Why are songs greyed out on Spotify? You may find that some songs on Spotify are grayed out. This is an annoying problem because you can't play these songs. Spotify has never officially explained why songs are gray, nor has it given an official solution. But don't worry, we've rounded up some possible causes and 9 solutions to help you fix Spotify songs greyed out and listen to them again. Whether your gray songs are local files, downloaded songs, online music or others, you can find a solution.
Part 1. Why Are Some Songs Greyed Out on Spotify
Why are some songs not available on Spotify? If you find that Spotify not playing songs because some songs are grayed out, it means they are no longer available. This may be because Spotify stopped offering these songs due to licensing agreements. If this is not the reason, then there are some other reasons, like shown below.
1. Connection Error. Make sure the Spotify app can access the internet. Or, if you have offline mode turned on and there are some songs that haven't been downloaded, they won't play in offline mode.
2. Country/Region Restrictions. Not all Spotify songs are available in all countries. If you have recently traveled to another country, it may appear grayed out even if you have downloaded some Spotify songs. It is restricted by individual music labels, not Spotify.
3. Licensing Agreement Changes. Some tracks may also be quietly "leaked" from Spotify due to some changes in licensing agreements. You might be surprised to know that some of your top song lists are no longer available on Spotify. This is simply due to the fact that there is no copyright to these songs.
4. Format Error. If you import local audio files in formats not supported by Spotify into Spotify, the problem of Spotify local files greyed out may occur. Additionally, some of the songs you import may be copyright-protected and cannot be played on Spotify.
5. Longtime Downloaded Songs. Not listening to downloaded songs for a long time will cause Spotify downloaded songs greyed out.
6. Premium Plan Expires. If your Spotify Premium subscription ends, you will lose access to your downloaded music. All you need is to re-subscribe and download the music again.
Tips: If you can't find certain songs in your playlist, or feel like your playlist has shrunk in some way, that's a sign that Spotify has hidden gray songs that you can no longer use. You can find them by turning on the "Show unavailable songs in playlists" option under "Settings" > "Display Options". The titles of these songs appear gray and may say "Track Unavailable."
Part 2. How to Listen to Greyed out Songs on Spotify
First, we want to show you the best way to play Spotify greyed out songs. You can use DRmare Spotify Music Converter to rip and download songs from Spotify and listen to them offline using any media player. It's available for Spotify free users and premium users, so you don't need to upgrade to a premium subscription.
With super-fast 5x working speed, you can get local files of Spotify tracks. Once downloaded, you can keep these songs forever and play them anytime. You no longer have to worry about Spotify songs greyed out. Furthermore, it supports converting Spotify music to audio-only formats, including MP3, FLAC, AAC, M4A, etc. You can use it to get formats compatible with Spotify-unsupported devices. Then you can import Spotify files to unsupported devices and listen to Spotify anytime and anywhere.
DRmare Music Converter for Spotify
How to Play Greyed out Songs on Spotify by DRmare Spotify Converter
- Step 1 Load greyed out Spotify songs in DRmare
- Please download the DRmare Spotify Music Converter on your computer by clicking the 'Download' button above. Then run it and you'll see Spotify launches at the same time. You can add the songs greyed out on Spotify by dragging them into the DRmare software's interface. Or you can do it by copying the link and then entering the link to the search bar on DRmare's main screen. Next, click on the '+' icon and the audio tracks will be added to DRmare Music Converter.
- Step 2Configure the output format for Spotify songs
- Go to 'Preferences' under 'Menu' in DRmare software. Then click on the 'Convert' tab and you can customize the output audio settings for your Spotify music. Here you can reset the bit rate, audio format, and more. After then, apply the settings by hitting on the 'OK' button.
- Step 3Download Spotify greyed out songs
- Click on the 'Convert' button, the software will start downloading greyed out songs on Spotify at a 5X fast speed. When it's complete, you can find the downloaded Spotify music in the 'Converted' list. You can also head to the 'Output' folder to find them in your computer's folder. Then you can listen to these unavailable Spotify songs with any music player. And you can keep them forever so as to avoid the Spotify songs greyed out issue.
