How to use Spotify Group Session to stream with your squad

How to use Spotify Group Session to stream with your squad

Following its soft beta launch in 2020, Spotify launched a group music listening feature for premium users – Spotify Group Sessions. It allows you to stream music simultaneously with your squad regardless of their location. You can customize the queue, add tracks to the playlist, and do much more collaboratively.

Spotify is leaving no stone unturned to make its app a one-stop destination for music lovers. The announcement comes shortly after its oddly named ‘Spotify Car Thing,’ company’s first hardware product.

Let me explain in detail what Spotify Group Session is, what features are available in it, and how it works.

Spotify Group Session: Things to know

Spotify Group Session-Things to know
  • Spotify Group Sessions allow users to listen to songs together.
  • It generates a unique link and QR code to invite people.
  • The Spotify Group Session feature is only available for Premium users.
  • All the group members must have a paid Spotify account to access this feature.
  • You can invite up to 5 people to a group session.
  • Everyone in the session can play/pause and manage the playlist.
  • The feature is currently available in Beta, so some hiccups are expected.

How to start a group session on Spotify Premium

  1. Open the Spotify app on your device.
  2. Play any music.
  3. Now, tap the Device icon in the playing screen’s lower right-hand corner.
    A window with your Bluetooth, Chromecast, and AirPlay devices will pop up.
  4. Scroll down to the START SESSION button.
  5. Tap the Invite Friends button. From here you’ll see two ways of inviting your friends.
    • Share a link: You can invite your friends from social media platforms or instant messaging services like WhatsApp.
    • Spotify Code: The user needs to scan the code via the Group Session window.
How to start a group session on Spotify from iPhone and Mac

Spotify Group Session is not restricted by operating systems. You can create a group session from Spotify’s Mac app, and others can join via Spotify for Android and iPhone.

How do Spotify Group Sessions work?

Invited listeners who join a Group Session can listen to songs together on their devices. You can even cast a Spotify Group Session to supported Bluetooth, Chromecast, and AirPlay devices. Songs sync up and play at the same time. Though, depending upon your internet connection, the quality of the song might vary.

All the members of a Spotify Group Session can play, pause, skip and re-order songs of the ongoing playlist. However, a Premium user needs to start a group session, and then other paid subscribers can control the music. Besides music, you can also listen to podcasts in a group session.

Leave or end a Spotify Group Session

  1. Open the Spotify app.
  2. Tap the Devices icon in the Now Playing bar.
  3. Now, tap Leave Session.
    If you started a session, tap End Session.
How to leave or end a Spotify Group Session

Does a Group Session with Spotify support chats?

Unfortunately, there’s no chat option in Spotify Group Session. You’ll need to use third-party messaging services for chatting. Spotify might add this functionality in a future update, but there’s no official word if the feature would happen or not.

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  1. I joined a group session, but it only played on the host’s device and I was scared that if I changed it to my device that I would end their way of listening to their own session. Is that what happens? Or can I in future events actually use my device while they use theirs?

  2. Hey Kaylie! Well, it seems like that the issue you’re facing is due to your Internet connection. You can use your device while you’re in a Group Session, there’s no problem. Plus, the feature is still in beta.. so some issues are expected.. Spotify will soon roll out the stable version after which you can use group sessions without any worry.

  3. When I invite my friends, it just opens the app for them and they don’t join. It was working fine a couple of months ago… any ideas?

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