[Desktop] Option if Spotify links should open native Spotify app or Webplayer

Seems like Spotify keeps pushing this issue aside because not enough people are complaining about it. I've actually seen a good amount of posts on the community boards about it but none of them seem to have gained traction with the powers that be, claiming its a non-issue and the post gets closed. I disagree, wholeheartedly.


Please bring this option back! I don't use the web player... ever. And, I don't want to now have to start copying and pasting the links into spotify app. Call me lazy. The advanced settings used to have the option to have links open in the desktop app. But that option has recently disappeared. Seems like a very obvious and useful feature, and just strange to suddenly remove that functionality. 


My friends and I are always trading spotify links via text and emails and it's incredibly frustrating that it now doesn't automatically open in the desktop app like it used to. If I say pretty please, with a link to a cherry on top, would you consider this a legitimate request? 

Updated on 2021-02-11

Hey folks,


Thanks for your feedback and suggestions on this one.


You should now have the option to open song links directly in the Spotify app!


Cheers 🙂

Spotify Legend
Status changed to: New Idea

Updated on 2019-11-22

Repost of this closed idea.


Marking as new idea. More information about how the Spotify Idea Exchange works can be found: here


I 100% agree. There's a reason I'm at my desktop - I have the app installed. It should always default to the app and then the web player if the user doesn't have it installed.


This issue has been around since ~2017. Please make the desktop player worth an install.


Spotify, where you at? No updates? Looks like Im not alone here, this is gaining votes daily. Now more than ever, this function would be nice. We're all sitting at our computers trading music to stay occupied during the pandemic. Im so so so curious why you took this functionality away. Seriously, what is the point of having the desktop app that doesn't automatically open links natively? I speculate that you're trying to discontinue the desktop app, and you purposefully removed the link functionality to drive people to the web player. Just be honest with us! What gives? 


My friend constantly sends me Spotify links. I can't fathom why they would change this when the standalone client is far superior to the web client. Please fix this


Hey Spotify, please do something about this. There have been several threads on this forum about this idea and it sucks that every time I get a link to a Spotify song it opens in the web player. Because of this, I prefer to use youtube to share music. You can update the web player all you want, but I'm not going to change to a web player variant of your app. Please do something about it, listen to your customers! 


I hope they add this sometime this decade. I can't believe they take so long to fix these issues. It could be fixed in literally an afternoon of work.


Oh good lord, this problem has been going on for YEARS. How hard can it be to solve? I have never ONCE wanted to open links in the browser, when it should be obvious that the desktop app is open and logged in. It's very frustrating to have to manually go to the app and type in the song name and artist, when it should just be a simple case of clicking the shared link to play the song. 


Please allow this. 
It's so annoying having multiple versions of Spotify open when someone sends a link. 

This stops me from wanting to share songs and stops me from wanting to click on links.


Why isn't this the standard behaviour? If someone has the desktop app installed, why would that someone ever want to open a link in the web player?