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Spotify Keeps Stopping? 9 Fixes

Spotify is an excellent music streaming service, but sometimes it’ll stop for no apparent reason. If that happens, here are some fixes you can try.

Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services, but it isn’t perfect. If your Spotify stops working mid-song, you’ll need to troubleshoot.

There are a number of reasons why Spotify might stop working properly. To help you, here are nine possible fixes you can try if Spotify keeps stopping on your PC, Mac, or mobile device.

1. Sign Out of All Devices

Spotify is meant to work between multiple devices. If you logged into Spotify on too many, though, they could be conflicting. A simple solution is to log out of all devices and start over.

  1. Log into the Spotify Account Overview
  2. Scroll down and click the Sign out everywhere

sign out everywhere

That’s it. You’ll be logged out of Spotify on all your devices. Note that it can take up to an hour for the sign-out to take effect on the Web player. After that, log into one device and see if it’s working now.

2. Force Quit Spotify and Restart

If Spotify keeps freezing up or crashing, you might want to force quit it and restart fresh.

  1. With the desktop app on Windows 11, open Task Manager by right-clicking the Start button and clicking Task Manger from the menu. On Windows 10 or 11, you can use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + Shift + Esc to open it directly.
  2. When Task Manager opens, make sure you’re on the Processes Highlight Spotify and click End task.

Task Manager end Spotify Task

Quit Spotify on Mobile

You can also quit Spotify on an iPhone or Android device.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom screen from the Spotify app to show the app switcher.
  2. Drag the Spotify card to the top of the screen until it disappears to close out of it.

Close Spotify on Mobile

Whichever device you’re using Spotify on, closing and reopening can solve the pausing or crash issues.

3. Restart Your Phone or PC

If Spotify keeps pausing or crashing on your phone or PC, it could be a system or service clashing with it. A good way to clear everything out and start fresh is to restart your phone or PC. Make sure to completely power off your phone for 30 seconds to a minute. Then power it back on.

The process of shutting down each handset varies; for example, turning off an iPhone 13 is different than earlier models.

Power Off Phone

The steps to power down an Android handset vary. For example, it might be holding down just the power button or holding the power button and the volume buttons. If you aren’t sure, check the phone’s support documentation.

Power Off Android

If you’re running the Spotify desktop app on your PC, try restarting it. You can shut down or restart Windows 11 from the Start menu. You can also shut down or restart Windows 10 from the Start menu.

Shut Down Windows 11 Start Button

4. Turn Off Low Power Mode

If Spotify starts pausing constantly, check the Low Power Mode setting on your device. That option reduces background app activities to save battery life. In turn, it can and probably will stop your Spotify feed.

Turn off Low Power Mode on iPhone by doing the following:

  1. Open Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode.
  2. Make sure the Low Power Mode slider is set to the Off

Low Power Mode

Turning off battery or power-saving mode varies on Android devices. Generally, you want to look in Settings > Battery. On a OnePlus, for example, go to Settings > Battery > Battery Saver. On a Samsung Galaxy, it is in Settings > Battery and device care > Battery > Power saving mode.

Android power saving mode

5. Turn Off Data Saver Mode in Spotify

Spotify has a setting you can enable to reduce the amount of data the app uses over Cellular connections. The Data Saver feature could be the culprit if Spotify pauses or stops mid-song.

To turn it off, open the app, go to Settings > Data Saver and make sure the slider is set to Off.

Data Saver Off

6. Check Data Connectivity

With Spotify, you can connect via Wi-Fi, cellular, or both. If you have a poor signal, it can cause your stream to pause or stop. Try disconnecting your device from the data source, for example, a Wi-Fi network, and reconnect.

Of course, cellular can be spotty depending on your location, but try to make sure you have “full bars” when streaming via cellular.

Another thing worth noting in this section is the streaming bitrate. If you have a Premium account, you can choose higher quality streams that require a higher upload and download speed.

If you’re having connection issues try the following:

  1. Open the Spotify app on your phone.
  2. Open Settings.

iPhone Spotify Settings

  1. Now, navigate to Audio Quality and choose a lower bitrate streaming quality for Wi-Fi and Cellular. For instance, you might want a lower quality stream on Cellular to save data if you’re on a limited plan.

