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How To Stop Spotify From Pausing Randomly (Working Fix!)

By Matthew Vultaggio

September 29, 2021

If you’ve ever been listening to music and wondered why Spotify keeps pausing and (most importantly) how you can fix it, I researched this topic for you and found the solution.

The best solution to stop Spotify from stopping playback is to use the ‘Sign Out Everywhere’ feature. Simply visit spotify.com and login, click your profile name in the top right and select ‘Account’, scroll to the bottom of this page and click the ‘Sign Out Everywhere’ button.

Spotify recommends that you check the @SpotifyStatus Twitter first to make sure there isn’t a larger issue, however, in most cases there is not a larger issue.

For a more detailed look at how to stop Spotify from pausing randomly with over 10 other recommended fixes, simply keep on reading, my friend. 🙂

The Best Solution To Stop Spotify From Stopping & Pausing

Spotify may keep pausing for you due to minor technical issues with your listening device, Bluetooth or Internet connectivity issues, or because too many people are trying to use your Spotify at once.

The best solution to stop Spotify from stopping playback is to use the ‘Sign Out Everywhere’ feature. This will sign you out of Spotify on all your devices so that Spotify’s technical side is starting fresh again when you sign back in.

Here is an overview of the steps you will need to take to sign you out of Spotify on all of your devices so that when you sign back in there will be no conflicts when you are trying to play your music.

  1. Visit Spotify.com and click ‘Log in’
  2. Log in to your Spotify account using your preferred method
  3. Click your profile name and photo on the top right to unfurl the menu, then select ‘Account’
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the Account Overview page and click the ‘Sign Out Everywhere’ button
  5. Log back into your Spotify account

After completing these steps you will be signed out of Spotify on all of your devices so that when you log back in there are no technical issues when you want to enjoy your music.

Also – on the chance that someone else got access to your Spotify account and was using it to listen to music or illegally increase streams on an artist’s song, this will also kick them off of your account.

  1. Visit Spotify.com and click ‘Log in’:

2. Log in to your Spotify account using your preferred method:

3. Click your profile name and photo on the top right to unfurl the menu, then select ‘Account’

4. Scroll to the bottom of the Account Overview page and click the ‘Sign Out Everywhere’ button:

5. Log back into your Spotify account

If the above method does not work for you, simply keep reading for more recommended fixes, my friend. 🙂

How To Stop Spotify From Pausing By Changing Your Phone Settings

If the best solution does not work for you, there are a handful of other simple solutions you can try out.

You can stop Spotify from pausing by making some simple changes to your phone settings like closing all apps, clearing the cache, disabling battery saver mode, switching off high-quality streaming mode, clearing storage, or updating your phone.

Let’s take a closer look at each of these methods so that you can give them a try.

Close All Open Apps

Closing all of the apps on your phone can clear up your phone’s memory and help Spotify running smoothly and uninterrupted.

Follow these steps to close all your open apps:

  1. Find the Recent or Currently Open app area of your phone
  2. Swipe each app away or select ‘Clear all’
  3. Re-open the Spotify app

Clear The Spotify App’s Cache

Clearing the cache of the Spotify app on your phone will clear up Spotify’s saved memory on your phone to help it run more smoothly.

Follow these steps to clear the Spotify app’s cache:

  1. Visit the Settings section of your phone
  2. Find or search for the Spotify app and select it
  3. Look for a “Clear cache” option and select it

Disable Your Phone’s Battery or Power Saving Mode

Power or battery-saving modes on phones can add restrictions to apps like Spotify which can slow them down or make them less reliable. Disabling this feature can help your Spotify app run more smoothly.

Follow these steps to disable your phone’s battery/power saving mode:

  1. Open your phone’s settings
  2. Search for ‘Battery’ or ‘Power’ in the search bar
  3. Find and turn off your phone’s battery or power saving mode

Switch To A Lower Audio Quality

The Spotify app will adjust the audio quality automatically to prevent stuttering, however, you can disable high-quality streaming entirely for a smoother experience.

Follow these steps to switch to a lower audio quality:

  1. Open the Spotify app
  2. Click on the top-right corner
  3. Select ‘Settings’
  4. Change the mode under the ‘Audio Quality’ section of the Settings page

CLear Up Your Phone’s Storage

Any electronics device can start performing worse when there is not enough storage space on the device, and your phone and Spotify app is no different. Making sure you have enough storage is an easy way to make things runs smoothly.

