Spotify has a memory leak [Mac Desktop]


Spotify has a memory leak [Mac Desktop]

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Brief description of the issue

Spotify memory usage does not stop increasing until my MacBook runs out of memory/swap (I experienced up to 79 GB (!!!))


Steps to reproduce the issue:

  1. Start Spotify and just stream music
  2. Wait (do not know how long exactly, but it happend the 4th time today)
  3. Fans start running more and more and at some time a warning will pop up that the Mac is out of memory (screenshot is attached)

What steps you’ve tried already

Reinstalled Spotify (completely deleted Spotify with AppCleaner beforehand)


Your device and operating system

MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2018, Four Thunderbolt 3 Ports), macOS 10.15.2, 2.7GHz Quad-Core, 16GB)


Type of Spotify account you have (Free/ Premium)



The app version of Spotify you’re using


Please let me know if you need any further information

4 Replies

Re: Spotify has a memory leak [Mac Desktop]

I'm also experiencing this. I've removed and re-installed Spotify and it has persisted.

Re: Spotify has a memory leak [Mac Desktop]

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I am experiencing the same issue... anyone knowing if there is a fix any time soon?


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Re: Spotify has a memory leak [Mac Desktop]


Me too!

Re: Spotify has a memory leak [Mac Desktop]


Hey everyone,

Thanks for getting in touch!


Apologies for the delayed response, we just came across this thread. To everyone experiencing this, have you tried a clean reinstall of the Spotify app on your device? We recommend the steps in that guide, as they’re very thorough and make sure no damaged leftover files remain. These changes tend to solve issues like the one you're experiencing, as it removes all damaged leftover files and downloads the latest app version. Give your device a quick restart as well before you open the newly installed app. 


It's also a good idea to make sure that your OS and all drivers on your system are up to date with the latest version available.


Keep us posted! We'll be happy to lend a hand if you need more help. 

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