You must’ve experienced pausing for no reason while streaming over Spotify. Some users are complaining that Spotify keeps pausing music on iPhone, Android phone, Mac, or Windows PC. Hitting the play button repeatedly to resume it kills the fun. Let’s explore how we can figure out how to fix it for your Mobile and Desktop.
This is not a major issue. The solutions themselves are pretty easy to follow. That said, we’ll recommend you check out all the solutions before trying them out one by one to start streaming songs/podcasts on Spotify seamlessly in no time.
I am assuming that you have a stable internet connection and are not facing any network issues. If Wi-Fi is not working, try mobile data instead. Listen to that offline playlist you saved before while we help you fix it.
Why Does My Spotify Keep Pausing
Before we start with the solutions, here are some of the common reasons why your Spotify keeps stopping on your Mobile or Desktop.
- Your internet connection is unstable.
- The song added to your playlist is not available anymore.
- You have reached the device login limit for your Spotify account.
- The Spotify App Cache data has become outdated.
- The Spotify app version needs an update on your Mobile or Desktop.
How to Fix Spotify Keeps Pausing
Now that you are aware of the possible reason behind this issue, let us now show you the troubleshooting methods to get rid of this problem on your Mobile or Desktop.
1. Are You Using Spotify on Multiple Devices
Are you signed in to Spotify from multiple devices from the same account? You cannot stream different content from Spotify on two devices at the same time using the same account. This will confuse Spotify and it will pause the streaming.
One of your family group members with access to the other device may also be using Spotify at the same time as you. Make sure that’s not the case.
2. Check Your Internet Connection
If Spotify keeps pausing after every 30 seconds or 10 seconds on your Mobile or Desktop, you need to check your internet speed. You can run a speed test on your device and check whether your Internet Service Provider is not facing any downtime. In case you are using Mobile Data on your iPhone or Android, we suggest switching to a Wi-Fi network, if possible.
3. Download Offline Files Again
Spotify also allows you to download your songs and listen to them offline on the go. You can try doing the same for your account on your Mobile or Desktop.
4. Sign Out of Spotify and Back In
Another basic solution, if Spotify pauses randomly, is to sign in again to your Spotify account on Mobile or Desktop. This will reload all your app data and preferences in the app on your device and should solve the issue. You can refer to our post to learn how to log out of your Spotify account on Mobile and Desktop.
5. Force Quit and Relaunch Spotify
Once you log in again to your Spotify app on your mobile or desktop, we suggest you force quit and relaunch the app to give it a fresh start.
Step 1: On the home screen, swipe up and hold to reveal the background app windows.
Step 2: Swipe right to look for Spotify and then swipe up to remove the app.
Step 3: Relaunch Spotify and check if the problem is solved.
Step 1: Long-press the Spotify app icon and select App Info.
Step 2: Tap on Force Quit and select Ok to confirm.
Step 3: Close App Info and open Spotify again to check if the problem is solved.
Step 1: Click the Start icon on Windows 11, type Task Manager, and press Enter.
Step 2: Click on Spotify and click on End Task.
Step 3: Reopen Spotify and check if the problem is solved.
Step 1: Click the Apple logo at the top-right corner and select Force Quit.
Step 2: Select Spotify from the list of apps and click on Force Quit.
Step 3: Open Spotify again on your Mac and check if the problem is solved.
6. Disable Battery Saver
The battery saver mode on your phone could be responsible for Spotify pausing music. More notably, it will pause music when you turn off the screen or lock your phone. We suggest turning it off on your Android or iPhone, if possible.
Step 1: Open Settings on your Android phone.
Step 2: Tap on Battery.
Step 3: Select Battery Saver.
Step 4: Tap the toggle next to Use Battery Saver to disable it.
Step 5: Close Settings and open Spotify to check if the problem is solved.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap on Battery.
Step 3: Tap the toggle next to Low Power Mode to disable the feature.
Step 4: Close Settings and open Spotify to check if the problem is solved.
7. Enable Background Data Usage
Background Data Usage basically helps the app to stay updated while running in the background on your iPhone or Android phone. So you need to check if this setting has been enabled for Spotify on your mobile device. This will help if Spotify keeps spotting mid-song on your device.
Step 1: Open Settings > Apps > Spotify and tap on Mobile data. Make sure Allow background data usage is toggled on.
And while you are here, you can also enable the ‘Allow app while Data saver on’ option.
Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
Step 2: Scroll down and tap on Spotify.
Step 3: Tap the toggle next to Background App Refresh to enable it.
Step 4: Close Settings and relaunch Spotify to check if the problem is solved.
8. Delete Cache and Data
As we know, old corrupt data can mess up things behind the scenes leading to inconsistencies in the app experience. So if your Spotify playback still pauses randomly, we suggest clearing the Cache on your desktop or mobile. Here’s how.
The steps remain the same for both Mac and Windows PC users.
Step 1: Open the Spotify app on your Mac or Windows PC.
Step 2: Click on your profile icon at the top-right corner and select Settings.
Step 3: Scroll down to the Storage section and click the Clear Cache button.
Step 1: Open the Spotify app on your iPhone or Android phone.
Step 2: Tap the Settings icon at the top-right corner.
Step 3: Select Storage and tap on Clear Cache.
9. Reinstall Spotify
Well, you can always resort to a clean reinstall of the Spotify app on your phone or computer. There are a few ways to do this, and they depend on where you are using Spotify. If you are an Android user, clear Spotify cache and data to get rid of any corrupt files, and then uninstall and reinstall it from the Play Store. And iPhone users certainly know the drill. We have also shared the download link for Mac users.
Just unlink your Spotify account from Discord. Go to Settings, select Connections from the sidebar, and unlink your Spotify account.
Go to Settings, select Playback, and tap the toggle next to Autoplay to disable the feature.
Spot and Forward
Spotify is leading the music streaming industry and continues to make moves and waves. Arguably, others have caught up over the years, and now Spotify faces stiff competition from the likes of Apple Music. Even Google is trying to up its game with YouTube Music. Between these three, there are plenty of choices available to the users.
We hope one of the solutions worked for you and you were able to fix the issue. As always, if you found another way to solve the problem, do share it with us in the comments section below.
Last updated on 09 August, 2023
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