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Play music, podcasts, and videos

Choosing from over 30 millions tracks couldn't be easier. All you need is the Spotify app, or you can play from the web player.

  1. If you haven’t already, download the desktop app and log in.
  2. Find music with Search or go to Browse.
  3. Play one of these several ways: 
    • Hover your cursor over a track and click the Play button on the left.
    • Double-click a track name.
    • Click an album or playlist cover in Browse.
    • Select an album or playlist, and click the green PLAY button.

The Now Playing bar

The Now Playing bar at the bottom of the app lets you control the music.

  • Click  to play/resume.
  • Click  to pause.
  • Click  to skip.
  • Click  to shuffle the order.
  • Click  to repeat. 
  • Click  twice to repeat the track once. Click again to stop repeating.
  • Click  to order your tracks using the Play Queue.

It’s also possible to play music on desktop using your phone or tablet as the remote

  1. Open the web player and log in.
  2. Find music on the homepage or with Search.
  3. Play one of these several ways: 
    • Click an album or playlist cover.
    • Select an album or playlist, and click the green PLAY button.
    • Double-click a track name.
    • Hover your cursor over a track and click the play button on the left.

The Now Playing bar

The Now Playing bar at the bottom of the app lets you control the music. 

  • Click  to play/resume.
  • Click  to pause.
  • Click  to skip. 
  • Click  to shuffle the order.
  • Click  to repeat the track. Click again to stop repeating.

It’s also possible to play music on the Spotify web player using your phone or tablet as the remote

  1. If you haven’t already, download the app and log in.
  2. Find music with Search or go to Browse.
  • To play an album or playlist, tap it and then tap the first track you want to hear on the album or playlist. (Premium only)
  •  Or, tap SHUFFLE PLAY to shuffle the album or playlist. (Both Free and Premium)
  • To play a song, tap it. (Premium only)

The Now Playing view

Tap the Now Playing bar to bring up the Now Playing view. 

The Now Playing view lets you control the music you’re listening to.

  • Tap  to play/resume.
  • Tap  to pause.
  • Tap  to skip. 
  • Tap  to shuffle the order.
  • Tap  to repeat the track.
  • Tap  twice to repeat the track once. Tap again to stop repeating.
  • Tap  for more options.
  • Tap  to order your tracks using the Play Queue
    Note: The Play Queue is currently not available on iPad.

It’s also possible to play music on another device using your mobile or tablet as the remote. 

Podcasts and Videos

To play more than music, see our guides to podcasts and videos.