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Essential tips and tricks for Spotify everyone should know

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Spotify is one of the most popular streaming services. The Android app is packed with features, but not all of them are immediately apparent. Get more out of your streaming service with our tips and for Spotify music.


How much does Spotify cost?

Spotify Tariff Free Premium Family Students
Price / month Free 9,99 € 14,99 € 4,99 €
Test phase - 30 days - -
Advertising No Yes Yes Yes
Offline playback No Yes Yes Yes
Sound quality

128 kBit/s (Web player)

up to 160 kBit/s via App

320 kBit/s 320 kBit/s 320 kBit/s
Devices per account 1 stream simultaneously 1 stream simultaneously, 3 offline devices 1 stream simultaneously, 3 offline devices 1 stream simultaneously, 3 offline devices
Notes Shuffle Play Only PlayStation users can get two test months Up to 5 independent premium accounts University registration necessary

You can use Spotify for free. However, the free edition is massively reduced in its functional scope. So you can't tap on individual tracks to play them. Instead, there is only an artist or list-specific shuffle playback. You will also hear commercials between the songs. In order to permanently remove these and other restrictions, the Premium Membership is required.

Edit Spotify Playlists

For a long time, Spotify's mobile apps didn't have a simple feature on board: you couldn't edit playlists and change the position of songs. Only adding and removing songs was possible. In the meantime, Spotify has added to the list. Tap on the three points and then tap on Edit Playlist. Now you can move and remove songs as you like.

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You can now edit playlists. / © Screenshots: AndroidPIT

Use Spotify offline: play downloaded songs

Music streaming consumes data volume. How much of it depends on the number and quality of the songs you stream on the road. Thanks to the default setting, Spotify does not consume any data volume when used offline.

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Spotify does not consume your mobile data volume when offline. / © NextPit

If you want to allow mobile streaming, you can turn on Download using cellular. The quality level of the tracks allows you to control how much data consumption you have to expect. Calculate between 1 MB (normal quality) and 4 MB (extreme quality) per minute.

Storing Spotify data on a memory card

Downloading Spotify playlists or albums for offline access is a simple exercise: Just tap Download in the respective view. Because if your smartphone has only little storage space left, the music should end up on the memory card if possible. Check the settings of Spotify to see if the correct storage target is selected.

Spotify Autoplay: useful or annoying?

If you are wondering why unknown songs are suddenly playing at the end of a playlist, you have probably activated the Autoplay feature. In the settings, you can put an end to the goings-on. Unfortunately, Spotify likes to forget this setting when an app update is running.

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Spotify Autoplay: not everyone likes the automatic recommendations. / © Screenshots: AndroidPIT

How to block artists

When you listen to automatically generated playlists, Spotify may suggest artists you can't stand. If you go to the website and click on the three dots in the top right corner, you can choose not to play them anymore and they will not appear in playlists for you. You can unblock them in the same way later. If you don't see the option in your app yet, be patient, Spotify just started rolling out the feature a while ago though.

Fall asleep with Spotify

Do you like to fall asleep with music or an audiobook? Then this function is something for you. If you use the sleep timer, Spotify will not run all night. If you are playing a song or playlist, you can tap on the three dots above and then select the sleep timer and set the desired time. Good night.

Manage app accesses

Do you like Shazam? The service that listens to the environment to identify songs? Shazam can add the detected song to a Spotify playlist right away, but requires access to your Spotify account. There are many such integrations and you should check from time to time to see which apps access your Spotify account. With one click you can revoke the access.

Targeted search with advanced search function

You are looking for a specific song by an artist, but can only remember one word from the title? No problem. On Spotify, you simply use the advanced search. First, enter the artist and then the word from the title you remember. Now you will see all songs of the artist where your entered word appears in the title. You can do the same with the OR and NOT entries.

If you are looking for albums of an artist from a certain time, just enter the artist name and then year: 2008, for example, or whichever year you are looking for.

How to solve the "Spotify interrupted" problem

Get the message: "Spotify playback interrupted"? The error message is quite banal because your Spotify account only plays one stream at a time. Do you have an Amazon Echo or Google Home in your living room that may have been activated by a family member? Then you have the most likely explanation.

The best smartphones for Spotify

Spotify works with any smartphone, of course, but some are especially suited for streaming service. Above all, your smartphone should have a high-quality audio amplifier. Particularly with inexpensive devices, often only standard goods are used. But there are also smartphones for audiophiles, so the LG G8 ThinQ has a Hifi-Quad-DA-Converter.

Are you more likely to use Bluetooth headphones? Then you should make sure that the smartphone uses aptX for example or at least is equipped with Android 8.x Oreo. Since this Android version, Google's OS supports high-quality audio codecs - of course, your headphones need to know them as well.

Spotify for older Smartphones

With Spotify Lite the streaming provider also offers an app for older smartphones. Data consumption is also expected to decrease with the Lite variant. You need at least Android 4.3, but no premium account. It is now available in the Play Store.

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Your smartphone should have good audio quality. / © NextPit

Redeem a Spotify voucher

One of the payment methods for Spotify is the coupon code. Through this, you can access a prepaid payment model. This has an advantage and a disadvantage. The advantage is that your paid premium access is not automatically renewed. The disadvantage is that you are not allowed to use the trial period, so you pay the full price from the first day on.

Spotify: further tips?

What are your findings on Spotify use? What practical feature have you discovered that you would like to introduce to other APIT readers? Let us know in the comments!

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Hans-Georg Kluge

Hans-Georg Kluge

Hans-Georg writes about apps, hardware and other stuff that happens in the Android universe. He is a happy owner of the Galaxy S7 but enjoys time with an iPad as well.

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    Zaman Jul 17, 2022 Link to comment

    I use "MusConv tool" to manage all my music playlists. It works with all the top streaming services and let you save/transfer/import/export your music in various formats among various platforms

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    DakotaJones Dec 8, 2020 Link to comment

    Really useful. I got another tip for offline listening to Spotify songs by using AudKit Spotify Playlist Downloader. Spotify Free users can use it to download Spotify tracks for offline playing. Spotify Premium users can use it to keep their favourite Spotify music downloads even the subscription is expired.

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    Sophialing White Jul 1, 2020 Link to comment

    One tip for Spotify user is that there are so many Spotify downloaders, like DRmare Spotify Music Downloader, which can not only download Spotify songs for free but also convert Spotify music to MP3 and other audio files so that you can play Spotify files on all devices as you like.
    This tool can make your Spotify playback better.

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    SSSUUU May 21, 2020 Link to comment

    It's useful. I use the Spotify premium account to download the songs on y phone and computer. I get the Audio Recorder Mac from AudFree to save the songs for offline playback. I like the recorded songs which are the same as the original ones.

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    KoeppRippin May 20, 2020 Link to comment

    Thanks for the post for sharing very useful information. I used the best premium Spotify. thanks!!

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