How to Change Playback Speed on Spotify (Step-by-Step)

By Adam Gorden Updated on June 11, 2024

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I listen to dance music a lot and some tracks I listen to sound better when their tempo is raised or lowered and I wish I can adjust the track I'm listening to a specific tempo. I wanna know how to speed up songs on Spotify and also lower them down sometimes.

- Natonio from Reddit

Sometimes, you may find a podcast interesting but the speakers are just talking too slow, then you'll need to change the playback speed of the podcast. Or you may find a song sounds better at lower speed and in this case, you'll have to change the speed of the song. No matter whether you want to make Spotify increase playback speed or get Spotify playback speed slow, you can find the answer here and you can do it for totally free. Let's see how to change Spotify playback speed on your computer and mobile now.

Part 1. Can I Adjust Playback Speed on Spotify?

Many users wonder if they can adjust the playback speed on Spotify. While Spotify does offer this feature for some content, it's not universally available across all media types.

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Spotify provides a fantastic streaming experience for music, podcasts, and audiobooks. It makes it easy to change the playback speed of podcast episodes and audiobook chapters. If you want to speed up a long podcast episode or slow down an audiobook to catch every detail, it's particularly useful to adjust the speed with just one tap. Simply open the Spotify app on your device, play the podcast episode or audiobook chapter, and look for the playback speed icon near the basic playback controls at the bottom of the screen. Tap on the icon and choose your desired speed from the options provided, ranging from 0.5x to 3.5x.

However, you might have noticed a disparity in features: while you can easily adjust the playback speed of podcasts and audiobooks, the same functionality is notably absent for your favorite music tracks. Unfortunately, Spotify does not offer a built-in option to adjust the playback speed for songs. This can be frustrating for users who want to slow down a song to learn the lyrics or speed it up for a workout. To overcome this limitation, you can use ViWizard Spotify Converter to download music from Spotify and play it on other media players that have a built-in playback speed changer. This way, you can enjoy your favorite Spotify content at your desired speed.

Pro Tip: Change Playback Speed of Podcasts & Audiobooks on Spotify

You can easily adjust the playback speed for podcast, including video podcasts, whether you have a Premium or free account. However, the access to audiobooks are part of Premium benefits so you may check your current account status to change the playback speed of them.

  • On Desktop:

    1. Open the Spotify desktop app on your Windows or Mac computer, or use a compatible web browser to access Spotify Web Player. Log in with your Spotify account.
    2. Find the podcast episode or audiobook chapter you want to change the playback speed of. You can either click "Podcasts & Shows" or "Audiobooks" if you've saved episodes or chapters, or use the Search tab to discover new content.
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    4. Click the "Play" button to start listening to the podcast episode or audiobook chapter.
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    6. Locate the "Now Playing" bar at the bottom of the screen. This is where you can control the playback.
    7. To adjust the playback speed, click the "1x" button. You can select from speeds like 0.5x, 0.8x, 1x (default), 1.2x, 1.8x, 2x, 2.5x, 3x, or 3.5x.
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    9. Once you've chosen your desired speed, it will be applied to all following episodes or chapters.
  • On Mobile:

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    1. Open the Spotify mobile app on your Android or iOS device. Ensure you're logged in with your Spotify account.
    2. Navigate to the podcast episode or audiobook chapter you wish to adjust. You can access your episodes or chapters from "Your Library" or use the Search tool to discover new content.
    3. Tap the "Play" button to begin listening to the podcast or audiobook.
    4. Tap the "Now Playing" bar at the bottom of the screen.
    5. Tap the "1x" button and select your desired playback speed, ranging from 0.5x to 3.5x.

Playback Speed Button Not Working?

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If you encounter issues with the playback speed button, ensure that Spotify Connect is disabled. If another device is using the podcast's playback via Spotify Connect, you won't be able to adjust the speed on your current device.

  • On Desktop:

    1. On the right side of the "Now Playing" bar, click on "Device."
    2. Choose your computer device (e.g., "This computer") as the active device.
  • On Mobile:

    1. On the Spotify mobile app's homepage, tap the Gear icon in the upper corner.
    2. Scroll to "Devices" in the menu.
    3. Tap the "Devices menu."
    4. Select your mobile device (e.g., "This iPhone") as the active device for Spotify playback.

Now, you should be able to adjust the playback speed of your Spotify podcasts without any issues.

Part 2. How to Change Play Speed on Spotify for Desktop

ViWizard Spotify Music Converter is your ideal solution. It allows you to download all your Spotify songs to your computer without needing a Premium subscription. What's more, the downloaded songs maintain the original audio quality, matching the highest quality available on Spotify, up to 320kbps.

Why Choose ViWizard Spotify Music Converter?

By using ViWizard, you gain the freedom to play your downloaded Spotify songs on any media player that offers a speed-changing feature. This means you can customize the playback speed to your liking without compromising on sound quality and encountering limitations. With ViWizard, you're in control of your Spotify music experience giving you the flexibility to enjoy your songs just the way you want them. Follow the steps below to download Spotify music and take full advantage of this enhanced listening experience.

