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Don't switch to playing on phone when I connect a Bluetooth device

Don't switch to playing on phone when I connect a Bluetooth device

I play Spotify across many devices: On my computer while I work, on my daughter's speaker during bedtime, etc...

Whenever I connect a bluetooth device to my phone, Spotify switches to playing on my phone. 


How can I stop Spotify on my phone from taking over when I connect my phone to a bluetooth device?


For example, I'm at my computer with music playing all day through speakers. Every time I get ready for a call and turn on my headset, music switches to my phone and I have to switch it back after the call. If I put on a bedtime story for my daughter and then put in my earbuds to listen to a podcast through a different app, it takes over her story.



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Hey @lehons,


Thanks for posting in the Community and welcome.


When a Bluetooth device gets connected to your phone, it sends an "audio check" or an outright audio playback command via Bluetooth to make sure that the connection is properly paired. Some devices take that check signal to start playing audio. As Spotify could be recognized as the primary audio app, this may redirect the playback to the phone that just started the Bluetooth connection with your headphones.

That being said, we can confirm this is currently the expected behavior if the app is open on your phone, even in the background. To prevent this from happening, make sure the app is fully closed and isn't running in the background. We understand where you're coming from, and we appreciate the time you took to let us know about this. We'd recommend making sure to close the app on your phone and you should be good to go. The automatic change of devices should not kick in then.

Hope this clears things up. If you have any questions or need a hand with anything else, we're always a post away.

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Plan: Premium

Country: UK


Device: Redmi Note 10 Pro, 4 x Amazon Echo Dots, WiiM Pro streamer


My Question or Issue:


I have four Amazon Echo Dots in various rooms of the house which I use to listen to Spotify. I also use it on a network streamer and my Android phone. Whenever Spotify is playing on any of the Echo devices or the streamer, if I make a new Bluetooth connection from my phone (e.g. to a headset, earbuds or external speaker), Spotify immediately switches from whichever device it was playing on and starts playing on my phone. It happens whether or not the Spotify app was running on my phone. This is incredibly annoying.


For some reason Spotify Connect ALWAYS assumes a new Bluetooth connection must be where I want to listen. Is there any way of disabling this feature? I have looked in vain for a setting in the app itself or in the phone's Android settings.


I listen with different phones (business and private) on different Bluetooth devices.
For example, I often listen on headphones, but on the car radio or on speakers to spotify. I notice that Spotify keeps switching to other devices. If I listen to music on a speaker and I receive a phone call and put in my headphones, I suddenly have the music on my headphones. This automatic switching is very annoying and I would like to turn it off, but I can't figure out how to turn off this automatic switching. I want to be able to decide for myself where I listen to my music and that is normally never the last device I turn on.
Hopefully you have some tips
Greetings Peter

But what should you do if you want spotity to keep working? If I work from home I want to listen music on my tablet and be able to take a phone call on my phone?

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