Android phone app, How do I stop or close the player within the Spotify app?


Android phone app, How do I stop or close the player within the Spotify app?

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Country: USA

Device: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G

Operating System: Android v11, One UI v3.1


My Question or Issue

How do I close or stop playback completely in the Spotify app? Not just pause it. Pausing it leaves it as an active media event and auto playback is triggered whenever a Bluetooth event happens involving a BT audio device. I want to control whether I want that to happen and closing the player in the app or stopping(not pausing) playback is not obvious in the UI.


Top attachement is the Media list showing Spotify paused, I would like this to die.


Middle is the player showing at the bottom, how to stop/close the player?


Bottom is the details of the player, pause is very obvious, the down arrow at the top left of the view minimizes the player with no option to Stop/Dismiss/Close.

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Hi there @keepaustinugly


Thanks for reaching out about this here in the Community.


This behavior is from the Android system and it can vary across brands and models. You can check this thread to see if any of the suggested solutions there work for your phone.


Let us know how it goes.

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I'm having the same issue, but only with Spotify.  Other Android music players - YT Music, Amazon Music, Pandora - dont't continue to appear paused in my notification list after I swipe them closed or even restart the phone.  How do I get Spotify to stay closed the same way every other music app using the Android system does?