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With Spotify on the Apple Watch you can take over 70 million songs on the go with you or download tracks for offline playback.
Spotify has been on the Apple Watch for sometime now, but only in the last year, the streaming service has rolled out a number of key features that have been missing until now. For Spotify Free members, not only can you use the Apple Watch as a remote for controlling music via the iPhone, with play, pause and skip functions, you can also save your favourite songs, control where music is played with Spotify Connect, and use Siri to control music and podcasts. Spotify Premium subscribers get a couple of extra features that have been added in the last year that don’t require a phone. These include listening directly on the watch with only a cellular or WiFi connection and listening offline by downloading songs.
To access any of these features, make sure iOS, watchOS and the Spotify app are all up-to-date. As a minimum, these features require Apple Watch Series 3 or later, and watchOS 6.0 or above (Spotify recommends watchOS 7.1 or above).
To install and use Spotify on the Apple Watch, simply download and log in to the Spotify app on your iPhone. Make sure the Apple Watch is paired with your iPhone. If the app isn’t showing on the watch, follow Apple’s steps to downloading apps.
To use Siri with Spotify on the Apple Watch, say “Hey Siri” followed by your command. Siri can play songs, artists, albums, playlists and podcasts, as well as like music, tell you what song is currently playing, and control media settings like volume, skip track, play and pause. Just remember to end each command with “on Spotify” so the Watch knows which music service to use. Get started by asking something like “Hey Siri, play my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify.”
Listen offline – Premium only
Downloading music and podcasts to the Apple Watch allows you to take your content on the go, without internet or your phone. You can store around 10 hours worth of downloads on the watch, depending on your storage availability. Unfortunately Spotify limit the number of tracks to 50 per playlist and you cannot download individual songs, so they’ll need to be in a playlist. On your phone, go to a playlist or podcast you want to download, tap the three dots, then tap Download to Apple Watch. You can check the progress in the Downloads section on the watch. A little green arrow will show next to downloaded content. Hook a pair of headphones up to the watch and start listening anywhere.