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How to Add Songs to Spotify That Are Not on Spotify

Have you ever wondered whether you could add your own songs to Spotify?

Spotify has over 70 million tracks on its streaming service.

Even so, there might be some songs that are not available on Spotify.

For example, some YouTube songs are not available on Spotify because they are not uploaded to it yet.

As a result, you have to manually add those songs to Spotify if you want to listen to them there.

Otherwise, you’ll have to listen to those songs elsewhere.

In this guide, you’ll learn how to add songs to Spotify that are not on Spotify in 4 simple steps.

How to add songs to Spotify that are not on Spotify

To add songs to Spotify that are not on Spotify, you first need to convert a YouTube video to MP3.

Then, you need to enable the “Show local files” option, copy the MP3 files, and paste them into the “Downloads” folder.

After you’ve pasted them in the “Downloads” folder, those songs will appear on Spotify.

You can see your newly added songs on the “Local Files” tab.

The “Local Files” tab is only visible if you’ve enabled the “Show local files” option in your preferences.

Keep in mind that only the files that are in “MP3” format, in your downloads, and in your media player will be displayed.

If your MP3 files are in another folder (e.g. Documents), they will not be displayed on the “Local Files” tab.

Here’s how to add songs to Spotify that are not on Spotify:

  1. Convert a YouTube video to MP3
  2. Go to your Spotify preferences and enable “Show local files”
  3. Copy the MP3 files and paste them in the “Downloads” folder
  4. View your songs under “Local Files” on Spotify

1. Convert a YouTube video to MP3

YouTube to MP3 converter

If you want to add YouTube songs to Spotify, you need to convert them into MP3 using an online converter first.

If you already saved a bunch of MP3 files to add to Spotify, you can skip this step.

To begin with, you need to download the songs that you want to add to Spotify as an MP3 file.

To do that, open YouTube and navigate to the song that you want to download.

Then, copy the video’s link by clicking on share > copy.

Next, go to a YouTube to MP3 converter like “YTMP3”.

Alternatively, you can search for “YouTube to MP3 converter” on Google and click on the first search result.

Once you’re on the converter, paste the YouTube video’s link on the converter and click on “Convert”.

After the video is converted, make sure to save it in your “Downloads” folder.

Repeat this process until you’ve downloaded all the songs that you want to add to Spotify as an MP3 file.

2. Go to your Spotify preferences and enable “Show local files”

Spotify preferences

Open Spotify > three dots > Edit > Preferences.

The second step is to allow Spotify to show your local files.

Firstly, open Spotify and click on the three dots at the top of the sidebar.

After you’ve clicked on the three dots, a navigation menu will be opened with multiple options including “File”, “Edit”, “View”, and more.

Click on “Edit” to open a second navigation menu.

On the second navigation menu, you’ll see multiple options including “Undo”, “Redo”, “Cut”, and more.

Click on “Preferences” at the bottom of it to navigate to your preferences on Spotify.

Show local files on Spotify

Local Files > enable “Show Local Files”.

After you’ve clicked on “Preferences”, you’ll land on your Spotify settings.

On there, you’ll see the language, explicit content, music quality settings, and more.

The option that you’ll need to find is the “Show Local Files” option.

Scroll down the settings until you find the “Local files” header.

Then, enable the “Show Local Files” option to allow Spotify to show your local files.

The “Show Local Files” is disabled by default, so you’ll have to enable it in order to add your own songs to Spotify.

Proceed to the next step to learn how to add songs to Spotify.

3. Copy the MP3 files and paste them in the “Downloads” folder

How to add songs to Spotify

Copy the MP3 files that you want to add to Spotify.

Now that you’ve enabled the “Show Local Files” option, you can add songs to Spotify.

Firstly, navigate to the song(s) that you want to add to Spotify.

Keep in mind that you can only add MP3 files.

If you have an MP4 file, you need to convert it to MP3 using an online converter before you can add it to Spotify.

Once you’ve found the songs that you want to add to Spotify, highlight the songs by holding on to the “ctrl” key on your keyboard.

Then, right-click your mouse and click on “Copy” to copy the songs.

Paste files on the Downloads folder

Paste the MP3 files that you’ve just copied in the “Downloads” folder.

Now that you’ve copied the songs that you want to add to Spotify, you need to paste them in the “Downloads” folder.

Firstly, navigate to the “Downloads” folder on the sidebar of the File Explorer.

You can do so by going to This PC > Downloads.

Once you’re in the “Downloads” folder, right-click your mouse on it and click on “Paste”.

Pasting songs in the “Downloads” folder will automatically add them to Spotify.

This is because Spotify will only display songs from the “Downloads” folder and the “Music Library”.

Hence, if you don’t add songs to the “Downloads” folder, Spotify will not display them.

Proceed to the last step to learn how to view your newly added songs on Spotify.

4. View your songs under “Local Files” on Spotify

How to add songs on Spotify that are not on Spotify

To view your newly added songs, click on “Local Files” on Spotify.

Now that you’ve pasted the MP3 files in the “Downloads” folder, they’ll be added to Spotify.

To see your newly added songs, click on “Local Files” on the sidebar under the “Your Library” header.

All of your MP3 files in your “Downloads” folder will be displayed on the “Local Files” tab.

Keep in mind that if you have an MP4 file, it will not be displayed.

Hence, you need to convert all of the MP4 files into MP3 files first.

You can also add the songs to a playlist by hovering over a song, clicking on the three dots, and clicking on “Add to Playlist”.

Then, select the playlist that you want to add the song to or create a new playlist for it.

Then, the song will go to the playlist that you’ve selected.

You’ve successfully learned how to add songs to Spotify that are not on Spotify!

Conclusion

Spotify is one of the most popular streaming services in the world.

If you have a lot of songs stored on your computer, it’s a good idea to add them on Spotify.

Otherwise, you’ll have to find the song that you want to play manually in the File Explorer.

However, you need to make sure to convert your songs into MP3 first.

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