How to Fix Spotify Can't Play This Right Now

Posted by Adam Gorden on Nov. 30, 2020 2:56 PM.

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I am so tired of dealing with this issue. I listen to Spotify at work (Premium) and I constantly get this "Spotify can't play this right now. If you have the file on your computer you can import it."

Recent update seems to have made it worse. It happens randomly, where the next song won't start playing. Sometime the song does start playing but there is no sound. I have tried all the google searches, all the suggested fixes, and NOTHING works. It is beyond annoying to deal with this.

This issue has been constantly reported by Spotify users from all the regions. The most common scenario is when you want to play a song, and it suddenly turns grey and a prompt will show up telling you this song can't be played right now. And you'll have to import the file on Spotify as local file to play the song.

What makes the situation even worse is that when you already have loaded the local files on Spotify and it still can not recognize the songs. So in the following parts, I'm going to show you how to fix Spotify can't play this right now glitch.

Part 1. Spotify Can't Play This Right Now Fixes
Part 2. Ultimate Solution to Spotify Can't Play This Right Now Issue

Spotify Can't Play This Right Now Fixes

It happens that if you move to another country, some songs that you previously added may become unavailable in your current region. If the song is available in your region and you still can not play it, here're some solutions.

1. Delete Local File Cache

Before you do this, make sure that you have closed the Spotify app on your device.

1. Open your file manager and go to Users.

2. Go to User name > AppData > Roaming > Spotify > Users.

3. Delete the local file and relaunch the Spotify app.

2. Check Your Output Device

Spotify can't play songs with no output device connected with your computer. No matter you're using speakers or headphones, make sure that they're properly plugged in.

To test output device on your computer:

1. Right-click the speaker icon on the bottom right of the taskbar on your computer.

2. Scroll down and open Sound Control Panel.

3. Click on the output device under Playback and click configure.

4. Click Test to see if your device is working properly.

test output device

3. Reload Your Local Files

Many users are experiencing this issue when they have successfully played their local files on Spotify for quite a while, and then they just turned grey out of no reason.

They can still play the songs in Local Files playlist, but these songs just can't be accessed on other playlists and Liked Songs. And the easiest way it to reload these songs:

1. Open Spotify and go to settings.

2. Scroll down to Local Files.

3. Toggle the file name where stores the local songs and turn off Show Local Files.

4. Turn on Local Files again and click ADD A SOURCE to reload the local files from your folder.

5. Your local songs should appear on Local Files again and on your playlists as well.

Ultimate Solution to Spotify Can't Play This Right Now Issue

Since there hasn't an official solution to Spotify can't play this song right now issue. Users may come across this problem from time to time while they're using Spotify on desktop. So is there a way to permanently avoid this issue?

Yes, with ViWizard Spotify Music Converter, you can directly download all your Spotify songs to your computer without Premium. Then you can play these songs on any media player, which means that you don't need the Spotify app any more. So you won't run up against Spotify can't play this song and other glitches again.

ViWizard Spotify Music Converter

ViWizard Spotify Music Converter is designed to convert Spotify audio files into 6 different formats such as MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, WAV and FLAC. Almost 100% of the original song quality will be kept after converting process. With 5X faster speed, it only takes few seconds to download each song from Spotify.

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ViWizard Spotify Music Converter Key Features

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1Launch ViWizard and Import Songs from Spotify

add spotify tracks to ViWizard

Open ViWizard software and the Spotify will be launched simultaneously. Then drag and drop tracks from Spotify into the ViWizard interface.

2 Set Up Output Parameters

set output format

After adding music tracks from Spotify to ViWizard, you can choose the output audio format. There're six options including MP3, M4A, M4B, AAC, WAV and FLAC. And then you can adjust the audio quality by selecting the output channel, bit rate, and sample rate.

3 Start the Conversion

downloading spotify music

Once all the setting is finished, click the "Convert" button to start loading Spotify music tracks. After the conversion, all the files will be saved to your specified folder. You could browse all the converted songs by clicking "Converted" and navigate to the output folder.

4Play Spotify Songs Offline without Spotify App

After download Spotify songs to your computer, you can access them on your file manager. And you can play them without the Spotify app on any other media players. Of course, you won't need to worry about any glitches coming from Spotify any more.

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