Quick Tips to Clear Up Caches from Spotify

Posted by Adam Gorden on 03/28/2018 09:43:22 AM.
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"On my Mac, I have noticed that Spotify uses quite a large cache, say, 4GB in total. That's really puzzling as I only saved dozens of tracks from Spotify. Did I miss anything? Or how to clear up those Spotify caches once and for all?" - Spotify user

If you use Spotify app quite often, you might have noticed that the storage space of your computer or the mobile device is dropping rapidly. That's simply because whenever you are streaming a song from Spotify, it will save the track onto your device so that if you ever play that song in the future, Spotify will play it from the cache directly, without having to stream from its server again. Therefore, the more songs you streamed from Spotify, the less space you'll get on your device.

If you've experienced lagging when using Spotify, it might be time to clear Spotify's cache. However, since Spotify desktop client doesn’t allow us delete the cache within the app, we'll show you the alternative ways to clear Spotify caches on computers and iPhone.

Method 1. Clear Spotify Cache Files on Mac

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There are two types of cache with Spotify, including the one used for the offline tracks you downloaded from Spotify, and the one described as above.

To delete the Spotify cache of all the streams, simply go to /Users/*USERNAME*/Library/Caches/com.spotify.client/ and then delete the folder inside. To clear up the offline files cache, you should locate this path: /Library/Application Support/Spotify/ and delete the watch-sources.bnk file.

Method 2. Clear Spotify Caches on Windows

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As Spotify provides the desktop app on Windows from its official site as well as Windows store, the ways to delete Spotify cache with those two versions are varied on Windows.

1) Remove cache from Spotify official version

The process to empty cache files from Spotify official app on Windows is similar to Mac. For the Spotify cache, go to C:\Users\*USERNAME*\AppData\Local\Spotify\ and find the Storage folder, delete it. Or head to C:\Users\*USERNAME*\AppData\Roaming\Spotify\Users\username-user\ and find the local-files.bnk, delete it.

2) Remove cache from Spotify Windows Store version

1. Navigate to your AppData folder by typing "appdata" into search bar of your computer.
2. Head to Packages - SpotifyAB.SpotifyMusic_zpdnekdrzrea0 - LocalCache - Spotify - Data.
3. Close Spotify if it's running. Then delete all the folders within Data folder.

Method 3. Clear up Spotify Caches on iPhone

Like the desktop app, there's no official solution to delete Spotify cache from iPhone yet. Instead, we are introducing some of the top tips for you with which you can optimize the app so that it takes up less space on your phone.

1) Reinstall Spotify app

One of the workable solution to free up space on iPhone is deleting and reinstalling Spotify app. Specifically speaking, once you reinstalled the app, it will download much more properly and will not produce unnecessary app caches.

2) Delete offline Spotify playlists

Deleting offline playlists from Spotify is another workaround to save space on your iPhone. To delete Spotify playlists, simply tap on the playlist title that you saved offline and then delete the playlist accordingly.

3) Reduce stream Quality of Spotify

You can also choose to lower the Spotify streaming quality in order to make Spotify performs better. To do so, simply open go to Edit -> Preferences -> Playback and then uncheck the High Quality Playback option.

More Tips: Download and Play Spotify Songs Anywhere

As we mentioned above, caches could help to reduce Spotify stress from its server. It's also a great way used by Spotify to prevent users from walking off its songs. Further more, it only lets paid users to download songs offline. And even worse, it's impossible to play Spotify songs on non-authorized devices due to Spotify's DRM. Therefore, if you are wondering how to break the restriction and play Spotify music anywhere, you are suggested to use a third-party solution like TunesKit Spotify Music Converter to remove DRM lock and download any Spotify track and playlist as MP3, AAC, FLAC, etc. even if you are using free account. For more details, you can visit: How to Download Spotify Songs as MP3.

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