How to use iPhone as a remote to control Spotify running on Computer



  • If you want to play Spotify music through Bluetooth speakers, you’ll need to find the music that you want to play and then synchronize your phone, tablet, or computer with the Bluetooth speakers.

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  • When using the Spotify app on a computer, you’ll see an option called Local Files on the home page’s sidebar; this is where Spotify compiles a list of all of your computer’s music files.

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How to Access Local Files on Mobile

Even though you cannot add music from your smartphone or tablet, you can access the tracks you added to Spotify from your PC on your mobile device, as long as you have a premium account. If you have a Spotify Free account, you can only add and listen to local files on your computer. Thee tracks still appear on your mobile with a free account, but you can’t play them.

How to Access Local Files to Spotify on Android

If you want to listen to local files on your mobile app, you still have to insert them through your computer by following the steps outlined in the previous section. Once you have moved the local music files to a new playlist, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Spotify app.
  2. Locate the new album with the local files.
  3. Download the entire album by tapping on the arrow icon.

Now you will be able to listen to the local files freely.

Note: Both your phone and computer have to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

How to Access Local Files to Spotify on iPhone

Once again, you can’t add local files directly from your phone, as you can only listen to them as a Premium user. The process of accessing the local songs on an iPhone has a few additional steps:

  1. Open the Spotify app.
  2. Go to Settings at the top right corner of your screen.
  3. Scroll down to Local Files.
  4. Toggle the Local audio files switch.
  5. Find the local songs, whether they are all stored in one playlist or different ones. Download the playlists. (You have to download the entire playlist since Spotify doesn’t allow you to download separate songs.)

Control Spotify on Mac from Android

This one is academic, to a point, because who has a Mac and buys an Android? However, you might find yourself at a party or somewhere else where this might come in handy. Crucially, you can in fact control Spotify on a Mac with Android

1. Install Remoteless’ “helper” app on your Mac. You can download it here, or if a new version has come out since we wrote this tutorial, check for that here. Once you have that installed, the app automatically run when you start your Mac, so you won’t need to deal with it in the future.

2. Next, buy the Remoteless Android app for two bucks. There is currently no Spotify remote control that is available for free on Android (please let us know if you find one), so there’s no way around this at the moment. However, if you listen to a lot of Spotify on your computer this is easily worth it — especially considering the cost of traditional hardware remote controls.

3. Run the app and select ‘New Connection.’

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4. Find your Spotify username and the name of your computer from the list.

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5. Now the app is connected to Spotify on your Mac.

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6. You can now choose any playlist in your Spotify account and play it:

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Or, you can search for any artist, track, or album:

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7. If you want to share a link to any Spotify song you’re listening to within the app with someone; repeat the song; or shuffle within a playlist, simply tap the middle of the now-playing screen:

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…and the option will appear to shuffle, repeat, or share (using whatever standard sharing features are available on your Android):

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How to start a Spotify group session on your cell phone?

  • To start a Group Session, open Spotify and tap on the Now Playing tab at the bottom of the screen.
  • Then, click on the computer and player icon and find the code under Start a group session tab.
  • Show it to your friends so they can scan it with their devices (choose Scan to join) and point the camera at the code.
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After the setup, everyone invited can choose what to play on their own device.

Listen to All Your Music on Spotify

Now you’ve learned how to add local files to your Spotify library, how to play the local files on your mobile app, and many more tricks. There is a ton of options Spotify has to offer, and once you figure it all out, listening to music will be an even better experience. By combining new tunes uploaded on Spotify every day and your own local songs, you can create the most personalized playlists ever.

Have you ever added local songs on Spotify? Did you use the instructions outlined in this article? Let us know in the comments section below.