How To Play Spotify On Apple Watch, In 4 Steps (With Photos)

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How To Play Spotify On Apple Watch, In 4 Steps (With Photos)

What’s better than listening to Spotify while working out or cleaning the house? Listening to Spotify on your Apple watch. Best of all, you can always keep your phone in your hand. Fortunately, it only takes a few steps to play Spotify on your Apple Watch.

Follow the simple steps below to connect Spotify to your Apple Watch so you can enjoy your favorite tunes.

How to Play Spotify on Apple Watch

Before you can start listening to Spotify on your Apple Watch, you’ll have to install the app, sign into your account, and sync it with your Apple Watch. Although it may seem tedious at first, it is quite simple.

Follow these steps to play Spotify on your Apple Watch:

Step 1: Install Spotify on Your iPhone

You can download Spotify for free.


Your iPhone is your Apple Watch’s companion device. So, you’ll use your iPhone to set up Spotify. If you don’t have Spotify downloaded already, head to the App Store and download Spotify.

After the app installs, sign into your Spotify account.

Step 2: Open the Apple Watch app

Now, you can open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

Apple Watch is accessible from your device’s screen.


Helpful hint: The Apple Watch app on your iPhone is an app with a watch symbol. If you’re having trouble finding it, swipe left until you see the App Library (swipe to the left to view the search bar on older iOS versions). Then, type Apple Watch to find the app easily).

Step 3: Tap Install

Scroll to the Available Apps section at the bottom of the Apple Watch app. Then, tap Install next to Spotify.

Ensure your device has enough charge during the installation.


Note: If the download circle keeps spinning, but doesn’t do anything, ensure your Apple Watch is charged fully and powered on.

Step 4: Tap Spotify on Your Apple Watch

After installing Spotify, you can click the Crown to access all apps. Tap Spotify and choose which playlist you want to hear.

Open Spotify to view your playlist.


You can listen to Spotify on your Apple Watch through the accessory’s speakers or connect your AirPods.

Step 5: Scroll to Playlists

Grab your Apple Watch, tap Spotify, and scroll to the left. Tap Playlists and choose the one you want to play.

Select the Playlist you want to listen to on your device.


Here is a thorough video detailing the different ways to integrate Spotify with your Apple watch for easy music streaming, created by DesFit on YoutTube.

How to Play Spotify from Your Apple Watch Face

We’ll call this a ‘hidden feature’ because we didn’t know about it for a time. But you can customize your Apple Watch face and add your favorite apps (called Complications) to the home screen.

If you go to the Face Gallery on the Apple Watch app, you’ll see several layouts with various complications. However, none of them have the Spotify app. So, we’ll have to add it.

You can use the Apple Watch app on your iPhone or the Apple Watch itself. After adding Spotify to the home screen, you don’t have to click the crown button and scroll apps. You can start playing Spotify music on your Apple Watch with the tap of a finger. Just do this:

Note: We’re using the Apple Watch itself to customize the face. If you want to use the Watch app on your iPhone, tap Face Gallery at the bottom, then tap Edit and Complications. Tap Spotify to add it to the home screen.

Step 1: Long-Press the Watch Face

Grab your Apple Watch then, long-press the face until it shows the face and a couple of options at the bottom.

Long-pressing the watch face will bring up some options.

Step 2: Tap Edit

After long-pressing your watch’s screen, you’ll see an Edit button at the bottom. Tap Edit.

Edit button will appear at the lower section of the clock face.


Step 3: Scroll to Complications

Complications are tiny elements on your clock’s face.


Now, scroll to the right until you see the Complications page.

Step 4: Tap the Square

The screen will show you where you can add Spotify. Tap one of the boxes where you want to add the Spotify complication on your Watch.

Tap the square box on your watch’s screen.


Step 5: Choose Spotify

Now, scroll to Spotify and tap it.

Select Spotify.


Helpful hint: Your Complications are in alphabetical order. Spotify will be near the bottom.


While the Apple Watch is great, it can be finicky at times. If you can’t get the Spotify Complication to install, or you can’t get your music to play, browse through this section, and we’ll help you fix it.

Spotify Won’t Install

First, if Spotify doesn’t install, you can try a few things to fix it. Try these solutions:

  • Make sure the Apple Watch is paired with your iPhone
  • Put the Watch on its charger
  • Ensure your iPhone is charged and connected to Wi-Fi (Settings>Wi-Fi>Select your network)
  • Update your Apple Watch (Watch App>General>Software Update)
  • Update the Spotify app on your iPhone (App Store>Spotify>Update)

As long as your iPhone is paired with your Apple Watch, connected to Wi-Fi, and everything is up-to-date and charged, Spotify should install.

Spotify Won’t Play

Only Premium subscribers can play Spotify from their Apple Watch. If you aren’t a Premium subscriber, ensure your phone is within Bluetooth range (approximately 30 feet) to play Spotify.

If you are a Premium subscriber, ensure the Spotify app on your iPhone is logged into tcorrectght account. Also, some Spotify plans only allow one person to stream at a time. Ensure no one else is streaming on your account (including pausing the music on your iPhone if it’s playing).

Miscellaneous Fixes

Before Spoplays play on your Apple Watch, there are a few requirements your devices need to meet. Check out this list:

  • Your Apple Watch is running WatchOS 7 or later
  • You have an internet connection (Wi-Fi or cellular)
  • You’re using an Apple Watch Series 3 or later
  • You have Spotify Premium, or your iPhone is nearby

Assuming you meet all these requirements, try turning your watch off and on (hold the long button below the crown and slide the power button). Then, ensure Bluetooth is turned on (Swipe down from the top and tap the Bluetooth icon so it turns blue).

Lastly, you can call Apple Support for more help. The company has excellent customer service and can quickly help you.

Playing Spotify on the Apple Watch

As you can see, it’s easy to play Spotify on your Apple Watch. After setting everything up, you can tap Spotify on your Apple Watch and tap the Playlist you want to hear. But if you run into problems, follow the troubleshooting steps we outlined to overcome any obstacles.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I listen to Spotify on my Apple Watch with a free plan?

Technically, no. You can control Spotify with the Spotify Complication on your Apple Watch. But you can’t play music directly on your watch. While this may seem inconvenient, you can pair your iPhone to a speaker or earbuds, and as long as you keep your iPhone nearby, can listen to your music without touching your iPhone.

Can I listen to Spotify offline?

If you’re a Premium subscriber, you can play Spotify offline on your Apple Watch. Download the playlist (up to 100 songs), and you can play Spotify on your Apple Watch even when you don’t have an internet connection.

How do I sign into a new Spotify account?

If you need to update your login credentials or you started a new Spotify account, your Watch will follow the Spotify app settings on your iPhone. Log into the new account on your iPhone’s Spotify app, and the Watch app should follow.

How do I delete Spotify from my Apple Watch?

You can delete Spotify by pressing the Crown and long-pressing the App screen. Then, tap x next to the Spotify app.

Can I use Siri to play Spotify on my Apple Watch?

Yes! If you’re a Premium Spotify subscriber and you enabled Siri on your Apple Watch, you can play music by saying, “Siri, play my [insert playlist name] on Spotify.”

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