{Solved}Spotify local files not showing

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Spotify offers its users massive library of diverse music of different languages from all around the world but sometimes some music from certain bands are artists are not available or even any music related to a certain band or artist is not available. Well, what to do then? Since Spotify allows its users to play offline music from its desktop app, they can just download their music from other sources and play it in the Spotify desktop app and then the user can also sync with their phones if both devices are on the same wifi.

But this process often causes a lot of problems and errors like the waiting to download one and sometimes even the local music files don’t even show, that is why there are many posts related to Spotify local files not showing in the Spotify forum and some other different online forums. This seems like a pretty common error among the users of Spotify and the users and we have found some working solutions for it –

How to solve Spotify local files not showing?

Here are some solutions that we have found to be working for us and many other different users who have reported these as solutions on different online communities –

Uninstall, Clear Cache & then Reinstall

Uninstalling and then clearing cache and then reinstalling solves most of the problems with Spotify desktop app. Unfortunately uninstalling and then again clearing cache is a tedious task and requires expertise or a lot of third-party apps. But there is one app known as IOBit Uninstaller, which does all the jobs.

  • Simply download and install IObit Uninstaller and then install it following the on-screen instructions.
  • Then open up the app and under ‘All Programs’ look for Spotify.
  • Click on the green dustbin icon beside it, to uninstall the app.
Click on the green dustbin icon
  • Then a new sub-window opens up, under that tick the option ‘Automatically remove residual files’ and then click on the Uninstall button. The Spotify app will be successfully uninstalled and all data and cache created by the app will also be deleted.


  • Now that you have successfully uninstalled and cleared the cache of the Spotify app simultaneously, now its time to download the latest version of Spotify. Download it and then install it and then log in to the app.
  • Now go on to the settings and turn on the ‘Show Local files’ option and then set the location of your mp3 files. And then check if all your local mp3 files are showing inside Spotify or not.

Delete Local-files.bnk

Spotify stores the location of your local music files in this file named as local-files.bnk. Deleting it often solves the local files not showing problem. Here is how you can find the file and then delete it –

  • First of all, open the Spotify app and then go to your account settings from the top right corner. Then scroll down and uncheck all the local files locations. Then close down and exit the Spotify app from the notification tray.
Uncheck all those locations
  • Then head over to “C:\Users\*USERNAME*\AppData\Roaming\Spotify\Users\******####-user\” and there you will see the file ‘local-files.bnk‘. Delete it and then reopen the Spotify app and then add your music library locations again in the Spotify settings to show the local music files.


  • Now check and see if all your local music files are being shown inside Spotify or not, it should show now.

Copy Delete & Paste your local files

In order to make Spotify refresh its local files list, you could simply be moving your local files and then again putting them back in the same location. When you perform this action Spotify will sense it and it would refresh its local files list. Here are the steps to do that –

  • First, copy all your music locals files and back them up in a different location.
  • Then delete all the music files from the original location.
  • Then go to your backup copy the files and paste them back in its original location. This should force Spotify to refresh its local files list and by now Spotify should be showing all your local music files inside the app.

Convert files to proper MP3 format

Maybe your music files are in some other file format than the ones which are supported by Spotify? Spotify only supports .mp3, .m4p(unless it contains video) & mp4(if QuickTime is installed on your computer). Unless your music files are in these formats you won’t be able to play music or it won’t even show up in the Spotify local files list.

Try using media converters to convert your files into mp3 or into any other supported formats. You can use online sites like Online Audio Converter or offline applications like Total Audio Converter to bulk convert your audio into supported formats if you have too many files. Convert those files and then copy the converted files to your library which is added in Spotify settings as the source and then see if the local converted files are being shown inside Spotify or not.

{Solved}Spotify local files not showing
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Spotify local files not showing on the desktop app or Android or iPhone app? Check out the solution we have over here.

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