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How to listen to music on airplane without WiFi


In order to listen to your favorite tracks on the plane, you first need to download music to your iPhone or Android. We'll share proven ways to fill your phone with your favorite tunes and listen to them offline. There are free ways for Android and paid ways for iOS. They work through Pandora, Spotify and other streaming music apps.

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Apple Music

Apple Music is a built-in iOS app. Using the audio player, you get access to fresh, just-released music. In addition to audio tracks, shows, podcasts, and standups from the U.S., Europe and other countries are also available.

Features of the Apple Music player:

  • Search for audio tracks by music database
  • Navigation through the library
  • Offline listening to the music catalog
  • Filtering and sorting music.
  • Convenient built-in music player
  • Adding to Favorites
  • Creating Playlists

How to download music to your iPhone and listen offline

If there is no wifi on the plane, turn on offline mode and enjoy your favorite music offline.

Instructions for Apple Music:

  1. Go to Settings > Music,
  2. Turn on Sync Library and Automatic Downloads options
  3. Add the desired music to your Library
  4. Tap the name of a song, album, or playlist
  5. Tap the Download button
  6. All selected music will be automatically downloaded to the Library section of your iPhone
  7. After the plane takes off, turn on the offline iOS mode and listen to the music (Wi Fi or cellular data is not required for playback).

Advantages of the method:

  • User-friendly interface
  • Free way to listen to music on the plane
  • You can download music in Dolby Atmos
  • Huge database of unique music
  • Easy to copy music to any iOS device

Youtube Music

Youtube Music is an app for listening to music on Android and iOS devices. You can install it on your smartphone, tablet or PC.

Previously you could only download single recordings via Youtube Music, but now you can grab your own music selections and playlists for offline listening. You can do it via wifi or cellular connection.

In Youtube Music settings you can choose the quality of the downloaded recordings and adjust the options according to your personal preferences.

How to download music to listen to offline

You can pre-create your own collection of audio recordings and listen on the plane. To use this feature, you need a Premium subscription (subscription costs $9.99 per month). All downloaded recordings will be stored on your mobile device for 30 days, after which you will need to update them simply by connecting via wifi.

How to listen to Youtube Music on an airplane:

  1. Create your offline mixtape
  2. A Download button will appear next to the name of the mixtape.
  3. Open Settings - Library and downloads.
  4. Activate the Smart downloads option.
  5. Choose the number of songs to download automatically.

Now you can listen to your music whenever you want - on airplanes, trains, subways, anywhere in the world.

- Stable performance - Choice of number of songs to download - Downloading playlists option- Requires premium subscription to listen to music on the plane


Spotify is an app for listening to music tracks online and offline. With Spotify, you'll have millions of hits on your phone - as long as you have enough storage space. Download your favorite tracks for free and listen to them offline.

Spotify has a huge selection of music - it includes rock, pop songs, rap from world famous artists. No wi-fi? No problem - the main thing is to download the music in advance on iOS, you can listen to it on the plane. This feature is available to users of Spotify with a Premium subscription. Free version offers only offline podcasts listening.

How to listen to music on a plane with Spotify

  1. Subscribe to Premium after logging into your account.
  2. Navigate to the playlists you want to download for offline listening.
  3. Tap the Download button next to the playlist or tracklist. If you don't want to download the tracks individually, just bundle them into a playlist.
  4. All files are placed in the Library.
  5. To adjust the audio quality, go to Settings - Audio Quality. All the downloaded audio tracks will be available for listening on the plane without wifi connection. You can play them via the built-in Spotify audio player.
- Unlimited access to music collection - You can download 10,000 tracks to 5 devices- Offline access is only available in premium version - The app has restrictions in various countries


Another app for downloading music and listening offline. There is both a premium subscription and a wide list of free options.

With this app, you won't miss the most interesting music - it is picked up by the editorial staff. Ready-made playlists are a great option for users who don't want to make lists on their own. The chart includes the songs that Pandora users are listening to right now. A paid subscription gives you the best of both worlds. Sound quality is high and there are no ads.

How to listen to music on a plane

  1. Activate a Plus or Premium subscription in your Pandora account.
  2. If you have a Plus subscription, three stations are automatically downloaded.
  3. If you have a Premium subscription - download any music in your collection. To do this:
  4. Tap the name of the track or music playlist/album
  5. Tap the Download button.

Next, to listen to music on the plane via Pandora:

  1. Go to Profile - Settings.
  2. To enable Offline Mode, turn the option On.
    1. You can return to audio streaming mode by tapping the Go Online button. You can do this through the Now Playing screen.

More information is available on the official Pandora website.

- Extensive music library
- Large selection of ready-made playlists;
- Regular updates of collections;
- HQ sound;
- Access to tracks without Internet;
- Extended functionality
- Limitation of free listening

Google Play Music

Google Play Music is a library with thousands of tracks of all genres, available by subscription. Create your own radio stations by selecting singers, bands, songs, and albums.

Plus a quick and easy search by style, genre, era, and more, which can be set in the filter.

You can download 50,000 tracks from your collection to your Android and iPhone for listening on the plane, PC, and mobile devices.

There are paid and free subscriptions to Google Play Music, as well as family subscriptions. You can download tracks to your phone and make playlists according to your personal preferences for free.

For an additional fee, you have:

  • access to more than 35 million tracks, YouTube subscription,
  • the ability to listen to music without access to the network.


  • You can select playback quality
  • Youtube integration

Free way to listen to music for Android

It's much easier for Android users to download music to your phone and listen on the fly than it is on your iPhone or iPad. If you have a lot of necessary music on your computer, you will like this method.

You can transfer music in mp3 or flac format from your computer to your Android phone. You only need a USB cable to transfer the audio files.

How to prepare your music for local listening on an airplane:

  1. Using the USB cable, connect the device to your tablet, computer or laptop;
  2. After connecting the device to the PC, select the data transfer method;
  3. Select the MTR connection method - multimedia content transfer;
  4. A folder with all your phone files appears in My Computer on the PC
  5. Select the desired folder and copy the music to your smartphone.
  6. Listen to the music by putting the phone in Offline mode, with any audio player, such as VLC for Android, AIMP or Poweramp.


  • One of the easiest ways to copy music
  • Free way that doesn't require a subscription to the service


You can get your tracks ready to listen to by using your computer, special apps, and a Premium feature subscription. Audio tracks and playlists will be available even offline. WiFi is only needed for the apps to download music in advance.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much space does an offline music library take up?

The size of a single audio file ranges from 5 to 50 MB on average. If you have hundreds of music tracks, multiply that figure. You need about 20 GB to store a fairly large music library.

Apps for downloading and listening to offline music (Spotify, Pandora) don't take up much space in your device's memory when they work.

Does Spotify Premium work on planes?

Yes, Spotify Premium can be used on planes. In order to listen to songs without the Internet on Spotify, you must download them to your phone.

Tracks and playlists are stored on your device for 30 days. If there has been no connection to Spotify Premium during this period, they are erased. If there has been an Internet connection, Spotify songs continue to remain in the phone's memory until they are deleted by the user.

Where is the music saved offline?

You can designate where files are saved: download automatically all tracks you play, or download manually. Offline mode can also be activated as needed to save traffic.

Most often, files are downloaded to the application's system folder/library and can only be played through it.

Ilia is a professional writer. He has expert knowledge in GPS and cartography with 15 years of experience. Additionally, Ilia has extensive experience in data recovery on PC and mobile. He started his career as a journalist by reviewing PC and mobile apps. His current responsibilities are to keep track of users' questions on MGT and answer them.