How to Make a Spotify Widget

You can do this on both Android and iOS

What to Know

  • You can add a Spotify widget to Android, iOS, and iPadOS. 
  • On Android: Press and hold on the home screen, then tap Widget > Spotify, and place the widget. 
  • On iPhone and iPad: Press and hold on the home screen, then tap + > Spotify > Add Widget, and place the widget.

This article explains how to make a Spotify widget on your phone, including instructions for making a Spotify widget on both Android and iOS.

How Do I Add Spotify to My Home Screen?

You can add Spotify to your home screen on Android phones and tablets, iPhones, and iPads. A widget is like a mini app, or an extension of an app, that runs directly on your home screen. Android and Apple handle widgets a little differently, but users of Android phones and tablets and users of iPhones and iPads can all get the Spotify widget. First, you need to install the Spotify app on your phone or tablet, and then you can add the Spotify widget just like you would add any other widget using the relevant method for your specific device.

How Do I Add a Spotify Widget to an iPhone or iPad?

You can add Spotify to your iPhone or iPad home screen with the Spotify widget. To use this widget, you first need to get Spotify on your iPhone. After you’ve installed and set up Spotify, you can add it to your home screen.

The screenshots below show how to add a Spotify widget on iPhone, but the process works exactly the same on iPadOS as well.

Here’s how to add a Spotify widget to your iPhone:

  1. Press and hold an empty space on your iPhone home screen.

  2. Tap the + icon.

  3. Scroll down and tap Spotify.

    iPhone home screen with press and hold highlighted, the plus sign highlighted, and Spotify highlighted among the widgets

    The widgets menu automatically populates with a list of popular widgets at the top. If you see Spotify listed there, you can tap it instead of scrolling down to the full list.

  4. Swipe left and right to find the widget style you want.

  5. Tap Add Widget when you’ve found the style you want.

  6. Hold and drag the Spotify widget to the location you want.

    Spotify with widget styles highlighted, add widget highlighted, and drag to location highlighted
  7. When the widget is positioned the way you like it, tap a blank spot on your home screen.

  8. To use the widget, tap it.

    iPhone screen with blank spot tapped and Spotify widget highlighted
  9. Select a song, playlist, or podcast.

  10. Your selection will appear in the widget.

    The Play button highlighted in Spotify and the Spotify widget playing music on an iPhone.

    You can tap the widget at any time to bring up the full Spotify app.

How Do I Add a Spotify Widget to an Android Phone?

You can also add Spotify to your home screen on Android phones and tablets. Android widgets allow a little more freedom than iPhone widgets, so you can actually control Spotify by pausing and skipping tracks directly from the widget. First, you need to install the Spotify app and set it up, and then you can add the Spotify widget the same way you would add any other widget.

Here’s how to add a Spotify widget on Android:

  1. Press and hold an empty area on your home screen.

  2. Tap Widgets.

  3. Tap one of the Spotify widgets.

    Android phone with empty spot pressed, Widgets highlighted, and widget options highlighted

    This menu lists every available widget, so you will probably have to scroll down to find Spotify.

  4. Place the Spotify widget wherever you want it.

  5. Press and slide the dots on the widget to resize it.

  6. When you have the widget positioned and sized the way you like it, tap any blank area of the home screen.

    Spotify Widget in Android with widget highlighted, sizing dots highlighted, and pressing blank space showed
  7. Tap the Spotify widget to use it.

  8. Play a song or playlist, and return to your home screen.

  9. You can control playback using the back, pause/play, and forward buttons right from your home screen.

    Android with Spotify widget highlighted, Spotify song and play button highlighted, and playback controls on widget highlighted

How Do I Remove the Spotify Widget From iPhone or iPad?

If you no longer want the Spotify widget on your iPhone or iPad, you can remove it:

  1. Press and hold the Spotify widget.

  2. Tap Remove Widget.

  3. Tap Remove.

    Spotify widget press and hold show, remove widget highlighted, and remove highlighted

How Do I Remove the Spotify Widget From Android?

If you no longer want the Spotify widget on your Android device, you can remove it:

  1. Press and hold the Spotify widget.

  2. Drag the widget to X Remove at the top of the screen.

  3. Release the widget, and it will be removed.

    Android phone with Spotify widget being dragged to Remove, Spotify widget highlighted, and Item Removed highlighted

    If you removed the widget accidentally, quickly tap Undo before the prompt goes away.

FAQ
  • How do I make a photo widget on iPhone?

    To make a photo widget on iPhone, press and hold an empty area of the screen until the icons jiggle, and then tap the plus sign. Swipe down the widget list, tap Photos, choose a size, and tap Add Widget.

  • How do I make a countdown widget?

    To make a countdown widget, you'll need to download a countdown app like Countdown Widget Maker for iOS. Prep and configure your widget in the app and then save it. Once it's saved, press and hold an empty area of the screen until the icons jiggle, and then tap the plus sign. Find the widget you just made and tap Add Widget.

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