In the world of streaming music, Spotify reigns supreme as one of the most popular and recognized platforms. It’s free to use, providing access to countless songs from your favorite artists and bands. Create playlists, share music with friends, and see what your favorite celebrities and friends listen to as well. On top of that, you can enjoy hours of podcasts and video streaming.
However, there’s a small, itty-bitty, problematic drawback: you can’t share your account across multiple devices. So, let’s say you want to listen to music while you’re on your computer. Your significant other wants to listen to their playlist. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible. You would have to create a whole new account or concede and let them use your account.
Naturally, people took to finding a solution. Some worked for awhile, but others fell away. Fortunately, you don’t have to look far to find a way to play Spotify music on multiple devices.
Play Spotify in Offline Mode
The main issue that prevents multiple devices streaming music from the same account is the network connection. Because you’re connected to the internet, Spotify can keep track of where your account is being streamed from. Why not take the network out of the equation?
Spotify has this nifty little feature known as Offline Mode available to Premium subscribers. You have the option to download music for offline enjoyment. The trick: download music for offline use on several devices—the limit is 2—and enable Offline Mode on said devices.
There are a few downsides. First off, you need to be a Premium subscriber, as mentioned before. That’s $9.99 a month (USD), but for students, it’s $4.99 a month (USD). Secondly, one of the three devices needs to be online.
Here’s what you do:
1. Open the Spotify app and sign in with your account, if you haven’t already.
2. In the bottom right corner, tap on Your Library.
3. In your library, choose a playlist you want to download for offline enjoyment. It doesn’t matter if it’s in Playlists, Artists, Albums, or Podcasts.
4. At the very top of the playlist, there’s a slider. To the left of the slider, it says Download. Move the slider to the right to download that specific playlist.
5. Now open Settings.
6. Under the ‘Playback’ subsection, enable Offline Mode by moving the slider to the right. It will turn green.
Invest in Spotify’s Family Plan
The best solution is often the simplest: pay for it. Rather than create multiple accounts, and quite possibly pay more if you then tack on Spotify’s premium subscription, you can create additional profiles.
Spotify offers more than just individual premium status, it also offers a ‘Family’ plan. For just $5 more than the Individual plan, $14.99 a month, you can purchase the Family subscription plan. With it you gain the ability to create 6 profiles altogether—one of which is yours. Five other profiles can then be created, like a Netflix account, with their own playlists. And it comes with some parental options, if that’s your thing.
As you may have realized by now, the solutions to your question are pretty limited. There have been a handful of other methods, but Spotify is constantly updating, which means old ways of performing such a feat drop. It doesn’t leave a lot of options.
If you’re really trying to hold out on spending money on Spotify’s family plan or hate the idea of manipulating offline mode, new ways of bypassing Spotify’s one-device limitation are always in the works. However, it should be noted that user-suggested methods should be taken with a grain of salt. In fact, if it involves third-party software, you should always be cautious, especially programs that directly affect Spotify. If it asks for your account information, that’s a surefire sign to walk away.
With that said, the offline mode is probably your best bet. It won’t cost you any additional cash for the feature, but the downside is downloading music ahead of time, rather than streaming, and limiting your account to three devices, one of which has to be online. Since you’re already paying for Premium, you’re getting more out of the bargain anyways.