How to Play Spotify on Apple Watch without Phone [Updated Recently]

Updated by Adam Gorden on Oct 12, 2022 2:35 PM.
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"Does anyone know how to listen to Spotify on Apple Watch? I'd love to make my Spotify experience completely portable. So, is there any method to play Spotify on Apple Watch? Or ever offline without brining my iPhone?" - Jessica from the Spotify community

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Early in 2018, Spotify officially released its dedicated app for Apple Watch, offering the ability to use Spotify on Apple Watch. But users still have to play Spotify on Apple Watch through iPhone. Back in November 2020, Spotify announced a new update that you can control Spotify on Apple Watch without your phone. Thus, all users can now listen to Spotify on Apple Watch without carrying their phones. Today, here we'll show you how to play Spotify on Apple Watch step by step.

Part 1. Listen to Spotify on Apple Watch - Free Users
Part 2. Play Spotify on Apple Watch without Phone - Premium Users
Part 3. Download Spotify Songs on Apple Watch - All Spotify Users hot tip
Part 4. FAQs about Supported Features of Spotify on Apple Watch
Part 5. Solutions to Spotify Not Working on Apple Watch

Part 1. How to Use Spotify on Apple Watch [Free Users]

Since Spotify works on all generations of Apple Watch, using Spotify on Apple Watch could be a piece of cake. With Spotify for Apple Watch, you can control Spotify on Apple Watch through your iPhone. And these steps will work for those Free users to stream Spotify on Apple Watch.

1.1 Install and Set up Spotify on Apple Watch

Before streaming Spotify on Apple Watch, make sure that you have the latest of Spotify installed on your Apple Watch. If you don't have the Spotify app installed on your Apple Watch, you can go to follow the below guide to install. Or you can skip the following steps, and directly proceed to play Spotify on Apple Watch.

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Step 1. Check whether you have Spotify installed on your Apple Watch. If not, just download and install it on the device.

Step 2. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

Step 3. Check your My Watch → Installed on Apple Watch section, and make sure that Spotify app is there. If not, scroll down to the Available Apps section and tap Install icon at the rear of Spotify.

1.2 Control Spotify on Apple Watch from iPhone

After so many years since Apple Watch has been unveiled to the world, Spotify, the largest music streaming service with more than 70 million songs, finally shows its care about the smartwatch market by launching the long-awaited Spotify app for watchOS. If you don't have a Premium Spotify account, you can now only control Spotify on Apple Watch from iPhone. And you can follow the steps below to play Spotify on Apple Watch.

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Step 1. Power your iPhone on and simply tap the Spotify's icon to launch it.

Step 2. Start to browse music in your library from Spotify and select a playlist or an album to play.

Step 3. You'll see that Spotify is launched on your Apple Watch. Then you can now control what plays on your watch with Spotify Connect.

Part 2. How to Play Spotify on Apple Watch without Phone [Premium Users]

Streaming for Spotify Apple Music app is arriving, and now you don't have to listen to Spotify music on Apple Watch with your iPhone. If you are a Spotify Premium user and have an Apple Watch Series 3 or later with watchOS 7.0, you can stream Spotify music and podcasts directly from your wrist over Wi-Fi or cellular connection. Now let's see how to do stream Spotify directly from your Apple Watch and even use Siri to control the playback.

2.1 Listen to Spotify on Apple Watch without iPhone

With a Premium subscription, you can listen directly from your watch. So, if you don’t know how to stream your liked songs from Spotify on your wrist, then follow the below steps to get it done.

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Step 1. Power your Apple Watch on and then launch Spotify on your watch if you've it installed.

Step 2. Tap Your Library and browse a playlist or an album you want to listen to on your watch.

Step 3. Press the Device menu at the bottom right corner of the music player screen.

Step 4. If your watch is streaming feature supported, you'll see your Apple Watch at the top of the list (there is a 'Beta' tag in front of the watch name), then select it.

2.2 Download Spotify Songs on Apple Watch

Furthermore, all Premium subscribers are allowed to listen to Spotify on Apple Watch offline and without iPhone. You can download music and podcasts to Apple Watch so you can listen without the internet. But there's a download limit of 50 tracks per playlist. Here's how to.

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Step 1. Go to a playlist or podcast you want to download from Spotify on your iPhone.

Step 2. Tap the three dots and then tap Download to Apple Watch.

Part 3. How to Download Spotify Songs on Apple Watch [All Users]

With this Spotify Apple Watch app, you can now easily control Spotify tunes with your wrist. You can play or stop any music and podcast with better experience, as well as, skip tracks or rewind a podcast by 15 seconds to catch something you missed. However, confirmed by Spotify, playing Spotify on Apple Watch without phone offline is only available for Premium subscribers.

