Internet and data usage

As with many other digital services or apps, Spotify needs some of your device’s WiFi/internet bandwidth or mobile data allowance to operate.

Mobile data 

The amount it costs to stream music using mobile data can vary depending on your plan. For more details, contact your mobile service provider.

Note: We recommend at least a 3G connection to stream music.

Reduce mobile data usage 

  • Use WiFi instead of mobile data. Particularly when the app is starting up and especially if you use it abroad.
  • Download music to listen offline (Premium only). Switch Download using cellular off in the app’s settings, under Music Quality, so it only downloads if you’re connected to WiFi.
  • Check your Music Quality. If you’re not connected to WiFi and you're listening in Very high, Spotify may require more data than usual.
  • If you’re listening to a downloaded playlist on-the-go, make sure Autoplay is switched off in your app’s settings.
  • Some devices have data saving modes to help reduce overall data usage. For more information, check the support site for your device. 


Your app uses some of your device’s internet bandwidth to deliver music without interruption from buffering.

Reduce bandwidth usage

Last updated: 07 December, 2018