Spotify is one of the most effective ways to consume and enjoy audio content. If you have it on your phone, you can enhance your Spotify experience by making a few tweaks.
Here are some of the features and settings you can tweak to improve your Spotify experience on your phone.
1. Discover more songs for your playlists
Creating a Spotify playlist for the first time can be hectic – especially if you need a long one. One way to speed up the process is to use Recommended Songs section at the end of each playlist, or find new music you’ll love with Spotify Enhance.
Get recommended songs
You can add the recommended songs to your playlist by following these steps:
- Open your playlist and scroll down.
- You will see them Recommended Songs Tab with five song suggestions.
- When you see a song you like, tap Add button to playlist On the right side. Tap a song to listen before adding it to your playlist.
- If you are not interested in any of the suggested songs, tap Update below to add new suggestions.
- Repeat this process until you have the desired number of songs.
Expand your playlists
If the Recommended Songs option seems slow or tedious, you can create your playlists even faster by using the enhance feature. It’s a quick way to fill your playlists with hours of recommended songs at the touch of a button.
To use this feature, open your playlists and tap just below your username and playlist time Extend Button. Spotify automatically adds many songs tailored to you to your playlist – up to several hours longer, depending on the length of your existing playlists.
You have two choices once you have the extra songs in place – leave them Extend Activate the feature and listen to the suggestions or scroll down and add or remove each of the recommended songs. That Add and remove buttons is displayed to the right of each suggested song. You can switch off Extend Once you have added the songs you want.
2. Upload your local music files to Spotify
If you have some of your favorite music files as files on your phone or SD card, you can import them to your Spotify library and listen. These don’t require an internet connection, so you can listen to them offline as many times as you like.
In the Spotify app, tap settings Scroll down and select in the top right corner local files. Switch View audio files from this device. If necessary, give Spotify permission to access your local files. Now your local music is available in your Spotify library.
Listening to local files can come in handy when you’re offline without Spotify Premium. If you prefer fewer apps on your phone, you can get rid of your existing offline music player and have all your music in one place on Spotify.
3. Save disk space by clearing Spotify cache files
While you’re listening to music or a podcast, Spotify temporarily stores the content files you’re listening to on your phone. If you later listen to the same music, the app will download its files from your devices instead of the servers to increase speed and save data.
However, the files can quickly add up and take up a significant chunk of your device’s storage space, especially if you listen to a lot of new music. You need to clear Spotify’s cache regularly to solve this problem.
Clearing the cache is easy and should take a few seconds. If you’re using Android, go to settings in your Spotify app and scroll down until you find it storage Section. Beat Clear cache and then tap clear cache again to confirm.
Go to on iPhone settingsscroll down and select storage. Then tap clear cache and confirm your selection. You can also clear Spotify’s cache on desktop app if you’re working with limited storage.
4. Mark podcast episodes as played
Sometimes you might be listening to a podcast and decide that you don’t want to listen to a certain episode anymore. It’s not a big deal, but it may disrupt your listening experience as Spotify marks it as an unfinished episode.
In this case, the episode would still appear in your library in Spotify. The Library is designed to help you keep track of your playlists and podcasts – so it’s a good idea to keep it clean.
To get rid of such an episode, you can do it in two different ways:
Tap first your library at the bottom right of your phone and open the desired podcast. Scroll to the episode you want to get your hair out of and tap three-dot button below the episode description and select Mark as played.
Second, with the podcast still playing, tap three horizontal buttons at the top right of the player interface. Choose Go to the episodetap the three-dot button at the top (it should be below the episode name on iPhone) and select Mark as played.
5. Listen with mono audio in one ear
You may want to listen to your music in one ear for a reason – whether it’s an ear injury or a damaged pair of headphones. If you use Spotify with its default settings, the music would sound terrible since most modern audio files are recorded in stereo format. You will miss some elements aimed at either the right or left channel.
Luckily, Spotify lets you switch from stereo to mono audio. With this setting, both the right and left channels, or your headphones or speakers, will play exactly the same tone.
To use this feature on Android, open Spotify and tap settings in the top right corner of your screen. Scroll down and find the mono audio set and switch on.
On your iPhone, open your Spotify app and select Settings in the top right corner. Beat reproductionscroll down and toggle mono audio on.
6. Download Spotify Lite to use fewer resources
Spotify is a heavy app, both in terms of size and resource consumption, which will be an issue if you have an old or slow device. That’s where Spotify Lite for Android comes in – unfortunately for iPhone users, this app is only available for Android at the time of writing.
Spotify Lite is a stripped down version of Spotify that takes up less space, consumes less data, and works well with slow internet connections. First of all, the size of the Spotify app is 89MB, which is significantly larger than the 18MB of Spotify Lite after installation.
Regarding streaming music with the audio set at normal on both apps – Spotify Lite uses 24MB per hour while Spotify uses 75MB of data per hour. If you’re on a limited data plan, Spotify Lite would cut your costs significantly if you’re an avid music or podcast listener.
Also, this app is perfect if you want to use your old Android device as a side DIY project. For example, you could turn it into a dedicated music player and still get excellent performance and audio quality with Spotify Lite.
7. Additional tips to improve your Spotify experience
You can customize many other features in Spotify settings to enhance your listening experience. Go to settings and make the following adjustments to enjoy your music and podcasts more:
- Crossfade – Drag the slider up to 12 seconds for seamless transitions between songs.
- Unplayable Songs – Disable it for uninterrupted playlists.
- Trim Silence – Enable this option to skip silent sections in podcasts.
- Stream Audio Only – Check this option if you have a data plan to stream video over Wi-Fi only.
If you enjoy singing along to music, you can always swipe up at the bottom of the music player and use Spotify’s real-time lyrics feature. Great for karaoke sessions!
Become a Spotify Power User with these tips
Once installed on your phone, Spotify will work perfectly right out of the box, but you could have a significantly better user experience with these seven suggestions. Apply any or all to get the most out of the Spotify mobile app.
These Spotify recommendations aren’t just limited to mobile—you can apply some of them to other platforms too.