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Why Does Spotify Stop Playing in Background

Recently updated on November 30th, 2022 at 11:51 am

As we all know for what Spotify is famous. Spotify is among one of the best music streaming services, with millions of songs from the best artists on this globe. You can listen to the latest music on Spotify.

I am also a fan of Spotify, but recently, I found an issue, my Spotify Stops Playing after one or two seconds, and I have to play the song again to listen.

In today’s blog, I will guide you on fixing this issue. Follow the steps as mentioned below. These steps will help you in resolving the issue, and you can listen to your favorite songs again without any problem. 

Why Does my Spotify Keep Pausing After Few Seconds?

We’ve gathered some possible reasons that cause Spotify to keep pausing. Take a look at the given reasons.

  • Multiple Users – You might encounter Spotify pausing if multiple users are logged on one Spotify account. In this case, signing out of the account from everywhere can help you.
  • Unstable Internet – If your internet is unstable, it can be why your Spotify stops playing.
  • Background Data – Disabling the background data disables the internet usage by the app in the background.

How Do You Stop Spotify From Pausing?

You can stop Spotify from pausing by enabling the background data, turning off the battery saver mode, clearing the cache, signing out of Spotify, disabling the data saver, updating the Spotify to latest version and uninstalling and reinstalling the app.

Before you go through some major steps, some small and simple steps can help you to solve this issue.

  • Turn off your Battery/Power Saving mode 

Go to your device Settings, there you will find an option “Battery/Power Saving Mode”. In most of the devices you will find power saving mode on the Status bar, turn it off.

disable power saving mode
  • Clear the Cache

Go to Settings > Apps search Spotify and then, go to storage and tap on Clear the Cache. Or long press on the spotify icon and click on app info, click on Storage usage.

Below, you’ll find the step-by-step guide of both the methods.

You can also try this methods to fix Spotify stops playing songs

Grant All Permissions

  • Go to your mobile setting, go to app and click on Spotify and in the permission section all every option.
Spotify stops playing
why does spotify stop playing

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Restart Your Device

Tried turning off and turning on your device? If not, try it; restarting the device makes your device perform better, and it’s the first method to fix any tech issue. To perform a restart,

On Smartphone/tablet

  • Press and hold the Power button (smartphone/tablet) until some option appears, then tap on the Restart, and your device will restart.


  • Click on the Start button/Windows icon and navigate to the Power.
  • Now, click on the Restart.

If restarting the device resolves the issue, it’s excellent and if not, then move to the next step.

Close other apps

Applications running in the background utilize the resources and make your device run slow, and this can be why you’re getting the Spotify keeps pausing issue.

Clearing the recent apps might fix this issue. So, Clear all the apps in the Recent apps section to do so,

  • Swipe up/press the square button(android)/press the Home button twice(iOS), and clear all the recent apps.

Signing Out From Spotify to Fix Spotify Stops Playing

If you’re still facing this issue, then maybe this step will help you to solve this issue.

  1. Open your browser and visit the Spotify account overview page (or just click on the given link) on your pc/laptop/mac and log in with your credentials.
  2. Go to “Profile” or “Account Overview”. Scroll down you will find “Sign Out from everywhere”option. Click on “Sign Out from everywhere”
spotify signout of everywhere

As this option purposes, it will sign out from all the devices. In which your Spotify account logged in.

  • After signing out from Spotify account go and sign in again to your account. 

Clear the Cache

Clearing the app’s cache works most of the time, so try it once.

On Android

  • Go to Settings > Apps and search Spotify.
  • Then, go to Storage and tap on Clear the Cache.


  • Navigate to the apps drawer, long-press the Spotify app icon, click on App info and click on Storage.
  • And, Clear the cache.

On iPhone/iPad

  • Open Spotify app and tap on Settings (gear icon),
  • Now, locate Storage and tap on Delete cache.

On Windows

  • Press Win+R to open the Run dialog box.
  • Now, type %localappdata%\Spotify\Storage\ and press Enter.
  • After that, press Ctrl+A and delete all the selected items. (Don’t delete the Storage Folder).

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Check Your Internet Connection

If you’re encountering a stopping issue while listening to music online, check your internet.

Try reconnecting your device with your internet or rebooting your router and modem. Also, check the internet speed of your network.

If your internet is working fine and you’re still facing the issue, move on to the next step.

Try Downloading the Music

If your internet is working fine and you’re getting the required speed to use Spotify, try downloading the music.

Download some music and once the download completes, turn off your internet and play the downloaded songs/music and check if you’re still getting the issue or not.

Disable Data Saver

Enabling data saver sets your audio to low, and if the Data saver is turned on in your Spotify app, try to turn it off.

To Disable Saver

  • Launch Spotify and tap on the Settings (gear icon).
  • Now, go to Data Saver and disable it.

After disabling the data, Set your Audio Quality as well

  • In the Settings section, locate Audio Quality and set it to Automatic both on wi-fi and cellular.

