7 Solutions to fix Spotify not working on Apple Watch

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December 20, 2023

It’s easy to play Spotify on Apple Watch. Just install Spotify app on Apple Watch from App Store or matched iPhone, then you can stream, download music or control Spotify on other devices, depending on your subscription plan.

Spotify Premium users can stream music, podcasts, and audiobooks directly from Apple Watch, and also download them to play offline without an internet connection. Spotify Free users can only use the Apple Watch to control Spotify on other devices. However, some users report that Spotify doesn’t work stably on Apple Watch and encounter kinds of issues. Here in this article we will introduce several solutions for you to fix Spotify not working on Apple Watch, as well as an ultimate solution – download Spotify to MP3 and then upload to Apple Watch to play Spotify offline on Apple Watch without Premium and iPhone.

Spotify Apple Watch


1. Check your Spotify subscription and Wi-Fi

To use Spotify on your Apple Watch, you need to be a Spotify Premium user and have an Apple Watch Series 3 or later, with watchOS 7.0+ along with a cellular connection or Wi-Fi. You can then install the Spotify app and launch it to listen directly from your wrist or download playlists, albums and podcasts for offline playback.

If you want to stream music from Spotify on your watch, without your iPhone nearby, you’d HAVE to be connected to Wifi, which means you need to be on a Wifi network your watch has already known and connected to in the past.

2. Get a companion iPhone

You can set up your family member’s Apple Watch with Family Setup if he/she doesn’t have iPhone. With Family Setup, your family member who doesn’t have their own iPhone can use their Apple Watch to do things like make phone calls, send messages, and share their location with you. However, some Apple Watch features depend on having a companion iPhone, and aren’t available on an Apple Watch that you pair using Family Setup. Spotify is included. So if your family member don’t have an iPhone, he/she can’t use Apple Watch to play Spotify. The solution is to get a companion iPhone or download Spotify music to MP3 and then add to Apple Watch.

3. Restart Spotify

Close the Spotify app on your Apple Watch and then restart it. Alternatively, you can force quit the app if it’s frozen by holding down the side button on your Apple Watch until the shut-down screen appears. Once it does, hold the Digital Crown button down until the app closes. Once the app closes completely, restart the app to see if it’s working correctly.

4. Update Spotify

Make sure you have the latest version of the Spotify app installed on your iPhone and Apple Watch. Press the Digital Crown to see the Home Screen, then tap the App Store. Tap Search to find Spotify using Scribble or Dictation. Tap Update if available.

5. Reinstall Spotify on iPhone and Apple Watch

If downloaded songs won’t play on Apple Watch, run a clean reinstall of the Spotify app on your iPhone.  By doing you can make sure the app is up-to-date and the cache is not leading to this issue. Then, re-download Spotify on your Watch.

Reinstall Spotify app on your iPhone

  1. Open Spotify. Tap profile picture in the top left corner – Settings and privacy, tap Storage then Clear cache.
  2. Head to your device’s Settings, then tap General.
  3. Tap iPhone Storage.
  4. Select Spotify from the list.
  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.

Delete the Spotify app from your Apple Watch

  1. Press the Digital Crown to see all of your apps on the Home Screen.
  2. Touch and hold Spotify until the apps jiggle.
  3. Tap the x button on the app that you want to remove.
  4. Tap Delete App.
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Once it’s completely deleted, then try reinstalling the app to your Watch

  1. Press the Digital Crown to see the Home Screen, then press again and choose App Store.
  2. Tap Search to find Spotify using Scribble or Dictation.
  3. Tap Get to install Spotify on your Apple Watch.
Spotify Apple Watch

Then turn you iPhone off and downloaded Spotify playlists directly from your Apple Watch with WiFi. Your phone has to be off though because it will find a way to connect to your watch and play music from your phone even if you turn airplane mode on and turn all Bluetooth/WiFi off. Don’t turn your phone back on until your downloads are complete.

6. Allow explicit content

If you get below notice, chances are that Spotify is stuck with explicit content. You need to turn on explicit content.

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  • On your iPhone, open Spotify app and tap Home.
  • Tap your profile icon – Settings and privacy.
  • Tap Content Preferences – Turn on Allow explicit content.
  • Then restart Spotify app on your Apple Watch and start playing.
Spotify Apple Watch

7. Download Spotify to MP3 and add to Apple Watch

Spotify only allows premium users to stream music, podcasts, and audiobooks from Apple Watch, or download them to play offline without an internet connection. However, many users complain that Spotify Not Working Offline on Apple Watch. Although they have downloaded Spotify playlists to play offline, Spotify app won’t play the downloaded playlist if iPhone is not nearby.  It will only work if the iPhone is nearby for a few minutes to “sync”. 

Spotify Moderator suggest users to clean install Spotify app on phone and watch. Some user feedback says that this solution may work for a week and then stop again.

As you can see, even you have Spotify Premium, you can’t make Apple Watch 100% working to play Spotify music without iPhone. The best solution to listen to Spotify on Apple Watch without iPhone is to download Spotify music to MP3 and then add the MP3 songs to Apple Watch. When you add music to your Apple Watch, you can listen to it wherever you go, even when you don’t have your iPhone with you. You can add specific playlists and albums to your Apple Watch using the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. 

Pazu Spotify Converter has been purpose-built for the task of converting Spotify music into commonly used formats, and it functions seamlessly on both Mac and Windows platforms. With Pazu Spotify Music Converter, you have the capability to transform Spotify songs into popular audio formats like MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC, AAC, and AIFF. The utilization of advanced encryption technology ensures that all converted audio files maintain their original quality without any loss, and it also preserves the essential ID3 tags and metadata information. Further details can be found 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.

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Once the conversion is done, click the folder icon to find the downloaded MP3 songs.

5. Add Spotify songs to Apple Watch

  1. Sync the downloaded Spotify songs to your iPhone.
  2. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.
  3. Tap My Watch, then tap Music.
  4. Below Playlists & Albums, tap Add Music.
  5. Navigate to albums and playlists you want to sync to your Apple Watch, then tap the Add button to add them to the Playlists & Albums queue.
  6. Now open Music app on your Apple Watch to play the songs without iPhone.