How to Play and Download Spotify Songs on Apple Watch (Free & Premium)

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April 7, 2024

Smartwatches offer a game-changer for activities like running, working out, commuting, or cooking. With a smartwatch, you can conveniently control music playback directly from your wrist, without having to pull out your phone out of your pocket or bag.

Since 2018, Spotify has offered a dedicated app for Apple Watch. This guide will show you how to get Spotify on your Apple Watch and control playback, whether you’re a Premium or Free user. We’ll cover installing the app, navigating the interface, and even offer an alternative solution for Free users to enjoy Spotify offline on their Apple Watch.


  1. How to Get Spotify on Apple Watch
  2. How to Play Spotify on Apple Watch
  3. How to Download Spotify Songs on Apple Watch
  4. Conclusion

Part 1. How to Get Spotify on Apple Watch

Before listening to Spotify on your Apple Watch, you’ll need to install the Spotify app. Here’s how, with two convenient options:

Option 1. Install from iPhone

  1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone.
  2. Scroll down to the Available Apps section and tap the INSTALL button next to the Spotify app.

Option 2. Install Directly from Apple Watch

  1. Press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch and go to the App Store.
  2. Search for the Spotify app.
  3. Tap Get to install Spotify directly on your Apple Watch.

Part 2. How to Play Spotify on Apple Watch

Although Spotify can be installed on the Apple Watch, the playback options can differ for Free and Premium users.

Premium Users

Premium users can enjoy Spotify directly on Apple Watch. Here’s how:

  1. Pair Bluetooth headphones with your Apple Watch.
  2. Open the Spotify app on your Watch and tap the device icon in the bottom right corner.
  3. Select Apple Watch as the playback device.
  4. Now you can stream Spotify music directly from your Watch, without needing your iPhone nearby.

Free Users

While playback directly on Apple Watch is limited to Premium users, you can still use it as a remote control for Spotify on other devices (like your iPhone or computer).

To choose the playback device, tap the device icon in the bottom right of the Spotify app and select the desired device. However, as mentioned earlier, “Apple Watch” won’t be an option for free users.

Control Spotify Playback on Apple Watch (Free & Premium)

Regardless of your subscription tier (Free or Premium), here’s how to control Spotify playback from your Apple Watch:

  1. Press the Digital Crown on your Apple Watch and tap the Spotify app to launch it.
  2. From the main interface of Spotify, swipe left to access your Library, and right to Home.
  3. Find a song or playlist/album to play. Use the on-screen controls to play, pause, skip tracks, or like a song by tapping the heart icon.

Part 3. How to Download Spotify Songs on Apple Watch

Similar to downloading on your iPhone, Spotify Premium users can download music for offline playback on Apple Watch. As usual, downloads are limited to playlists, with a maximum of 100 songs per playlist and a total storage capacity of around 10 hours (depending on your Apple Watch model).

Download Spotify Songs on Apple Watch with Premium

  1. Open the Spotify app on your iPhone.
  2. Go to a playlist and tap the three dots under the playlist name.
  3. Select Download to Apple Watch.

How to Download Spotify Songs With Spotify Free

To stream directly or listen offline on Apple Watch, Spotify Free users usually need to upgrade to Premium subscriptions. However, is there an alternative method to enjoy Spotify on Apple Watch with a Free account? Absolutely. By using a professional Spotify downloader, you can easily download your favorite tunes from Spotify to your local device. Then you can add downloaded files to your Apple Watch and enjoy them even without an internet connection.

Pazu Spotify Converter is designed for both Spotify Free and Premium users to download all Spotify songs, playlists, albums, or podcasts for offline listening. It extracts Spotify music and converts it to various high-quality formats, including MP3, M4A, AIFF, WAV, FLAC, and AAC. Pazu Spotify Converter supports both Windows and Mac computers. After downloading, you can transfer the songs to your Apple Watch or any other compatible device for offline enjoyment, giving you more control over your music collection.

Key features of Pazu Spotify Converter:

  • Download Spotify songs, playlists, albums, and podcasts with both Spotify’s free and premium accounts.
  • Built-in Spotify web player, no Spotify app needed.
  • Multiple output formats: MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV, and AIFF.
  • Download Spotify to MP3 in 320kbps.
  • Keep all ID3 tags.
  • Rename Spotify songs with titles, albums, artists, etc.
  • Multilingual interface.

Now, let’s learn how to use Pazu Spotify Music Converter to download Spotify songs with a free subscription and listen to them on your Apple Watch.

Step 1. Select Spotify music

Download, install, and run Pazu Spotify Converter on your Mac or Windows.

After logging in to your Spotify account, use the integrated Spotify web player to search for songs, albums, or playlists you want to download.

Click the Add to List button to load all songs in the album or playlist.

add to download list

Step 2. Choose the output format

Click the gear icon on the top right corner to select the output format (AUTO[M4A], MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, or AIFF), choose output audio quality, customize the output folder, and more.

download format

Step 3. Download Spotify Songs to Local

Click the Convert button to start downloading the Spotify songs to your local computer.

To download individual songs or specific songs of your choice, uncheck the ones you don’t want and click the Convert button.


Once the conversion is done, click the folder button or directly go to the output folder you customized in the previous step to find the downloaded Spotify songs.

Step 4. Add Downloaded Spotify Songs to Apple Watch

  1. Import downloaded music to Apple Music
    • Click File > Add File in iTunes (Windows) or File > Import in Music (Mac), and choose the downloaded Spotify songs to upload them to Apple Music.
    • The downloaded Spotify songs will be synced to the Music app on your iPhone.
  2. Add downloaded music to Apple Watch
    • Launch the Watch app on your iPhone, scroll down, and tap Music.
    • Tap + Add Music and choose the Spotify songs.
  3. Go to the Music app on your Apple Watch to enjoy the downloaded Spotify songs.


The Spotify app on Apple Watch offers different functionalities depending on your subscription tier. Premium members can enjoy Spotify directly on their Apple Watch, including offline playback, while Free users can only control Spotify playback on other devices (like iPhones or computers) from the Apple Watch. However, regardless of your account type, you can always use a professional downloader such as Pazu Spotify Converter to save your Spotify songs to MP3. This enables offline enjoyment of your favorite tracks on your Apple Watch or any other compatible device.