How to use Spotify on the Apple Watch

The best solutions for playing and controlling your tunes from the wrist

There's been a lack of a proper Spotify Apple Watch app – until now. Spotify users have now been afforded proper control of their playback and music.

Until recently, 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.

Read this: How to add and play music from the Apple Watch

But finally, a Spotify Apple Watch app has landed on our wrists, and it offers a far more complete experience than ever – albeit with some major features left out.

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. Here’s what the Apple Watch Spotify app can and can’t do.

How to use Spotify on the Apple Watch

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.

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

Apple Watch Spotify app: Features

Playback

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

Choosing music to play

A swipe to the left shows you 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.

Playing to Spotify Connect devices

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

Favourite music

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.

How to use Spotify on the Apple Watch

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 quite major oversight, there’s no ability to store music on your Apple Watch to listen offline. That means for runners, for example, you can’t store playlists on the Apple Watch when you go for a workout. 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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