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How to use Spotify on Wear OS smartwatches

Learn to download and use the music streaming service
Listen to Spotify on a Wear smartwatch
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Playing music from Spotify on a Wear OS smartwatch is now a very real possibility, with the company releasing an official app late last year.

Available to download directly to a Wear watches, the Spotify app allows users to control music playback, as well as beam music over Spotify Connect to other devices. You can also favourite songs, which adds music to the user library.

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These are the kinds of features you can enjoy on the Wear Spotify app, but you'll need to learn how to download and set it up first. In this guide, we explain how to do just that – read on for all the details, as well as which features aren't yet supported.

Download Spotify on Wear OS

How to use download Spotify on Wear

Spotify will come pre-installed on many Wear OS smartwatches, but you'll need to download it to your device if it's not visible on the main app menu.

1. Make sure your smartwatch is connected to Wi-Fi or cellular.

2. On your Wear smartwatch, go to the Google Play Store.

3. The watch will take a couple of minutes to connect, then you can browse the selection of standalone apps.

4. Tap the search icon at the top of the Play Store menu and search for 'Spotify' – or search for it through one of the tabs, such as 'Streaming audio'.

5. Tap on the listing for Spotify and hit 'Install' on the icon.

6. The app should then download onto your smartwatch.

7. Return to this listing if you want to uninstall the app.

Set up Spotify on Wear OS

How to set up Spotify on Wear smartwatch

Once you have the Spotify app downloaded to your Wear smartwatch, you'll need to sign in and connect your account to the device.

1. Open the Spotify app on your Wear OS smartwatch.

2. A prompt will show on the watch screen for the Spotify pairing page, from which you can enter the code and log in. However, you can also select the prompt to to pair the account from your phone, at which point your phone or tablet will open and ask for login details.

3. Once you've selected your preferred method of logging in, the app should pair with your account and be ready to open on the watch.

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Spotify on Wear OS: What you can do

Spotify Wear OS features

1. Control music

The basic Spotify control includes being able to pause, skip forward and skip back on the music playing from the watch. A green indicator around the screen's edge will also show how far into a track you are.

2. Play to Spotify Connect devices

There’s also a shortcut to Spotify Connect, which means you can send music to play on a nearby compatible device. This could be an Amazon Echo or Sonos speaker – there are plenty to choose from. To do so, just hit the icon in the bottom-right when a track is playing.

3. Add songs to your Spotify library

You can add music to your library straight from the Wear OS Spotify app. Tap the heart in the bottom-left, and the song will be added to your music library. To retrieve it, just go to the Songs list in your Spotify library.

Spotify on Wear OS: Unsupported features

Spotify Wear OS offline streaming

1. 4G/LTE streaming

Right now, the Spotify app offers no LTE/4G streaming straight from a Wear OS smartwatch to a pair of Bluetooth headphones. There's also no indication that this will arrive any time soon.

2. Offline playback

The lack of offline playback is also a disappointing omission from Spotify, though we wouldn't rule out the feature landing in the future. When we asked the company back in October for comment on potential support in upcoming versions, it said, "This is the first version of the app, and we will continue to improve the Spotify experience."

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