My media keys used to work to play, pause, skip forward/backward, etc. in Spotify, and other applications when Spotify is running. Suddenly, my media keys have no effect.
A more detailed description, using numbered steps
1. Open Spotify
2. Start playing music
3. Click my "Play/Pause" media key
What I expected to happen
Music pauses, and resumes upon another click
What actually happened
My Operating System
Windows 7 (64 bit) AND Windows 8.1 (64 bit)
Do you have a Service Pack installed?
Windows 7 is Service Pack 1, Windows 8.1 has no Service Pack
My Spotify version
My internet provider and country
Service Electric, USA
Did you do a clean install of your current Windows version or did you upgrade from a previous version?
Clean installs on both
Do you have any screenshots you can attach to more clearly explain your issue?
Solved! Go to Solution.
I have determined that it is an issue with Google Music taking over the media keys when installed as a Chrome App. This thread can be closed, and marked solved.
Finally, it was driving me crazy having to switch to the screen to change songs or pause, thanks!
For people that maybe can't find how to do it:
"settings" in the chrome browser
Click "Extensions" on the left
search for "google play music" app in the list and either uncheck to disable the app or just delete
See also this fix: "Chrome Hijacking Your Media Keys? Here’s The Simple Fix"
This way you can still keep the Google Play Music Chrome app loaded with no interference 🙂
Regardless of what extensions you have, you can change it by going into the Extensions setting of Chrome, scroll to the very botton and select "Keyboard shortcuts".
There you can enforce that whoever has control of the media keys, that it is in Chrome only and not globally. I set my Plex extension to be in Chrome only and it solved the issue.
Old thread but for me simply exiting (File>Exit) then reopening spotify worked. Based on the suggestions here I also exited chrome while I was restarting spotify, but I don't have any sort of media extensions installed so I'm not sure to what extent keeping chrome shut down helped.
Fix that will work for everyone!
Go in device manager,
select the keyboard you are using
Right-click Update Driver software
Browse my Computer for driver software
Let me pick from a list od device drivers on my computer
then find the one that with the same name as the one you are currently updating and update!
This will work to reset all preferences