Part 3. How to Fix Spotify Songs Greyed Out - 9 Solutions
If you don't mind that Spotify grays out certain songs sometimes, you can follow the solutions below to fix it every now and then.
Fix 1. Check Your Internet Connection/Account
When you encounter the issue of Spotify songs turning gray, you need to check your internet connection first. Also, you can check if your Spotify Premium account has expired. If yes, you will not be able to access the downloaded songs.
To check your Spotify account, go to your Spotify account page and then select 'Subscriptions'.
To check your internet connection, you can follow these steps:
On Mobile Phones:
Go to the 'Settings' app on your phone. Then find and touch the 'Cellular' option. Check whether the Spotify mobile app option is turned on or not. If not, please turn it on.
On Mac Computers:
- Select the Apple 'menu' > 'System Preferences' on your Mac computer. Then hit on 'Network'.
- Choose the network connection that you want to connect to at the list on the left side. When you see the green signal, it means the connection is active.
On Windows Computers:
- For Windows 10, click on the 'Start' button. Then choose 'Settings' > 'Network & Internet' > and then 'Status'.
- For Windows 11, hit on 'Start' and type 'settings'. Then select the 'Settings' > 'Network & internet' option. And then you will see the status of the network connection at the top.
Fix 2. Use a VPN Service
In most cases, Spotify all songs greyed out issue is caused by country restrictions. Therefore, we recommend you to use a VPN service. You can then connect to a stable line, such as a US or European server. This is because Spotify offers the largest amount of streaming music in both areas. Now, follow the tips below to check your VPN network to fix the issue of song greyed out on Spotify.
- If you are using a VPN service with premium, please ensure that it is still valid.
- Try to connect your VPN to American or European services.
- Use another VPN service to try to fix Spotify greyed out songs issue.
Fix 3. Clear Spotify App Cache
Sometimes a great number of caches on Spotify could cause bugs or overload. And it will lead to Spotify songs greyed out issue. To solve this issue, you can try clearing Spotify cache.
On Android and iOS Devices:
- Go to 'Settings' on the Spotify app on your Android or iOS devices.
- Click on the 'Storage' option and choose 'Delete cache'.
- Head to the 'Settings' section on the Spotify desktop app.
- Scroll down the list and choose 'SHOW ADVANCED SETTINGS'.
- Find the 'Offline songs storage' to check where the Spotify cache is saved.
- Locate the target folder on your computer.
- Choose and delete all the files in the folder.
Fix 4. Unblock Spotify Songs
If you accidentally hide or block a song from a Spotify playlist, you won't hear it again. You may find it grayed out in your playlists. Therefore, you can unhide or unlock the songs to solve the problem.
See also: How to Hide and Unhide Spotify Songs
- Go to 'Settings' from the home screen of the Spotify app.
- Click on 'Show unavailable songs in playlists' to turn it off.
- Go to the playlist where you have unavailable songs.
- Find the hidden song and you will see there is a minus sign on it.
- Tap on the 'three dots' icon next to the song and select 'Unhidden'.
Fix 5. Re-import Songs to Your Spotify Playlist
"Why are my Spotify local files greyed out?" Check if Spotify supports your music file format. It currently supports MP3, WAV, and FLAC. Also, your music needs to be copyright-free. If they are still greyed out and you can't play them, you can use DRmare Audio Converter to remove copyright protection and convert them to MP3, WAV, FLAC, etc. Then you can upload the converted songs to Spotify and listen to them freely.
See also: How to Upload Local Files to Spotify
Fix 6. Log out and Log in Spotify App Again
If your Premium plan expires, you won't be able to listen to Spotify music offline. You will notice that the songs downloaded by Spotify are grayed out. Furthermore, if your Spotify account is banned, you will not be able to access your music library and enjoy music. So, try logging out and logging in to your Spotify account to fix Spotify all songs greyed out issue.
Fix 7. Re-download Greyed Out Spotify Songs
If you haven't listened to the downloaded songs for a long time, they will not be available. Once you download them again, you can listen to them normally. So you can solve the problem of Spotify downloaded songs greyed out by re-downloading them.