Follow these steps to clear your phone’s storage:

  1. Visit the ‘Settings’ page of your phone
  2. Search for ‘Storage’ in the search bar
  3. Use the “Free Up Space” option if available or manually remove any apps or files you aren’t using

Update Your Phone

The latest version of the Spotify app is optimized to work with the most recent update of your phone’s software, so making sure your phone and Spotify app are up-to-date is a simple way to make your music play smoothly.

Follow these steps to update your phone:

  1. Visit the ‘Settings’ page of your phone
  2. Search for ‘Update’ or ‘System Update’
  3. Follow the instructions to update your phone

How To Stop Spotify From Pausing By Fixing A Bad Connection

Spotify requires a stable connection from the Internet to your device and from your device to your speakers or headphones in order to work consistently without pausing or stopping.

You can stop Spotify from pausing by fixing a bad connection with your device’s Bluetooth or Internet. The easiest way to do this is to simply disable and then re-enable your Bluetooth, WiFi, or Data connection.

Alternately, if possible, you can try using a normal audio cable or headphones instead of Bluetooth, and download the songs you want to your phone’s storage instead of using your phone’s data.

How To Stop Spotify From Pausing If No Other Solution Works

If none of the above solutions help you to stop Spotify from pausing, then you should try restarting your device or reinstalling the Spotify app.

Restarting your device will turn off any apps and processes that may have been running in the background and taking up memory that Spotify needs to run smoothly.

A fresh reinstall of the Spotify app will make sure there are no old storage or cache files that may have gone missing or corrupted and replace them in a brand new installation.

How To Stop Spotify From Pausing If You Are Using An SD Card

If you are using an SD card to store your Spotify songs, your music may be pausing because the card is corrupted.

Follow these steps:

  1. Close the Spotify app
  2. Turn your phone off
  3. Remove the SD card
  4. Turn your phone back on with the SD card removed
  5. Open the Spotify app

If music is not playing correctly after doing this, repeat the same steps but uninstall the Spotify app before turning your phone off and re-install the Spotify app after turning your phone back on with the SD card removed.

If your music is playing correctly after doing this, then you may need to reformat your SD card to refresh and repair it before trying to use it again.

How To Turn Off Shuffle On Spotify If It’s Stuck

The ability to turn off shuffle on Spotify is limited to Premium users and is done by tapping on the green ‘Shuffle’ arrow icon so that the icon is grey instead of green.

If Spotify keeps shuffling songs after selecting music to listen to, simply open the ‘Now Playing’ song screen and tap the ‘Shuffle’ arrow icon.

To learn about how you can turn off shuffle on Spotify even if it is stuck, with options for both Premium and free users, check out my full article on how to turn off shuffle on Spotify if it’s stuck.

How Many Users Can Use Spotify Premium At Once?

When it comes to streaming music online with Spotify, there are some limitations that you should be aware of for each of the different accounts.

Although both Spotify Premium and Free accounts can be logged into multiple devices, Spotify Premium accounts can have only 1 device streaming at a time and Spotify Family accounts can have 6 devices streaming at the same time.

A workaround to this for Spotify Premium users is to have 1 device streaming music online while up to 4 other devices are playing music offline that has been downloaded to those individual devices.

To learn more about how you can use Spotify with multiple devices, the limitations of sharing Spotify accounts, and more, read my full guide on Multiple Spotify Devices. 🙂

How To See Who Liked Your Playlist On Spotify

You can find out how many people follow any Spotify playlist by opening the playlist in Spotify and looking for follower / like count near the playlist’s title and information. Although you can see how many followers you have, you can’t see the individual profiles.

The follower / like count will show up in different areas depending on if you view the playlist in the desktop app, smartphone app, and web browser

To learn more about if this feature will ever come to Spotify, if there are any workarounds, or how you can see the number of Spotify playlist followers in detail, check out my article called How To See Who Liked Your Playlist On Spotify. 🙂

How To Make Money From Spotify Playlists

Want to learn how you can make money from your Spotify playlists?

To make money from Spotify playlists you need to build up the playlist’s follower count with real listeners before you get paid directly from artists for song placements, for reviewing song submissions, or by selling your playlist.

The 3 main ways to make money from Spotify playlists are to:

  1. Get paid directly from artists for song placements
  2. Get paid for considering a song placement by reviewing song submissions
  3. Sell your playlist to someone else

To learn more, check out my full article on How To Make Money From Spotify Playlists. 🙂

How To Organize Your Spotify Music

The best 2 ways to organize your Spotify music are to do it yourself by creating and managing playlists or by using a third-party tool like ‘Organize Your Music’ by Playlist Machinery.

