How to Play Spotify Album in Order without Subscriptions

By Adam Gorden Updated on June 13, 2023
I just got the Spotify app, I'm on the free version, I'm trying to play an album, but it keeps saying 'play shuffle' and therefore it shuffles the songs. I just want to play album in order on Spotify.

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One of the things that confuse new Spotify users is that when they want to play a song in the album, Spotify doesn't play the exact song they're tapping on. The song that starts playing may be form the same album, or it just comes out of nowhere. So, in this article, we are going to uncover how to play Spotify album in order both on the computer and phone.

Part 1. Can I Play an Album in Order on Spotify?

Spotify offers two tiers for users to choose from - basically Spotify Free and Spotify Premium. With a Spotify free account, you can access Spotify's music library to stream online. Now users on the free version of Spotify can play albums, playlists, and artist radio in a specific order - on your desktop or tablet only.

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When using the Spotify app for mobile, including the iOS and Android version, free users are limited to shuffle play for albums and playlists. This means the songs will play in a randomized order, and you won't be able to direct control over the song selection. However, when playing your favorite album in order, the ads will continue to kick in and cause an interruption of your playback.

If you want to gain more control over your contents on Spotify, you generally need a Premium subscription. With a Spotify Premium subscription, you can fully control over your listening experience, including the ability to select and play specific songs, albums, and playlists across all devices.

Premium users can enjoy ad-free listening, offline playback, and full control over their music library. If you don't plan to subscribe to Premium, consider to access the features that're exclusively available for Premium above. Head over to Part 4 to see how you can control and play your contents as desired.

Part 2. How to Play Spotify Album in Order on Free/Premium

To play a Spotify album in specific order, make sure your computer or tablet is running the latest version of the Spotify app.

Q1.Can I play a Spotify album in order on my desktop?

A1.Yes, with a Spotify free account or a premium subscription, you can play albums in order on your desktop or tablet.

Play Spotify Album in Order on Desktop:

  1. On a computer or tablet, open the Spotify app and log in to your Premium or free account.
  2. Head over to the album you want to play in order. You can search for it in your library or Spotify's music catalog using the Search button.
  3. Go into the album, and click on the Play button on the album's profile. This will start playing the selected album in order.
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  5. Alternatively, you can click the first song on the album to start playing. The subsequent songs will automatically play in order.
  6. While playing the album, look for the Now Playing bar at the bottom of the app. Click on the Queue button and a separate view will open, showing the upcoming songs in the order they will be played.
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Part 3. How to Play Spotify Album in Order on Premium

To play a Spotify album in specific order across all your devices, make sure your Premium subscription is active.

Q2.Can I play a Spotify album in order on my smartphone?

A2.As a Spotify free user on smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, you can only listen to albums in shuffle play mode. To play an album in order on mobile, a Spotify Premium subscription is required.

Play Spotify Album in Order on Mobile:

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  1. On a smartphone such as an Android device or iPhone, open the Spotify app and log in to your Premium account.
  2. Go to Your Library or Search and head over to the album you want to play in order. If you have saved the album to your library, you can use the Albums filter at the top to filter the view of your albums only.
  3. On the album's profile, tap on the Play button there. Alternatively, you can tap on the first song on the album to start playing the album in order.
  4. You can see the list of songs and the order in which they will play in the album. Tap on the Now Playing bar at the bottom, and tap on the Queue button. You should see the upcoming songs in the order they will be played.

Part 4. How to Play Spotify Album in Oder without Subscription

Given that fact that free-tier users cannot even play an album in order, they lost the best way to appreciate an album, the beauty and the elaboration in the album. Is there a way for free users to listen to Spotify albums playing in order? Sure! By using ViWizard Spotify Music Converter, you can download album from Spotify and then play in order offline without premium. If you are into collecting music, this is also the best way to get albums on your computer.

If you want to unlock some exclusives features for Premium subscribers forever, including full control your contents and playback, downloading music, and ad-free listening, it's always a good idea to use ViWizard Spotify Music Converter to download your favorite contents as MP3s. Then you can transfer them across all your devices to play them even on the most common media players.

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Key Features of ViWizard Spotify Music Converter

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  • Download Spotify songs, albums, playlists, podcasts, audiobooks
  • Convert Spotify music to lossless MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4A, M4B
  • Support playing offline Spotify music on any device at any time
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Step 1Import Songs from Spotify to ViWizard

Open ViWizard Spotify Music Converter on your computer and it will automatically load the Spotify app. Then go to find albums you want to listen to and copy the album link then paste it into the search bar on the converter. Also, you can directly drag and drop albums from Spotify to the interface of the converter.

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Step 2Set up the Output Audio Parameters

Navigate to the menu bar and select the Preferences options then there will pop up a window. In the Settings window, you can personalize the output audio parameters for Spotify music. As there are six audio formats like MP3, AAC, M4A, M4B, FLAC, and WAV, you can set MP3 as the output format. You can also adjust the bit rate, sample rate, and channel.

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Step 3Download Album from Spotify to MP3

Once all the setting is finished, click on the Convert button to start downloading and converting Spotify songs to MP3. After the conversion, all the files will be saved to your specified folder. You could browse all the converted songs by clicking on the Converted icon on the converter. Furthermore, you can locate the output folder.

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Step 4Play Spotify Album in Order without Premium

Now you can access the album you have downloaded on your computer. All the songs in the album are listed in the same order as they're on Spotify. Now you can play Spotify album in order without using the Spotify app.


Here's how to get Spotify to play an album in order. With a premium account, you can listen to an album in order on Spotify. Or you can download Spotify songs by using ViWizard Spotify Music Converter. Then you can freely play Spotify songs through other media players in order.

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