Spotify Keeps Pausing Randomly


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Thank you for your posts here in the Community. We're happy to help.


We suggest that you perform a clean reinstall of the app. This will make sure there's no old cache files causing this.


If you have an SD card it's also worth trying to uninstall the app > turn off your phone > take out your SD card > turn on the phone again (without the SD card) > reinstall the app since the card can be corrupted.


If this happens on your computer, a good trick is to remove your hosts files.


If you use Windows, follow these steps:

  1. Open Notepad as an administrator (right-click - Open as Administrator)
  2. go to File - Open and navigate to C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc
  3. Choose "All Files" instead of "Text Documents" next to the File Name box. You'll see a handful of files. Pick hosts and click on Open
  4. When the file is open, you will see a block of text with # in front of each line and might see entries like website.com127.0.0.1
  5. Check for any entries with Spotify in the address. Examples may look like: weblb-wg.gslb.spotify.com0.0.0.0
  6. If you do find any lines with Spotify, please remove them
  7. Save your changes and restart Spotify

If you use a Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Open Finder and, in Finder’s menu bar, select Go > Go to Folder. In the box, type the following location: /private/etc/hosts and press return
  2. A new Finder window will open and your Mac’s hosts file will be selected. Click and drag it out of the Finder window and drop it on your desktop
  3. To open it, simply double-click and it will display the file’s contents in TextEdit 
  4. Check for any entries with Spotify in the address
  5. If you do find any lines with Spotify, please remove them
  6. Save your changes and restart Spotify

If that doesn't do the trick, we suggest that you head over to this article and follow the steps that's been provided in there.




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I am having the same issue here. It is a little annoying to have random pauses. 

console error:

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Brilliant thank you this is the only solution ( and I have tried countless) that works. Many thanks

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Doesn’t work.

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This is complete**bleep**

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Same here. It's really frustrating. 2 Laptops, 1 android phone. All devices have the issue. 

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Casual Listener

Have you found a solution to your problem? Two years later I still have issues with this exact problem. I am trying to escalate as much as possible. Turns out in order for Spotify to review community issues for app improvements, we need to generate 100 likes. I will be creating a new post in hopes for this!

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I tried securing my account changing password etc but it wasn't enough. They had to clear out / delete my account and free up my email id so I can make a new account. I believe they can migrate your playlists if you like, but please confirm that.


The issue was spotiamb a third party app /plugin that had deep access to a lot of people's accounts. It was a winamp skin for Spotify. I don't remember installing it but it seems like something I might have done years ago in a nostalgic moment.


Spotiamb was not maintained and had poor security so hackers used it to gain deep access to a lot of accounts. 


No more starting and stopping finally!

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One of the problem I've encountered has something to do with my Bluetooth speaker. It so happened that e have multiple devices connected to it. When the other device has notifications, the Spotify pauses. The solution is to disconnect the device from the Bluetooth speaker, after that it will work fine. 

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Casual Listener

For me the problem (now fixed) was that I have headphones that were paired BOTH to my phone (running Spotify) and my PC.... for me the solution was to turn my PC's bluetooth off because any alert 'ding' from my PC was overriding the connection (not in fast enough to actually hear the alert from the PC, and also causing Spotify to pause).







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I signed out everywhere and I uninstalled and re-installed. Nothing worked. I have spotify premium too. It's kind of a waste if the program doesn't even function properly. Please help me figure this out!