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I use Spotify Premium. One of the features it advertises is that as long as my phone and my computer with local music files are on the same Wi-Fi network, my computer will automatically send those local files to my phone. Unfortunately, I live on a university campus where there are some networking tools that occasionally prevent such peer-to-peer services from working, so my phone never syncs with my computer.

I would like to put my phone on another network with just my computer so that Spotify syncs correctly. So far, I've tried:

  • Creating an ad-hoc network on my computer with my phone. Unfortunately, the Android OS won't connect to ad-hoc networks without rooting the phone, which I don't want to do.
  • Enabling Internet Sharing on my computer (a Mac) and connect my phone to the network that creates. Unfortunately, all of the instructions I've seen involve an option using AirPort in the computer's settings, but the option isn't available on my computer and I have no idea why.
  • Creating a mobile hotspot using my Android and connect my Mac to that. I got this set up, but Spotify didn't start syncing even after I connected my computer to my phone.
  • Plugging my phone into my computer via USB. Unfortunately, Spotify only seems to sync over Wi-Fi and won't do anything if I connect my phone any other way.

Is there any other way I can either

  • Create an ad-hoc-like Wi-Fi network that contains only my Android and my Mac, or
  • Convince Spotify to sync my local files without using Wi-Fi?
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This question describes the problem I had enabling Internet Sharing on my Mac in more detail: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/121929/… –  Kevin Feb 22 at 20:59

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