17 Solutions to fix Spotify stops playing after 10 seconds – 2023 Updated

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coco
December 13, 2023

“Lately I have been having issues where many songs I play will start playing for 10 seconds (it literally always happens at the 10 sec. mark) and then just stop? This doesn’t happen to every song I listen to on my playlist but it does it for most. Anyone having this issue?”

Many people complain that Spotify stops after 10 seconds, which happens on iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, wen player, CarPlay etc. This issue happens occasionally in the past 3 years, however, Spotify didn’t give an official solution to fix this. The most universal solution is to run a clean reinstall of the Spotify app. This indeed work for many users. However, it it doesn’t work for you, try below solutions.

  1. Clear Spotify cache
  2. Turn off crossfade
  3. Check the volume
  4. Change Spotify password and log out of all devices
  5. Close and restart Spotify app
  6. Get more storage space on your phone
  7. Delete downloads and download again
  8. Make sure you’re not integrated with discord
  9. Clear browser history
  10. Update Spotify
  11. Clean Reinstall Spotify
  12. Turn Off Low Power Mode
  13. Check streaming Quality
  14. Log out/log back in
  15. Download songs or podcasts for offline playing
  16. Try Spotify Connect
  17. Play Spotify with other music player

Related: Why does my Spotify keep pausing?

1. Clear Spotify cache

On iOS

  1. Open Spotify app and tap Home.
  2. Tap profile picture in the top left corner.
  3. Tap Settings and privacy.
  4. Tap Storage – Clear cache.
Clear Spotify cache

On Android

  1. Open Spotify app and tap Home.
  2. Tap profile picture in the top left corner.
  3. Tap Settings and privacy.
  4. Scroll down to Storage and tap Clear cache.

on Mac

  1. Open Spotify app.
  2. Click your profile picture – Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Storage and click Clear cache.
Clear Spotify cache

2. Turn off crossfade

On iOS

  1. Open Spotify app and tap Home.
  2. Tap profile picture in the top left corner.
  3. Tap Settings and privacy.
  4. Tap Playback – slide Crossfade to 0s.
Turn off Spotify crossfade

On Android

  1. Open Spotify app and tap Home.
  2. Tap profile picture in the top left corner.
  3. Tap Settings and privacy.
  4. Scroll down to Playback and turn off Crossfade.

On Mac

  1. Open Spotify app.
  2. Click your profile picture – Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Playback and turn off Crossfade songs.
Spotify crossfade

If you already had crossfade turned off, then turning it on for a moment and then off again.

3. Check the volume

Some users report that phone was automatically dropping the volume to nearly muted when using bluetooth connections. So you’d better check the volume.

4. Change Spotify password and log out of all devices

This can prevent someone you don’t know accessing to your account, after I did this then it was fine again. You can check to see if you have a bunch of songs in your recently played that aren’t what you actually did play.

  1. Visit open.spotify.com and log in.
  2. Click your profile picture – Account.
  3. Click Sign out everywhere.

5. Close and restart Spotify app

Quit Spotify on your device and then run it again. Besides, quit Spotify on other devices.

6. Get more storage space on your phone

Clear up some storage space on my iPhone. If you phone is almost full then some apps don’t work properly.

On iOS

  1. Go to Settings – General – iPhone Storage.
  2. Delete apps you don’t use manually or Enable Offload Unused Apps.

On Android

  1. Go to Settings – Storage.
  2. Tap CLEAN UP and follow on-screen instructions.

7. Delete downloads and download again

Open Spotify app and go to Settings > Remove all downloads. Then download songs/albums/playlists again.

8. Make sure you’re not integrated with discord

If discord detects you talking for 10 seconds straight it’ll force spotify to pause.

9. Clear browser history

If you encounter this on Spotify web player, clear browser history, use a private window or other browser. Or download and use Spotify app.

On Safari Mac

  1. Open Safari browser.
  2. Click History – Clear History.

On Google Chrome Mac

  1. Open Google Chrome browser.
  2. Click the three-dots icon – Clear Browsing Data…

10. Update Spotify

Make sure you are using the latest version of the Spotify app. Go to the App Store, search for “Spotify,” and tap “Update” if an update is available.

11. Clean Reinstall Spotify

  1. Open Spotify. Tap Home – profile picture in the top left corner – Settings and privacyStorage – Clear cache.
  2. Head to your device’s Settings, then tap General.
  3. Tap iPhone Storage.
  4. Select Spotify from the list of apps.
  5. Tap Offload App and confirm. This will delete the app but its documents data will be kept.
  6. Then tap Delete App and confirm. This action should delete any leftover documents and data.
  7. Once the app is deleted, press and hold the Side/Top button and either volume button until the power off slider appears.
  8. Drag the slider to turn your device completely off.
  9. After your device turns off, wait a couple of minutes.
  10. Press and hold the Top (or Side) button again until the display turns on.
  11. Switch your device back on and install Spotify from the App Store.
Clean Reinstall Spotify

A clean reinstall of Spotify doesn’t delete the playlists, saved music, followers or other information saved in your profile. However, It will delete downloads.

