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Spotify on Apple Watch

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Spotify on Apple Watch has become quite brilliant with enabling users to use the app on their Apple smartwatch devices.  All users are already able to play tracks, albums, playlists, and podcasts, and since July 2021, Premium users are also able to download everything they’re listening to for a true offline and phone-free experience. 🎶 

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This quick FAQ article here is designed to help you familiarize yourself with all the features and troubleshooting methods. 

If you want to become a real DJ from your wrist go ahead and get the Spotify on Apple Watch. 🎵

 

Here is a list of the features that are currently available at hand:

  • Play, pause, and skip music and podcasts;
  • Control what plays on another device with Spotify Connect;
  • Save your favorites;
  • Listen directly from your watch (Premium only);
  • Listen offline and without your phone (Premium only);
  • Capability of downloading music to the Watch only. 

Which Apple devices are supported?

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  • iPhone running iOS 13 or above;
  • Apple Watch on 7.0 and or above;
  • Spotify version: 8.7.32 and higher.

How to get Spotify on your Apple Watch?

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First and foremost - to be able to set up an Apple Watch (hence enjoy Spotify on it) - you need an iPhone. Spotify app should be installed on the phone. Once it’s installed, you'll need to locate you Watch app.Lyubka_0-1672831100642.png After that, you can scroll down and there will be Spotify icon under Available Apps. Hit on "Install" and the app will start downloading and then you'll be able to see it on the Watch.

 

Note: If “Automatically install on the Watch” setting is turned on,  the Spotify app will automatically appear in the "Installed on Apple Watch" section. 

 

It's important to make sure you’ve paired your Apple Watch to your iPhone with Bluetooth. 

You can also use this direct link here to download Spotify for iPhone via iTunes

How to listen directly from your Apple Watch?

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 For: Premium 

To play online straight from your watch, you need: 

  • Apple Watch Series 3 or later;
  • watch OS 7.0+ (we recommend 7.1+);
  • A cellular or Wi-Fi connection.

Tip: Make sure you’re running the latest version of Spotify on your iPhone.

How to listen offline on your Apple Watch?

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For: Premium

Download music and podcasts to Apple Watch so you can listen without the internet. This means you can leave your phone at home and take Spotify with you. 

Depending on your Apple Watch model, at least 10 hours of music can be downloaded from Spotify to your watch.

1. On your iPhone, go to a playlist or podcast you want to download.
Note: You can’t download individual songs, but you can put them in a playlist and download the playlist. Keep in mind also that there’s a download limit of 100 tracks per playlist.
2. Tap three dot menu icon_options_iphone.png. 
3. Tap Download to Apple Watch icon_offline_white.png.
4. To check on the progress, head over to the Download section on the Watch. 

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Tip: If you'd like to speed up the process of downloading playlists to Apple Watch use the trick below:
Turn off Bluetooth from the Settings app and keep the Spotify app on Apple Watch open. This will force the downloading process to take place via Wi-Fi instead of Bluetooth.
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Is there a Limit to how many songs & podcasts I can download on my watch?

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If you're a Premium user, you can download up to 10,000 songs and podcasts. Note: You will need to go online at least once every 30 days to keep your downloads.

Can I change streaming quality for Apple Watch?

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Currently, the Spotify app doesn't have an option to change the quality for the Apple Watch app. 

Can Apple Watch use Connect to stream on other devices at home?

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Yes, you can control playback - seamlessly playing, pausing, and skipping tracks or podcast episodes - directly from your wrist. You can also use your Apple Watch to control playback from everything, whether it’s wireless speakers, TVs, or gaming consoles, using Spotify Connect.

When you tap the icon you’ll see a list of available devices on your local network - simply tap the one you want to play your music on. 

You’ll see your Apple Watch at the top of the list. If you like to control via your Watch and listen to your earbuds or AirPods, choose that option.

Is Siri available on Apple Watch?

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Yes, the ability to control Spotify via Siri on Apple Watch is fully supported. This means that this could be done on all Apple devices that use Siri in all countries where Siri is supported.

You can just say “Hey, Siri” followed by your command to play your favorite songs, artists, albums, playlists, and podcasts. You can also “like” music, ask what’s currently playing, and control your media settings, like volume, skip track, play, and pause.

Note: Be sure to end each command with “on Spotify” so Siri knows which service to access. Try this on for size: “Hey, Siri, play my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify.”

 What are the new functionalities of the Spotify app on the Watch? 

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1. Ability to to swipe right to “like” tracks (in a playlist);
2. ‘Like’ is visible on tracks you’ve already liked;
3. Ability to turn shuffle mode “on” or “off ” and change it while in playlist;
4. Ability to see see where you left off in an podcast episode so you can jump back in and finish listening on your watch.

 

 

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