Keep in mind that while moving apps to an SD card can free up internal storage space, it may also slow down app performance. It's important to monitor your device's performance and make sure that moving Spotify to the SD card doesn't cause any issues.

Method 3: Save Spotify Music to SD Card for Fee/Premium (BEST)

The above two methods are only applicable to Spotify Premium. Once your renewal expires or the original song on Spotify is grayed out, the Spotify files you downloaded to the SD card will be invalid. Therefore, we would like to introduce you to the third (best) method to store Spotify music on an SD card, no matter whether you are Spotify Free or Premium. It involves using a third-party software tool - AudiFab Spotify Music Converter to download and convert Spotify music to MP3, or other formats that are compatible with your device and then transferring the converted files to the SD card.

AudiFab Spotify Music Converter is a versatile and reliable tool designed to convert Spotify music to various audio formats, including MP3, AAC, FLAC, ALAC, AIFF, and WAV, without any loss of audio quality. Additionally, AudiFab preserves all of the ID3 tags associated with each track, including the artist, album, track name, etc., which can be useful for organizing your music library. After conversion, you can transfer your Spotify music tracks to any device to enjoy them.

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AudiFab Spotify Music Converter

  • Convert Spotify music to MP3/AAC/WAV/FLAC/AIFF/ALAC.
  • Download music from the Spotify app to the computer.
  • Keep original audio quality.
  • Retain ID3 tags and lyrics after conversion.
  • Free updates and technical support.

Below are the steps to use AudiFab Spotify Music Converter to convert Spotify music to MP3 files and transfer them to an SD card:

Download and install AudiFab Spotify Music Converter

Download and install AudiFab Spotify Music Converter on your Win/Mac. Then Launch it, select App download and the Spotify app will pop up at the same time.

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We recommend Webplayer Download on Mac for 10x speed conversion.

main interface

Add Spotify music to AudiFab

Find the music (playlists, albums, or podcasts) you want to download on the Spotify app. Drag and drop it to AudiFab. Then AudiFab will pop up a download list. Check the list and click Add.

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Choose the output format for Spotify music

Click the gear icon to navigate the settings window. Here you can select MP3, AAC, FLAC, or other formats depending on your needs. We recommend choosing (the most commonly used ) MP3 as the output format.

choose mp3 as the output format

Start the conversion process

Turn to Home interface. Click "Convert" to start the conversion process.

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Check the output files

Once the conversion is complete, the output folder you selected in Step 3 will pop up, which stores the downloaded Spotify MP3 files.

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Transfer Spotify downloads to an SD card

  • 1. Insert the SD card into your computer or device.
  • 2. Locate the local Spotify MP3 files you want to save to the SD card.
  • 3. Right-click on the files and select "Copy" or press "Ctrl+C" on your keyboard.
  • 4. Open File Explorer or Finder on your computer or device.
  • 5. Navigate to the location where the SD card is mounted.
  • 6. Right-click on an empty area in the SD card folder and select "Paste" or press "Ctrl+V" on your keyboard.
  • 7. Wait for the files to transfer to the SD card. The time it takes to transfer the files will depend on the size of the files and the speed of your SD card.
  • 8. Once the transfer is complete, eject the SD card from your computer or device.
  • transfer spotify music to sd card

Your local Spotify tracks should now be saved on the SD card and can be accessed on any device.

Extra Tips: What to Do If Unable to Move MP3s to SD Card

If you're having trouble moving files to an SD card from your computer, here are some steps you can try:

  • 1. Make sure the SD card is properly inserted and recognized by your computer. If your computer has a built-in SD card reader, make sure it is functioning properly. If you are using an external SD card reader, try using a different USB port or a different card reader.
  • 2. Check if the SD card is write-protected. Some SD cards have a physical switch that can prevent writing to the card. Make sure the switch is in the unlocked position.
  • 3. Check if the file system of the SD card is compatible with your computer. If your computer is running Windows, it may not be able to read an SD card formatted for a different file system, such as Mac OS Extended or Linux EXT. In this case, you can try reformatting the SD card to a compatible file system, such as exFAT or NTFS.
  • 4. Check if the files you are trying to transfer are too large for the SD card. If the files are larger than the available space on the card, you will not be able to transfer them.
  • 5. Try using a different method to transfer the files. You can try using a different file transfer program or method, such as dragging and dropping the files directly from your computer to the SD card, or using a cloud storage service to transfer the files.

If none of these steps work, it is possible that the SD card is faulty and may need to be replaced.


Overall, using AudiFab Spotify Music Converter is generally a more reliable way to save Spotify music to an SD card. It gives you more control over the format of the files (MP3, AAC, WAV, etc.) and allows you to play the downloaded Spotify music on a variety of devices. However, changing the storage location of Spotify may be a convenient option if your device supports it and you don't want to go through the process of downloading and converting the music.

AudiFab Spotify Music Converter is free to try. It can be downloaded for free and converts the first minute of each audio file for sample testing. If the program meets your need, you can buy a license to unlock the time limit.

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