How to Use Spotify on Windows 10

You don't need to have an iPhone or Android device to use Spotify

Listening to your Spotify music via the official Windows 10 Spotify app is a convenient way to enjoy your favorite playlists and tracks without any additional devices.

Here's everything you need to know to get Spotify running on your Windows 10 computer or tablet, and what to do once you have the app installed.

Instructions in this article apply to Windows 10.

How to Download the Spotify Windows 10 App

While the official Spotify Windows app originally needed to be downloaded from the Spotify website, it has since been upgraded to a modern Windows 10 app that's available to download from the Microsoft Store.

In addition to being easier for the average user to find, the modern Spotify app also benefits from Microsoft Store technology, enabling it to automatically download updates for itself in the background and stay up-to-date.

Here's how to install the Spotify app on your Windows 10 device:

  1. Open the Microsoft Store app store by selecting its icon in your Start Menu. It looks like a white shopping bag with four colored squares on its front.

    Microsoft Store in Start menu
  2. In the Microsoft Store, type Spotify into the search bar in the top-right corner, then press Enter on your keyboard.

    "spotify" in Microsoft Store search
  3. You'll be shown a variety of apps as a result of your search. Select the green icon named Spotify Music.

    Spotify search results in Microsoft Store
  4. Selecting Spotify Music will take you to its store page within the Microsoft Store. Select the blue Get to download the Spotify app.

    Get button on Spotify app page
  5. Windows 10 will automatically install the app and notify you via a system notification once it's ready for use. Installation should only take a few minutes.

How to Log In on the Spotify Windows 10 App

Spotify for Windows allows you to sign in with the same Spotify account you use on other devices such as an iPhone or Android device. Logging in with the same account gives you access to all of your music and Spotify playlists, and also allows you to edit your playlists and favorite tracks.

  1. Open the Spotify Music app on your Windows 10 device.

  2. The app will show you a screen with the option to either sign up or log in. Select Login.

    If you do not yet have a Spotify account, select Sign Up Free and create a new account before continuing.

    Spotify login or signup screen
  3. The next screen will provide you with the options to log in via Facebook, your Spotify email, or your username and password. If you've previously connected your Spotify account to your Facebook account, select Log In With Facebook. Otherwise, enter your username or associated email address and your password, then select the green Log In.

    Screenshot of Spotify login page

How to Create a New Account in the Spotify App

If you haven't used Spotify before or you want to have a separate account when using the app on your Windows 10 computer or tablet, you can create a new Spotify account for free within the app. Here's how:

If you've already linked your Facebook account to a previous Spotify account, you won't be able to use this option.

  1. Open the Windows 10 Spotify app.

  2. You'll be presented with a welcome screen. Select the green Sign Up Free.

    Selecting to sign up for Spotify.
  3. Enter your email address, password, and nickname, then select Continue.

    Entering in email, password, and nickname in Spotify account setup.
  4. Enter in your date of birth, and gender, then select the green Join Spotify. If you have a Facebook account, you can select Join With Facebook to create a Spotify account instead.

    Select Join Spotify.

What is Spotify Premium?

Spotify is free to use but those who desire a more hassle-free experience may want to try upgrading their account to Spotify Premium.

Spotify Premium is a paid monthly subscription that costs $9.99 per month; some of the benefits include:

  • No in-app banner ads or audio commercials while listening to music on Spotify.
  • The ability to download music for offline listening.
  • Unlimited song skipping.
  • Higher quality audio.
Spotify Premium upgrade button in the Windows 10 Spotify app

To upgrade to Spotify Premium from within the Windows 10 app, select Upgrade at the top of the screen next to your name. You'll open the Spotify Premium web page in the Microsoft Edge internet browser on your device, which provides more details about the Premium service and has the option to opt-in for the monthly paid subscription.

Windows 10 Spotify Cortana Voice Commands

With Windows 10's virtual assistant, Cortana, you can control Spotify with your voice and even ask Cortana for information on the song playing.

Here's the command prompts Cortana will understand and respond to.

If you don't have any other music apps on your Windows 10 device, you may be able to say these phrases without adding "on Spotify."

  • "Play (genre) music on Spotify."
  • "Play some (artist name) on Spotify."
  • "Play my (playlist name) playlist on Spotify."
  • "Hey, Cortana, what’s playing?"
  • "Play my tracks on Spotify."
  • "Play (mood/feeling) music on Spotify."

How to Uninstall the Windows 10 Spotify App

Uninstalling the Spotify App on Windows 10 is done the same way as uninstalling any other app:

  1. Press the Windows key on your keyboard to open your Start Menu.

  2. Select All apps in the top-left corner. This will open a list of every app installed on your Windows 10 computer or tablet.

  3. Find Spotify in the list, then right-click it with your mouse to pull up an options menu. Alternatively, you may also press the Spotify app icon for several seconds with your finger or pen if your device has a touchscreen.

    Spotify in Start Menu
  4. Select Uninstall.

    Uninstall in right-click menu
  5. You'll be asked to confirm the uninstallation of the Spotify app. Select Uninstall once again.

    Confirmation of installation of Spotify.
  6. Your Windows 10 device will now uninstall the Spotify app. It should take no longer than a minute or two.

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