Being able to stream Spotify through your Apple Watch is…
One word: awesome.
It’s incredibly convenient and entertaining to use.
That’s why it’s so disheartening when the best combo suddenly stops functioning.
But now, it’s time to rest.
Because you discovered the right article to help you.
Continue reading to find out:
- How updating your gadgets can fix Spotify’s problem.
- Seven viable solutions to restore Spotify functionality.
- How a dummy Spotify account can be used to fix this Apple Watch issue.
- Even more…
Why doesn’t Spotify function on my Apple
Your Apple Watch is not compatible with Spotify because your gadgets are not up-to-date or their system contains bugs. Occasionally, it could be because you neglected to pair your iPhone and Apple Watch via Wifi and Bluetooth.
Spotify not working on Apple Watch? Here are seven fixes
Before we continue…
If this is the first time you’ve attempted to play Spotify on your Apple watch…
Check to see if you’ve met all the necessary prerequisites.
The first thing you should examine is your watch.
Ensure your watch:
- Has a watchOS version of 7.0 or later.
- Is connected to Wifi or cellular data.
- Belongs to Apple Watch Series 3 or later.
After verifying that your watch meets all of these specifications, proceed to…
Ensure that your iPhone:
- Is compatible with iOS 12 or later.
- Equipped with the Apple Watch application
- Connected to WiFi or data
If you’ve observed…
Both your iPhone and your Apple Watch have a minimum OS requirement.
And that’s why our first fix suggestion is to…
1: Make sure your iPhone and Apple watch are current
“But I already have the basic OS requirements.”
Sure, you have them…
However, do you have the most recent?
Recent updates provide fixes for current issues and hiccups that are affecting devices.
Therefore, the absence of these essential updates could be the reason why your Spotify app is malfunctioning.
You have to update both your iPhone and your Apple Watch.
Because if only 1 of them is updated…
It will not function properly if the other component is not functioning properly.
Having said that, the following are the steps to…
Update the iOS on your iPhone:
- Open your iPhone.
- Connect it to an outlet or power source.
- Ensure that it is linked to WiFi.
- On your home screen, find Settings.
- Launch the application and navigate to the General section.
- Select Software Update (6).
- Click Download and Install.
Note: If there are two available software updates, choose the one you prefer.
Now let’s proceed and update your Apple Watch.
Unlike updating your phone, you can update your watch in 2 ways.
And that’s by:
- Updating directly on your watch.
- Updating your watch using your iPhone.
To update your Apple Watch using your phone:
- Plug your Apple Watch into a power source.
- Open your phone.
- Go to your Apple Watch app.
- Tap on My Watch.
- Proceed to General > Software Update.
- Download the update.
- If it asks for your passcode, enter it.
- Observe your Apple Watch until the progress wheel appears.
- Wait until the update is completed.
Note: The update can last from a couple of minutes to an hour. Once the update is ongoing, don’t restart any of your devices or quit the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
To update directly on your watch:
- Charge your Apple Watch.
- Connect your watch to a stable Wifi.
- Open the Settings app on your watch.
- Go to General > Software Update.
- If there are updates available, install them.
- Follow the further instructions on your screen.
After updating your Apple Watch, it’ll restart on its own.
Try playing from your Spotify app again, but if it still doesn’t work…
2: Know your subscription type
Are you perhaps trying to play Spotify offline?
Did you know that you can only play Spotify without Wifi if you have Spotify premium?
If you didn’t, then that might be why your Spotify isn’t working on your Apple Watch.
Offline Spotify music is only limited to Spotify Premium users.
So if you’re using Spotify Free…
The only way to play the app through your Apple Watch is to…
3: Connect both devices to Wifi and Bluetooth
While this might sound obvious…
It’s not unusual for users to forget to connect their watch and phone to the same Wifi network.
“Wait, I have to use the same Wifi?”
Yes, you do.
According to Apple, if you want to enjoy every feature of your Apple Watch…
You need to turn on both Wifi and Bluetooth on your phone.
Your watch and iPhone communicate very efficiently through these wireless connections.
If your iPhone is near, your Apple Watch communicates to it using Bluetooth.
But once your phone is a bit further, it opts to use Wifi instead.
Efficient, isn’t it?
So forgetting to turn on 1 of them can cause problems in communication between the two.
“How do I check if my devices are connected?”
It’s very easy to do so.
And I’ll tell you exactly how to do it.
To check if your iPhone and Apple Watch are connected:
Step 1: Open your watch’s Control Center.
