Get Better Music Quality on the Spotify App for iPhone

Enhance online and offline playback with simple tweaks

iOS Spotify App EQ Tool

Image © Mark Harris

If you regularly use the Spotify app on your iPhone, then you know how useful it is for streaming music on the move. Whether you're a Spotify Premium subscriber or listen for free, the app makes it easy to connect to Spotify's music service and use its features. However, you may not be getting the best music listening experience because of the app's default settings.

If you've never touched the Spotify app settings menu before, then there's a good chance you can boost the quality of the audio you stream. What's more, if you also use Spotify's offline mode to listen to music when there's no internet connection, then you can enhance the audio quality of downloaded songs, too.

How to Improve Spotify Music Quality

Your iPhone is capable of playing high-quality audio. To take advantage of this, you need to change the default settings of the Spotify app

  1. Tap the Spotify app icon to open it on your iPhone.
  2. Select Your Library at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap the Settings cog at the top of the screen.
  4. Select Music Quality. If you've never been in these settings before, the Automatic (recommended) quality is chosen by default for streaming music.
  5. In the Streaming section, tap Normal, High, or Extreme to change the quality setting for your music. Normal is equivalent to 96 kb/s, High to 160 kb/s, and Extreme to 320 kb/s. A Spotify Premium subscription is required to select Extreme quality.
  6. In the Download section, Normal (recommended) is chosen by default. You can change this setting to High or Extreme only if you have a Spotify Premium subscription. 

Enhance Overall Playback Using the EQ Tool

Another way of improving the quality of music played via the Spotify app is to use the built-in equalizer tool. Currently, this feature has over 20 presets covering different types of music genres and frequency configurations. You can also manually tweak the graphic EQ to get the best sound for your particular listening environment.

Return to the Settings screen by tapping Your Library and the Settings cog.

  1. In the Settings menu, tap the Playback option.
  2. Tap Equalizer.  
  3. Tap one of the more-than-20 equalizer presets. They include Acoustic, Classical, Dance, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Rock, and many more.
  4. To make a custom equalizer setting, use your finger on the graphic equalizer dots to adjust individual frequency bands up or down.
  5. When you're done, tap on the back arrow icon to return to the Settings menu.

Tips

  • If you connect to Spotify via a cellular network rather than a Wi-Fi connection, choosing a high streaming quality could potentially cost you a lot because of the increased data usage. You can disable cellular downloads on the Music Quality settings screen.
  • Increasing the Download quality setting makes downloaded files larger, and therefore more storage space is required on your iOS device.
  • When adjusting the equalizer, it's a good idea to have a song playing in the background so you can hear in real time the effects of your changes.