Bluetooth

With Bluetooth, you can wirelessly play Spotify to different devices such as speakers, headphones, or your car. A handy way to play, even when you don’t have WiFi.

Get started

You’ll need:

  • The Spotify app on a phone, tablet, or computer with Bluetooth functionality. 
  • An output device, such as a speaker, car, watch, headphones, or any other audio device with Bluetooth functionality.

Note: Not all devices support Bluetooth. To check if your product has this function, check the specifications on the manual supplied with the product.

Get playing

  1. Turn on Bluetooth on both devices.
    Note: The devices first need to be paired. Find more information about pairing in the FAQ below. 
  2. In your phone, tablet, or computer's Bluetooth settings, select the output device (i.e. your speaker, headphone, car, watch, or other audio device).
  3. When the connection is established, you’ll see or hear a message such as “Connected”. 
  4. Open Spotify and play! The sound now comes from your chosen device.

For the best experience:

  • Don’t play Spotify while establishing the connection.
  • Have the Bluetooth devices within 1 meter (3 ft.) of each other.
  • Make sure both devices have sufficient charge or power.

FAQ

Bluetooth is a wireless communication technology that can be used for close-range information transmission from one digital device to another. 

When connecting Bluetooth devices for the first time, you have to allow them to recognize each other. This is called pairing.

Here is the basic process for pairing your devices to enable a Bluetooth connection. 

Note: This may vary depending on the product, so we recommend referring to the operating manual for yours. 

  1. Set the Bluetooth output device (i.e. your speaker, headphones, car, watch, or other audio device) to pairing mode. 
    Tip: Most output devices have a Bluetooth button to press. For some, such as Bluetooth speakers, you only need to turn the device on. For specific instructions, refer to the manual supplied with your product. 
  2. Go to the Bluetooth settings on your source device (i.e. your mobile, tablet, or computer) and switch Bluetooth on. 
  3. Allow approximately 20 seconds for it to detect your Bluetooth output device. Once it appears, select it to pair. 
  4. When pairing is complete, you’ll see or hear a message such as “Paired” or “Connected”. Now follow the ‘Get Playing’ steps above!

Here are some extra tips to help with pairing: 

  • Depending on the output device, the time limit for pairing may be short, so try to complete the pairing process quickly.
  • There may be a maximum number of devices each device can be paired to. Be sure to check your product specifications.

After pairing the devices for the first time, there should be no need to pair them again. However, there are some situations where pairing information may be deleted from a device:

  • The device has undergone a repair. 
  • If a device has reached its limits of other devices it can be paired to, one of those may be un-paired to allow pairing of a new device. 
  • If you perform a reset of all your device’s settings, or restore to factory configuration.

Should this happen, you’ll need to pair the devices again for them to be able to connect to each other. 

Depending on the device, a passcode might be required to pair. You can refer to your product’s operation manual to find this. 

Note: The passcode may be called Pass key, PIN code, PIN number, or Password.

Need help? 

If your Bluetooth connection isn't working, check you’re set up for the best connection with the following: 

  • Have the Bluetooth devices within 1 meter (3 ft.) of each other, and away from Wi-Fi routers, personal computers, microwave ovens, refrigerators, etc (to avoid radio wave interference).
  • Make sure there’s no obstacle in the way of the Bluetooth communication. If a device is in a case, you may need to remove it.
  • Make sure both devices have sufficient charge or power.
  • If your devices are close to other Bluetooth devices, turn off the Bluetooth function of the other Bluetooth devices.
    Note: Bluetooth audio devices can’t connect to multiple source devices at a time. Be sure to disconnect any current connections to use it with another device.
  • If you’re using headphones set with a noise canceling function, turn the noise canceling function off.
  • Close Spotify while establishing the connection.
  • Close any other apps you’re not using. 

Once you’ve checked the above, try restarting the connection with these steps:

Note: This is the basic procedure. You can refer to your product’s operation manual for more specific steps if needed. 

  1. Turn off the Bluetooth output device (e.g. your speaker, headphones, car, watch, or other audio device).
  2. With the Bluetooth settings on your mobile/tablet/computer switched on, delete the information of output device.
    Tip: The setting to delete is often called Forget.
  3. Turn Bluetooth off and back on for your source device.
  4. Turn the Bluetooth output device back on.
  5. Allow approximately 20 seconds for your source device to detect your output device. Once it appears, select it to pair. 
  6. Open Spotify and play something. The sound should now come from your output device.  

Didn't work?

Depending on your output device, you may need to select it as the default for the device you’re playing from, or configure the connection to allow media sharing. Try looking for those options in the Bluetooth settings for the device you’re playing from (i.e. your phone, tablet, or computer). 

If the problem persists, you may need to perform further troubleshooting on your device. Check out the support site of your product for help.

You can also try these alternative ways to play Spotify on different devices:

Last updated: 19 September, 2018