Note: If you’re on the watch face of your Apple Watch, simply swipe up. If you’re on other screens, press and hold the bottom of your screen and swipe up.
Step 2: Look at the top of your screen.
Step 3: If there’s a red icon or “X,” it’s disconnected. If it’s green, it’s connected.
If your device is disconnected, connect it to your Wifi, then try playing from your Spotify app again.
4: Update your Spotify apps
As we mentioned in our second fix…
You must update your apps and software frequently.
And if earlier, you found that your software isn’t up to date yet, chances are…
Your apps aren’t updated to their most recent versions, either.
But if this is why your Spotify isn’t working correctly…
Lucky you, it’s easy to update your apps on your iPhone.
To update your Spotify app:
- Open your phone.
- Go to the App Store.
- Click on your profile on the top right.
- Go to the UPCOMING AUTOMATIC UPDATES section.
- Try to find Spotify.
- Click the UPDATE beside it.
“But I didn’t find Spotify on there.”
Then that means that you already have the latest version of Spotify.
5: Restart your Apple Watch
Restarting your Apple Watch clears its current open applications and their temporary data.
So if what you’re experiencing is only a temporary glitch…
Then a simple restart can go a long way.
Rest assured, this fix is as easy as the previous ones.
Note: Similar to iPhones, there isn’t a direct restart option in smartwatches. So to restart your device, you have to turn it OFF and ON again, manually.
To turn off your Apple Watch:
- Locate your Apple Watch’s side button.
- Press and hold this button until your screen changes.
- Swipe Power OFF to the right.
- Wait for the animation to end.
Wait for at least 1 minute. Afterward, you can go ahead and…
Turn your Apple Watch ON:
- Press and hold the side button of your watch again.
- Let go when the Apple logo shows up.
- Unlock your Apple Watch.
After the restart, check if Spotify is finally working.
6: Reinstall Spotify on Apple Watch
The following fix you’d want to try is to delete and reinstall your Spotify app on your watch.
Why does this work?
Deleting an app deletes the caches and data it has stored over time.
And whether we like it or not…
There are also bugs and glitches in the caches and data of our apps.
But this isn’t always a bad thing.
Because bugs are stored in the data, and the data is erased if the app is deleted…
That means deleting the app will also fix the problem caused by the bugs.
So with that being said, let’s delete the Spotify app on your Apple Watch and reinstall it later.
To delete Spotify from your Apple Watch:
- Locate the digital crown of your Apple Watch.
- Tap it once to display your apps.
- Once you find Spotify, press and hold it.
- Wait until the apps wiggle.
- Press the X on the Spotify tile.
- Confirm that you want to delete it.
- Tap the digital crown again.
Now that you’ve deleted your Spotify, it’s time to reinstall it.
To reinstall Spotify to your Apple Watch:
- Tap the digital crown to display the apps.
- Find and open App Store.
- Go to Search on top of the screen.
- Type “Spotify” and tap its tile.
- Click the cloud with the downward arrow.
- Wait for the installation to finish.
If this does not solve your problem, try…
7: Create a fake user account
I am aware that this solution sounds weird.
But believe me, this strategy has worked amazingly for certain customers.
If your screen displays “Connecting…” each time you attempt to play Spotify on your watch, the connection is failing.
Performing this trick will then solve your problem.
Now you may be wondering…
What do you exactly mean by creating a fake account?
So allow me to briefly explain it to you.
Your current Spotify session will be replaced with a new one.
Using a different Spotify account for Apple Watch playback.
This is because…
Using a new account will cause the prior account’s data to be removed from your watch.
And removing data entails erasing errors and flaws.
Therefore, let’s immediately begin with the steps.
This procedure will consist of four steps, each with specific instructions.
Using a dummy account to repair your Spotify bug:
Sign out of your Spotify account.
- Launch the Spotify app.
- Click Home in the lower left corner.
- Click the Gear icon to access the settings menu.
- Scroll down and select Sign Out.
- Confirm that you wish to log out.
Create a fake Spotify account in Step 2.
- Visit the official Spotify sign-up website.
- Enter your credentials using a distinct email address.
- Pass the reCaptcha test.
- Select Register.
Step 3: Log into your dummy account on your mobile device.
- Open the Spotify application.
- Log in using the email address you provided in Step 2.
- Input your email address and password.
Try listening to Spotify through your watch.
If Spotify is now compatible with your Apple Watch, repeat Step 1.
And after you have checked out of your fake account…
Sign in again using your original Spotify account and complete Step 4.
The only thing left for you to do is…
Enjoy the Spotify music experience you’ve missed for so long on your Apple Watch.