If you are a Free user, you can't listen to Spotify songs on Apple Watch offline. You still get means to sync Spotify playlists to Apple Watch even without an iPhone nearby. How to do it? All you'll need is a smart third-party tool like Spotify music downloader.

As you should know, Apple Watch allows you to add local music directly to the device with maximum music storage of 2GB. That's the key point which you can take advantage of. In other words, if you can find a way to download Spotify songs offline, and save them to Apple Watch compatible format like MP3, you'll be able to listen to Spotify playlists offline while leaving the iPhone at home.

Currently, Spotify tracks are encoded in DRM-ed OGG Vorbis format incompatible with watchOS. To solve the problem, you'll need ViWizard Spotify Music Converter, an excellent Spotify music downloader. It can not only download songs from Spotify, but also convert Spotify to MP3 or other common formats. With this solution, even if you are using a Free Spotify account, you can easily download Spotify songs to Apple Watch for offline listening without iPhone.

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3.1 Download Music from Spotify in 3 Easy Steps

Follow the three simple steps to download your favorite tunes from Spotify for listening to on Apple Watch offline by using ViWizard Spotify Music Converter.

Step 1Drag Spotify songs or playlists to ViWizard

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Open ViWizard Music Converter for Spotify and the Spotify app is loaded automatically. Then log in Spotify account and browse the store to find the songs or playlists you want to download to Apple Watch. Simply drag the tracks from Spotify to ViWizard. You can also copy and paste the URL of the songs to the search box in ViWizard.

Step 2Customize output songs

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Click the top menu → Preferences. There you will be allowed to set the output audio format, bit rate, sample rate, etc. according to your own needs. In order to make the songs playable by Apple Watch, you are suggested to choose the MP3 as output format. For a stable conversion, you'd better check the 1× conversion speed option.

Step 3Start downloading Spotify music

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When finish customizing, simply click Convert button to start extracting and downloading the Spotify songs as MP3. Once converted, you can click Converted icon to browse the downloaded DRM-free Spotify tracks. Otherwise, you could locate the folder for saving Spotify music files by clicking Search icon.

3.2 Sync Spotify Songs to Apple Watch for Playing

Now all Spotify songs are converted and unprotected. You can then sync the converted songs to Apple Watch via iPhone, and listen to Spotify on Apple Watch offline without carrying your iPhone together.

1) Sync DRM-free Spotify Songs to Apple Watch

Step 1. Make sure the Bluetooth on your iPhone is on. If not, go to the Settings → Bluetooth to turn it on.

Step 2. Then launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. And tap My Watch section.

Step 3. Tap on Music → Add Music..., and choose the Spotify songs to sync.

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2) Listen to Spotify on Apple Watch without iPhone

Step 1. Open your Apple Watch device and then launch the Music app.

Step 2. Tap the watch ion and set it as the music source. Then tap the Playlists.

Step 3. Select the playlist on My Apple Watch and start playing the Spotify music.

Part 4. FAQs about How to Get Spotify on Apple Watch

In regard of using Spotify on Apple Watch, you'd have a lot of questions. And here we've collected several frequently asked questions, and also try to give answers to the following questions. Let's check out now.

#1. How to download Spotify music to Apple Watch?

A: If you are using a Premium account on Spotify, then you can download Spotify music to Apple Watch for listening when you don’t have a cellular or WiFi connection.

#2. Can you play Spotify music on Apple Watch offline?

A: Sure, you can listen to Spotify offline with a Premium Spotify account. Besides, with the help of ViWizard Spotify Music Converter, you can store Spotify songs on Apple Watch, then you can start the offline playback of Spotify on Apple Watch.

#3. How to add songs to your Spotify library on the watch?

A: With Spotify for Apple Watch, you can not only control the Spotify experience from your wrist but also add your favorite songs to your library straight from the Apple Watch screen. Simply tap the heart icon on the screen, and the track will be added to your music library.

Part 5. Solutions to Spotify on Apple Watch Not Working

If you cannot get Spotify to work well on your Apple Watch, just check your Internet connection and make sure that your watch can access a good network. If it still fails to make Spotify work on your Apple Watch, then try these methods to fix the issue.

1. Force to quit and restart Spotify on your Apple Watch.

2. Reboot your Apple Watch and then restart Spotify.

3. Update Spotify and watchOS to the latest version available.

4. Uninstall and reinstall Spotify on your Apple Watch.

5. Reset networking settings on your iPhone and Apple Watch.

Conclusion

One major supported feature of Apple Watch is its ability to download Spotify music for listening offline. And with the help of ViWizard Spotify Music Converter, you can also save Spotify songs to Apple Watch easily even without a Premium account. Then you can play Spotify on Apple Watch with AirPods offline when you're out for a jog without iPhone. It's easy to operate and the output quality is quite good. No matter you're a Free or Premium user, you can use it to download Spotify songs for keeping forever. Why not download it and have a shot?

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