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[PSA] Samsung users please read!


[PSA] Samsung users please read!


If you are using a Samsung device which has been updated (or running) Android 6.x Marshmallow it appears that they have introduced an agressive power saving option which is closing Spotify or stopping it accessing data when the application is sent to the background or the screen display turned off. The following are common symptoms caused by this:




  • Next song in an album/playlist is not played
  • Lock Screen control vanishing
  • Spotify notification disappears
  • Tracks marked for offline listening fail to download
  • Notifications for new followers, albums etc have not been coming up




If you are using a Samsung device and experiencing any of these symptoms please disable the Power Saver settings as follows: 


Settings > Battery > Power Saving Mode> In the Power Saving Mode settings disable the "Restrict background data" setting

Kudos to @Cerda45 for the tip here


If it's still not working after doing the above then disable Power Saving Mode entirely:

Settings > Battery > Power Saving Mode

Settings > Battery > Detail > Spotify >Turned off



Further Info:

I believe Samsung are aware of the issues this is causing - not only to Spotify - and we can hope they improve the power saving feature in the next software update which is hinted at being sometime around June.



Still having the issue? This could be the Android 'Doze' feature taking effect. Read the section "Tracks stop playing when screen turned off or the Spotify application is in the background" in the [COMPLETE GUIDE] How to fix most Android issues


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Thanks Joe, for a moment there i thought i maybe missed something, but i actually did read the first post, very carefuly to be honoust, and followed every step of the way.


Same goes for your tip on the second issue, lockscreen controls.

Don't know if the settings menu in English is exactly like the one in Dutch, but these are and have been my notification settings for Spotify for a long time.


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For me, there is no excuse for Spotify developers to not come with a suitable solution for this problem. Customers have the latest firmware and devices at their disposal, so do developers in their test farms. Preventing this kind of production issues should be a priority 1 item on the agenda.

I have an S7 edge and everything works fine for me. I rarely use powersaving mode but I have disabled the "background data" setting. I have also excluded spotify from app power saving - battery>app power saving>details>spotify>disabled.


Regarding lock screen notifications - your setting look pretty much the same as mine. Are you saying you don't get the spotify notification at all?

i figured out there was 1 setting i forgot about, in Android: Allow messages on lockscreen.. In there i allowed Spotify to display content on the lockscreen. That did the trick.


However, i did find out that this only works with my Standard Theme, not with any theme i choose to download, install and activate from the Android Theme Store.


So ultimately, i am stuck with working lockscreen album art and playback controls but without having a nice theme 🙂

I think it's the phone. You have to go to the optimize battery tab in the
battery menu of the phone's settings. Hit the show all apps option, scroll
down to Spotify and uncheck it.

I don't know about that, it may still have issues because it's still so
new. Might just have to keep sending them info on what happens to the app
while you use it so they can still test for bugs.

I'm having an issue where the green check mark is next to songs I downloaded but when I got to play them offline the timer just stays at 00:00 and won't play. Very frustrating since I'm paying $15 a month for it. I don't have power saver active, never have. I don't have any of those options either. Please help,  this is killing me.

I have disabled the power saving, but the problem is continuing, and I have restarted my phone and reinstalled the app. Extremely dissatisfied


Thanks I will update soon with my results. Every music streaming app (Spotify, iheartradio, Amazon, etc. ) always stop playing moments after the screen turns off. I'm confident this will solve the problem. Currently on a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge +.

I'm having the problem of no control on the lock screen. It was working fine 3 days ago then all of a sudden it just went. I uninstalled and reinstalled and it seemed to work but only temporarily. I tried the notifications and power saving tips and again it seemed to work, but only temporarily. It also means that when playing music from spotify on my car stereo via Bluetooth, the fast forward and rewind functions on the stereo are defunct. I've been a spotify customer for a long time and love the service, but with this much functionality loss I'm not sure I can continue. Can anyone suggest anything else to try?


I have the same problem as Minksie above. As of yesterday I can no longer fastforward or rewind tracks via bluetooth on my car stereo. I am using Samsung S7 edge. I am hoping to find a solution to this problem.  Any help much apreciated.

Ah! Thank you thank you thank you! 😄

My Spotify keeps kicking me off after so many songs
It's only just been happening but it gets rather annoying

I've not touched anything in settings just wondering if this is happening to anyone else and how to stop it 😕


Samsung Galaxy S7, updated OS. Issues started with latest Spotify app update. Version Paid subscription.
Power saving mode completely off.
Spotify won't stay in notification bar most of the time, even when playing, also Lock screen controls work intermittently. Finally, it now starts playing music when making outgoing calls when the music was already paused. Also it will start music again when Bluetooth disconnects when streaming, after pausing for 30 seconds.
None of these issues happened prior to the Spotify update on the 5th of October. I have already uninstalled and reinstalled Spotify and of course restarted my device.

Edit: it also now stops putting music through on Android Auto in my vehicle sometimes. It will play in the app, but no sound while switching to another music app in Android Auto works just fine. If I unplug and switch to Bluetooth, the music also works with Spotify.

Edit Edit: For whatever reason, lock screen controls and Bluetooth control through a device work when streaming Daily Mixes, but with nothing else. Come on Spotify, you dropped the ball with this update!

I am having some of the same issues on Galaxy S7 Edge. All battery saving settings have been turned off for Spotify and there is no notification, widget not working, and no controls on lock screen. I haven't had a chance to test Bluetooth yet and experienced no issues when connecting to Chevy Mylink. This is extremely frustrating when trying to change a song and having to open the app itself. Any other suggestions?

As there was no response on here, I've been on contact with spotify via Twitter. If I get a solution I'll let you know.
But if this continues for another week or I'll be checking out the competitors.

Hi, since October I cannot use Spotify in my new car over Bluetooth. Control don't work, metadata are not displayed, Spotify even play music to the phone calls!! How I can revert this update?

I am also experiencing the exact same issues as PDXSnowboarder. The homescreen widget is generally frozen or unresponsive, I do not see the widget in notifications or on my lock screen, and because of that, I cannot use the next/previous buttons inn either of my cars when playing Spotify while driving.


That is a tremendous annoyance. 


I've heard music playing in my ear during phone calls. Also a tremendous annoyance.


When my phone disconnects from any Bluetooth device, it no longer auto-pauses. It waits about 30 seconds and starts blasting whatever was playing, now in my pocket. This is how I ended up playing the Ying Yang Twins in the middle of a Robeks. Yet another tremendous annoyance.


Come on Spotify, you're better than this.

PDXsnowboarder, have you had the issue of Spotify only playing the first 10-15 seconds of a song when conneced to bluetooth?

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