When I connect my iPhone to my stereo via HDMI and Bluetooth (my stereo requires both simultaneously for navigation and other features) the Spotify app enters "docked mode" and simply displays the Spotify logo and I have to control everything from the head unit itself. If I disable Bluetooth the app will work like normal but I need Bluetooth for some other features to work. I don't have this issue in my friend's car when I use Spotify so there must be some way to fix this.
I'm having the same issue which is extremely annoying because my car stereo (Kenwood Unit) does only have a simple display with limited usability functions, so it's almost impossible to browse thru Playlists or search for anything.
Same here, as soon my iPhone is connected thru Bluetooth to the Kenwood-Unit, the App only shows the Spotify-Logo.
We need a setting to disable that whole feature because in some cases (like mine) it makes using Spotify totally impossible
I just bought a Kenwood radio and the same thing happens to me. Its like a overpowring saftey feature for when you get in the car and it sucks. What if im parked and want to change the song? I cant access anything and doing it through the radio is so slow. Please fix this Spotify!
I am having the same problem. Can’t control the app on my phone when connected to the Kenwood deck via Bluetooth in my car. Very difficult to navigate through songs and artists because my display is limited. Renders Spotify app almost useless. Works well with Apple Music app and I am thinking of changing over if it doesn’t get fixed soon. Please fix Spotify because I would like to stay with you.
I experienced the same issue on my Kenwood KMM-BT522HD.
I was able to resolve the issue by performing a factory reset on the headunit. When the headunit is turned on after a reset, I was able to adjust the inital settings. I could see in the manual for the stereo that Pandora, Iheartradio, and Spotify were all able to be individually turned on or off.
After turning Spotify off, when the headunit connects it uses the normal Apple USB setting. It is worth noting that it no longer showed any playlist or song title/artist. The factory reset will also wipe out all of your EQ/Presets/etc that you have configured and they will need to be reset. Totally worth it in my book.
The specifics may be different for your model, but hopefully the general process is similar. All in all, it took less than 5 minutes. If you get stumped, look online for the manual for your stereo. That should outline whether or not the app connections can be disabled.
I didn't have to do a Hard Reset, I was able to turn off the Spotify "automatic" connection so now I connect through the generic bluetooth connection. Works well but yes you are correct I don't see any tracks on the display. But I can control using my iPhone. So it works well. I'm actually using it in a boat and I bought the Marine Dash Controller which now only controls the volume, not the tracks but all and all it works.
In my case, it was a simple fix. I have a JVC KW-V230BT Stereo that I installed in my car, which supports Spotify Control. All I had to do was enter the system menu, and disable Spotify control in the head unit. This stopped the USB plug-in from recognizing Spotify specifically, and instead leaves the radio in iPhone/iPod mode. I can now use the app while connected via USB.