See also: How to Download Spotify Music for Free
- Open the Spotify app and log in to your Premium account.
- Choose 'Library'. Then find the Spotify greyed out songs.
- Click on 'Download' icon to download the greyed out songs on Spotify.
Fix 8. Enable Show Local Files on Spotify
If you are experiencing the issue of Spotify local files greyed out, it may be because you accidentally turned off the "Show local files" feature on Spotify. All you need to do is enable this feature and you should listen to your imported songs normally.
For Mobile Devices:
- Open the Spotify app and navigate to 'Settings'.
- Scroll down and go to the 'Local Files' section.
- Then toggle the option of 'Local audio files' on.
- Open Spotify and click on your profile and select 'Settings'.
- Scroll down to the 'Local Files' section and turn on 'Show Local Files'.
- Then turn on 'Downloads' and 'Music Library' in the 'Show songs from' section.
Fix 9. Uninstall and Reinstall Spotify App
Reinstalling the application will eliminate any temporary issues or bugs with the application. So, you can try reinstalling the Spotify app to fix the issue of greyed out songs on Spotify.
For iOS Devices:
- Power on your iOS devices. Then touch and hold on to the Spotify music app's icon.
- Choose the 'Delete App' option and then click 'Delete'.
- Head to the App Store app to install the Spotify app again.
For Android Devices:
- Access the Settings app on your Android devices.
- Choose 'Apps'. Then locate the Spotify app on the list and click on it.
- Then hit on 'Storage' > 'Clear Data'. And then press on the 'Uninstall' option.
- Enter the Google Play app to reinstall the Spotify app.
- Force close the Spotify app if you are using it now.
- Go to the Control Panel and hit on 'Programs and Features'.
- Choose the Spotify app option in the list and hit 'Uninstall'.
- After that, download and reinstall the Spotify application.
- Exist the Spotify app. And then open the Finder.
- Hit on 'Go' in the menu bar at the top. Then hold on to the 'Option' or 'Alt' key and choose 'Library'.
- Open 'Caches' and then delete the com.spotify.Client folder.
- Press on the 'back arrow'. Then launch the Application Support and delete the Spotify folder.
- On the Finder, go to the 'Applications' in the sidebar menu.
- Locate the Spotify app and drag it to 'Trash'. Then you need to empty Trash to delete Spotify app.
- At last, download Spotify from its official website and then install it again.
Part 4. FAQs about Spotify Greyed Out Songs
Q1: What Does Grayed Out Songs Mean on Spotify?
A: Greyed out songs on Spotify means that those songs are no longer available. You can't listen to them anymore.
Q2: Why Are Some Songs Greyed Out on Spotify?
A: If a Spotify song is greyed out, you can no longer connect to the resource as it should. The reason for this could be country restrictions, censorship issues, internet connection errors, and so on.
Q3: Why Are My Spotify Local Files Greyed Out?
A: It could be that Spotify doesn't support the file format you uploaded to Spotify. Or your music files may not be copyright-free. Or you may have "Show local files" turned off. To solve this problem, you can use DRmare Audio Converter to convert your audio files to copyright-free and Spotify-supported MP3, WAV, etc. files, and then turn on the "Show local files" function.
Q4: How Do I Fix Spotify All Songs Greyed Out Songs?
A: Check your internet connection, use a VPN, clear Spotify cache, log back into Spotify, unhide Spotify songs, re-download Spotify songs, reinstall Spotify, open local files on Spotify, or use DRmare Spotify Converter .
Q5: How Do I Access the Unavailable Songs on Spotify?
A: You can use DRmare Spotify Music Converter to download greyed out songs on Spotify. After downloading, you can listen to them with any music player and you can no longer worry about the problem of Spotify songs greyed out.
Part 5. To Sum Up
"Why are some Spotify songs greyed out?" It may be an account issue, file format issue, licensing agreement issue, etc. You can use the above 9 solutions to solve the problem. Also, you can use DRmare Spotify Music Converter to download Spotify gray songs without Premium. You can then listen to Spotify music offline on any device you want, without an internet connection.