Internet and data usage

Spotify needs a WiFi or mobile data connection to work.

Mobile data

It’s best to use WiFi instead of mobile data. 

If you can’t use WiFi but want to keep mobile data usage low, use Data Saver. 

Data Saver reduces the app’s data usage by showing fewer images and reducing audio quality.

  1. Tap Home

  2. Tap Settings

  3. Switch Data Saver on.

Tip: Under Data Saver, you can also switch Audio-only podcasts on. This means when you download podcasts it doesn’t download their videos too.

More ways to reduce mobile data usage:

  • If you have Premium, download music to listen offline.
    Tip: Make sure the app only downloads when connected to WiFi, switch Download using cellular off in the app’s settings (under Music Quality).
  • Check your Music Quality. Higher quality music uses more data.
  • Switch Autoplay off in your app’s settings. This stops it playing after what you’ve selected.
  • Use WiFi when using the app abroad. Check your mobile data plan to learn about roaming charges.
  • Your device may have its own data saver. Check the support site for your device. 

Videos

Videos use more data than music due to larger file sizes, but our data usage is comparable to other popular video channels. 

Videos on podcasts

Some podcasts feature videos. You can’t turn these videos off, but they only play when you have them on-screen. If you navigate away from the podcast or lock your device, only the audio plays. 

Note: When downloading a podcast, only the audio is downloaded, not the video.

Now playing moving visuals

The moving visuals in Now Playing is a feature called Canvas - a unique form of artistic expression on Spotify.

These are short and looping, so use very little data. After they’ve looped once, they don’t need any more data to keep playing. They also don’t continue to run in the background.

If don’t want Canvas, you can switch it off: 

  1. Tap Home

  2. Tap Settings

  3. Switch Canvas (under Playback) off.

Bandwidth 

The app uses some of your device’s internet bandwidth to play music without buffering.

To reduce bandwidth usage:

  • Close any other open applications using the internet
  • If you have Premium, download music to listen offline
  • Use the web player

Last updated: 26 November, 2020

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