Solved: How to keep Spotify playing in the Background

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December 12, 2023

Playing music in the background is a great way of entertainment to make your game experience more fun. Although there are many music channels on Xbox One or PS4, you may prefer your own music list instead. As one of the largest and most popular streaming music services worldwide, most of you may already subscribe to Spotify membership.

Can I play Spotify in background on Android, iPhone, Xbox One or PS4? Some of you may ask this question. It happens to many users that you open Spotify and start playing the tunes, and then you switch to other apps. But all of a sudden, Spotify stops playing in the background until you move back to the app.

If you are not yet familiar with the methods on how to play Spotify in background, this guide will provide an all-around solution for you by introducing the most popular ways of making Spotify play in background with ease. Plus, in the following part, I will show you how to fix the issue that Spotify won’t play in background.

How to Play Spotify in Background on PC/Mac?

To get Spotify playing in the background on a PC/Mac, you have to make the following changes in the settings of Spotify. 

1: Install and launch the Spotify app on your PC or Mac.

2: Click on the profile picture, and click on Settings from the drop-down menu.

3: Scroll down and find Startup and window behavior. Toggle the button on next to Close button should minimize the Spotify window.

4: Return to the main interface and select a playlist or album to play. And then, you can close the Spotify app to play Spotify music in the background.

How to Play Spotify in Background on iPhone?

Turning on Background App Refresh allow apps to refresh their content when on Wi-Fi or cellular in the background. Turning off apps may help preserve battery life.

  1. Go to Settings > General and tap Background App Refresh.
  2. Toggle on the button next to Spotify, and then Spotity can play in the background.

How to Play Spotify in Background on Android?

Making Spotify run in the background on your mobile phone is very easy and effective. You just need to make changes in your mobile device settings to allow Spotify music to run in the background. 

1: Turn on your Android. Then launch the Settings app.

2: Go to Apps > Manage Apps. Find the Spotify app from the list of applications and tap on it.

3: Scroll down to battery saver and change the background settings to No Restrictions.

4: Now open the Spotify app on your device and select your favorite song or playlist to play. Now you can start enjoying Spotify music in the background on your device.

How to Play Spotify in Background on Xbox One?

Playing music while playing games makes it more appealing and enjoyable. You can easily play Spotify music in the background while playing games on Xbox One. We are here to show you how to get Spotify to play in the background. 

1: Launch the Spotify app and power on your Xbox One.

2: Log in to your Spotify account by entering your Spotify email address and password.

3: Select any music track or your playlist to play in the background.

4: Once music is playing, launch your game. The music will keep playing on Xbox One.

How to Play Spotify in Background on PS5?

If you’re using a PS5, and want to listen to Spotify in the background, the simple and effective guide is here to help you out. Follow the following steps to play background Spotify on PS5 while playing.

1: Turn on your PlayStation 5 game console. Launch the Spotify app.

2: Enter your Spotify email address and password to log in to the Spotify app.

3: Search for a song or your favorite playlist or album and listen to Spotify music playback.

4: After playing Spotify, launch your game and enjoy the background Spotify music while playing the game.

How to Fix the Issue that Spotify won’t Play in Background?

We’ve gathered some possible reasons that cause Spotify not playing in the background. Take a look at the given reasons.

Multiple Users – If multiple users are logged on one Spotify account, you might encounter this issue. 

Unstable Internet – If your internet is unstable, it can be why Spotify stops playing.

Battery Saver – In order to save power, these settings could be affecting Spotify’s background play.

Background Data – Disabling the background data disables the internet usage by the app in the background.

1. Signing Out From Spotify to Fix Spotify Stops Playing

Step 1: Open your browser and visit the Spotify account overview page (or just click on the given link) on your pc/laptop/mac and log in with your credentials.

Step 2: Go to “Profile” or “Account Overview”. Scroll down you will find “Sign Out from everywhere”option. Click on “Sign Out from everywhere”. 

2. Check Your Internet Connection

If you’re encountering a stopping issue while listening to music online, check your internet. Try reconnecting your device with your internet or rebooting your router and modem. If your internet is working fine and you’re getting the required speed to use Spotify, try downloading the music. Download some music and once the download completes, turn off your internet and play the downloaded songs/music and check if you’re still getting the issue or not.

3. Turn off Battery/Power Saving Mode 

When apps stop playing in the background this is usually due to power saving settings. Go to your device settings, there you will find an option “Battery/Power Saving Mode”. On computer you will find power saving mode on the Status bar, turn it off. On iPhone, you can do this by going to Settings > Battery and turning off the Low Power Mode.

4. Check Sleeping Apps

Step 1: Navigate to the device settings then, tap on Device care.

Step 2: Tap on Battery > Background usage limits > Sleepings Apps.

Step 3: Now, locate Spotify (if listed) and remove it.

5. Enable Background Data

Step 1: Navigate to the Device Settings then, go to the Apps & Notifications.

Step 2: Now, tap on Apps, locate Spotify and tap on Mobile data and Wi-fi.

Step 3: After that, go to Background Data and toggle it off and disable the background data.

6. Reinstall/Update Spotify

An outdated version of any app is prone to bugs and glitches like random pauses on Spotify. So, it’s always best to fix these by updating Spotify to its latest version. If you have the Spotify app on your PC, you can uninstall it by searching for the app and clicking on Uninstall. Then, reinstall the app from the Windows Store. If you’re on mobile, you can search Spotify on either the Google Play Store or the App Store and click on any available updates.

If you’re still having issues playing Spotify after a quick reinstall, try Clean reinstall.  

Best Method to Keep Spotify Playing in Background

If you are still not able to play Spotify in the background due to some reasons or errors, we do recommend a third-party tool Pazu Spotify Music Converter that can help you play Spotify in the background easily.

With the help of Pazu Spotify Converter, you can get rid of glitches and restrictions to play Spotify songs in the background while you’re using other apps. Pazu Spotify Music Converter allows you to download Spotify songs to MP3, WAV, M4A, FLAC, and other audio formats with Spotify Free or Premium. Then you can load these songs to any device and play them in the background with other media players. It will convert Spotify music at high conversion speed for playing in background. The easy step-by-step guide for using Pazu Spotify Music Converter is as follows:

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. The steps are the same whether you have the Mac or Windows version of Pazu Spotify Converter. Here we will take Mac version as example.

spotify converter

2. Choose output format

Click the gear icon on the top right corner. Here you can select output format (AUTO(M4A)/MP3/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF), choose output audio quality, customize the output path, organize the output files in various ways, rename output files and more.

  • 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 music

Use the integrated Spotify web player to search the songs, album, playlist or podcast you want to download. Click the Add to list button to load all songs in the album or playlist, uncheck the songs you don’t want to download if there are any.

drag&drop spotify songs

4. Download and Convert Spotify Songs to Local

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

Once the conversion is done, you can find your Spotify songs downloaded as local files by clicking below folder button or directly going to the output folder you customized in the previous step.

remove Spotify DRM

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.