Just to be clear, I think it's great there are those of you in the community trying to help with these issues. However, I have to believe at this point that the problems with the app will only ever be solved by the Spotify devs, who have been pretty silent. I've tried literally every single solution on these forums and others and at best they help for a few days and the app then returns to the same sluggish behavior as always. Every time. There's something fundamentally wrong with the way the app works and until that is fixed, these issues are going to continue. The problem is that this thread is years old now and literally nothing has changed.
I honestly really, really want to use Spotify as my main music streaming service, but just can't pay for something that the devs clearly have no interest in fixing. :( It's a real shame, too, because Spotify is otherwise fantastic.
I have been having this problem for months on windows desktop. Have tried unlinking local files which didn't work. Deleting Storage, Data and Browser folders did work once, until i restarted my laptop then it was back to the slow load up and 'browse' taking atleast 20 minutes to load and search just as bad.
filistinys solution of unchecking 'Enable Hardware Acceleration' did seem to make a difference but now after a couple restarts im back to the same old thing of Browse, Searching, Charts etc taking atleast 20 minutes to load every time i open spotify.
I tried to disenable Spotify while starting my PC (msconfig-> system start). But that didn't work out because after every update it enabled in that list by itself. Now I noticed that there are two spotify apps that are disenabled and one is enabled. So I thought it would be better if alle spotify apps are running for full performance. And now it works MUCH faster. Maybe I could help anyone of you with my 'instructions' :)