How to Fix Spotify Not Working on Mac

Posted by Adam Gorden on Oct. 26, 2020 4:21 PM.

fix spotify not working on mac

The Spotify desktop app on Mac is beyond bad. Now, if I'm playing a song on Spotify and then pause the song and play something else on my browser, when I'm done and I press play on Spotify again the song doesn't play and after a few seconds the "Can't play current song" pops up. Also, the media keys (play/pause/skip, etc.) don't work exclusively for Spotify and they start playing random things on the browser such as ads, videos on Twitter, etc. - - Mac User from Reddit

Many Mac users have run into trouble with the Spotify desktop app. Either they can't open the Spotify app or there're many glitches inside the app per se. Once fixed, they'll come up again at some point.

In the following parts, you'll learn how to fix Spotify app not working on Mac issue and resume your smooth Spotify song playing.

Part 1. Solutions to Fix Spotify not Working on Mac
Part 2. Top Solution to Spotify Not Working on Mac Issue

Solutions to Fix Spotify Not Working on Mac

In this part, I'll list several issues you may confront and solutions to each specific issue.

1. Play Button on Mac Not Working for Spotify

If your play button greys out, that means you're currently offline and Spotify can't play songs you haven't download.

Solution: Restart Spotify and check your internet connection.

2. Spotify Runs Slowly and Keeps Freezing on Mac

It's possible that if you stream songs on Spotify on a daily basis, Spotify cache will slow down the app on your Mac. And as it becomes too big to load and process, the Spotify app might get frozen.

Solution: 1. Quit Spotify and go to Finder.

2. Click on Go --> Go to Folder in the menu bar or use Shift-Command-G shortcut.

3. Follow this directory on your Mac ~/Library/Caches/com.spotify.client/

4. Select all files within the folder and move them to Trash.

5. Empty Trash.

3. Spotify won't Connect and can't Go Online on Mac

When you open Spotify and start to play a song, Spotify says you're offline and can't play the current song. This is a common issue that many Spotify users encounter across devices, and normally it's caused by Spotify servers not working correctly or the firewall has denied Spotify to connect. To fix Spotify not playing songs on Mac issue, here is the solution.

Solution: 1. Restart your router.

2. Check your firewall settings on Mac:

(1) Go to System Preferences --> Security & Privacy --> Firewall.

(2) Hit the Lock icon and enter your password.

(3) Click on Firewall Options and find on the list.

(4) Make sure it is set to Allow incoming connections.

4.Spotify Media Keys Not Working on Mac

If you can't play/pause/skip Spotify songs using shortcut keys, they may have been occupied by other applications or Spotify doesn't have the permission to use shortcuts.

Solution: 1. Go to System Preference > Security and Privacy.

2. Under Privacy tab, choose Accessibility.

3. Unlock the settings by clicking the lock on the bottom, and then allow Spotify to control your computer.

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Top Solution to Spotify Not Working on Mac Issue

Still can't fix your Spotify issue on Mac using the solutions above? Here's the top solution to avoid all the Spotify glitches on your Mac.

Normally you'll need to go online to stream Spotify songs on Mac. Or if you're a Premium subscriber, you can download Spotify for offline listening. But both of these methods of streaming songs require you to open the Spotify app which is also where the glitches come from.

So to avoid these bugs and glitches from the Spotify app, the best way is to leave it. But if you still want to be able to play songs from Spotify on Mac, the ViWizard Spotify Music Converter, you can download all your Spotify songs to your computer without Premium. And then you can play your favorite Spotify songs on your Mac without the Spotify app.

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

  • Convert and download Spotify songs to MP3 and other formats
  • Download any Spotify contents at 5X faster speed
  • Play Spotify songs offline without Premium
  • Play Spotify on Mac without glitches
  • Save Spotify with the original audio quality and ID3 tags
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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 on Mac Offline

After downloading Spotify songs to your computer, you can now play them on Mac without using the Spotify app offline. You don't have to put up with the app anymore, and also you can no feel free to cancel your Premium subscription.

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