How to use Spotify on the Apple Watch

Download the app and play tunes from the wrist

Finally, Apple Watch owners can download the official Spotify app and control the playback of their music from the smartwatch.

Until the app recently landed, Spotify subscribers were only able to play, pause and skip tracks and adjust volume from the wrist. It essentially mirrored the same functions you see on the iPhone’s lock screen.

Now, with a Spotify Apple Watch app on our wrists, a far more complete experience is available – despite a couple of major features still being held back.

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

The description of the Apple Watch Spotify app did initially 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 Spotify app can and can’t do.

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Install the Apple Watch Spotify app

Install Apple Watch Spotify app

Follow the steps below to ensure you have the right version of the Spotify app. It works for both 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.

To download Apple Watch Spotify app

1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

2. In the My Watch tab and under the heading Installed on Apple Watch, check if Spotify is already downloaded. If it is, skip the next step.

3. If it isn't installed already on your Apple Watch, scroll down to the Available Apps section and hit Install on Spotify.

4. On your Apple Watch, open the app menu to find Spotify. The app will also open automatically when you start playing music from your iPhone.

Apple Watch Spotify features

Apple Watch Spotify app 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.

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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