Post Malone. Billie Eilish. Lil Nas X.
All popular musicians. All Grammy nominees. All successful.
Do you know what else they have in common?
They all got their start on Soundcloud.
And aside from jumpstarting music careers…
Soundcloud also happens to allow users to enjoy listening offline.
Continue reading to find out:
- 5 easy steps to listen to Soundcloud offline.
- 7 causes why Soundcloud’s offline listening isn’t working and how to fix them.
- One requirement before you can access Soundcloud’s offline listening feature.
- And a lot more…
Can you listen to Soundcloud offline?
You can listen to Soundcloud offline. You’ll just have to subscribe to either Soundcloud Go or Soundcloud Go+. After subscribing, you’d need to add songs and playlists to your Soundcloud library. After that, download them. You’ll then be able to access your downloaded music for offline listening.
How to listen to Soundcloud offline? 5 steps
Important note: You’d need to be a paid subscriber to access Soundcloud’s offline listening.
As with Spotify, offline listening won’t work on Soundcloud’s free accounts.
The good thing is that Soundcloud’s subscription fee is affordable.
Soundcloud Go’s only $4.99 monthly.
And here are the benefits you’ll get:
- Offline listening.
On the other hand, Soundcloud Go+ costs $9.99 per month.
In addition to all the benefits of Soundcloud Go, you’ll also get:
- DJ tools.
- Best audio quality.
- Full Soundcloud catalog access.
Already a subscriber?
Let’s proceed with the steps, then.
#1: Connect your smartphone to the internet
Just like Amazon Music, you can listen to Soundcloud offline.
It’s just that you’ll need to download the tracks and albums first.
And for that, you’d need a stable network connection.
So ensure that your device’s WiFi or cellular data is working properly.
#2: Add songs to your Liked Tracks
Liked Tracks is a section in your library that includes individual songs.
So add all the songs that you’d like to download in this section.
It’s as easy as pressing the Like icon on individual tracks.
#3: Add content to your Playlists & Albums
You can also press Like on entire playlists and albums as with individual songs.
And they’ll all go to this section.
#4: Download your library contents
Now that your library contents are full of tracks, playlists, and albums…
You may begin downloading. The process is the same whether you’re an iOS or Android user.
How to download individual tracks
- From the Soundcloud home page, click the Library icon.
- Tap Liked Tracks.
- Tap the Download button. It’s the one beside Shuffle.
How to download a playlist or an album
- Tap the Library icon.
- Select Playlists & Albums.
- Launch a playlist or album that you want to download.
- Click the Download button. It’s next to the Like icon.
You’ll see a progress bar whether you’re downloading a track or a playlist.
In iOS devices, it’s at the bottom of the screen. On Android phones, you can find it in the pull-down menu.
And how long it’ll take will depend on 2 things:
- Your internet’s download speed.
- The number of tracks to download.
Want to know how to download via desktop instead? Check out this video below:
#5: Access your library to start listening offline
Now that you’ve finished downloading, you may start listening offline.
Even after disconnecting your phone from the internet, you’d have full access to your library.
And you should be able to play all the tracks, albums, and playlists there.
Bonus: Automatically save your library
Want an easier way to save music for offline listening?
You may simply enable the Save automatically option.
The Soundcloud app will automatically save everything you’ve liked when this option’s on.
How to enable Soundcloud’s auto-save feature
- From Soundcloud’s home screen, click the Settings icon.
- Select Offline listening settings.
- Look for Save automatically and toggle it on.
In addition, you may also choose to only download via WiFi.
On average, a single Soundcloud track is around 3 to 5 MB.
So imagine if you want to download over a hundred songs. And you’re using cellular data.
Then the download will eat up a significant portion of your data allocation.
That’s why it’s better to turn on the WiFi-only download option.
How to restrict downloading to only WiFi
- Select Settings.
- Go to Offline listening settings and click it.
- Switch on the Only save via WiFi option.
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Why can’t I listen to Soundcloud offline? 7 causes & fixes
#1: Soundcloud Go isn’t available in your country
I did mention that you need a Soundcloud subscription to listen offline.
But Soundcloud Go and Go+ are only available in select countries.
Among them include:
- United Kingdom.
You’ll see a message on Soundcloud’s checkout page if you’re not eligible to subscribe.
How to fix it:
You may use Virtual Private Network (VPN) to bypass geographical restrictions.
