How to Enable Spotify MiniPlayer for Windows/Mac/Web

Updated by Adam Gorden on Mar 9, 2023 4:07 PM.

What's the best way to play Spotify songs while you're working or connecting on something important on your computer? Using Spotify mini could be the best choice. You can either skip through songs or play and stop currently playing songs on Spotify mini player, which helps you to change a song without going back to the desktop application.

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However, there is no Spotify pop out player provided by Spotify officially. Users of Spotify don't bother to implement it. So, users who genuinely need need a Spotify mini player can only get it on their own. You might want to directly adjust the Spotify API to make it smaller to look like a mini player, but the minimum size of the interface still covers a pretty huge proportion on the screen. Don't worry! There still are ways to get a Spotify mini player. Today, here you will know how to get Spotify mini player on your computer and access the best listening experience.

Part 1. Spotify MiniPlayer - What to Expect?
Part 2. How to Use Spotify in Xbox Game Bar
Part 3. How to Enable Spotify Mini Player on the Web Player
Part 4. How to Enable Spotify Mini Player for Windows PC
Part 5. How to Enable Spotify Mini Player for Mac
Part 6. How to Get Mini Player for Spotify Music on Any Device
FAQs about Spotify Mini Player for Windows/Mac/Web

Part 1. Spotify MiniPlayer - What to Expect?

MiniPlayer takes up very little space on your screen and still lets you adjust the volume, see the title, artist name, album artwork for the song that's playing, choose which songs play next, and more, which is a short process for you to control your playback. Most music streaming services have this function, including Apple Music. But it's a different story when it comes to Spotify Music.

Does Spotify have the MiniPlayer feature?

As Spotify is rolling out the redesigned UI for now, more features like "Ai DJ" - Spotify's new DJ mode, is added to the app. You can expect Spotify add MiniPlayer as another new feature for you, since some desktop users have found the "MiniPlayer" button from the top menu bar of the Spotify desktop app. However, the MiniPlayer button is more like a beta feature so you won't access it until Spotify provides it for you officially.

spotify desktop miniplayer button beta

Can you have the MiniPlayer for Spotify?

Even the MiniPlayer feature is not available as for now, you'll want the workarounds in this post to have it on your computer that runs Windows or MacOS when you are using the Spotify desktop app. Even you use the Spotify Web Player, you can take advantages of a Google Chrome Extension called "Mini Player for Spotify", which is accessible in the Chrome Web Store. Pick your device and go ahead.

Part 2. How to Use Spotify in Xbox Game Bar

For gamers, if you need a popup mini player for Spotify desktop app when you're playing games, you just need to enable the Xbox Game Bar from the Windows Settings and link your Spotify account to it. Make sure to have the latest version of the Spotify desktop app and bring your music library, then you're good to go.

Step 1. From the Start Menu go to Settings > Gaming > Xbox Game Bar and make sure it's enabled. You can press the Win+G to test it.

windows 10 xbox game bar

Step 2. Launch Xbox Game Bar and find Spotify from the Widget Menu.

xbox game bar widget menu

Step 3. Select the Spotify widget and select Link Account.

Step 4. Continue to enter your login info and then launch Spotify.

Step 5. You should see a similar MiniPlayer for Spotify, which lets you control the music playback. Just select a playlist to play it and open a game.

Part 3. How to Enable Spotify Mini Player on the Web Player

What's the best way to play Spotify songs while you're working or connecting on something important on your computer? Using Spotify mini could be the best choice. You can either skip through songs or play and stop currently playing songs on Spotify mini player, which helps you to change a song without going back to the desktop application.

Step 1. Open Chrome and find "Mini Player for Spotify" in the Chrome Web Store.

chrome web store mini player for spotify

Step 2. Click Add to Chrome to add "Mini Player for Spotify".

Step 3. Navigate to to log in to Spotify Web Player with your account.

Step 4. Install the Chrome Spotify App by pressing the "+" found in the address bar. Click on Install.

spotify web player install app

Step 5. Once the Mini player for Spotify is enabled, the web player will pop up on the screen. Use Miniplayer Button to switch to Mini Player or resize window. Optional: Right Click and Pin Spotify to taskbar.

Note: Miniplayer not available when windows is fully maximized.

