Spotify is one of the most efficient ways to consume and enjoy audio content. If you have it on your phone, you can improve your Spotify experience by making a few changes.
Here are some of the features and settings you can change to improve your Spotify experience on your phone.
1. Discover more songs for your playlists
Creating a Spotify playlist for the first time can be hectic, especially if you need a long one. One option to speed up the process is to use the Recommended songs section at the bottom of each playlist or find new music you’ll love with Spotify Enhance.
Get recommended songs
You can add the recommended songs to your playlist by doing the following:
- Open your Reading List and scroll down.
- You will see the Recommended songs tab with five song suggestions.
- If you see a song you like, tap it add to playlist button on the right. Tap a song to listen to it before adding it to your playlist.
- If none of the suggested songs appeal to you, tap the Refresh button at the bottom to repopulate new suggestions.
- Repeat this process until you have the number of songs you desire.
Improve your playlists
If the Recommended songs seems slow or tedious, you can build your playlists even faster by using the Enhance feature. It’s a quick way to fill your playlists with hours of recommended songs at the touch of a button.
To use this feature, open your playlists, and just below your playlist username and time, tap the To improve button. Spotify will automatically add many songs personalized for you to your playlist, up to several additional hours, depending on the length of your existing playlists.
You have two options once you have the extra pieces in place—leave the To improve turn on and listen to suggestions or scroll down and add/remove each of the recommended songs. The add and remove buttons will be to the right of each suggested song. You can turn off To improve once you have added the songs you want.
2. Upload your local music files to Spotify
If you have some of your favorite music as files on your phone or SD card, you can import and listen to them in your Spotify library. These won’t require an internet connection, so you can listen to them offline as much as you want.
On the Spotify app, tap Settings in the upper right corner, scroll down and select Local files. To toggle View audio files from this device. If necessary, allow Spotify to access your local files. Now your local music will be available in your Spotify library.
Listening to local files can be handy if you’re offline without Spotify Premium. If you prefer fewer apps on your phone, you can get rid of your existing offline music player and have all your music in one place on Spotify.
3. Save storage space by clearing Spotify cache files
When you listen to music or a podcast, Spotify temporarily stores the content files you listen to on your phone. If you listen to the same music, later the app will load its files from your devices instead of servers for speed and to save data.
However, files can quickly pile up and take up a lot of space on your device, especially if you listen to a lot of new music. You will need to clear Spotify cache regularly to deal with this issue.
Clearing the cache is easy and should take you a few seconds. If you are on Android, go to Settings on your Spotify app, and scroll down until you find the Storage section. Faucet Clear hidden then press Empty the cache again to confirm.
On iPhone, go to Settingsscroll down and select Storage. Then press Empty the cache and validate your choice. You can also delete Spotify cache on the desktop app if you are working with limited space.
4. Mark Podcast Episodes as Read
Sometimes you listen to a podcast and decide you don’t want to listen to a particular episode anymore. That’s okay, but it may disrupt your listening experience because Spotify will mark it as an unfinished episode.
In this case, the episode would still appear in Your Library on Spotify. The library is meant to help you keep track of your playlists and podcasts, so keeping it clean is a good idea.
To get rid of such an episode, you can do it in two different ways:
First, press Your library at the bottom right of your phone and open the podcast of your choice. Scroll to the episode you want to get out of your hair, tap the three dot button under the episode description, then select Mark as read.
Second, if the podcast is still playing, press the three horizontal buttons at the top right of the player interface. Select Go to episodepress the three dot button at the top (if you’re on iPhone, it should be under the episode name), and select Mark as read.
5. Listen with one ear with mono audio
You may want to play your music in one ear for a particular reason, whether it’s an ear injury or damaged headphones. If you use Spotify with its default settings, the music would sound terrible because most modern sounds are recorded in stereo format. You will miss some elements directed to the right or left channel.
Luckily, Spotify lets you switch between stereo audio and mono audio. With this setting, the left and right channels of your headphones or speaker will play exactly the same sound.
To use this feature on Android, open Spotify and tap Settings in the upper right corner of your screen. Scroll down and find the Mono audio setting and activate it.
On your iPhone, open your Spotify app and select settings in the top right corner. Faucet Proofreadingscroll down and toggle Mono audio on.
6. Download Spotify Lite to use fewer resources
Spotify is a heavy application both in size and resources, which will be a problem if you have an old or slow device. This is where Spotify Lite for Android comes in. Unfortunately for iPhone users, this app is only available on Android at the time of writing.
Spotify Lite is a simplified version of Spotify that takes up less space, consumes less data and works well with slow internet connections. For starters, the size of the Spotify app is 89MB, significantly larger than Spotify Lite’s 18MB after installation.
As for streaming music with the audio setting on Normal on both apps – Spotify Lite consumes 24MB per hour, while Spotify’s data consumption is 75MB per hour. If you have a limited data plan, Spotify Lite would significantly reduce your costs if you are an avid music or podcast listener.
Also, this app is perfect if you want to use your old Android device as a side DIY project. For example, you can turn it into a dedicated music player while enjoying great performance and audio quality with Spotify Lite.
7. Additional Tips to Improve Your Spotify Experience
You can adjust many other features in Spotify Settings to enhance your listening experience. Go to Settings and make the following changes to get more out of your music and podcasts:
- Crossfade—Move the slider up to 12 seconds for smooth transitions between songs.
- Unplayable Songs—Turn it off for uninterrupted playlists.
- Cut Silence—Enable it to skip silent sections in podcasts.
- Stream audio only: Enable this if you have a data plan to stream video only over Wi-Fi.
If you like to sing along to music, you can always swipe up from the bottom of the music player and use Spotify’s real-time lyrics feature. Ideal for karaoke sessions!
Become an experienced Spotify user with these tips
After installing it on your phone, Spotify works fine immediately, but you could have a much better user experience with these seven suggestions. Apply some or all of them to get the most out of the Spotify mobile app.
These Spotify recommendations aren’t limited to mobile only – you can apply some of them to other platforms as well.