Here are some of the best VPN services for Soundcloud:
Using the VPN, you may get an IP address from a country where Soundcloud Go’s available.
Note: VPN services also have a subscription fee. It can range from $3 to $15. Depending on the length of your subscription.
#2: You signed out of Soundcloud
“Where did all my downloads go?”
The files go to the Soundcloud app’s temporary storage whenever you download.
This means that if you somehow signed out…
The app will also delete all those downloaded audio files.
How to fix it:
You’re going to have to redownload your songs, albums, and playlists.
I know. It can be frustrating. Where you have to do it all over again.
But there’s really no other workaround available.
So just be careful next time. And ensure that you stay signed in on the Soundcloud app.
#3: You uninstalled and then reinstalled Soundcloud
So you may have experienced some glitch on your Soundcloud app.
And you decided to uninstall it. And then reinstall it.
Normally, it helps fix various issues.
However, with Soundcloud, doing that will also delete your saved music.
How to fix it:
The good thing is that even if you deleted and reinstalled Soundcloud…
All your liked tracks and saved playlists should still be in your library. So you won’t have to worry about starting over. And having to re-add everything.
You’ll only need to redownload them for offline listening.
#4: Your phone’s memory is full
The Soundcloud app saves files locally. In other words, your downloads are all on your phone’s storage.
So you’d need enough space to store those offline contents.
How to fix it:
If your phone’s storage is full, look for files or apps to delete.
I’m sure we all have apps on our phones that we barely use. And are therefore taking up unnecessary space on our phone’s memory.
You may refer to the guide below on quick ways to delete apps on iOS and Android.
How to quickly delete apps on iOS
- Go to your iPhone’s home screen.
- Press and hold the app that you want to delete.
- Tap Remove App.
- Select Delete App to confirm.
How to easily delete apps on Android
- Launch the Google Play Store app.
- Select your profile pic on the top-right.
- Scroll down to Manage apps & devices and click it.
- Select Manage.
- Select the app that you want to uninstall.
- Select Uninstall.
In addition, Android users also have the option to expand their phone’s memory. Just insert a microSD card that’s compatible with your phone.
#5: You’ve reached your Soundcloud app’s storage limit
The Soundcloud app also has a storage limit option.
Essentially, you can limit your phone’s storage allocation for the Soundcloud app.
It’s best to turn this option on if you’re worried about running out of memory space. Or if you’re auto-downloading using your cellular data.
And in your case, you’ve likely already reached this limit. That’s why you can’t download audio files.
How to fix it:
You can increase your Soundcloud storage limit.
Or simply make it unlimited. Where Soundcloud can take up as much storage space is available on your phone.
To do that:
- Open the Settings menu.
- Tap Offline listening settings.
- Look for Storage limit and adjust the slider.
#6: Network connection problem
It’s also possible that you can’t listen offline because the download wasn’t successful.
And it’s likely due to a poor or unstable internet connection.
How to fix it:
Disconnect your phone from the internet. And then reconnect it again.
The fastest way to do that is to swipe down from the top of your iOS or Android device. Then tap either the WiFi or cellular data icon. And tap it again to reconnect.
In addition, you may also restart your modem and router if you’re using WiFi.
- Disconnect the router and modem from their power source.
- Wait for 30 seconds.
- Plug the modem and router back into the outlet.
Once your phone has reestablished WiFi connection, try to redownload from Soundcloud.
#7: The song or playlist owner disabled offline listening
You’ve likely experienced this with Soundcloud.
You found a song or playlist that you really love. So you pressed like. And then decided to download it.
Only this time, you can’t find the download button.
And when that happens, it only means one thing…
The owner disabled offline listening.
How to fix it:
You may try to contact the owner. And ask for permission to download.
Just click on their profile name to visit their page.
Many Soundcloud users provide contact details on their profile page.
Bonus: There’s an issue with your subscription
Since offline listening only works on subscribed accounts…
It’s also important to manage your subscription. Your card or banking account may have had issues. Or a glitch in Soundcloud somehow ended your subscription.
So ensure that your monthly payments are going through. That way, you can continue to enjoy listening offline.
How to fix it:
You won’t be able to manage your subscription via the app.
So go to your laptop or computer. Launch a browser. And go to Soundcloud’s official site.
Then follow the steps below:
- Sign in to your Soundcloud account.
- Select Subscription on the right side menu.
- Select Use a different card.
Note: Aside from credit or debit cards, you may also choose to pay via Paypal.