Audio settings

Listen to music the way it's meant to be heard by turning sound quality up, or save your data usage by turning it down. 

On mobile, you can fine tune even further with the equalizer. And, if you have Premium, you choose whether or not to balance volume levels, and make them generally louder or quieter.

Note: It’s not possible to adjust audio settings while Spotify Connect is active.

Pick an option below to see how to use these settings on your device.

Audio quality options vary depending on the devices you’re playing on and your subscription level.

Desktop

  1. Click the arrow  in the top-right corner and select Settings.
  2. Under Music Quality, select your preferred settings. You can choose from the audio quality settings in the table in Music quality details below.

Mobile and tablet

  1. Tap Home .
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Under Music Quality, select your preferred settings. You can choose from the audio quality settings in the table in Music quality details below.

Note: You can have different settings for listening online (Streaming quality) or offline (Download quality). The higher the stream quality, the more data will be used. The higher the download quality, the more space is used. 

Web player

It's currently not possible to adjust music quality on the web player. Download the app to get more features!

Music quality details

Check out a side-by-side comparison below.

  Free Premium
Web player AAC 128kbit/s AAC 256kbit/s
Desktop, mobile and tablet
  • Automatic - Equivalent to approximately 24kbit/s 
  • Low* – Equivalent to approximately 24kbit/s

  • Normal – Equivalent to approximately 96kbit/s

  • High – Equivalent to approximately 160kbit/s

  • Automatic - Equivalent to approximately 24kbit/s 

  • Low* – Equivalent to approximately 24kbit/s

  • Normal – Equivalent to approximately 96kbit/s

  • High – Equivalent to approximately 160kbit/s

  • Very high (Premium only) - Equivalent to approximately 320kbit/s

*The low quality option isn't available on the Windows desktop app.

For: Premium

Set a baseline volume level for all songs for a more consistent listening experience, or disable it to hear the songs at the level they were originally recorded.

Desktop

  1. Click the arrow  in the top-right corner and select Settings.
  2. Under Music Quality, switch Normalize volume on , or off .
  3. You can also adjust the normalized volume level for your environment. Next to Volume level, choose from these options:
    • Loud - Handy for when you’re in a noisy environment, or if you just like your music loud! You may notice less dynamics in the levels though. 
    • Normal – This is the default setting.
    • Quiet - This is best for when you’re in a quieter environment. You’ll notice more dynamic levels.

iOS

  1. Tap Home .
  2. Tap Settings , then Playback.
  3. Switch Enable Audio Normalization on , or off
  4. You can also adjust the normalized volume level for your environment. Next to Volume level, choose from these options:
    • Loud - Handy for when you’re in a noisy environment, or if you just like your music loud! You may notice less dynamics in the levels though. 
    • Normal - This is the default setting.
    • Quiet - This is best for when you’re in a quieter environment. You’ll notice more dynamic levels.

Android

  1. Tap Home
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Switch Normalize volume on , or off .
  4. You can also adjust the normalized volume level for your environment. Next to Volume level, choose from these options:
    • Loud - Handy for when you’re in a noisy environment, or if you just like your music loud! You may notice less dynamics in the levels though. 
    • Normal - This is the default setting.
    • Quiet - This is best for when you’re in a quieter environment. You’ll notice more dynamic levels.

For: Premium

Find the right sound for you. Adjust your music by choosing from one of several presets, or by dragging the points in the graph for a more precise and personalized setting.

iPhone

  1. Tap Home .
  2. Tap Settings , then Playback.
  3. Tap Equalizer, and switch it on .
  4. Tap a preset, or customize by dragging the dots on the equalizer.

Android

  1. Tap Home .
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Under Music Quality, tap Equalizer.
  4. You’re taken to your device’s Audio and Accessory settings. Select your preferred options.

Note: Equalizer availability on Android varies depending on the manufacturer. Changes you apply to it also apply to the sound settings of other apps.

Last updated: 28 November, 2019