Spotify no longer deletes your downloads when you clear your cache

Spotify on Android.
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The Spotify app on Android and iOS now lets you clear your cache without affecting your downloaded songs. That’s a minor quality of life improvement for users who want Spotify to take up less storage space but still want to be able to listen to songs while offline.

The update appears to have quietly rolled out over the past few weeks to Android users, as spotted by Android Police and confirmed by The Verge. Spotify will also now clarify that downloads aren’t being deleted when you delete your cache, which could provide additional peace of mind. After all, who wants to be stuck in a dead zone without music?

The new feature is available in the latest version of the Android and iOS apps. For users of either version, they should see the option after heading into Settings > Storage.

Spotify on iOS


I think the headline is misleading.

Clearing the cache for Spotify (which you can do on Android) has always worked in the same way – it clears songs which are not saved in your library, but which you have listened to recently.

The new feature just adds a way to do that through the UI (admittedly for the first time on iOS).

No, Spotify on Android has always not only deleted downloaded songs but also logged you out. It was a pain in the *. I am glad they fixed this issue.

Are you sure you were pressing "CLEAR DATA" not "CLEAR CACHE"?

No in the spotify app when you clear cache it deletes all your downloaded songs and logs you out. Its been a problem for a long time. I got tired of doing and redownloading everything so the moment I heard this I logged in and clear 5GB of cache and never had to log out.

Clearing cache through Android in app settings is not the same thing. Downloaded songs are treated as actual data, not cache. That was the problem.

This is a good update. I have 10 GB of cache on Spotify Android, but maybe only 30-40 songs saved for offline use and I’ve always avoided clearing the cache because I don’t want to have to go through the hassle of re-downloading those 30-40 songs again.

30-40? i have a playlist with ~2000 songs, all downloaded on the sd card

I use Apple Music, I wonder who else can top useless replies to a comment.

my comment was only justifing how painful it was to deal with clearing cache in previous versions

Do they let us define the cache size on iOS now?
I’ve cancelled my subscription back at the time because the cache would eat up 3-4 gb and not stop even when my storage was full. So while listening i always had a popup sayin storage is full…
Deezer lets the user define cache size.

Do they let us define the cache size on iOS now?

Unfortunately, no.

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