[Updated] How to Play Spotify on Apple Watch without iPhone in 2 Ways

Updated by Adam Gorden on Apr. 23, 2021 7:35 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, according to the report from 9to5Mac. Thus, all users can now listen to Spotify on Apple Watch without carrying their phones. In the following content, we'll show you how to play Spotify on Apple Watch step by step.

Part 1. Listen to Spotify on Apple Watch – Official Methods
      1.1 Install and Set up Spotify on Apple Watch
      1.2 Control Spotify on Apple Watch from Phone
      1.3 Listen to Spotify on Apple Watch without Phone
Part 2. Play Spotify on Apple Watch without Phone Offline - [Easy & Hot]
Part 3. FAQs about Supported Features of Spotify on Apple Watch

Part 1. How to Listen Spotify on Apple Watch via Spotify

Since Spotify works on all generations of Apple Watch, playing Spotify on Apple Watch could be a piece of cake. With Spotify for Apple Watch, you could choose to control the playback on Spotify on Apple Watch through your iPhone. Or you can directly listen to Spotify music from your wrist even if your iPhone is nowhere in sight. And these steps will work for both free and premium Spotify users to use Spotify on Apple Watch.

1.1 Install and Set up Spotify on Apple Watch

Before the playback of 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 40 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 the 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.

1.3 Listen to Spotify on Apple Watch without Phone

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 6.0, 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.

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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.

Part 2. How to Play Spotify on Apple Watch without Phone Offline

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, 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.

Though you can't listen to Spotify songs on Apple Watch offline within the app for now, 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 TunesKit Spotify Music Converter, an excellent Spotify music extractor. It can not only download tracks 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 playback without iPhone.

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2.1 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 TunesKit Spotify Music Converter.

Step 1Drag Spotify songs or playlists to TunesKit

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Open TunesKit 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 TunesKit. You can also copy and paste the URL of the songs to the search box in TunesKit.

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.

2.2 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 the Spotify tracks on the watch 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 3. FAQs about How to Use 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: Currently, you're now not allowed to download Spotify music to Apple Watch since Spotify only offers its online service to Apple Watch. This means that you can only listen to Spotify music on Apple Watch with a cellular connection or Wi-Fi now.

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

A: The major unsupported feature is the inability to directly download Spotify music on Apple Watch, thus you're not able to listen to Spotify offline even with a Premium Spotify account. But with the help of TunesKit 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.

#4. How to fix Spotify not working on Apple Watch well?

A: 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.

  • Force to quit and restart Spotify on your Apple Watch.
  • Reboot your Apple Watch and then restart Spotify.
  • Update Spotify and watchOS to the latest version available.
  • Uninstall and reinstall Spotify on your Apple Watch.
  • Reset networking settings on your iPhone and Apple Watch.
  • The Bottom Line

    One major unsupported feature of Apple Watch is its inability to store Spotify music for listening offline. However, with the help of TunesKit Spotify Music Converter, the converted Spotify music can be synced to your Apple Watch easily. 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 any Spotify songs offline. Why not download it and have a shot?

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