How to Fix Spotify High CPU Usage Issue

Posted by Adam Gorden on Nov. 11, 2020 3:45 PM.

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Whenever the Spotify app is open and idle on my windows 10 PC it uses around 40% of my CPU. When attempting to play music, it uses from 50-80%, and I cannot change the volume or song without a one-minute delay. It'll also occasionally close on me after a song finishes, and to get Spotify fully loaded again takes about 5-10 minutes. It is basically unusable on my desktop now.

Spotify is not only a music playing software now. As it keeps expanding with more content and features, the app in result, is getting larger. More users come across high CPU usage issue with the Spotify app, and they can barely find a way to fix the problem.

So in the following parts, I'm going to show you how to decrease Spotify usage and a better way to play Spotify songs without using too much CPU on your computer.

Part 1. Fixes to Spotify High CPU Usage Issue
Part 2. 100% Working Way to Fix Spotify High CPU Usage Glitch

Fixes to Spotify High CPU Usage Issue

In this part, I'll show you some of the solutions that might work to solve Spotify CPU usage issue.

1. Disconnect from Facebook

If you're using your Facebook account to log into Spotify or your Spotify account has been connected to Facebook, this may cause extra usage while using Spotify. Because Facebook will read your activities and post some of them to your social account. So you'd better disconnect Facebook to your Spotify account:

1. Open Spotify

2. Go to Settings > Facebook


2. Reinstall Spotify

If you're using the older version of Spotify, it might cause some problems and increase the CPU usage since it's outdated. Spotify will not spend too much time and resources to fix the problems on older version. So you'd better delete your old version Spotify and reinstall it with the latest version of the app.

3. Hide Promotion Banner

Sometimes when you open Spotify and go to the home page, it will show a promoting bar on the upper part of the page. Some users have reported that once they hide the bar, the usage of Spotify instantly decreases.

Note that if you're a free Spotify user, you'll see a lot of advertisements throughout your listening. If you also want to close them to boost up the performance, you'll have to subscribe to a Spotify Premium plan.

4. Turn Off Hardware Acceleration

Check out if your Hardware Acceleration on Spotify has been turned on. If it has, then turn it off and you the CPU usage will drop back to the ordinary values.

To disable Hardware Acceleration:

1. Open Spotify

2. Click on the three-dot on the top left corner.

3. Click View > Hardware Acceleration, click on it then confirm and restart Spotify.

5. Restart Your Computer

This has often been overlooked, but restarting your computer can actually solve many problems. Maybe it's just running too long and need a break to cool down the hardware. So just turn off your computer and wait for a few minutes, then restart it again. The Spotify app should be running perfectly without consuming too much CPU.

100% Working Way to Fix Spotify High CPU Usage Glitch

If you come across Spotify using a lot of CPU issue from time to time and couldn't find a complete way to fix it, here's the final tip.

By downloading your favorite Spotify songs to your  computer, you'll not need to fire up the Spotify app to stream songs, so that the high CPU usage problem can be immediately solved. With ViWizard Spotify Music Converter, you can download all your Spotify songs to your computer without Premium. And then you can play them on any media player, so that you can always play songs you love without using too much CPU.

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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 All the Spotify Songs You Love Offline

After downloading Spotify songs to your computer, you can now play them on a media player without Spotify. So now you don't have to worry about using too much CPU while playing Spotify songs.

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