12. Turn Off Low Power Mode

Another reason why your Spotify stops may be Low Power Mode is enabled on your device. Low Power Mode reduces the amount of power that your iPhone or iPad uses when the battery gets low.

To turn Low Power Mode off, go to Settings > Battery – Low Power Mode. You can also turn Low Power Mode off from Control Centre. Go to Settings > Control Centre > Customise Controls, and then select Low Power Mode to add it to Control Centre.

Low Power Mode

13. Check streaming Quality

If your internet connection is not fast enough, change streaming audio quality to Automatic or Low.

  1. Open Spotify. Tap Home.
  2. Tap the gear icon on the top right corner.
  3. Tap Audio Quality.
  4. Choose Automatic or Low.
Spotify quality

14. Log out/log back in

  1. Tap Home.
  2. Tap the gear icon.
  3. Scroll down and tap Log out.
  4. Log in with your account.
Spotify audio quality

15. Download songs or podcasts to your device and use Offline Mode

If this only happens on un-downloaded music, then download Spotify songs or podcasts to your device. Spotify Premium users can easily download your favorite music and podcast episodes for offline listening. Simply find the content you want, tap the three dots next to the title, and select “Download” for songs or “Download Episode” for podcasts. The downloaded content will be stored on your device, allowing you to enjoy uninterrupted playback without worrying about app crashes caused by network issues.

To use Offline Mode:

  1. Tap Home.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Playback.
  4. Switch Offline on.

However, after checking many posts we found that usually the crash is caused by iOS or Spotify update. Above solutions may not work. The best solution is to wait for a Spotify update. Before that you may try to play Spotify music with other music player.

16. Try Spotify Connect

If you are playing Spotify on third-party players like Sonos and this happens with Spotify via the Sonos App, try Spotify Connect instead or vice versa.

17. Play Spotify music with other music player

To avoid all Spotify app issues, the best way is to play Spotify music with other music player, such as iTunes, VLC, Windows Media Player, etc. All you need to do is download Spotify music to MP3 with Pazu Spotify Converter, which is feasible whether you have Spotify free or premium account.

Pazu Spotify Converter is specially designed for you to download Spotify music to common formats with either a free or premium account on Mac/Windows. Pazu Spotify Music Converter allows you to convert Spotify songs to the most popular audio formats, such as MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, AAC, and AIFF. With the adoption of advanced encryption technology, it’s able to keep all the converted audio files with 100% lossless audio quality and the original ID3 tags and metadata information. For more details, you can check them below.

Key features of Pazu Spotify Converter:

  • Download Spotify music without Premium.
  • Download and convert Spotify to MP3/M4A/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF.
  • Download Spotify to MP3 in 320kbps.
  • ID3 tags including title, artist, artwork, etc. preserved.
  • No need to install Spotify app.
  • Multilingual interface: English, Deutsch, Español, Français, 日本語, 简体中文.
  • Organize downloaded songs by album or artist.

1. Run Pazu Spotify Converter

Download, install and run Pazu Spotify Converter on your Mac or Windows. Log in your Spotify account with the built-in web player.

spotify converter

2. Choose output format

Click the gear icon on the top right corner to open Settings window. Here you can choose:

  • Output Format: M4A, MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF
  • Output quality: up to 320kbps for MP3
  • Cover Quality: High(640×640), Middle(300×300) or Low(64×64)
  • Output Folder;
  • Output File Name: Any combination of Title, Artist, Album, Track Number, Playlist Index.
  • Output Organized: Artist, Album. Artist/Album or Album/Artist
  • After Converting: Open the output folder or Put the computer to sleep
  • Interface Language: English, Deutsch, Español, Français, 日本語, 简体中文.
Spotify converter settings

3. Select Spotify songs, albums or playlists

Select the songs, album or playlist you want to convert to MP3. Spotify Converter will detect and select all songs in the playlist or album by default. Uncheck the songs you don’t want to download if there are any. Click “Show All” icon to toggle “Hide Converted” on in case some songs have been downloaded before.

drag&drop spotify songs

4. Convert Spotify Songs

Click the Convert button to download Spotify songs to MP3.

remove Spotify DRM

Once the conversion is done, click the folder icon to find the downloaded MP3 songs. Now You can then play the Spotify MP3 songs with your favorite music player or devices.

Note: The free trial version of Pazu Spotify Converter enables you to convert the first three minutes of each song. You can remove the trial limitation by purchasing the full version.