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What is Offline Mode?

What is Offline?

With the Offline Mode, you can save music directly to your device instead of streaming over the web. This allows you to listen to your favorite tracks when you cannot connect to the internet, or when you wish to not use your mobile data plan. Both the album and all playlists can be saved for listening Offline. You can choose thousands of tracks. The Offline Mode works on all mobiles and tablets supported by TIDAL.


Here are a few good scenarios where offline content is particularly useful: 

  1. Listen to music on-the-go and abroad without worrying about high data costs.
  2. Listen to music when you have a poor or no Internet connection, like in an airplane or when you are driving in places with poor cell service. 
  3. Offline is energy efficient compared to streaming.

How to 'Download' Music to your Device?

As you gain familiarity with the app you will notice an Offline switch throughout the music content you are browsing.

It’s easy to add albums and playlists for offline listening. Here’s how:

- Click on any album or playlist.

- Press the offline switch right below the playlist or album name

- You have now started the download of the tracks.

-Inversely, to remove a downloaded playlist used for offline, just turn the switch to the off position. This will free up storage space on your device. 


Download Queue

The albums or playlists you have selected to store offline will be put in a queue for downloading. You can add multiple albums and playlists immediately, without waiting. You get to the Download Queue by pressing the ‘Offline Content’ button in the bottom menu and then swiping to ‘Download Queue’.

It is important to note for iPhone and iPad users that the TIDAL app must be actively running (the screen cannot go black) for the music to completely download. 


How to Use TIDAL Offline?

You can set TIDAL in Offline Mode when logged into the app. Once you are logged in, select ‘Offline’ from the bottom menu.

Press ‘Offline’ again to go back online.

By activating this offline switch, you will be able to enjoy only the content that is downloaded to your device. Think of this switch as an 'Airplane Mode' for the TIDAL app. You will not be able to stream any content that is not downloaded on your device.

This is a good way to check that you have downloaded all of the content you wish to listen to, for instance when you are traveling. It is also a nice feature to make sure that you are not using your cellular data plan, and it is the most energy efficient way to enjoy your HiFi music. 

Press the switch again to go back online



Tips and tricks

  • You can play albums and playlists you’ve saved for offline listening without putting TIDAL in offline mode. Press ‘Offline Content’ in the bottom menu. 
  • You can use up to three different offline devices with one TIDAL account. All three can play music simultaneously. In addition, you can play music in TIDAL on your PC or Mac simultaneously with your offline devices.
  • Choose whether to download over 3G by heading to ‘Settings’ from bottom menu and ‘Allow downloading’.
  • The sound quality can also be adjusted in ‘Settings’
  • In ‘Settings’, you can also choose where you want to store the Offline content and restore the Offline content from another device.  
  • If you have stored a song on your device (offlined content) and you want to listen to the new version you will need to delete the stored content on your device and either restore it or play it from the app. Go to where the offline content is located on your device and switch the offline button and the content will be removed. Once the content has been removed you will need to restore the new content or listen directly from the app.


Keywords: Offline Mode, Download Content, PC, Mac, Offline Computer

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