How to stop Canvas videos playing on Spotify albums

If you’re finding the new animated backgrounds on some Spotify albums annoying then you aren’t the only one – here’s a fix.

Spotify recently added video backgrounds to some albums when listening on their app, a feature they tested early last year. The ‘Canvas’ feature overlays the Now Playing screen with moving animations which, though it may look cool, totally gets in the way of controls for playback.

Many have said that they are an annoyance and make the experience worse rather than enhancing it. Whilst Spotify insight it uses very little data and battery to play the animations, it’s invasive and it’s possible to accidentally get rid of the controls, leaving you incapable of accessing the controls at all.

If you’re fed up of the new Canvas videos then here’s how you can stop them from playing on your Spotify app:

  1. Go to the settings menu
  2. Select ‘Playback’
  3. Scroll down until you find a toggle switch called ‘Canvas’
  4. Tap it off to stop animated playback
Spotify canvas animations videos music now playing playback toggle turn off stop

Now when you listen to the select albums with the feature you shouldn’t be presented with a Canvas animation anymore.

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One comment

    I ended up disabling it. It wasn’t annoying me too badly, but I feel it needs to be polished and needs to be opened up to all artists on the platform. Of course, policing of the canvases will need to be done and certain requirements will need to be implemented but it could make it more consistent and less jarring. I hate going from a Canvas to a regular album, and vice versa. If these looping videos were consistent across the app, then it would not be jarring as I said before. I also think they should still show the controls while the video is playing. if they have to less clutter on screen with the video playing, make the controls shrink instead of hiding them completely.

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