Step 6. Now the popup Mini player for Spotify web player lets you play/pause, forward/back, shuffle, repeat your Spotify playback and see the title and artist(s)and album artwork of the song that's playing. You also access the Heart button to like that song in the Mini player.

mini player for spotify chrome extension

Please note that the provided audio quality of Spotify Music depends on the platform and your subscription plan. The audio quality that the Spotify Web Player (256kbps for Premium or 128kbps for Free) is not as good as the Spotify desktop app (up to 320kbps for Premium or 160Kbps for Free). That way even you get the MiniPlayer button for your Spotify playback, the listening experience is not good as expected. You'll want to check for other workarounds to have the Spotify MiniPlayer on your desktop.

Part 4. How to Enable Spotify Mini Player for Windows PC

By installing Spotify mini player extension, you are able to listen to music from Spotify web player with mini player. But the streaming audio quality of Spotify web player is not high as the Spotify for desktop. So, if you want to listen to Spotify music with a mini player on Windows computers, then you can use the following applications.

No.1 Enable devtools in Spotify for Windows

The Enable devtools in Spotify for Windows help users activate the main developer options in the menu, Debug Tools (Only works with version 1.1.92 and above) and the item for employees in the Spotify settings, so you can enable the MiniPlayer for the Spotify desktop app and listen to songs with the audio quality benefits.

Step 1. Go to the Guthub Relase page of "Enable devtools in Spotify for Windows". Github Release page: to download and install it to your computer then run the advanced Devtools settings.

Step 2. When it opens the Spotify desktop app, head to the app's menu (horizontal 3 dots) > Show Debug Window.

devtools spotify show debug window

Step 3. Select OTHER > Remote Config. Find enableMiniPlayer to activate. Now you can try the MiniPlayer button on the top menu bar.

remote config enable mini player

No.2 Lofi Spotify Mini Player

Lofi is a compact desktop client that can play Spotify songs with a window that only takes up 150×150 pixels of the screen. You can play, stop, skip forwards, and backwards in its tiny interface that displays with album artwork. It also creates visualizations, then you can choose one among Blue Wave, Rainbow Road, String Theory and seascape.

lofi interface

Step 1. Go to to download and install Lofi to your computer then open it.

Step 2. Click on the Log In button and go to log in with your Spotify account.

Step 3. Then you can listen to Spotify with a mini window.

No.3 AudioBand

AudioBand is developed by GitHub, and it adds support for your music player of choice through plugins. With the support of AudioBand, you can get a mini player for Spotify, iTunes, and MusicBee. By using this mini player, you can control your music from Spotify, including play, pause, previous, and next. Also, from this mini player, you view the song information, including the album, art, artist, title, and progress.


Step 1. Go to download AudioBand to your computer and right-click on the taskbar.

Step 2. Select AudioBand from the toolbars submenu and right-click on the AudioBand.

Step 3. Click Audio Source then select Spotify. Now you use Spotify mini player.

Part 5. How to Enable Spotify Mini Player for Mac

If you want to use a mini player for Mac, then you can use those third-party apps like Alfred Spotify Mini Player and MiniPlay for Spotify & iTunes. Here we've made a detailed introduction to those applications, and check out them now.

No.1 Alfred Spotify Mini Player

Alfred Spotify Mini Player is a mighty tool that can control almost everything you can do on Spotify. To get started, you'll have to download the workflow and set it up. It might be a little tricky for those who haven't done this kind of setup before, but if you're patient enough, you can explore many things out of this tool.

alfred spotify mini player

Step 1. Download the workflow from then open it.

Step 2. Follow the on-screen setup instruction to complete the installation.

Step 3. Now you can use a Spotify mini player on Mac for listening to your favorite music.

No.2 MiniPlay for Spotify & iTunes

MiniPlay for Spotify & iTunes can show what's currently playing on Spotify. You can control the playback of Spotify and adjust the sound volume on this app. You no more need to switch to Spotify. Full-sized album artwork will be shown on this app, and you can view what's playing right now in the notification center.

miniplay spotify

Step 1. Find MiniPlay for Spotify & iTunes in the App Store on Mac and choose to install it.

Step 2. Then open it and click the Play button on the main interface of this mini player.

Step 3. Click the OK button to agree that MiniPlay wants access to control Spotify.

Part 6. How to Get Mini Player for Spotify Music on Any Device

The workarounds mentioned above are all eligible to get Spotify mini player for your devices, but they also have shortcomings as stated: "Mini Player for Spotify on Chrome" can only stream songs in 256kbps if you have Premium subscription and 128kbps if you use Spotify Web Player for free, and the feature won't apply to your local files since they're only available on the desktop app or the mobile one if you are Premium subscribers. Besides, those third-party mini player for Spotify won't change anything if you listen to Spotify with your Free account - you can only skip songs for several limited times and annoying ads keep popping up in the middle of the song.

