As Spotify caches music, it begins to use more and more of your precious storage. Here's a brief guide to stop it and regain your space.
Why Does Spotify Use So Much Storage?
Spotify caches music on-the-fly so it can load it faster when you start listening. If you've got a fast and stable internet connection, though, you don't really need it to cache so much data.
I actually discovered this while going through my SSD using WizTree, a really helpful little application that shows you which files and folders are using the most space on your drives. It only takes a few seconds to scan, too!
I got a 128gb SSD a month ago and I've already filled it up.— Sam 🔗 (@samisoffIine) July 11, 2020
I have a problem.
How to Lower Spotify Cache Size
Lowering the amount of space Spotify uses is actually more difficult than it should be, but it only takes a few minutes to do.
C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Packages\Spotify[...]\LocalState\Spotify\prefsin a code editor like VS Code or Notepad++ - the
Spotify[...]directory has a very long, weird name, but there will only be one of them
- Add the following to a new line:
storage.size=512- this limits the cache size to 512MB, or half a gigabyte. You can adjust as needed
- Exit Spotify, and wait about 30 seconds for it to fully close
- Delete the folder
C:\Users\<user>\AppData\Local\Packages\Spotify[...]\LocalCache\Spotify\Data- Spotify will recreate it next time it's launched
- Open Spotify and thank me on Twitter <3
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