Enable Background Data

If you’re encountering Spotify keeps stopping after turning off the screen, then it might be because of disabled background data. In this case, you need to check if the background data is enabled or disabled. To do so;

  • Navigate to the Device Settings then, go to the Apps & Notifications.
  • Now, tap on Apps, locate Spotify and tap on Mobile data and wi-fi.
  • After that, go to Background Data and toggle it off and disable the background data.

Turn Off Low Power/Battery Saver Mode

There were some users reported that they stopped the Spotify from pausing issue after turning off the battery saver mode on their devices.

To turn off the Battery Saver Mode on your device;

On iOS

  • Navigate to the Settings and go to the Battery.
  • Now, go to Low power mode and turn it off.

On Windows

  • Navigate to the Quick Settings, and there you’ll find the Battery Save mode.
  • Click on it to turn off the battery saver.

On Mac

  • Navigate to the System Preferences then, go to the Battery section.
  • Now, uncheck the Low Power Mode.

Spotify Keeps Pausing After the Screen Dims – Samsung

If you’re encountering Spotify stop playing issue on your Samsung device, follow the steps that are instructed in this post.

And, if you’re still getting the issue, here’s the fix that might be your issue on your Samsung device;

Check Sleeping Apps

  • Navigate to the device Settings then, tap on Device Care.
  • Tap on Battery > Background usage limits > Sleeping Apps.
  • Now, locate Spotify (if listed) and remove it.

Clean Reinstall Spotify on Your Device

As we all know, how to uninstall and install an application but, what’s clean reinstall? Well, to do so, follow the as instructed below;

On Android

  • First of all, navigate to the device Settings > Apps & Notification or Apps.
  • Locate Spotify in the list, clear the Storage, cache, and force stop the app.
  • Now. go to the File Manager > Android > Data > com.Spotify.music > delete the folder.
  • Uninstall Spotify.
  • After that, restart your device, wait for a while, and open the Play Store.
  • Then, search for Spotify and install it.
  • Once Spotify is installed, enter your credentials and sign in to your account.
  • Play a song and check.

On iOS

  • Launch Spotify and tap on the Settings(gear icon).
  • Locate Storage and Delete the cache.
  • Now, take Exit from Spotify and move towards the iOS Settings.
  • Go to Storage and find Spotify in the list.
  • Tap on Offload the app (Doing this will remove the app but keep its data). Tap on delete and confirm.
  • After that, press and hold the Power button and restart your device.
  • Wait for a while and open the App Store.
  • Search for Spotify and install it.
  • After installing, enter your credentials to sign in to your account.
  • Play any song and check if this fixes the issue.

On Mac

  • Quit Spotify (if open).
  • Open Finder and click Go.
  • Click on the Library from the drop-down menu (or press and hold the Alt key)
  • After that, open caches and delete the com.Spotify.client and com.Spotify.client.helper folders.
  • Click on the back arrow button and open the Application Support.
  • Now, delete the Spotify folder.
  • Press Command+Shift+G. This will open the Go to Folder window.
  • Enter ~/Library/ to open the Library folder.
  • Type “Spotify” in the search bar, then hit the “Search: Library” and delete all files that appear.
  • Now, shut down your Mac and wait for a while.
  • Turn on your Mac and reinstall Spotify.
  • Enter the credentials to log into your Spotify account.

On Windows

  • Exit from Spotify and navigate to the Settings.
  • Now, go to the Apps and click on Apps & Features.
  • Now, locate Spotify in the list and click on the three dots.
  • Select Uninstall. Click on Uninstall again to confirm.
  • After that, click on the Search button, type %AppData%, and press Enter. Locate and delete if there’s any Spotify folder. Also, search Spotify in the search bar to ensure no Spotify folder is left.
  • Now, shutdown your Device, wait for at least 5 minutes and turn it on again.
  • Lastly, please navigate to the Microsoft Store, search for Spotify and download it.
  • Once the download is complete, enter your credentials and log in to your account.

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Keep Your Device Up-to-Date

If still, the issue is here, check for the latest available updates for your device. Sometimes your device encounters a bug that’s creating the problem and stops Spotify from playing.

So, navigate to the device settings and check for the latest available update. Download and install it (if available).

What to do if Spotify Keeps Pausing Over Any Bluetooth Device?

If you’re using TWS(True Wireless) earbuds, their features and functions may affect Spotify to keep stopping.

There’s a cool feature that comes in today’s TWS earbuds. If you remove an earbud from the ear, the song will pause.

And, if your earbuds are malfunctioning or its sensor is damaged, then it may Stop the songs frequently.

Conclusion: Spotify stops playing songs is a common issue on various devices. You can fix it by disabling the power saver or clearing the cache from your phone. Sometimes sing out of everywhere option on the account overview can fix this issue.

I hope we are able to solve your query of Spotify keeps pausing. You can also read our post on how to change username on Spotify.

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