Why Spotify is taking up so much memory and how to fix it

When we ran a memory check on one of our devices, we were shocked to see that Spotify was taking up almost 3GB of space. We did nothing but stream music online. After some research, we figured out how Spotify could be taking up so much memory. If you are facing the same problem, we are here to solve it and show you how to solve it on any device.

In this article, we have provided detailed steps for iPhone, Android, Mac and Windows. So, no matter which platform you use Spotify on, you can clean up and free up storage space. First, let’s start by understanding the reasons why it takes up a lot of memory.

Why is Spotify using so much memory?

Have you ever wondered how Spotify lets you listen to music offline? Well, this happens because of a mechanism called caching. Now, to ensure you have a great lag-free listening experience, Spotify stores a portion of the song you’re playing in your local storage. Now when you play it, it can easily play without lag. This process happens for all songs and podcasts.

Thus, accumulating significant storage space on your device. The good part is that this cache data is temporary and even limited to a limit depending on your storage. Also, the music you just listened to will regularly replace old songs. For most devices, the cache is usually 2-3 GB after using the app regularly for two weeks.

Additionally, Spotify Premium allows you to download music offline, which can take up a lot of storage space. Enabling the download option in your Spotify playlist means that every new song you add will automatically go offline. So turning on downloads could be another reason why Spotify is taking up so much storage space.

Learn how to easily solve this problem in the next section.

3 Ways to Reduce Spotify Storage on iPhone, Android, Mac and Windows

The Spotify app is user-friendly as it comes with an easy-to-navigate user interface. This helped us better understand why Spotify is taking up so much memory. There are 3 ways to solve these problems – you can clear Spotify cache, delete downloads and reduce download size.

While the methods are simple for mobile devices, they require a few extra steps if you’re using Spotify on Windows and Mac. However, we have covered them all in simple and clear steps for you.

1. Clear Spotify cache

Now that we understand how cache works, here’s a step-by-step procedure to clear cache on iPhone, Android, Windows, and Mac. Once you clear the cache, you will notice that Spotify will take up much less storage space.

How to clear Spotify cache on iPhone

Step 1: Tap the settings icon in the Spotify app and select Storage.

step 2: Click Clear cache and select Clear cache again to confirm.

This is what you need to do to clear the cache on your iPhone. Now that you’re on the other side and using an Android device, read on.

Clear Spotify cache on Android

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon in the Spotify app and tap Clear Cache.

step 2: Click Clear cache to confirm.

These were the steps to clear cache on mobile devices. Spotify also has apps for Mac and Windows. So, in the next two sections of the article, you will learn how to clear the cache on both systems.

Clear Spotify cache on Mac

Step 1: Open the Spotify app, click on the Spotify option in the toolbar and select Preferences.

step 2: Select and copy the path where the offline storage is located.

step 3: On your Mac’s main toolbar, click Go and select Go to Folder.

Step 4: Now paste the path and navigate to the location.

step 5: Select all files and use the Move to Trash option.

Depending on your usage, you may have a different number of files. Since we don’t seem to have used Spotify very often on our Mac, the cache was almost non-existent.

That’s all you need to do to clear the cache on your macOS devices. If you’re using a Windows machine, skip to the next section.

Delete Spotify cache from Windows PC

Just like on Mac, Spotify cache files need to be found and then deleted on Windows. And these files and folders are hidden by default. Here’s how to find these files and remove them.

Step 1: From the Start menu, search for File Explorer Options and click the first result.

step 2: Once opened, click View.

step 3: Check the “Show hidden files, folders, and drives” option.

Step 4: Click OK to apply the settings.

step 5: Now click on C drive -> Select users.

Step 6: Choose your username.

Step 7: Now go to AppData -> Local -> Packages.

Step 8: Select the folder containing the keyword “Spotify”

Step 9: Next go to LocalCache -> Spotify -> Data.

Step 10: Select all folders and click Delete.

This way you can delete all the cached files in Windows. Next, we’ll show you how to delete downloaded files.

2. Remove Spotify downloads

If you’re a premium Spotify user, you have the option to download music offline. This is another reason why Spotify takes up so much of your device’s memory.

Once you create a playlist and turn on the download option, it will automatically download all new songs added to it. This means that your consent will not be accepted every time and you may lose track of the amount of music downloaded offline.

Here’s a step-by-step procedure to delete downloaded files on iPhone, Android, Mac, and Windows.

How to delete Spotify downloads on iPhone and Android

The process of deleting downloads is similar on iPhone and Android. However, screenshots will vary.

Step 1: Open a playlist with the download option enabled and click on the download icon.

step 2: Click Delete.

This option will help you remove downloads from individual playlists. But, if you want to delete all your downloads at once, here’s how you can do it.

Step 1: Tap Settings in the Spotify app and go to Storage.

step 2: Click “Delete all downloads” and select “Delete” to confirm.

This is how to remove Spotify downloads from individual playlists or all at once on mobile devices. However, on Mac and Windows, finding all the downloaded files and deleting them at once can be risky, as you don’t want to delete essential files that affect functionality. So you can remove only downloads from playlists individually and here are the steps for the same.

Remove Spotify downloads on Mac and Windows

All you need to do is open a playlist that has the download option enabled. Click on the download icon and all your downloads will be automatically removed from the playlist.

3. Reduce the download size of Spotify files

In the previous section, we helped you remove Spotify downloads from your devices. However, downloading and listening to music offline can be important for many. So the middle ground to save space and ensure offline music is to lower the download quality. Here’s a step-by-step procedure to change the download size on all your devices.

A note: Once you change the download quality, Spotify will automatically re-download all songs in that quality. So you save space.

Reduce file size in Spotify on iPhone

Step 1: Click Settings in the Spotify app and click Sound Quality.

step 2: Now select the desired quality in the Download section.

The procedure to do the same is more or less similar on Android. Read the next section to find out.

Change Spotify download quality on Android

Step 1: Tap Settings in the Spotify app and tap the download drop-down menu.

step 2: Select the download quality.

Fortunately, Spotify has also made it possible to change the download quality on Windows and Mac. Here’s how to do it.

Download Spotify files in low quality on Mac

Step 1: Click on Spotify in the toolbar after opening the Spotify app and go to Settings.

step 2: Click the drop-down menu next to Download.

step 3: Select the download size.

If you are using a Windows machine, the procedure is quite similar. Here’s how you can change the download quality on your PC.

Keep Spotify downloads in low quality on Windows

Step 1: Click on your username in the Spotify app and select Settings.

step 2: Click on the drop-down menu next to Downloads.

step 3: Now select the download quality.

These are all methods to free up storage space occupied by Spotify downloads. We hope you’ll keep track of which playlists you have the download option enabled for.

Clean up your Spotify storage with ease

That’s all you need to know about why Spotify is taking up so much space on your device and how you can delete the cache and follow the other methods above to reduce storage space. We recommend that you check your Spotify storage and clean it every two weeks. And that’s good enough reason to save this article and come back to it when needed.