[Mac] High CPU



Running Spotify on Mac it at some point gets to 90-100% CPU. Doesn't happen immediatly but happens every time. Restart doesn't help. Only quit, waiting and coming back after a while. 


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MacBook Air High Sierra 10.13.6



Hey folks,


Thanks for your patience while we looked into this - this should now be fixed for everyone!

If you're still experiencing issues after a clean reinstall, make sure to create a new thread in the relevant help board here and include all relevant details - we'll help you troubleshoot there.


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Hey @Beery.


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@Guido this is still a problem on my Macbook Pro 2018 model. 


Even quitting the app does not help, only killing the app from the task manager kills spotify app, and CPU calms down ... nobody from Spotify interested though.

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Plan Premium

Country Germany

Device Macbook Pro 2017

Operating System 10.14.5


Noticed that the spotify player has been hogging my CPU since a few days.



Screenshot 2019-10-09 at 11.17.10.png

This is the CPU usage as soon as open the app. I am not playing any music.


Tried activating/deactivating the GPU rendering,

Uninstalled and removed folders in ~/Library and installed,

Do not have any local music files


None of the usual recommendations work. This seems to be an issue for a lot of users as well. Raising it as there has been no fix from spotify yet.




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Rock Star 17

Hey @srihari93, welcome to the Community.

Hope you are doing great!

Try to disable Hardware Acceleration, just click on the spotify Menu in your Menu Bar next to the Apple Menu, just find Hardware Acceleration and next click on it to disable then confirm to restart Spotify.


Keep me posted 🙂

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Deactivating hardware acceleration doesn't help.

Same for me. A brand new MacBook Air. Same with the one before. Spotify doesn't care? Been a premium member since 2008...

Status changed to: Under investigation

Hey folks,


Thanks for reporting this issue to us.


We’ve passed your info on to the relevant team, who are currently looking into it.


If you’re experiencing this issue, make sure to click + VOTE.


Could you make sure to provide us with the following info, if you haven’t already:

  • device + OS version
  • exact Spotify version
  • a screenshot showing Spotify's CPU usage?

Thanks! We’ll keep you posted and let you know as soon as we have any updates on this.


Wow, that's quick, over 5 months after the initial report!