Having trouble trying to look for solutions to ‘fix Spotify failed to migrate some of your data’?
With the promise of taking your music anywhere online and offline, Spotify has grown to be a leading music-streaming service in over a decade. While some users may prefer to just hook it up on a phone, we Windows users luckily have our own desktop app.
However, Spotify fails to open and an error message that says ‘Spotify failed to migrate some of your data’ pops up. Why does this happen? The reason behind this is pretty simple, and so are the solutions that will follow.
In this article, we’ll explain why this happens and walk you through multiple steps to fix this problem. Let’s get you back to your music. Here’s how you can fix Spotify failed to migrate some of your data error.
Let’s get started!
- 1. What Does This Error Mean?
- 2. Uninstall Spotify Completely.
- 3. Remove Any Residual Spotify Files.
- 4. Deleting Spotify From The Registry Editor.
- 5. Reinstall Spotify.
1. What Does This Error Mean?
Getting this error usually means that you must have installed two versions of Spotify on your computer. These two sources are commonly from Spotify’s official website, with their installer, and from the Microsoft Store.
Unfortunately, this error can happen to anybody, especially since the Microsoft Store or the official Spotify installer doesn’t check if Spotify is already installed. Precariously, this can result in having two installations of Spotify on your computer.
This can be a huge problem since these two programs could very well open incorrectly or simultaneously ask for the same data. As you continue reading, we’ll be going over multiple methods that you can try to completely uninstall both installations from your computer.
On the other hand, it’s very uncommon but this error can also happen after a faulty installation or deletion. If you’ve made the mistake of deleting Spotify by pressing down the ‘Delete’ key, then this may be the reason why you’re experiencing this error.
Let’s first start by going through multiple thorough steps to help you completely delete Spotify from your computer. From there, we’ll reinstall Spotify as securely as possible to avoid any future problems.
2. Uninstall Spotify Completely.
Simply deleting your Spotify files isn’t enough to completely uninstall the program from your computer. This informal practice can leave residual files on your computer, enough for your system to think that it’s still installed.
In this method, we’ll be guiding you through the proper way to uninstall Spotify. Doing so should allow you to reinstall the latest authentic version of Spotify on your PC or laptop once you’re done.
Here’s how you can uninstall Spotify completely:
- First, bring up the Start menu and search for ‘Add or remove programs’. Open up the first program that’s returned from the query.
- You should be directed to a list of all installed programs on your computer. Look for Apps & Features, and with the search bar underneath, type in ‘Spotify’.
- Lastly, click on Spotify then select the Uninstall button. Confirm and navigate through all the prompts to completely uninstall the program.
Once that’s done, you should now be able to try and reinstall Spotify from its official website. We’ll go through the steps for that as well, but for now, here’s another method you can use to fully delete Spotify from your computer.
3. Remove Any Residual Spotify Files.
Now that you’ve completely uninstalled Spotify from your computer, we’ll be manually going through your files for any residual files. This will help completely erase the program from your computer, which should avoid any complications in the future.
We’ll be looking across three common directories and then delete any Spotify related files from there. If you’ve managed to move Spotify somewhere else before this, delete those files from your custom folder as well.
Before you proceed, make sure that you’ve completely terminated Spotify’s processes.
Here’s how you can remove any residual Spotify files:
- Start by opening up the Run dialog box by pressing both Windows key + R keys simultaneously.
- With the dialog box open, search for ‘%appdata%’ and press Enter.
- From there, look for the Spotify file and delete it by pressing the Delete key on your keyboard. Shift + Delete will permanently delete this instead of moving it to the recycle bin.
- Once you’ve deleted or at least looked for that Spotify folder, in the address bar above, click on Appdata and navigate to Local.
- Look for another Spotify folder and delete that as well.
- Finally, go to the Packages folder and look for another Spotify folder. Delete this, and you should be done.
With that, any virtual files that are accessible through the File Explorer should now be deleted. Proceed to the next method to find out how you can delete Spotify from your Registry Editor.
4. Deleting Spotify From The Registry Editor.
Running a Windows operating system can be a step above the MacOS in terms of versatility. These versatile features come with a ton of settings, that luckily, we users can configure and change to our preference.
The Registry Editor is a catalog of these level-one settings. Through the editor, we’ll be looking for Spotify’s installation entry and deleting it. Other than deleting all the files and uninstalling the program, deleting its registry should be the ultimate way to uninstall Spotify.
Before you proceed with these steps, make sure that Spotify’s processes are completely terminated from your computer.
Here’s how you can delete Spotify from the Registry Editor:
- Begin by opening up the Start menu and typing in either ‘regedit’ or ‘registry editor’. Click on the first program that’s returned from your search query.
- Next, you can either copy-paste the address below or manually browse through your editor until you arrive at the designated folder.
- If you find a Spotify entry, right-click the file and select Delete.
Follow the prompts until you’ve successfully deleted the Spotify entry from the Registry Editor.
5. Reinstall Spotify.
Now that we’ve finished uninstalling all possible files of Spotify on your computer, let’s move on to the next step and reinstall the program. Avoid making the simple mistake of accidentally installing Spotify from both the official installer and Microsoft store.
In this step, we’ll be providing you with the link for the Spotify installer from Spotify’s official website. As a pro tip, if you run into other errors while installing Spotify (which isn’t uncommon), you can either check through our other articles for solutions or repeat the steps above and install it from the Microsoft Store instead.
You’ll find the official Spotify link here, download the file and run the installer. Additionally, you can run the installer in administrator mode. Though it’s generally unnecessary, doing so will guarantee a smoother stream of operations for the installer. Here’s how you can do that.
That about sums it up for this entire article. Hopefully, we’ve helped you fix Spotify failed to migrate some of your data. If you have any questions or clarifications, feel free to leave us a message in the comments down below.
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