In both cases, you will first want to have an idea of how you want your music organized, whether it be by genre, release year of the recording, or specific moods or situations like studying or an upcoming party.

To learn more about how you can organize your music on Spotify, with a breakdown on both techniques, and examples of how others organize their music, check out my article on How To Organize Your Spotify Music. 🙂

How To Find Your Top Artists On Spotify

The best way to find your top artists on Spotify is by using a 3rd party tool like LastFM or Stats For Spotify, or by using Spotify’s built-in Wrapped, Your Top Songs, or Today’s Top Fans features.

The benefit of using a 3rd party tool is that it clearly shows you the top artist information you are looking for, but you have to go outside of Spotify to find it and give these tools access to your Spotify data.

To learn more about these options and which is the best method for you to find your top artists on Spotify, check out my full article on How To Find Your Top Artists On Spotify. 🙂

How To Check Spotify Streams (For Artists & Listeners)

To check Spotify streams, visit the artist’s Spotify profile and see the songs listed under the “Popular” section. Artists can check their Spotify streams for any of their songs by signing up and logging into Spotify For Artists.

However, if you are not the artist, you can only see the total play counts or total streams of songs that are listed in the “Popular” section.

Total play counts for any individual song can not be found anywhere else unless you are the artist and have access to the Spotify For Artists dashboard.

For a more detailed, step-by-step approach to how you can check Spotify streams with both of these methods, check out my article on How To Check Spotify Streams.

How To Upload To Spotify As An Artist (& Get Paid)?

Want to upgrade from just running a Spotify playlist to actually get your own music on Spotify and becoming an official Spotify artist?

To upload to Spotify as an artist, you need to sign up with one of Spotify’s preferred music distributors and submit your music, artwork, and artist information through that distributor.

Thankfully it’s easy for anyone to upload music to Spotify because a company called DistroKid came along and started offering unlimited song uploads for a small annual fee without taking a percentage of any of your earnings away.

Before DistroKid, it was too expensive and complicated (..you had to pay PER song EVERY year).

To learn more about DistroKid, check out my big fat DistroKid review for everything you will ever need to know about them. There is even a handy How To Choose A Distributor Guide and some info on the nice DistroKid discount.

If you are wondering want to know more details about how to do this yourself, how exactly you can claim your artist profile, and actually make some money by uploading music to Spotify, check out my article called How To Upload To Spotify As An Artist (& Get Paid)

Some of my favorite music marketing tools

Thank you for reading this article, my friend, and I hope you found it helpful as you build your own successful career in music. 🙂

Here is a list of my favorite and most recommended tools and resources that I’ve personally used to get my music streamed over 4,000,000 times on Spotify as an artist.

Any of the paid services or tools listed here are most likely affiliate links, so if you do decide to use any of them, I’ll earn a small commission.

But in all honesty, these are the exact tools that I personally use, love, and recommend to anyone – including my own friends and family.

Music Distribution

To get your music on Spotify on all the other streaming services, I use DistroKid because you get unlimited song uploads for a low annual price.

If you want to learn more about DistroKid and music distribution, check out the in-depth DistroKid review that I’ve put together.

Or, if you want to get started with DistroKid right now, you can save on your first year with the DistroKid discount.

Music Publishing Royalties Collection

For collecting all of the publishing, mechanical, and live performance royalties owed to me whenever my music gets streamed or played, my go-to is Songtrust.

Songtrust is a publishing administration company which means that in addition to collecting all of those royalties for me, they do it on a global level.

To learn if Songtrust is right for you, I’d recommend checking out this article on Songtrust vs BMI.

And if you want to get started with Songtrust right now, I’d recommend learning about the Songtrust discount code so that you can get the best price. 🙂

Website & Smart Links

I’m personally not a big fan of the link-in-bio and smart links for music pages like ToneDen and Hyppeddit.

Instead, I prefer having a full-blown WordPress website that allows me to have a full website in addition to unlimited music links.

For getting started with this, I really like Bluehost because it is the cheapest and a theme called Thrive Themes because it is the most flexible and easiest to use.

I’ve actually created a free Smart Links Course that you can take to learn how to get set up and start getting more streams with custom smart links (I’ve even included the templates I am using!).

Want more tools and resources for your music career?

If you’d like to see even more of my favorite marketing tools and resources for musicians and music artists, I’ve created an even larger list on this page: Best Marketing Tools & Resources For Musicians (& Music Artists).

P.S. There are even some free tools and resources included on that page as well! 🙂

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