How to Play & Fix Spotify with AirPods

Updated by Adam Gorden on Nov 15, 2022 5:00 PM.
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"I recently purchased some AirPods, and have run into some trouble when using them with Spotify. Whenever I start Spotify and connect the AirPods, the App freezes for up to 10 seconds and I cannot play any music and have to wait for it to unfreeze. This is super annoying when I just want to listen to music. I haven't really found a solution to solve it."

As a perfectly respectable pair of true wireless earbuds, AirPods gets popular among people. All users can have AirPods with decent sound quality and seamless devices pairing, even more features. But what if you are a Spotify user, how to play Spotify Music with AirPods and sometimes the unexpected issues?

Part 1. How to Play Spotify Music with AirPods
Part 2. How to Fix Spotify Not Working with AirPods
    2.1 Fix: AirPods Not Playing Spotify
    2.2 Fix: AirPods Keeps Disconnecting from Spotify
Part 3. Best Method to Listen to Spotify Music with AirPods

Part 1. How to Play Spotify Music with AirPods

To play Spotify Music on Bluetooth like AirPods, there're some minimum requirements.

You should meet with these minimum requirements, so now please pick up both the devices for how to set up your AirPods with your iPhone, Mac or other non-Apple devices to listen to Spotify Music.

How to use AirPods with your iOS device

1. On your iOS device, go to the Home Screen.
2. With your AirPods in the charging cace, open the charging case, and hold it next to your iPhone.
3. Tap Connect when a setup animation appears on your iPhone.

If you're using AirPods Pro (1st or 2nd generation) or AirPods (2nd or 3rd generation), make sure you have set up "Hey Siri" on your iPhone, then "Hey Siri" is ready to use with your AirPods to play Spotify Music.

4. Follow the guide to set up "Hey Siri" or go to Settings > Siri & Search > Listen for "Hey Siri".
5. Tap Done.

How to use AirPods with your Mac

If you’re using AirPods (2nd generation), make sure that your Mac has macOS Mojave 10.14.4 or later. Then you could perform the following steps to pair your AirPods with your Mac:

1. On your Mac, choose System Preferences from the Apple menu, then click Bluetooth.
2. Make sure that Bluetooth is on.
3. Put both AirPods in the charging case and open the lid.
4. Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until the status light flashes white.
5. Select your AirPods in the Devices list, then click Connect.

How to use AirPods with a non-Apple device

You can use AirPods as a Bluetooth headset with a non-Apple device. To set up your AirPods with an Android phone or other non-Apple device, follow these steps:

1. On your non-Apple device, go to the settings for Bluetooth and make sure that Bluetooth is on. If you have an Android device, go to Settings > Connections > Bluetooth.
2. With your AirPods in the charging case, open the lid.
3. Press and hold the setup button on the back of the case until you see the status light flash white.
4. When your AirPods appear in the list of Bluetooth devices, select them.

When the connection is successful, open Spotify standard app and play. The sound now comes from your chosen device.

Part 2. How to Fix Spotify not Working with AirPods

Some Airpods users have reported running into some issue when connecting to AirPods and listening to Spotify. Here are the checklists and fixes for each identified issues.

2.1 Fix: AirPods Not Playing Spotify

Spotify current device

To Set AirPods as Audio Devices:

In our test, the default Windows audio device in use can be one possible cause of the Spotify sound issue when connected to AirPods. If users haven't set the AirPords as the audio devices, the Spotify app has a blank value for them.

  • For Windows: use the Windows Search Box > Sound Settings > Advanced sound options > App volume and device preferences. Check Spotify app's current audio use and output device (Headphones and speakers), click "Default" to select [Your AirPods] from the dropdown.

  • To Forget All Devices:

    Please try to forget the AirPods on all devices and make sure they're not connected to other devices such as iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Apple Watch. Sometimes when connected to another near-by device, AirPods won't have the sound for the device not consuming Spotify contents.

    AirPods forget this device

  • For iOS: With your AirPods in your ears and connected to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > Bluetooth, or Settings > [Your AirPods] > More info button > Forget This Device, and tap Forget Device again to confirm.

  • AirPods remove device

  • For Mac: With your AirPods in your ears and connected to your Mac, go to the Bluetooth section > [Your AirPods] > Remove, and click Remove again to confirm.

  • If you've found the issues are on Spotify's ends, please also check this post to find more:

    2.2 Fix: AirPods Keeps Disconnecting from Spotify

    To Reestablish the Connection:

    If there're one issues with the things above, please try to reestablish the connection in the device.

    To Shut Down the Device:

    You should try shutting down the device and see if that helps reconnect the AirPods without interruptions.

    To Forget All Devices:

    Sine AirPods only let you have one connection at a time. Please try forget all devices:

  • For iOS: With your AirPods in your ears and connected to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings > Bluetooth, or Settings > [Your AirPods] > More info button > Forget This Device, and tap Forget Device again to confirm.

  • For Mac: With your AirPods in your ears and connected to your Mac, go to the Bluetooth section > [Your AirPods] > Remove, and click Remove again to confirm.
  • Part 3. Best Method to Listen to Spotify Music with AirPods

    Maybe you’re tired of tackling that issue, and you don’t want to close all of your running applications and then restart the device for listening to Spotify music from AirPods again. The best method is to download Spotify music and turn on the offline mode. Except for subscribing to Premium Plan on Spotify, you could also start the offline playback with the help of a third-party tool.

    ViWizard Music Converter for Spotify is a professional and powerful music converter for all Spotify users. It can enable all Spotify users to download music from Spotify and convert Spotify music to plain audios. Then you’re allow to listen Spotify music from AirPods offline or any other devices even though the Spotify app is not installed on your devices.

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  • The supported music file formats are MP3 and M4A. You can follow the below steps to convert Spotify music to MP3.

  • 1Drag Spotify Music to ViWizard

    add spotify music

    Launch ViWizard on your computer and wait for the automatic opening of Spotify. Log into your Spotify account for entering your library and add your required Spotify music to ViWizard by drag-and-drop.

    2Set the output music format

    select output format

    Then you can click on Menu > Preference to change the output audio format. From several audio formats available, you could set the output audio format as MP3. In addition, you could adjust the bit rate, channel, and sample rate.

    3Begin to download Spotify music

    convert spotify songs

    Once all the setting is completed, you could click Convert and ViWizard will extract music from Spotify to your computer. After downloading, you could go to browse all the converted Spotify music files by going to Converted > Search.

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