How to Fix Spotify Crackling Issue

Posted by Adam Gorden on Mar. 18, 2020 11:45 AM.

how to fix spotify crackling issue

I have tried seemingly everything for weeks with no resolution to Spotify crackling on my desktop. Both the app and the web player crackle. No other audio is crackling including YouTube, games, iTunes, etc… I have tried reinstalling, updating audio drivers, changing codec rates, changing firewall settings - nothing works. What have I missed???

Both phone and desktop users are reporting that the Spotify app crackles out of not clear reason. If you also run into this problem, you may check the audio device settings, update the sound hardware or other workarounds. But there’re more things you can try to completely fix the problem.

In the following parts of this post, I’ll walk you through ways to troubleshoot Spotify crackling issue and an ultimate method to fix the problem forever.

Part 1. Fixes to Spotify Crackling Issue
Part 2. Ultimate Solution to Fix Spotify Crackling Issue

Fixes to Spotify Crackling Issue

In this part, I’ll list out some solutions to fix Spotify crackling issue and hopefully you’ll be able to solve the problem with one of the fixes.

1. Change Audio Playback Settings

No matter you’re using direct output of your computer speakers, external speakers or headphones, you can solve Spotify crackling problem by changing the settings of these output devices. To change the settings, right-click the speaker icon in the notification area next to your clock and select “Playback Devices”. Double-click the device you’re using for playback, then click Advanced.

audio settings

Under Default Format, change the audio quality to “16 bit, 44100 Hz (CD Quality)”. Click “OK” to save the settings. Then open Spotify and play a song to see if the audio still keeps on crackling.

2. Update Your Sound Drivers

Some problems may be fixed in newer sound drivers. To get newer sound drivers, visit your computer manufacturer’s website, find the driver download page for your model of PC, and download the latest sound drivers available.

3. Restart Computer

If you’re looking for the easiest way to get rid of Spotify crackling issue on Windows 10. Then reboot your computer will be the best choice. This can solve many problems happening on your computer if you’re running it for too long without shutting down.

4. Clear Cache

If you confront Spotify crackling issue on Android or iOS phone, you can try to clear the Spotify cache. This will delete all the temporary song cache and hopefully Spotify will turn back to normal when you reload the songs.

5. Reinstall the Spotify App

If you have tried clear cache and restart Spotify, but the crackling issue still exists, you can now delete the app and install with the latest Spotify app. After the reinstallation, you’ll need to retype your account credentials.

6. Allow Spotify on Your Firewall

spotify firewall settings

If you have reinstalled the Spotify app and the issue is still going, the firewall on your computer might have blocked the Spotify app from running. To turn off the firewall for Spotify, all you have to do is head over to the firewall settings on your computer, and allow Spotify to run under the firewall.

Ultimate Solution to Fix Spotify Crackling Issue

If you have tried out all the solutions above and still Spotify is crackling on your computer. Here’s the best way to settle the problem. With ViWizard Spotify Music Converter, you can directly download whatever content from Spotify and then play with any media player on your computer. All the songs can be accessed without the Spotify app, so that you won't come across Spotify crackling issue anymore.

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.

spotify music converter

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
  • Fix Spotify crackling issue forever
  • 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 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.

3Play Spotify on Your Computer without Any Issue

Now you can play the downloaded Spotify songs on your computer without the app, and thus you won't confront Spotify crackling issue anymore. You can now listen to the songs and do anything else on your computer without hassle from Spotify.

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