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Step 1Launch ViWizard and Add Spotify Songs to Download

Start by opening ViWizard Spotify Music Converter on your computer then the Spotify will be launched simultaneously. Go to browse your music library in Spotify and select songs you want to download. To add them to the conversion list, you can use the drag-and-drop feature or you can copy and paste the music link into the search bar on the converter.

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Step 2Customize the Output Audio Parameters of Spotify

Designed with the setting feature, ViWizard software allows you to choose the output audio format. There are six audio formats options including MP3, M4A, M4B, AAC, WAV and FLAC. In addition, you can also adjust the audio quality by adjusting the bit rate, sample rate, and audio channel. After completing the settings, click OK to save the things you've done.

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Step 3Start the Conversion of Spotify Playlist to MP3

Once all the setting is finished, click the Convert button to start downloading and converting Spotify music tracks. After the conversion, all the converted music files will be saved to your specified folder on the computer. You could browse all the converted songs by clicking the Converted icon and locate the output folder.

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Step 3Transfer Spotify Playlist to Other Media Players

Now that you've downloaded your favorite Spotify songs with ViWizard Spotify Music Converter, it's time to explore how you can adjust the playback speed on your desktop. Below, we'll introduce you to two popular media players you're likely familiar with: Windows Media Player for Windows users and QuickTime Player, both of which allow you to tweak the speed of your downloaded Spotify music.

For Windows Users - Windows Media Player:

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  1. Launch Windows Media Player on your Windows computer.
  2. Click on "File" in the top-left corner and select "Open." Add the Spotify audio files you want to adjust the playback speed for.
  3. Locate the Spotify audio file in your Windows Media Player library and click on it to play.
  4. While the song is playing, right-click on the title displayed in the "Now Playing" bar at the bottom.
  5. Hover over "Enhancements" in the context menu and select "Play Speed Settings."
  6. A slider will appear, allowing you to increase or decrease the playback speed. Choose "Fast," "Normal," or "Slow" based on your preferences.

For Mac Users - QuickTime Player:

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  1. Launch the QuickTime Player app on your Mac.
  2. Go to "File" > "Open File" and select the Spotify audio files you wish to adjust.
  3. With the Spotify songs loaded, click on the "Window" menu in the top toolbar.
  4. Choose "Show A/V Controls" to reveal additional playback options.
  5. In the A/V Controls window, you'll find a slider labeled "Playback Speed."
  6. Under the slider to increase or decrease the playback speed according to your preference. Options may include 2x, 5x, 10x, 30x or 60x.

Part 3. How to Change Playback Speed on Spotify for Mobile

For those who prefer to enjoy Spotify music on their mobile devices and want to control the playback speed, there are handy third-party apps available. These apps allow you to fine-tune your listening experience on the go. Here are two popular options: Audiopo for Android and Music Speed Changer for iPhone.

For iPhone Users - Audipo:

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  1. Launch the "Audipo" app on your iPhone or iPad after installing it.
  2. Transfer your downloaded Spotify songs to your device (via iTunes, for example) and add them to the "Audipo" app for playback.
  3. Within the "Audipo" app, tap the "Speed Settings" icon.
  4. Choose the desired audio speed from options ranging from 0.25x to 4.0x.

For Android Users - Music Speed Changer:

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  1. Launch the "Music Speed Changer" app on your Android device.
  2. Import your downloaded Spotify songs into the app's music library.
  3. Select the songs you want to play and listen to.
  4. While listening to Spotify songs, tap the "Tempo" feature within the app.
  5. Under the slider or buttons to adjust the playback speed to your liking.

Part 4. How to Change Playback Speed on Spotify for Web

If you use Spotify's Web Player and want to change the playback speed of your songs, you can do so by adding the "Spotify Playback Speed" extension to your Google Chrome browser. Here's a step-by-step guide:

For Web Users - Spotify Playback Speed: 

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  1. Open your Google Chrome browser. Go to the Chrome Web Store by clicking on the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner and selecting "Extensions," then "Open Chrome Web Store."
  2. In the Chrome Web Store's search bar, type "Spotify Playback Speed" and hit Enter. Find the "Spotify Playback Speed" extension in the search results.
  3. Click on the "Add Extension" button that is prompted on the screen. This action will add the "Spotify Playback Speed" extension to your Chrome browser.
  4. After adding the extension, look for the puzzle icon on the right-hand side of the Chrome bar (next to the address bar).
  5. Click on the puzzle icon to open the extensions menu. Locate the "Spotify Web Player" extension in the list. Click the pin icon next to the extension name. When pinned successfully, it should turn blue, indicating that the extension is now enabled.
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  7. With the extensions enabled, open the Spotify Web Player in your Chrome browser and play the music as you normally would.
  8. You will now notice the icon of the added "Playback Speed" by the "Spotify Playback Speed" extension somewhere within the player interface.
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  10. Click on the "Playback Speed" icon to access the menu and adjust the playback speed to your preferences. You can typically increase or decrease the speed.

Conclusion

Speaking of Spotify playback speed, you can use this feature in Spotify to increase or slow the speed of podcast. If you are interested in adjusting the speed of Spotify songs, you would need to turn to a Chrome extension or use ViWizard Spotify Music Converter to download Spotify songs first. Then you can freely change the speed of Spotify playback on your device.

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