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Stop Windows from Muting Spotify when screen turns off

Festival Fanatic
a week ago

Hi,

 

Does anyone know if it's possible to stop Windows from muting third party apps, such as Spotify, when your screen goes to sleep?

 

My XPS 13 can play spotify back without issue from the desktop app, and after 2 minutes on battery, my screen turns off and mutes the audio. If I move my mouse to turn the screen back on, I can hear it again, and it has continued playing in the background, so it's definitely only muting the audio not stopping playback.

 

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Re: Stop Windows from Muting Spotify when screen turns off

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Festival Fanatic
a week ago

Ok it's definitely due to connected standby in Windows 10, also know as Modern Standby.

 

I put in a registry hack to disable this feature (Sleep state S0), and now it works as expected.

 

When S0 is enabled, there is no access to other sleep states or "high performance"/"Battery saver" power plans, only balanced and custom plans.

In this scenario, you can change very little on the plan. You cannot use other states like sleep, or hibernate.

 

Once S0 is disable, all of thos features return, and when the screen turns off, audio continues as normal.

 

Why Windows goes into connected standby when the screen turns off, I do not know, but it is very frustrating.

 

Is there some way to open a ase with Spotify directly to see if they are planning to support modern standby, or if they plan on releasing a store app that works correctly with this?

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Re: Stop Windows from Muting Spotify when screen turns off

Festival Fanatic
a week ago

Have done some reading and it sounds like this is because my new XPS 13 9360 supports connected standby.

 

Great idea in theory, terrible in practce.

 

I hate store apps, and it just breaks my desktop apps for streaming audio!

 

Is Spotify likely to make their desktop app compatible with this?

Re: Stop Windows from Muting Spotify when screen turns off

Rising Star
a week ago

Hi @Eds89!

 

This is a pretty odd thing which I haven't encountered, but some have.
It might have to do with power saving settings. I am on High Performance plan.
Search for Power Options, and when you find them, there's one link to open the more advanced options. I as example have set "turn off hard disc after" to 32 minutes and also disabled the USB selective suspend.
I guess High Performance plan might be worth a try, for it favors performance, allowing devices and everything run at their optimal/highest speed. It will, of course, drain the battery a little more.

 

Other methods I've seen people use is allowing dimming the screen to an absolute minimum with never allowing the screen to go off.

 

Let me know how it goes!

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Re: Stop Windows from Muting Spotify when screen turns off

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Festival Fanatic
a week ago

Ok it's definitely due to connected standby in Windows 10, also know as Modern Standby.

 

I put in a registry hack to disable this feature (Sleep state S0), and now it works as expected.

 

When S0 is enabled, there is no access to other sleep states or "high performance"/"Battery saver" power plans, only balanced and custom plans.

In this scenario, you can change very little on the plan. You cannot use other states like sleep, or hibernate.

 

Once S0 is disable, all of thos features return, and when the screen turns off, audio continues as normal.

 

Why Windows goes into connected standby when the screen turns off, I do not know, but it is very frustrating.

 

Is there some way to open a ase with Spotify directly to see if they are planning to support modern standby, or if they plan on releasing a store app that works correctly with this?

Re: Stop Windows from Muting Spotify when screen turns off

Rising Star
a week ago

It seems to be a very new feature as well, intended for "modern applications only that are registered can send a limited amount of network traffic at a scheduled interval."

 

You should post an issue to the Ongoing Issues board (under Help) about this. Seems that Spotify is not used to that kind of feature.

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Re: Stop Windows from Muting Spotify when screen turns off

Festival Fanatic
a week ago

Well connected standby has been around since Windows 8, and has undergone some changes in Windows 10, which itself has been around for a couple of years.

 

I will post there, in case it is something they can fix in the app, as it would be good to have the best of both worlds!

 

Cheers

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