Can I Use Spotify on Samsung Galaxy Watch?

Install the Spotify app on your Galaxy Watch to listen directly from your wrist

What to Know

  • Get Spotify on your Galaxy watch: Swipe up > Google Play > magnifying glass > search for Spotify > tap Install.
  • Connect Spotify account: Navigate to Spotify's pairing page, enter the code from your watch, and select Pair.
  • Listen to Spotify through watch speaker: Open desktop app/web player > open song or playlist > select device icon > select watch > Play.

This article explains how to use Spotify on a Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Can I Listen to Music on My Samsung Galaxy Watch?

You can install the Spotify app on your Galaxy watch and use it to listen to music through your phone or a connected device like Bluetooth earbuds. The Spotify app can't play music directly on a Galaxy watch through the built-in speaker without your phone, but you can do so if you use a workaround with the Spotify desktop app or web player.

Here's how to get Spotify on your Galaxy watch:

  1. Swipe up from the main watch face.

  2. Tap the Play Store.

  3. Tap the magnifying glass.

    Galaxy watch face with swipe up, Google Play store, and magnifying glass highlighted
  4. Tap an input method, i.e. the keyboard icon.

  5. Say, write, or type Spotify.

    The keyboard icon highlighted in Google Play on a Galaxy watch and Spotify highlighted in Search
  6. Tap Spotify in the search results.

  7. Tap Install.

    Spotify and Install highlighted in Google Play on a Galaxy watch.

How Does Spotify Work on Galaxy Watch?

The way Spotify works on Galaxy Watch is you install the app on your watch and pair it to your account using either the Spotify website or the app on your connected phone. After you’ve set up Spotify on your watch, you can use it to play downloaded songs, Spotify playlists, radio stations, and podcasts.

Spotify is not designed to play through the built-in watch speaker on Galaxy watches, but you can use Bluetooth earbuds, your phone speaker, or any connected speaker that’s been set up previously in the Spotify app on your phone.

There is a way to listen to Spotify on your Galaxy watch through the built-in speaker, but it isn’t officially supported and doesn’t always work. Check the next section for instructions.

Here’s how to use Spotify on your Galaxy Watch:

  1. Install and open Spotify on your watch.

  2. Make note of the pairing code.

    Open and a pairing code highlighted on a Galaxy watch.

    You can tap PAIR ON PHONE and follow the on-screen instructions on your phone or proceed to the next step to complete the setup process using a web browser on your computer.

  3. Navigate to Spotify's pairing page using your web browser and enter the code that was provided on your watch.

    Pairing code highlighted on the Spotify website.

    If you aren’t already logged into your Spotify account, you will need to log in to proceed.

  4. Select Pair.

    PAIR highlighted on the Spotify website.
  5. Return to the Spotify app on your watch, and swipe left.

  6. Tap a listening option, i.e. one of the suggested playlists.

  7. Tap Play, and select a device.

    Swipe left in Spotify on a Galaxy Watch, with radio stations shown and Your Phone highlighted

    By default, you will only see your phone as an option. If you have paired Bluetooth earbuds, you will also have that option, and you may also see a connected device like a smart speaker if you've previously used one with the Spotify app on your phone. You cannot select your watch as a device in this menu.

  8. Spotify will play the selected music or podcast.

Can You Use Spotify on Galaxy Watch Without a Phone?

You can use Spotify on a Galaxy Watch without a phone, but only if you have a premium account and Bluetooth earbuds. Since the Spotify app isn't designed to play music through the built-in watch speaker, you need to have Bluetooth earbuds paired to listen without your phone. If you've satisfied that requirement, then you can use Spotify on your watch without your phone and even download music and podcasts to your watch and listen to Spotify offline.

There is a way to listen to Spotify through your Galaxy watch speaker without a phone or earbuds, but you need to initiate it through the desktop or web app while your watch is connected to the internet.

Here's how to use Spotify on Galaxy Watch without a phone or earbuds:

  1. Open the Spotify web player or desktop app, and open a playlist or radio station.

  2. Seelct the device icon in the lower right corner.

    The device icon (left of the volume control) highlighted in the Spotify web player.
  3. Choose your watch in the list of devices.

    A Galaxy watch (SM-R870) highlighted in Spotify device selection.

    Your watch may not appear in the list of available devices. If it doesn’t, close the player and try again.

  4. Select Play.

    The play icon highlighted in the Spotify web player, with a Galaxy watch set as the output device.
  5. The playlist or radio station will play directly on your Galaxy watch speaker.

  6. Once the playlist or radio station is playing, you can skip songs and pause using the controls on your watch.

    The watch icon on this screen indicates that Spotify is playing on the watch speaker. Do not tap this icon, as doing so will cause Spotify to open your Watch's Bluetooth settings, and it will no longer play directly on the watch speaker, and you will have to return to the desktop app or web player to reselect your watch as the output device.

  7. You can also swipe left and select a new radio station, playlist, or song to play, and it will play on your watch.

    Listening to Spotify directly on a Galaxy watch speaker with no phone and new station highlighted
  • How do I charge a Samsung Galaxy Watch without a charger?

    You can charge a Samsung Galaxy Watch without the charger it came with, but you do need a charger. You have two options: use a compatible Qi charging station, or, if your Galaxy phone supports PowerShare, you can charge your Galaxy Watch using the phone.

  • How do I get text messages on my Samsung Galaxy Watch?

    To get text messages on your Samsung Galaxy Watch, open the Galaxy Watch app on your phone and tap Watch Settings > Notifications. Tap the Messages toggle to turn on the feature. Your watch is now set up to receive text messages and notifications.

  • How do I connect a Samsung Galaxy Watch to my phone?

    To connect a Samsung Galaxy Watch to a phone, place the phone and watch close together and ensure both devices have Bluetooth on. The watch will automatically connect to the phone. A Samsung watch can only be connected to one phone at a time. To connect to a new phone, reset the Samsung Galaxy Watch, and then set it up using the new phone. 

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