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With Spotify on the Apple Watch, you can take over 70 million songs with you or download tracks for offline playback.
Spotify has been on the Apple Watch for quite some time now, but it wasn’t until last year that the streaming service rolled out a number of key features that were lacking until now. For Free Spotify members, you can not only use the Apple Watch as a remote control for control music through iPhone, with the play, pause and skip functions, you can also record your favorite songs, control where music is played with Spotify connection, and uses Siri to control music and podcasts. Spotify Premium subscribers get a few extra features that have been added over the past year that don’t require a phone. These included listen directly on the watch with only a cellular or WiFi connection and offline listening by downloading songs.
To access any of these features, make sure that iOS, watchOS, and the Spotify app are all up to date. At a minimum, these features require Apple Watch Series 3 or later, and watchOS 6.0 or later (Spotify recommends watchOS 7.1 or later).
To install and use Spotify on Apple Watch, all you need to do is download and sign in to the Spotify app on your iPhone. Make sure Apple Watch is paired with your iPhone. If the app isn’t showing on the watch, follow Apple’s steps to download apps.
To use Siri with Spotify on Apple Watch, say “Hey Siri” followed by your command. Siri can play songs, artists, albums, playlists and podcasts, as well as music, tell you which song is playing, and control media settings like volume, skip track, play and pause. Remember to end each order with “on Spotify” so the watch knows which music service to use. Start by asking something like “Hey Siri, play my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify”.
Listen offline – Premium only
Downloading music and podcasts to Apple Watch lets you take your content on the go, without the internet or your phone. You can store approximately 10 hours of downloads on the watch, depending on your storage availability. Unfortunately, Spotify limits the number of tracks to 50 per playlist, and you can’t download individual songs, so they’ll have to be in a playlist. On your phone, go to a playlist or podcast that you want to download, tap the three dots, and then tap Download on Apple Watch. You can check the progress in the Downloads section on the watch. A small green arrow will appear next to the downloaded content. Plug a pair of headphones into the watch and start listening anywhere.
Did you know that you can upload your own music to Spotify for free, so you and 365 million users can stream your songs to Apple Watch or any other device? Click here to find out more.