How To Get Spotify On Apple Watch (Step-By-Step Guide)

by | Sep 14, 2023

We live in a digital era where convenience is not just desired; it’s expected.

Whether it’s making phone calls, or downloading and streaming music directly from you wrist, it’s all about one thing: convenience.

Imagine downloading music directly to your Apple Watch and being able to leave your iPhone at home while going for a walk? That sounds pretty good to me.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the process of downloading and installing Spotify on your Apple Watch, as well as how to use it, and some extra pointers.

How To Get Spotify On Apple Watch

Setting up Spotify is a straightforward process. First, make sure you have:

    • An Apple Watch running watchOS 4.0 or later.
    • An iPhone with the latest Spotify app installed.
    • A stable Wi-Fi or cellular connection.

    Step-by-Step Installation

    1. Open the Watch app on your iPhone
    2. Scroll down and select the “Spotify” app
    3. Turn on the “Show app on Apple Watch” toggle.

    Note: While Spotify Free users can control playback on their phones using the watch, to download and listen offline, you’ll need a Spotify Premium account. We’ll cover more about this below.

    How To Use Spotify On Apple Watch

    Once the app is installed, using Spotify is easy. You’ll have the following controls:

    • Play/Pause: Tap the central button to toggle.
    • Next/Previous: Use the arrows on the screen to change tracks.
    • Volume: Turn the Apple Watch’s digital crown to adjust the volume.

    Listen To Music On Apple Watch Without iPhone

    One of the biggest advantages of setting up Spotify on your Apple Watch is the freedom to leave your iPhone behind. If you have Spotify Premium, you can download playlists and listen offline.

    To do this:

    1. Open Spotify on your Apple Watch.
    2. Navigate to your preferred playlist.
    3. Select “Download Button“.
    4. Wait for the download to complete.


    Inevitably, you might run into some issues while using Spotify. Here are some quick fixes

    • Sync Issues
    • Playback Problems
    • App Crashes

    If you run into any of these issues, check out our guide on how to fix common Spotify issues on Apple Watch.

      Tips and Tricks

      Since you’ve made it through the article, let’s dive into some bonus tips to make the most out of your Spotify experience.

      You Can Download Podcasts Too

      Not only can you download music directly to your Apple Watch (if you have Spotify Premium), but you can also download podcasts.

      To get podcasts on your Apple Watch so you can listen to them offline, follow these steps:

      1. Open Spotify on your Apple Watch.
      2. Navigate to the podcast episode.
      3. Select “Download Button“.
      4. Wait for the download to complete.

      Use Gestures to Control Playback

      If you want to use the Spotify app hands-free, you can create shortcuts for gestures such as double-pinch. this will allow you to control the playback of Spotify by simple pinching your fingers together in the air.

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      Ken Lynch

      by Ken Lynch

      Ken is a Technologist, Healthcare Data Analyst, and the owner and sole contributor to The Wearable Guy.

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