While Premium subscribers have the unlimited listening with no skip limits and the offline mode, Free users should try the best solution to benefit from some free software to have the best listening experience with Spotify's music services and features. That way, you not only download your favorite Spotify contents with no Premium required, but also use the desired music player to play those music with its MiniPlayer feature. From here you must try the ViWizard Music Converter.

Thing You'll Need: ViWizard Music Converter

ViWizard Music Converter features the best on-demand Spotify Music contents downloader for both Premium and Free users to download and convert a selection of music tracks to actual files for free. With ViWizard, you're able to download Spotify songs, playlists, albums, artists, stations and even audiobooks to MP3 or other popular audio formats.

For the MiniPlayer feature, later you can put these songs in a media player on your computer and use the feature of the mini player to play Spotify songs without Premium. For example, if you have Windows Media Player or Apple Music app on your computer, you can import your Spotify library there so the MiniPlayer feature can be enabled for all compatible contents you downloaded with ViWizard. The best part is that ViWizard will keep and embed the full ID3 tags in each converted audio files after the conversion, so those files will work with any MiniPlayers as expected.

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Key Features of ViWizard Spotify Music Converter

  • Convert and download Spotify songs to MP3 and other formats
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  • Play Spotify songs offline anywhere without Premium
  • Save Spotify with the original ID3 tags and album cover
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1Select Spotify Songs to Download

The opening of ViWizard Spotify Music Converter will automatically load the Spotify app on your computer. Then you can select any song, album, or playlist you want to download in Spotify. There are two ways to add them to the conversion list. One is to directly drag and drop the target items to the converter, the other is to copy and paste the music link into the search bar.

add spotify music

2Customize the Output Parameters

The second steps is to configure the output audio parameters according to your demands. Go to click menu > Preferences and there will pop up a settings window. Here you can select the output audio format and set the bit rate, sample rate, and channel. You can set MP3 as the output format and then remember to save the settings.

select output format

3Download Music from Spotify to MP3

After completing the settings, you can click the Convert button to initiate the conversion and downloading of Spotify music tracks. Then ViWizard Spotify Music Converter will download and export Spotify songs to your computer as your required audio format. Later, you can view the converted music tracks in the conversion list by clicking the Converted icon.

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Now you have converted Spotify songs to MP3 or other playable audio formats. Then you can use those default media player on a Mac or PC computer to play those Spotify songs. Here's how to use Windows Media Player on PC and Apple Music app for Mac.

Best for Windows: Windows Media Player

windows media player mini player

Step 1. Open Windows Media Player and then click Open Files to add Spotify music files.

Step 2. Start playing those Spotify songs by clicking on the Play button.

Step 3. Click on the Mini player button at the bottom right or press Ctrl+M to open the mini player.

Best for Mac: Apple Music

apple music mini player

Step 1. Open Apple Music on Mac and then transfer the song downloaded from Spotify to Music.

Step 2. Start to play the song and click Window > Switch to MiniPlayer. Then you can listen to Spotify songs with Music MiniPlayer on Mac.

You can click the Lyrics button to see the lyrics of the song you're listening to. When you want to leave the mini mode, simply choose the Close button.

FAQs about Spotify Mini Player for Windows/Mac/Web

Q1. Is there a Spotify Mini Player?

A: Sure! There is a third-party mini player for Spotify, but you cannot minimize Spotify directly on your computer.

Q2. Does Spotify have a mini player?

A: No, Spotify doesn't provide users with a mini player on Mac and PC. To use a mini player while playing music in Spotify, you need to use a Spotify mini player extension or a third-party tool.

Q3. How to make Spotify mini player?

A: As Spotify doesn't offer the feature of mini player, you can download Spotify songs using ViWizard Spotify Music Converter. Then you can use the default music player on your computer to play Spotify songs and minimize the window of the music player to mini player.


To use mini player while listening to Spotify, you have various choices, such as Lofi Spotify Mini Player and Alfred Spotify Mini Player. But if you use a third-party mini player to play Spotify music, it is necessary to own a Spotify Premium account. At the same times, the audio quality will be not good. So, the better solution is to download and convert Spotify songs at first. Then you can use the default music player with a mini player on your computer to play your liked Spotify songs.

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