By signing up as an Alpha or Beta tester of the Spotify app, you will get early versions of our new releases before we roll them out to everyone else. This is an invaluable help for us, as it allows us to find issues and crashes before we ship the release to millions of users.
The Alpha users will get new versions of the app almost daily, as soon as developers add new changes. These are early versions of the app, and there may be stability issues from time to time. The Alpha users help us find these issues as soon as they are introduced and allow us to fix them as soon as possible.
The Beta users will get new versions around a week before we roll them out to end users. The release will be almost done, but the feedback we get from Beta users makes sure we can find and fix any final issues.
Will Alpha and Beta users get access to new features?
We want to be very open here: in most cases, there will not be any new features in the Alpha and Beta builds. In some rare cases, we may try our new features in these programs, but most of the time new features are rolled out gradually to all users. The main reason to join the Alpha and Beta program is to help us create the best product we can.
Should I do anything special to test the app?
No, just use the app as you usually would and report any issues you find.
How do I sign up?
In order to sign up to the Alpha or Beta program, first join the Alpha or Beta Google group and then accept the test invite.