Spotify breaks when using symbolic link for Brave Folder

When I try to play songs on I see a pop-up with:

“Spotify can’t play this right now. If you have the file on your computer you can import it.”

Until one song starts playing, but then it goes silent again.

I found the issue, but have no idea why it happens.

Replicating is really easy.

Access to Spotify (, make sure everything works as intended.

Now close the browser and create a symbolic link to move browser files to a different drive like so.

First rename C:\Users-–\AppData\Local\BraveSoftware\Brave-Browser to something else.

Create the symbolic link:

mklink /d “C:\Users-–\AppData\Local\BraveSoftware\Brave-Browser” “F:\Cache\BraveSoftware\Brave-Browser”

Now copy the contents of the renamed folder into the one linked. (Optional step)

Open the browser, go to Spotify ( and the error starts to happen.

Is there a fix for this?

I had the same issue on Chrome after I symlinked the UserData folder and the main application folder in “C:\Program File” to D: drive.

I then went back to the UserData and renamed the forder to UserDataOld to see if that would fix the issue. Once Chrome was opened, it automatically created a new UserData folder. Unfortunately, this did not fix the problem.

Then I went back and also renamed the Chrome app folder in C: to see if this might be the problem, and voila this did the trick. By renaming the folder, the Chrome shortcut went directly to the source on the D: drive.

Edit: When I open Chrome directly in C: folder and play spotify, it doesn’t work. But when I open Chrome in D: drive it does.

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