[Android] Android Widget

Having a home screen widget for Android would be really nice. All other media players have one on Android so it'd be great to see that in Spotify too. It'd make things so much easier to just be able control to Spotify from your home screen instead of swiping down for the notification bar or opening the app. It's really simple functionality so please can you add it.

Updated on 2019-09-09

Hey folks, 


Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this idea in the Community.


We’re excited to let you know the Android Widget is back. To get listening, make sure you’re on the latest version of the app and Spotify will show in the widget menu on your device. The widget is now resizable too and some stability issues have been fixed. 




We appreciate your passion for this feature and want to thank you all for your feedback!

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I've wasted 20 minutes trying to bring it back without finding it. Made a Google search to see if I was the only one with that "bug". I was **bleep** off when I found out I was removed on purpose by a  company I pay monthly.  Seriously what a dumb idea. 


I still raging inside. If I wan't to waste my time I **bleep** off or lay on my back day dreaming. Fiddling in Android settings isn't a fun task. 


Whoever pitched that idea should be jailed for all the time users wasted on that.


I can imagine what happened in the board meeting when this was decided

Executive 1: "I've got a great idea! Let's make our service more difficult and inconvenient to use. People will love it!"

Executive 2: "What an amazing idea! But how will we implement it?"

Chairman: "Why don't we eliminate the widget? It's extremely convenient and everyone uses it." 

*Entire boardroom applauds uproariously*





Bring back the widget please! 


This is nonsense. Why would you remove something that worked so well? Something that was so convenient for your users? A reason why I  love Android phones is because of its widgets. Why would you remove the Spotify widgets? Apple, Google, Tidal, and Amazon still have their widgets. I think I'll start exploring other music streaming services.


Wow...everyone is super **bleep** Spotify takes away the ability to use a widget and they reply today basically telling customers too bad they don't care..wow..

Blow up Twitter and Facebook #spotifysucks

Casual Listener

How many votes does this thing require before you consider bringing it back? Who's idea was it to remove the widget and why? What was the reasoning behind it? Does any one of the Spotify employees even use Spotify? I think they don't because they won't even raise the song cap from 10,000.


Horribly handled decision to remove the widget. I am beyond **bleep** that I can't get it back. The option of it being in the notification bar is just a bad excuse for lazy programming. 


If this isn't returned I'm leaving Spotify. I've been a long time paying customer since Spotify was in beta ,but the blatant disregard of the consumers' demand to return this feature is extremely disappointing. I've already been thoroughly annoyed today everytime I go to push my Spotify widget and it's gone. I, like many other users here, will look to cancel my membership for my entire family if this feature isnt returned. The fact that your team is so out of touch with what the consumers' want, even with this whole community site here giving you the feedback to make this decision a no-brainer, is really baffling. Even a little bit of pre-market research would've warned you of the backlash you would provoke by removing this feature. The iPhone is losing market share to Android so catering to them or designing for that OS doesn't make long term sense. Really, really disappointed!!


What stupid **bleep** decided to pull a valuable feature without notification.


Yup, I'm now 100% convinced that this is an ad revenue play.  (Original article here).


#spotify, advertising, and The Widget


A small - but very vocal - minority of Spotify users are currently up in arms about Spotify's decision to drop their Android widget. A lot of the complaints are in the form of a question: infuriated users are asking why Spotify would choose to regress the functionality their product.


I think I have the answer: advertising revenue.


Spotify has started serving advertisements to paying customers of late. Sure, that's not what they call it. A Spotify rep told me:


An "advert" promotes products and services from mostly an outside party in an attempt to build their own customer bases. An "announcement", on the other hand, provides recommendation to contents already available thru Spotify ... we also help the industry by allowing them to promote their contents via our platforms.

So, they're not ads because Spotify says they're not ads. Paid promotions aren't ads. They're announcements. Gotcha. Right.


With the ads in mind, Spotify's decision to remove the widget makes perfect sense. Without the widget, I need to open their app to start playing my music. So now, I can't launch music without being exposed to ads (sorry, 'announcements').


As I told the Spotify rep in my reply:


I also think you're aware of how this will be perceived, hence the "announcement" weasel-word to describe that advertising. If you weren't self-conscious about the perception of serving ads to Premium subscribers, it would never occur to you to use that terminology. I can almost imagine the brain-storming session with legal and product managers sat in front of a whiteboard, trying to come up with a 'more acceptable' term for banner ads.

I have to admit that I'm embarrassed that I didn't anticipate the next step: nerfing the Spotify UX to ensure that customers are forced to view the ads, including those who are paying to, supposedly, enjoy an ad-free experience.


Not cool, Spotify.