Audio Quality and Bandwidth Spotify

7. Delete Spotify Cache

Spotify cache is where your listening history resides. That includes tracks you listen to (to prevent buffering), album and playlist art, downloaded songs, and more. Generally, the cache is the right amount to provide a great Spotify experience. However, sometimes clearing it can get Spotify working again.

Clearing the Spotify cache on Android devices varies but this will give you an idea of what to look for.

To clear Spotify cache on Android, do the following:

  1. Long-press the Spotify icon on the home screen and select app info > Storage & cache.

App Info Clear Cache

  1. Then tap the Clear cache.

clear Spotify Cache Spotify Android

To clear the Spotify cache on iOS, the steps are straightforward:

  1. Launch the Spotify app on your iPhone or iPad and select Settings > Storage.
  2. Next, tap the Delete cache button to clear the cache.

delete Spotify Cache iOS

Clear Spotify Cache on Windows

Clearing the Spotify cache on the desktop app running on Windows 10 or 11 requires a few more steps.

  1. Hit Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Now copy and paste the following path and click OK:
%localappdata%\Spotify\Storage\

Spotify Cache Desktop

  1. That opens the storage folder for Spotify. Delete all the contents by hitting Ctrl + A to select everything, then right-click and choose Delete.

Delete Spotify Cache PC

Note: Don’t delete the Storage folder itself –only delete its content. Once you’ve cleared the cache, Spotify will have to download data again. While doing that, it could bump your bandwidth usage for a short amount of time.

8. Turn Off Hardware Acceleration

If Spotify continues to pause, freeze up, or crash, it could be because of the Hardware Acceleration feature. It’s enabled by default and is meant to improve performance. However, sometimes it causes more issues than it’s worth – especially on older computers.

To turn off hardware acceleration, do the following:

  1. Launch the Spotify desktop app and click the three dots in the upper-right corner.
  2. Select View > Hardware Acceleration.

hardware acceleration

  1. A message will come up letting you know disabling acceleration can cause Spotify to load slower. Also, a restart is required for the setting to go into effect. Click OK.

verify message Spotify

9. Uninstall and Reinstall Spotify

If none of the options above work, you can always uninstall and reinstall the app. This will provide a fresh start with the app and ensure you have the latest version.

Note: This will delete any songs you’ve downloaded locally. You’ll need to re-download them after uninstalling the app.

To uninstall the Spotify desktop app on Windows 10, do the following:

  1. Open the Start menu and choose Settings.

start settings

  1. Click Apps from the main Settings screen.

Settings App

  1. Search for Spotify in the search field at the top of the Apps & features
  2. Click the Uninstall button next to the Spotify app. Click Uninstall again to verify.

You can uninstall apps on Windows 11, too. To uninstall the Spotify app from Windows 11, do the following:

  1. Click the Start button and then the Settings

tart Settings Windows 11

  1. Click Apps from the left column and Apps & features on the right.

Settings apps and features windows 11

  1. Type in Spotify in the Search apps field at the top.
  2. Click the Options button (three dots) to the right of Spotify and click Uninstall.

Uninstall-Spotify-from-Windows-11

Now that Spotify is uninstalled go to the Spotify download page, and download and install the latest version.

Uninstall Spotify from Your Phone

Uninstalling the Spotify app from your Android or iPhone is straightforward on either platform.

  1. Find the Spotify app on your home screen. Long-press the app’s icon and tap Uninstall or Remove App from the menu that appears.
  2. Verify you want to continue to uninstall when the message comes up.

Uninstall Spotify from iPhone

After uninstalling the app, go to your device’s app store and reinstall it.

Fixing Spotify Quickly

If Spotify keeps stopping, pausing, or crashing on iPhone or Android, the steps above should help you get it running again successfully. If it stops working mid-song, it’s probably something basic like low power mode or data saver mode enabled. However, signing out of all devices seems to work for many users, too.

The year is coming to an end, so make sure to find and share your Spotify Wrapped 2021. If you’re a new user, check out instructions on changing your playlist pictures.

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