How to use Spotify on the Apple Watch

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There's always been a lack of a proper Spotify Apple Watch app – until now. Over the last few months, Spotify users have finally been afforded proper control of their playback and music.

Until the official app dropped, Spotify subscribers using an Apple Watch were only able to play, pause and skip tracks and adjust volume from the wrist. It was essentially a controller for the same functions you see on your iPhone’s lock screen, with no bespoke experience whatsoever.

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But finally, with a Spotify Apple Watch app now on our wrists, a far more complete experience is available – despite a couple of major features so far held back.

The description of the Apple Watch Spotify app does make reference to it being the “first version”, so we’d suspect more advanced features are on the way. For now, though, here’s what the Apple Watch Spotify app can and can’t do.

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Install the Apple Watch Spotify app

Follow the steps below to ensure you have the right version of the Spotify app. It works for free and Spotify Premium users, though you will need to have the Spotify smartphone app installed on your device, and be signed in. You'll also need to have an iPhone or later running iOS 10 and above, as well as an Apple Watch with watchOS 4 and above.

1. Head to the Apple Watch app on your smartphone.
2. Search the App Store for “Spotify”.
3. Install the Spotify app.
4. You can find the Spotify app on your Apple Watch, or it will open automatically when you start music from your iPhone.

How to use Spotify on the Apple Watch

Apple Watch Spotify features

1. Control music

Like the old Spotify functionality, you can pause, skip forward and back the music playing from the Apple Watch itself.

2. Select tracks from playlists

A swipe to the left shows you the recently played music from your Spotify account. From here you can scroll with your finger or the digital crown and swap album or playlist. You only get to choose recent items, and you can’t select songs within those items – although you can skip – and set to shuffle using the toggle at the top of the screen.

How to use Spotify on the Apple Watch

3. Play to Spotify Connect devices

There’s also a shortcut to Spotify Connect, which means you can ping your music to a compatible device. This could be your smartphone, Amazon Echo or Sonos speaker. There’s plenty to choose from.

4. Add songs to your Spotify library

You can add music to your library straight from the Apple Watch screen. The prominently placed heart can be tapped, and the track will be added to your music library. To retrieve it, just go to the Songs list in your Spotify library.


Features not supported yet

4G streaming

Right now, the Spotify app offers no LTE streaming straight from the Apple Watch to a pair of headphones. And we wouldn’t hold your breath on that arriving any time soon.

Offline playback

Another major oversight is the inability to store music on your Apple Watch and listen offline. That means runners or underground commuters, for example, can’t store playlists on the Apple Watch for when they're on the move. We’d suspect this will be the next feature to drop, but there’s no timescale on when that might happen.


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