How to download Spotify playlists for easy offline listening



Welcome back!

Today’s “Tip Tuesday” comprises a step-by-step guide for downloading songs and playlists from spotify, straight to your device!

I have talked about my love of running, but have I mentioned that I like to listen to music when I run? I find that music helps to motivate me even on days when my legs don’t want to get it done. I like to match the beat to my cadence (i.e., 170 beats per min on easy runs, and 180+ for speed workouts!).

Back in college, I had all my songs loaded onto my iPod (does anyone still use these?), and that was how I brought music with me on the run. My iPod couldn’t hold that many songs, and since I was a broke college student, I couldn’t afford to buy new tunes all the time. This meant that I would get pretty tired of hearing the same songs over and over while running.

Years later, with the advent of smartphones came streaming of music.  Spotify quickly became my very favorite app. I love having access to so many songs (and now podcasts and other stuff too!), and how easy it is to customize my own playlists. For free!

When I was training for my first marathon, I found a giant playlist on Spotify with thousands of songs that were each 180 bpm. Sweet! I copied a LOT of these into my own running playlist and enjoyed the heck out of them on my runs.

But then, I realized that when ads would come on every so often, it would totally interrupt my running zen. Also, I found that I would frequently max out my ‘skips’ and end up stuck listening to something I wasn’t “feelin” –> ok, so not the absolute worst thing in the world, but not great for running mojo either.

I knew that Spotify Premium would mean unlimited skips and no ads, but I hesitated. Was it worth the price?

The final thing that tipped the scale for me was when I was out on my first 20 mile run of the training season. I was deep into the run, clicking along and grooving to the music, when the music suddenly went silent. I had randomly lost phone reception. Gah! Dead zones kill me. It sucked to listen to silence. The distraction threw me off my groove and I struggled mentally to get through those remaining miles.

After this same thing happened a few times, I got nervous about the possibility of dead zones along the marathon course. There is enough to worry about on race day without the added frustration of your music dying.

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Then I remembered that Spotify Premium allows downloading of music so that it is available offline. And that was that.

Yup, I immediately signed up for Spotify Premium. (There is a free 30 day trial, then it’s $9.99/month). Not a bad price to pay for unlimited ad-free music and unlimited skips.

And the biggest bonus of all is being able to download my entire marathon playlist to my phone! This alleviated the stress about spotty reception along the race course. AW YISSS.

Thank you Spotify for saving my marathon. And big ups to my Jaybird bluetooth earbuds for being wireless… seriously, Spotify + Jaybirds = winning combination!

So here is a step-by-step guide showing what I did to build and download my marathon playlist. Also, note that I use a PC computer and Android phone.

  1. Click on the playlist you’d like to access (I used this one). 
  2. Click the “Follow” button. 
    • The playlist will be added to your list of playlists in your spotify account.
    • You will not be able to modify the original playlist.
  3. Open the spotify app.
    • The playlist you have just followed should show up in your list of playlists.
    • You can stream or copy from the playlist, but you cannot modify it.
  4. Create your own playlist.
    • Click on “file” and select “new playlist”.
    • Name your playlist.
  5. Customize your playlist.
    • Add songs to your new playlist by drag/dropping or right-clicking & selecting “add to playlist”
    • I copied my favorites from the “90/180 BPM” playlist.
  6. Download playlist for offline listening.
    • Open the new playlist you created.
    • There should be a line above the first song labeled “available offline.” Click the button to the right of this.
    • I recommend doing this while connected to wifi, as downloading can take a while, particularly for bigger playlists.
    • You can download up to 3000 songs.

Another note: In the years since I trained for my first marathon, Spotify has added a nifty little running feature that allows you to stream music based on your preferred BPM. You can access this feature from the app by clicking on “Browse” then scrolling until you see the “running” icon/image. You can pick from a number of pre-sorted playlists, including latin, pop, and country. When you select a playlist, you can also choose your specific bpm.

Bear in mind that while this feature is pretty awesome and I use it all the time, I’d still recommend following the above steps and having at least one playlist downloaded. After all, you just never know when ya may hit a dead zone.

And there you have it!

I feel I should also note that I have been downloading playlists for other non-running parts of my life too. For example, I rarely pay for wifi while flying, so having music available offline is perfect for those times. When Joel and I went to Kenya to visit family, music helped those 8 hour plane rides go much faster. Other places where offline music have come in handy for me are in the basement of my office building and in the subway! 🙂 Yesss.

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Do you use spotify? What was the last song you listened to? 


50 thoughts on “How to download Spotify playlists for easy offline listening

  1. Great post. I’ve flipped between Spotify and Amazon Music, tried both free and paid-for versions. Think I’ll return to Spotify when the next month of Amazon is up.
    Last song listened to was on a Casting Crowns album, not a running beat 🙂


    1. I haven’t tried Amazon music myself, but have heard good things! Music, TV,… Amazon really does have everything these days! Casting Crowns reminds me of college! 😁


  2. I love Spotify and have some pretty good race day playlists saved. I still do go old school with an iPod Shuffle sometimes. I trust it more than anything and it’s convenient to turn the music on and off or skip songs while racing.


    1. Over the years I have thought many times about getting a Nano for that very reason! That said, I do like to have my phone on me just in case of some kind of emergency. But it would be great if I could shrink it down to a quarter of its size. lol! 🙂


  3. I enjoyed reading this. I am one of the few who still uses an iPod or my iPhone to stream music, but your thoughts on Spotify has me itching to try it out! I think I’ll do the trial and see what I think! I bet I will find that I can’t live without it! Thanks for sharing!


  4. Haha I still use Ipod during my workouts! Thats because I had no idea about Spotify or any kind of that! But now I know so I will problably do as you do..sign up for the spotify premieum because I do get so sick of the same music from my Ipod!😂🙏


  5. Great idea! I also struggle with losing reception. I didn’t have a radio Iin my car so phone Spotify it was… annoying ads and everything. Wish I would have known this back then but glad to know it now.


    1. My husband does the same thing – he hooks up his phone to play music in the car — coolest thing ever! 🙂 I hope you’re enjoying your weekend!


  6. Congratulations on finishing your marathon! I am incredibly impressed. I myself am a runner, so finishing a marathon appears to be the ultimate goal. It seems that working out without music is simply impossible. -And believe it or not, I still play it from my iPod. 😉


  7. I LOVE SPOTIFY!!! It is definitely my music app of choice. I didn’t know with spotify premium you could listen wirelessly, I’m going to consider doing that. I love to listen to audiobooks when I run, have you ever done that? It keeps my mind very focused on whats happening in the storyline (and free through my library!). Thanks for this tip 🙂


    1. Hi Amber! I love audiobooks! I’m all over Audible 🙂 haha! I mostly listen to them when I’m driving or cooking, but I could see audiobooks being great for easy/long runs too! Thanks for the suggestion, and I hope you’re having an amazing week so far! 🙂


  8. Spotify is one of the apps that seems so useful but I just don’t understand yet. I haven’t taken the time to really play with it. It’s cool that you can get playlists from it though. I will have to try this out.


    1. It’s pretty cool once you get the hang of it! I suggest checking out the free version – there are some ads every now and then, but it’s still pretty awesome! 🙂


    1. Yes girl, gone are the days of listening to the same 40 songs in a row on my PDA <– yes i really did this in college before i got my first ipod lol 😂 i hope your week is starting off well!


  9. I’ve been hearing about Spotify all over the internet and never got what it was. I had an iPod classic until it died years ago. I’ll defiantly have to check it and this post helped me a lot.


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