Does Spotify Work on Airplane Mode? Yes!

Updated by Adam Gorden on Nov 7, 2022 3:35 PM.

Q: "Hi all, recently planned to travel around all over the world by plane. How can I listen to Spotify when my phone or other portable devices all go into airplane mode? Does Spotify work in airplane mode? Whether there is any method to play Spotify music when my phone is in airplane mode? I would love your help".


Spotify has users all over the world, so it is not surprising that some users would encounter the problem above. Airplane mode is a setting available on the smartphone and other portable computers when activated, suspends radio-frequency signal transmission by the device, thereby disabling Bluetooth, telephony, and Wi-Fi. And the mode is common in flight.

Airplane mode would interrupt the playback of SPotify online, but you can download music from Spotify to your device in advance. Then it won't be problem if we go somewhere without WiFi connection or our device turns on airplane mode. We can still listen to music from Spotify. Here are two methods to enable you to listen to Spotify in airplane mode.

Part 1. FAQs about Airplane Mode Spotify
Part 2. How to Use Spotify on Airplane Mode
Part 3. How to Play Spotify in Airplane Mode without Premium
Part 4. Solutions to Spotify Not Working in Airplane Mode

Part 1. FAQs about Airplane Mode Spotify

Q1. Does Spotify Premium Work on Airplane Mode?

A: In fact, when you don't have an internet connection, you cannot stream Spotify online. But if you have a Premium subscription, you can download songs in Spotify and then listen to them in airplane mode.

Q2. Can You Listen to Downloaded Spotify Songs on Airplane Mode?

A: Sure, you are able to listen to those downloaded songs in Spotify. You only need to enable the Offline Mode on your device in advance.

Q3. How to Listen to Spotify on Airplane Mode without Premium?

A: There is a method to help you listen to Spotify in airplane mode without Premium. That is to use a Spotify downloader. You can check out the details in Part 3.

Part 2. How to Use Spotify on Airplane Mode

There are both Premium and Free subscription on Spotify for users to choose from. If you have subscribed to any Premium plan, you will have privilege to take control of your music on Spotify. As a Spotify Premium user, you can download Spotify music for listening anywhere, even in offline mode. Therefore, when you are on the move or your device is in airplane mode, you can download your desired songs in advance. Then you can enjoy your Spotify music that have been saved to your device without an internet connection.

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Step 1. Fire up Spotify on your device and log in with your personal account.

Step 2. Choose any album or playlist you want to listen when you are on a plane.

Step 3. Then tap the Download button to download Spotify music to your device.

Step 4. Tap Settings at the top right and go to Playback then turn Offline on.

Offline Mode is useful for streaming your Spotify music on the plane or in the location where your internet connection is failure. Otherwise, it is also a good way to reduce the data usage by syncing your playlists when you have a WiFi connection and listening to them in offline mode.

Part 3. How to Play Spotify in Airplane Mode without Premium

Except for the above method, there is another method to help you start Spotify tracks when you don't have an internet connection. With a professional Spotify music downloader, you can download songs from Spotify to your device for offline listening whether Free users or Premium subscribers.

Among all Spotify music downloaders on the market, ViWizard Spotify Music Converter is an easy-to-use yet professional software for all Spotify users that can download songs, albums, or playlists from Spotify on the computer and remove DRM protection from Spotify for playing anywhere. Now follow the below intructions to use it to download music from Spotify.

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ViWizard Spotify Music Converter Key Features

  • Download Spotify contents, including songs, albums, artists and playlists
  • Convert Spotify contents to MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B and more plain formats
  • Preserve original audio quality and full ID3 information from Spotify music
  • Convert Spotify contents to common audio formats at up to 5× faster speed
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Step 1Select Spotify songs to download

Upon launching ViWizard Music Converter, Spotify will be opened automatically supposing you have installed Spotify on your computer. Then select songs, albums, or playlists which you want to download to your device. After choosing well, you could drag all songs, playlists, or albums from Spotify to the converter.

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Step 2Set the output audio parameters

When all songs or playlists are loaded into the converter successfully, you can simply click on the menu bar and select Preferences to customize your personal music. The output format, audio channel, bit rate, and sample rate can be adjusted according to your need. If you prefer to download music in a more stable mode, you can set the conversion speed as 1×.

select output format

Step 3Download Spotify music to MP3

When everything is set up, you can start downloading all songs, albums, or playlists to by clicking the Convert button. After several minutes, ViWizard software will save Spotify music to your computer losslessly. Then you can browse the history conversion and locate all the downloaded songs by clicking the Converted icon.

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Step 4Transfer Spotify music to devices

At present, you have achieved all music from Spotify in common file formats. You don't need to worry about the playback of Spotify music anymore. You only need to transfer all the converted music files to your portable devices where you want to listen to your music. Just connect your device to the computer and then start moving all the music files.

Part 4. Solutions to Spotify Not Working in Airplane Mode

Why can't I listen to Spotify on an airplane? Maybe there are some problems with Spotify airplane mode. There are several methods for you to solve Spotify not working in airplane mode.

Solution 1. Make sure that you have downloaded all the Spotify songs to your music library in advance. If not, remember to save offline songs in Spotify on your device first.

Solution 2. Check whether you set Spotify on your device as Offline mode. If not, go to Settings > Playback and turn Offline on.

Solution 3. Update both Spotify and your device to the latest version. Then turn the internet connection off and try to play offline music on Spotify.

Solution 4. Make sure that your portable device supports offline listening. If not, you don't have the right to listen to Spotify music offline. But you can use ViWizard Spotify Music Converter to download Spotify music to your device for offline playing in airplane mode.


In short, you can download your favorite songs from Spotify with a Premium subscription and play them anytime when without an internet connection. At the same time, you could choose to use a Spotify music downloader like ViWizard Spotify Music Converter to get local Spotify music files with a Free Spotify account. All the downloaded Spotify songs can be compatible with any device. You will have no trouble in listening to Spotify music on the move or on a plane.

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