How to Get Video on Spotify

Watch music videos and video podcasts

What to Know

  • Videos are available for some podcasts and songs on Spotify, but not all of them. 
  • To watch a video on Spotify, play a podcast or song with an associated video, then tap the video icon in the mini player. 
  • Ensure Audio Quality and Download Audio Only are disabled in Spotify settings, and Canvas is enabled if you want to view Canvas video loops.

This article explains how to get video on Spotify. While it is primarily known for music streaming and podcasts, there are a lot of lesser-known Spotify features and tricks, like streaming video from the service on your computer or mobile device.

How Do I Enable Video on Spotify?

There are two kinds of videos you can enable on Spotify, but they may not both be available in your region or to your account. Video is available on a limited selection of podcasts and songs, and that is enabled by default. Spotify also has a looping video feature called canvas that is not available to everyone. If you don’t see a canvas option in your settings, it may not be available in your region or to your specific account.

If you aren’t able to view videos or canvas loops, you may need to turn off the data saving feature or enable canvas. Here’s how to do that:

  1. Open the Spotify app.

  2. Tap Settings (gear icon).

  3. Make sure the Audio Quality toggle is Off, If it's on, tap it to turn it off.

    This option is found in the Data Saver submenu in some versions of the Spotify app.

  4. Make sure the Download audio-only toggle is Off. If it's on, tap it to turn it off.

    Spotify app with Settings gear, Audio Quality toggle, and Download audio only toggle highlighted
  5. Scroll down to the Playback section or tap Playback, and make sure the Canvas toggle is On. If it's off, tap it to turn it on.

    This setting is found in the Playback submenu in some versions of the Spotify app.

  6. With these settings, videos should play in Spotify when they are available.

    Spotify settings with Playback, Canvas toggle off, and Canvas toggle on highlighted

    If you don’t want Canvas videos, leave that toggle off.

Are There Videos on Spotify?

The Spotify app has the ability to play videos, and there are videos on Spotify, but not every podcast and song has an associated video. Spotify has committed to bringing more video to the platform, but it has been a slow process.

Here’s how to watch a video on Spotify:

  1. Tap Search.

  2. Tap the search field, and type the name of a podcast or song.

  3. Tap a podcast or song in the search results.

    Spotify app with Search icon, search field, and search results highlighted
  4. Tap Play.

  5. Tap the video in the mini player.

  6. If the podcast or song has an associated video, it will play.

    Episodes of the Higher Learning podcast in Spotify with the small video player in Spotify

Why Can't I Get Video on Spotify?

If you’re unable to get video on Spotify, make sure you’ve disabled the Audio Quality and Download Audio Only toggles in the settings. In some versions of the Spotify app, the Audio Quality setting specifies that enabling it will disable videos, while that isn’t made clear in other versions of the app.

If you’ve already checked those settings, make sure the podcast or song actually has an associated video on Spotify. Videos aren’t available for every podcast or song, so try other options to see if they work. If you aren’t able to view a video for a specific podcast or song, but you can for others, that specific podcast or song probably doesn’t have a video on Spotify yet. Videos may be added for these podcasts and songs later, as Spotify is still in the process of adding videos.

If you’re unable to view canvas videos, or you just don’t see the canvas option, then canvas just isn’t available on your account, device, or region at this time. The feature is not universally available, so you can check different devices to see if they work, or just wait to see if the feature is enabled on your account later on.

FAQ
  • How do I change my Spotify user name?

    Spotify generates a random user name when you sign up, so if you want to change your Spotify user name, you'll have to try some workarounds. Create a custom display name by going to Settings > Display Name and tapping Edit Profile. Tip: If you connect your Spotify account to your Facebook account, Spotify will display your Facebook username and picture.

  • How do I delete a Spotify account?

    When you delete your Spotify account, the account is lost permanently, along with your playlists, saved users, and followers. If you're sure you want to proceed, go to Spotify's support page and select Account > I want to close my account. Follow the onscreen prompts to verify this action.

  • How do I get Spotify Premium?

    To get Spotify Premium, download the Spotify mobile app and sign in or create an account. Next, navigate to Spotify.com/premium and tap Get Premium > View Plans. Log in with your Spotify user name and password, choose a plan, and select Get Started. Follow the prompts to add a payment method.

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