How to Fix Spotify "Waiting to Download" Issue(2020)

Posted by Adam Gorden on Aug. 26, 2020 2:52 PM.
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I have a large-ish playlist that I have set on download on the phone app, so when I add new songs to it on the desktop app or on my tablet, it's supposed to automatically add those new songs to the download on my phone when I open it. I can see those newer songs in the playlist on my phone, but they don't have the green "downloaded" icon below them, and the indicator at the top reads "Waiting to download". - - Onelittleworld from Reddit

Similar issues can be seen on Spotify Community and most of the users can hardly get a proper solution from the forum. The most common one is when adding songs to a playlist and then toggle the Download button to green, instead of showing Downloading, the Spotify app is stuck on "Waiting to Download" and nothing start to download at all. Or sometimes the Download button can't even be changed and it always stays grey.

In the following parts, we're going to introduce 5 common methods and an ultimate solution to totally get out of the Spotify "Waiting to Download" issue.

Part 1: Common Ways to Fix Spotify "Waiting to Download" Issue
Part 2: Ultimate Solution: Fix Spotify "Waiting to Download" with TunesKit

Common Ways to Fix Spotify "Waiting to Download" Issue

Before you try to fix the downloading issue, make sure that you already have the latest Spotify app on your phone and computer. Sometimes reinstall the Spotify app might work. And in order to save battery, Spotify will not download songs when the phone screen is off or the Spotify app is running in the background. Keep Spotify in the front and change the sleep time to "Never Sleep" may work for some users. If you still can't fix it, stay tuned for the following solutions.

1. Make Sure Your Premium Plan is Active

Spotify only offers downloading service to Premium users. So if you're not yet a Premium user, you'll have to subscribe to a plan among Individual, Duo, Family and Student.

If you already are a Premium user, make sure your plan is not expired which can be a reason for download unavailability.

2. You Might Have Too Many Downloads

Spotify might have been ambiguous on this matter, but there's a limited number of songs you can download to your device. You can download the maximum of 10,000 songs in total and about 3,333 songs in each playlist.

So if you exceed the number, Spotify won't let you download more songs. You'll have to check out your offline library and delete some songs that you might not want to tune in in the future. And then restart the app and resume the download.

3. Check Your Phone Storage

Make sure you have enough storage on your phone to download Spotify songs. If you're running out of it, you can delete Spotify cache to free up your phone. Deleting cache will not affect songs you've already downloaded to your phone.

To delete Spotify cache:

1. Tap the Gear icon in the upper left of the Spotify home screen and scroll down to Storage.

2. Tap "Delete cache" and tap again to confirm.

spotify delete cache

4. Use the same Wi-Fi Connection to fix Spotify "Waiting to Download" Local Files

When you want to sync your local files on the computer to your phone. Make sure that your phone and computer are under the same Wi-Fi network, otherwise the files can never be synced and the Spotify app will get stuck on "Waiting to Download".

5. Change Computer Firewall Settings

If you can't download Spotify songs on the Windows system, the Defender Firewall might be the one to blame. Misconfigurations of the firewall settings can get Spotify totally unusable.

To change the Windows Firewall settings:

1. Search for Windows Firewall from the Start menu, and then open it by clicking Window Defender Firewall.

2. Click "Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall" in the upper left of the panel.

3. Click "Change settings" and then scroll down to spotify.exe and tick both under "Private" and "Public"

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Ultimate Solution: Fix Spotify "Waiting to Download" with TunesKit

If you've tried these solutions above and still can't fix the problem, or you fixed the Spotify "Waiting to Download" glitch once but it still happens from time to time, there's an ultimate solution for you.

With the TunesKit Spotify Music Converter, you can directly download all the Spotify tracks into popular formats and play them on any music player. In this way, you won't need Spotify app to download songs anymore, and there'll be no glitches downloading Spotify songs with TunesKit. Plus, no Premium will be required to download Spotify songs through this mighty tool.

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TunesKit Spotify Music Converter is designed to convert and remove DRM from Spotify song files into 6 different formats like MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV and FLAC. All the original quality of the song will be kept after converting at 5X faster speed.

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TunesKit Spotify Music Converter Key Features

  • Convert and download Spotify songs to MP3 and other formats
  • Download any Spotify contents without premium subscription
  • Play Spotify songs with no limitations
  • Save Spotify with the original audio quality and ID3 tags
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1Upload Spotify Songs to TunesKit

add spotify tracks to tuneskit

Open TunesKit software and the Spotify will be launched simultaneously. Drag and drop these tracks into the TunesKit interface.

2 Set Up Output Parameters

set output format

After adding music tracks from Spotify to TunesKit, you can choose the output audio format. There're six options including MP3, M4A, M4B, AAC, WAV and FLAC. And then you can adjust the audio quality by selecting the output channel, bit rate, and sample rate.

3 Start the Conversion

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Once all the setting is finished, click the "Convert" button to start loading Spotify music tracks. After the conversion, all the files will be saved to your specified folder. You could browse all the converted songs by clicking "Converted" and navigate to the output folder.

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