[Fixed] Spotify Music Struck on Waiting to Download

"I have subscribed to Sotify Premium, but when I try to download songs on my iPhone/Android, it simply says "Waiting to Download". Have tried several times and the result is the same. What happened? Please help." - Question form the Spotify community.

Although we are living in a modern world with 4G and Wifi fast internet speed, it is a common sense that we still need to download music for offline listening on places where we don't have access to any connection.

Many streaming platforms offer the download feature on their premium services. Take Spotify music for example, you can download up to 10000 songs for 3 devices after paying for the premium subscription $9.99/month.

So why Spotify premium users are stuck on the downloading issue? Now let's explore the reasons and solutions.

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Part 1. Best Solutions about Spotify Waiting to Download Issue

There are many common reasons why Spotify music downloading process is stuck such as network, firewall and so on. Following are the proven solutions you should try first.

1. Don't Exceeded the Downloading Limitations

Spotify only allows to download on up to 3 devices 10000 songs. So please make sure the total tracks you downloaded are less than 10000 songs. Also, for each of your iPhone or Android phone, please make sure you download less than 3333 tracks.

If it is because you have exceeded the downloading limitation, you can try to delete a few Spotify songs from your device and then try again to download the new tracks. It should work.

2. Uninstall and Reinstall Spotify

This is another intuitive solution we can think of. Spotify keeps rolling out new features and removing old features. If you are using an old version, it is possible to cause compatibility issue. Many users have try to reinstall Spotify to fix the issue of Spotify waiting to download. So you can give it a try too.

By the way, if you are using a hacked Spotify Premium version such as the Spotify++, it is normal that you will encounter the songs won't download issue. So please make sure you installed the official version.

3. Disable the Antivirus or Firewall

Generally the well-known Antivirus and Firewalls won't have such issue. But some less-known firewalls may misreport legal software and operations and block the processes. I have found some users encounter the same Spotify waiting to download issue and solve it by simply removing the security software like McaFee and Avast.

4. Reset Your Network

No matter what kind of networks 2G/3G/4G/Wifi you have, it is possible the network has a lockout time. So you can restart your Wifi router or turn on/off the airplace mode to reset the mobile network.

Also, please make sure there is not a proxy settings else it will affect the Internet connection.

5. Clean Up Your Phone Space

To download Spotify songs offline smoothly, you need to make sure your phone has big enough remaining space. If your phone internal storage is full, you can also try to save Spotify songs to an SD card.

Part 2. The Most Reliable Way to Solve Spotify Waiting to Download Issue

Due to the DRM limitation, it is not possible to download songs from Spotify directly like MP3 files. When you download Spotify songs, they are encrypted from the Spotify server before caching on your local device.

If you have tried all the top 5 solutions about but still can't fix Spotify being stuck on waiting to download issue, the most reliable alternative way is to use third-party software to DRmare Spotify Playlist Downloader for Mac/Windows to help you solve this issue easily and conveniently.

DRmare Music Downloader for Spotify

drmare spotify music converter
  • It adobts the most advanced downloading and cracking technology with 5X speed
  • Keeps original quality and ID 3 tags, also you can edit the metadata, album cover
  • Enable you to distribute Spotify songs to iPhone, Android which is not possible before
  • Save your money. By downloading to MP3, you don't need Spotify premium anymore

Can't wait to do that? Please just click the "Download" button to download the software to your Windows or Mac computer. And then follow me to download Spotify music.

Step 1Add Spotify music
import spotify music
You can drag & drop songs, playlists or albums from Spotify desktop app to DRmare main screen. DRmare will recognize the songs which you want to download immediately. You can import up to 100 songs at a time.
Step 2Choose output format
select mp3 output format
DRmare supports many output formats MP3, M4A, AAC, M4B, WAV, FLAC. But the most popular one is MP3 which has good quality and small size. Here I will choose MP3.
Step 3Download Spotify songs within 1 click
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Check to make sure everything is ready and click "Convert". Then you just wait a little while to get all your Spotify songs offline.
That is it. Without any hassles, you will have the Spotify music you want. And you surely won't encounter the waiting on download issue anymore. To transfer songs to Android, you just need to copy and paste them. For iOS devices, you can import Spotify songs to iTunes and sync them.

July 12, 2019 6:03 pm

Posted by Harry Zamorski to Spotify Music Tips