[Solved] How Can I Play Spotify on Apple Watch without iPhone

Updated by Adam Gorden on November 14, 2018 17:35:41 PM.

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Does anyone know when Spotify will build an Apple Watch mobile app? I'm currently using iPhone to sync the Spotify music to Apple Watch. But that's so inconvenient. It would be much better if there could be a built-in Spotify app within Apple Watch. It appears that Spotify is pushing us to switch to Apple Music. Come on!

If you search for the Spotify relevant forums with phrase like "most anticipated 3rd party apps for Apple Watch", you'll probably find that most people give their votes to Spotify. Finally, here comes the good news. Spotify today officially released its 'first version' of Apple Watch app with the ability to play Spotify music on the Apple Watch, and control how music is played to compatible Spotify Connect devices.

Spotify for Apple Watch: A Limited App for Now

After so many years since Apple Watch has been unveiled to the world, Spotify, the largest streaming music service with more than 40 million songs and 87 million paying subscribers finally shows its care about the smartwatch market by launching the long-waited Spotify app for watchOS.

With this new app, you can now easily control Spotify tunes with wrists. It allows you to play or stop any music and podcast with better experience. You can also skip tracks or rewind a podcast by 15 seconds to catch something you missed. To test the app, you are required to get the latest version of Spotify (v.8.4.79) from the App Store

However, confirmed by Spotify, the first release doesn’t support syncing songs for offline playback yet. But Spotify also promised that offline playback and more amazing features are coming in the future. Although the Watch app is already alive, users can't add it as of today but have to wait over the coming week.

Alternative Way to Play Spotify on Apple Watch Offline?

Though you can't listen to Spotify songs on Apple Watch offline within the app for now, you still get means to sync your Spotify playlists to Apple Watch even without an iPhone nearby. How? All you'll need is a smart 3rd-party Spotify music downloader.

As you should know, Apple Watch allows you add local music directly to the device with maximum music storage of 2GB. And that's the key point which you can take advantage from. In other words, if you can find a way to load and convert the Spotify offline songs to Apple Watch compatible format such as MP3, you'll be able to go out running and listen to Spotify playlists while leaving the iPhone at home. Currently, Spotify music are encoded in DRM-ed OGG Vorbis format which is not supported by watchOS.

To solve the problem, you'll need TunesKit Spotify Music Downloader, an excellent Spotify music downloader and extractor which can not only download any track and playlist from Spotify, but also remove DRM from Spotify music and convert the OGG Vorbis to MP3, AAC, FLAC or WAV, etc. with 100% original quality kept. With this solution, even if you are using the free Spotify account, you can easily download any Spotify track for offline listening on any Apple Watch series without iPhone.

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How to Download and Stream Spotify Music to Apple Watch

Now you can install the free trial version of TunesKit Spotify Downloader on your Mac or Windows and follow the complete tutorial as below to learn how to download and transfer Spotify music to play on Apple Watch offline.

Step 1Drag Spotify songs or playlists to TunesKit

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Open TunesKit Music Converter for Spotify and you'll notice the Spotify app is loaded automatically. Then log in Spotify account with your user name and password. Browse the store to find the songs or playlists you want to download to Apple Watch. Simply drag the tracks from Spotify to TunesKit conversion window. You can also copy and paste the URL of the songs to the search box in TunesKit. Then wait for the songs to load into the software.

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 1X 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 the "converted" icon to load the DRM-free Spotify tracks.

Step 4Sync offline Spotify songs to Apple Watch

Now you can transfer the converted Spotify playlists to your iPhone. Then launch the Apple Watch app on your iPhone. Tap on Music > Synced Playlist, choose the Spotify playlists to sync. Once the sync's over, you can access them on your Apple Watch without carrying iPhone together.

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More Workaround to Sync Spotify Songs to Apple Watch


If you are Spotify Premium user, you can also use a freeware called Spotty to stream Spotify to Apple Watch. It works well with all models of Apple Watch. Simply download the Spotty app to your paired iPhone where the Apple Watch app installed. Then launch Spotty on your iPhone and give it permission to use your Spotify Premium account. Once the permission is granted, all of your Spotify playlists and albums will show up within Spotty's interface. Then flip the sync switch in Spotty, the songs will be processed and transferred via Bluetooth to your Apple Watch. When the syncing is completed, you can pop your Apple Watch into offline mode via a switch within the Spotty app. This allows you to listen to all of your synced music offline, without a nearby iPhone.


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