Spotify Not Working on iPhone or iPad? How to Fix It

You open Spotify to enjoy your favorite tracks, but to astonishment, realize that it isn’t working. Thankfully this is a temporary issue and can be addressed by following some quick fixes. To help, here is a list of seven possible solutions that are effective when Spotify stops working on your iPhone or iPad. Follow them from top to bottom, and let’s get your problem fixed!

  1. Force Close Spotify and Re-Open It
  2. Check Your Internet Connectivity
  3. Check Spotify Server Status
  4. Log Out and Log In Again
  5. Restart Your Device
  6. Update Your Spotify App
  7. Uninstall and Reinstall Spotify App

1. Force Close Spotify and Re-Open It

Force closing the app and relaunching it eliminates several temporary problems. In case Spotify is stuck or not letting you scroll the list of songs or use the controls, it is advisable to quit and re-open it.

  1. On iPhone with Face ID, swipe up from the bottom of the screen and hold. On iPhone with the Home button, quickly double press it.
  2. From the app switcher, drag the Spotify app card up to quit it.force quit spotify app on iphone with face id
  3. After a few seconds, relaunch Spotify.

2. Check Your Internet Connectivity

Secondly, verify that your iPhone has an active Wi-Fi or cellular connection.

For this, open the Settings app and tap on Wi-Fi. Tap on an available network to connect to it.

connect to available wifi network on iphone

Similarly, inside the Settings app, tap on Cellular and see to it that the toggle for Cellular Data is enabled. On this screen, let’s further ensure that mobile data isn’t disabled specifically for Spotify. To check this, scroll down the ‘CELLULAR DATA’ section and make sure Spotify’s toggle is enabled.

check internet connectivity for spotify app on iphone

After performing one or both the above steps, open Safari and visit a webpage, if it loads, that means the device has working internet connectivity.

In case you are facing issues with Wi-Fi or Cellular data, check our detailed guide that helps you solve these.

3. Check Spotify Server Status

In rare situations, Spotify may not work globally, or there may be an outrage only in your region.

The easiest way to check is by visiting Spotify Status on Twitter. To know about the Spotify status in your particular region, visit sites like DownDetector. You may also search for ‘Spotify Server Status‘ on Google, Bing, or any other search engine.

4. Log Out and Log In Again

  1. Open the Spotify app and tap on Home, if not already. From the top right corner, tap on the Settings icon.open spotify app tap on settings in home tab on iphone
  2. Scroll down, tap on LOG OUT, and confirm.log out from spotify on iphone
  3. Now force close the app (explained above). Next, relaunch Spotify and log in using your credentials.

The steps above also help if you have recently upgraded to Spotify Premium, and it does not reflect or stops working correctly.

5. Restart Your Device

When you restart your iPhone or iPad, several small app issues and temporary software-level problems are repaired successfully.

If you are new to iOS, you may check our guide on restarting any iPhone or iPad model.

Note: If a simple restart is not good enough to solve your problem, learn how to hard reboot (or force restart) your iPhone.

6. Update Your Spotify App

With each update, Spotify tries to address existing bugs, polish the user experience, and introduce new features or changes.

It is a good idea to have the latest version of the app on your iPhone. To update, long press on the App Store icon and select Updates. Tap on UPDATE next to Spotify, if visible.

update spotify app on iphone

7. Uninstall and Reinstall Spotify App

Finally, if none of the above solutions work for you, it is time to have a Spotify’s fresh install. This involves uninstalling the app and reinstalling it. Please note that deleting the app will remove all the downloaded songs, as well.

From the Home screen, long press on the Spotify app icon and tap on Delete AppDelete.

delete spotify app on iphone

Next, long press on the App Store icon and tap on Search. Type ‘Spotify‘ and tap on the download icon. After this, log in to the app, and it should work like a charm!

search spotify in app store and tap on download to reinstall on iphone

Signing Off

This is how you can successfully fix the problem of Spotify not working on your iOS or iPadOS device.

Unfortunately, if nothing above helps, ask a friend or family member to log in to their Spotify account on your iPhone. If it works for them, that means there is some specific problem with your account. In such a situation, contact Spotify Care.

Everything working correctly now? It’s time to check some other fantastic Spotify related resources. Have a look.

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