How to Listen to Spotify With Friends

Give Spotify's Group Session feature a try

What to Know

  • Open the Spotify app on your phone or tablet and select a song or podcast episode.
  • Tap the Connect icon in the bottom left-hand corner to bring up the Group Session feature.

This article includes instructions for how to use Spotify Group Session so you can share a music jam session with your friends.

How to Start a Spotify Listen Party

Once a Group Session is live, everyone will have the same playback controls. Anyone can play, pause, skip or add tracks in the queue at any time. There’s currently no way for a host to lock these controls, but since Group Session is still technically in beta, this is a feature that Spotify will likely implement at a later date.

  1. Open the Spotify app on your phone or tablet.

  2. Select a song or podcast episode.

    It’s a good idea to pick a song that’s part of a playlist so that you have many options to choose from. Otherwise, you may end up only being able to listen to one song and will have to set up a new Group Session.

  3. Tap the Connect icon in the bottom-left corner of your screen.

  4. Scroll down past your streamable devices and select Start Session under the Start a Group Session option.

    Selecting a song and starting a Group Session on Spotify for Android.

    If you’d like to join a session instead, select Scan to Join. This allows you to scan a QR code on a friend’s device to instantly join their Group Session.

  5. Click Invite Friends.

  6. Select your preferred invite method. You can send a link directly by selecting Copy Link, text, or a messaging app like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger.

    Finding friends and sending Group Session invite link on Spotify for Android.

    Spotify lacks built-in chat functionality, so you’ll need to use a third-party app if you want to chat with friends during a Group Session.

  7. To end the Group Session, click the Left-Facing Arrow to return to the Connect screen.

  8. Click End Session.

    Ending a Group Session on Spotify for Android.

What Is Spotify Group Session?

If you’re not in the mood for watching a video streaming service virtually with friends, Spotify has you covered. The popular music streaming platform has a feature called Group Sessions that lets up to five Spotify Premium users attend a virtual listening party. Once connected, you and your friends can listen to any song or podcast on Spotify simultaneously. 

Spotify introduced the Group Session feature in May 2020. Only Premium users in the same location could listen together at launch, but Spotify later expanded it to allow worldwide connections.

Right now, Group Session is only available to Spotify Premium users and is limited to Spotify’s mobile app for phones and tablets. There is currently no option available on Spotify’s desktop apps.

As of March 2021, Spotify Group Session is now available in Polestar 2 electric vehicles through Android Automotive. Up to five Premium users in the same car can connect and share Spotify audio control in real-time. We expect this feature to become available in more vehicles later, but right now, the Polestar 2 is the only one with this functionality. 

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