Fixed! Spotify Not Working on Lock Screen

Updated by Adam Gorden on Nov 11, 2021 4:24 PM.

With the service now reaching 356 million monthly active users, it's only natural that user bases this large would remain vocal on any bugs and poorly rolled out features. Lots of Android users are complaining that Spotify doesn't work on lock screen. Unfortunately, Spotify has provided an unsatisfactory answer to users.

Now, Spotify users still do not get an appropriate answer to the issue that internal testers clearly overlooked. Ideally, when you are listening to songs on the locked screen, you should be able to see a lock screen widget with a few details, but Spotify does not. Here we will introduce some other methods to solve the issue of Spotify not showing on lock screen.

spotify not working on lock screen

1. Log out & Log back in
2. Notification Settings
3. Power Saving Mode
4. Security & Privacy
5. Reinstall Spotify App
6. Turn off Face Widgets
7. Sleeping Apps Feature
8. Phone Music Player [Recommendation]

1. Log out & Log back in

One of the methods suggested by some of Spotify users is that logging out and logging back in helped them to solve this Spotify not showing up on lock screen issue. Then, they are able to see the Spotify widget on their smartphones' lock screen.

spotify not working on lock screen

Step 1. To sign out from Spotify, tap on the 'Settings' icon on the upper right and scroll down to the bottom of the screen to find the 'Log out' option.
Step 2. Sign in using your email ID or Facebook account which once you used for logging in to Spotify so that you don't need to create a new account again.
Step 3. Then check if you can see the Spotify music widget on the lock screen now and if the controls are working.

2. Notification Settings

The notification settings are designed for dictating what happens when the phone is locked. Then you control the notifications of every app on your Android smartphone with ease. Let's get started in solving the issue of Spotify not working on lock screen Android.

spotify not working on lock screen

Step 1. Open 'Settings' and then tap on 'Status bar & notification'. Check that the 'Show on lock screen' icon is toggled on. Otherwise, the notifications or shortcuts for any app won't be showed on the lock screen.
Step 2. Then tap on 'Manage notifications' and scroll down to the bottom of the screen to find the Spotify app - the list is in alphabetical order. Make sure that you have turned on the 'Allow notification' icon.
Step 3. After you turn on the 'Allow notification', you will see two more settings on the screen. You need to toggle on 'Show on lock screen' option and choose to always display notification details on locked screen.
Step 4. The other settings are optional. You need to set the playback of Spotify music. Choose the 'Playback' option and then toggle on the 'Allow notification' icon and select the importance of the notification.

3. Power Saving Mode

When you turn on 'Power Saving Mode', it will keep your apps on check and prevent them from consuming too many resources like CPU, GPS, and battery juice unnecessarily when the phone is locked. In this mode, the app cannot work normally as the phone is locked.

spotify not working on lock screen

Step 1. Open 'Settings' and tap on 'Battery & performance' (it may be called 'Battery Optimization instead').
Step 2. Tap on' High background power consumption' and scroll down to the bottom of the screen to find the Spotify app.
Step 3. Toggle on the icon of the Spotify app and the Spotify program will be allowed to continue running when the background consumption is high.

4. Security & Privacy

The 'Security & Privacy' manages all your apps on your phone, and you can make any adjustment on the setting of the installed apps. Now open the settings of your phone and begin to adjust the setting of the Spotify app.

spotify not working on lock screen

Step 1. Open 'Settings' and then tap on 'Security & Privacy' option. In this setting, you will see lots of options for you to choose.
Step 2. Continue to tap on 'Permission management' option and scroll down to the bottom of the screen to find the Spotify app.
Step 3. Then choose the 'Spotify' app and tap 'Single permission settings'. Finally, you will see the 'Display on lock screen' option and make sure that the option is toggled on.

5. Reinstall Spotify App

Performing a clean install for the Spotify app will solve this Spotify not showing on lock screen issue. Follow these steps to do a clean install.

Step 1. Log out of Spotify. If you do not remember how to log out of yourself, return to the first suggestion of this post.
Step 2. Open the Settings app and go to the Installed Apps. Find out the Spotify app.
Step 3. Choose the Force stop button. And tap Clear data to remove all the data of Spotify.
Step 4. If reinstalling the current version does not help, you can also try to install an old version of the Spotify app.

6. Turn off Face Widgets

Another method to fix Spotify not showing on lock screen iPhone or Android is to disable FaceWidgets, which may replace the Spotify playback controls. Go to Settings > Lock screen > FaceWidgets. Turn off Music and try to play Spotify music again to see if it is fixed.

7. Sleeping Apps Feature

The sleeping Apps feature will monitor the apps that run in the background. It will kill these apps to spare more room and battery for your phone. This feature sometimes will influence the running of Spotify on lock screen. To solve the Spotify controls not working on lock screen Android or iOS issue, you can try to turn off this feature.

Step 1. Go to Settings > Device Care > Battery App > Power Management > Sleeping apps.
Step 2. Find Spotify from the list. Tap and hold the Spotify app. Choose Remove to remove Spotify from this list.

8. Phone Music Player

As the Android platform is endlessly customizable, you can manage and customize your lock screen with ease. But sometimes the customization is useless. At this time, you could choose the playback of Spotify music on the phone's built-in music player. Then the issue of Spotify not showing on lock screen will be solved completely.

If you want to listen to Spotify music on the phone' built-in music player, you must convert Spotify music to phone-supported audio formats due to the protection from Spotify music by a third-party tool like Spotify music converter. That ViWizard Music Converter for Spotify could be the best choice for you. With this tool, even Spotify Free users can download any Spotify songs and save them forever. Now, this tool with a free trial is open for free download. Just tap the Download button below.

spotify music converter

ViWizard Spotify Music Converter Key Features

  • Download and convert Spotify music to common audio formats for free
  • 6 audio formats including MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, M4A, M4B for you pick
  • Remove ads and format protection from Spotify music at 5× faster speed
  • Preserve Spotify contents with the original audio quality and full ID3 tags
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Step 1. Open ViWizard on your computer and then it will automatically load the Spotify app. You need to upload Spotify tracks you want to ViWizard windows by drag and drop.
Step 2. Click the 'Menu' on the top-right corner of the window and choose the 'Preference' option. You could set the output audio format, bit rate, sample rate, and audio channel.
Step 3. Press 'Convert' button to begin downloading and converting the Spotify songs. Wait till the conversion is completed, then click 'Converted' button to browse Spotify music files.
Step 4. Copy the downloaded Spotify music files to your phone and then start the Spotify music tracks on your phone.


After taking a look at those potential solutions, you may get an answer to the issue or not. Those methods maybe not be suitable for some Android users, and there still exists the situation that Spotify won't work on the lock screen. At this time, you could try to use the music player on your phone to play Spotify songs instead with the help of ViWizard.


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