How to Play Spotify on Apple Watch [Latest Updated]

By Elle Johnson

Updated on September 28, 2020

Can you use Spotify on Apple Watch? The answer is yes and has been updated recently. Spotify fans now can control Spotify on Apple Watch by using Siri. With the latest update to Spotify app for Apple Watch on Apr 2, 2020, now Apple Watch users can play, pause, and skip Spotify music and podcasts by ending up a voice command with “on Spotify”.

This is an overdue but a useful update, providing more convenience to get a quick start of music playback from Spotify on Apple Watch. But it still has some drawbacks.

In the following sections, you can check the pros and cons of the new update of Spotify on Apple Watch. More importantly, you can see a complete guide on how to play Spotify on Apple Watch without phone or with phone.

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Part 1. Spotify on Apple Watch: Everything You Need to Know

Other than directly controlling Spotify music playback, here are some other useful features and unavailable features of the Spotify Apple Watch app that you should know about.


  • Make certain that you have connected your Apple Watch to your iPhone with Bluetooth.
  • The following features are only available for Spotify Premium users.


1. View songs and playlists

You can browse your Spotify songs and playlists straight from your wrist by the following gestures.

  • Slide to the left:

Just enter into the Spotify app on Apple Watch. Slide to the left to show the recent playlists. Or you can click the Library option and start playing any track from albums, artists, playlists, podcasts, and so forth. You are able to get a list of almost 20 recently played playlists.

  • Slide to the right:

Select a playlist. Then slide to the far right to view all tracks within the current playlist.

2. Add tracks to the Spotify library

You are available to import tracks to the library directly from the Apple Watch. Tap the heart pattern of the track to add the track to the library.

3. Use on Spotify Connect devices

There is a shortcut to Spotify Connect so that you can sync the playing song to other compatible devices and speakers.


1. Unavailable for offline listening

The offline listening feature of Spotify Premium is not workable on the Apple Watch. That is to say, you may unable to listen to Spotify music from your Watch when the cellular data is weak on your phone.

2. Unsupported for 4G streaming

The Spotify app on Apple Watch doesn’t support 4G streaming from the Apple Watch to the headphones.

Part 2. Listen to Spotify on Apple Watch Offline without Phone

“Can you play Spotify on Apple Watch without phone?” You may raise a question like this after reading the pros and cons of the Spotify app for Apple Watch. Unluckily, the answer is no. And this could be one of the main reasons that stop Spotify fans from buying Apple Watch.

But it doesn’t mean there’s no way out. Here is a workaround to help you get Spotify on Apple Watch without phone. What you need is a simple but powerful tool called AudKit Spotify Music Converter. Just as its name, this software is dedicated to converting Spotify music to MP3, AAC, WAV, M4A, and other popular audio formats. In the meanwhile, this program downloads all converted Spotify songs as local music files on your computer. In this way, you can import and store any Spotify track to Apple Watch for offline listening without the phone nearby.

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Main Features of AudKit Spotify Music Converter

  • Download Spotify music as local files for offline playback
  • Convert Spotify songs to common formats at 5X speed
  • Keep the same quality and ID3 tags as the original songs
  • Supportable to move Spotify music to any device and player

Quick Tutorial on how to download and listen to Spotify on Apple Watch

Step 1 Load Spotify songs to AudKit

add music to spotify for apple watch

Launch the AudKit app from your computer desktop. In the auto-opened Spotify app, browse and select what you want to download. Drag and drop the song or playlist straight from Spotify to AudKit. Or copy and paste the link of the song or playlist to the search bar in AudKit. And tap the plus button.

Step 2 Change output configuration

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Open the menu icon > ‘Preferences’ > ‘Convert’ from the top taskbar. Then you can start to reset the output settings by editing the format, bitrate, sample rate, and others.

Step 3 Convert Spotify music on local

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Hit the ‘Convert’ icon to activate the conversion. Wait until all tasks are done. Then follow the on-screen tips to open the local folder where stores Spotify files.

Step 4 Upload Spotify music to Apple Watch

Sync the local Spotify files to your iPhone first. Then pair your phone to Apple Watch. Install and open the Apple Watch app on your phone. Choose ‘My Watch’ > ‘Music’ > ‘Add Music’ to upload Spotify songs from iPhone to Apple Watch. Now just enjoy your favorite Spotify music on Apple Watch without any limit.

Part 3. How to Use Spotify on Apple Watch with Phone

If you still want to know the way to play Spotify on Apple Watch with the phone nearby, here are the simple steps for you to refer to.

Step 1. Make sure your Apple Watch and your iPhone are linked by Bluetooth.

Step 2. Install and open the Spotify app on your iPhone.

Step 3. Log into your account with Apple Watch and start playing music.

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