Are you trying to stream but Spotify keeps pausing?
Whenever you play a song or a podcast, it keeps pausing, buffering, and breaking which ruins your streaming experience.
Wondering what the solution is?
In this article, I have provided the cause for frequent Spotify pauses and the top ways to fix this issue.
Let’s dive right in!
Why does Spotify Keep Pausing?
- Using the same Spotify account on multiple devices.
- Poor Network Connectivity
- Enabling Battery Saving Mode
- Excessive Corrupt Cache files and data
- Using Outdated Spotify
- Outdated system software
- Low Storage
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How To Fix Spotify Keeps Pausing Issue
1. Restart Your Device
This is a simple fix that can solve common issues.
Turn off your device for a few seconds and restart it, and check whether Spotify still pauses randomly as you play music.
To Restart your phone;
Long press the Power button and tap Restart.
2. Sign Out Everywhere
Being signed in on multiple devices at the same time confuses Spotify. This will cause Spotify to keep pausing randomly thus disrupting your streaming experience.
Log out of all devices and webpages at once by clicking Sign Out Everywhere on your PC.
To log out of all devices at once;
- Head to your Account page by clicking the profile icon in the top right corner of the screen
- Scroll down and click Sign out everywhere
You will be logged out of all devices. If you have anyone on your subscription i.e. family members they will be logged out.
You then have to sign in again, check whether the issue has been solved.
3. Turn off Spotify Data Saver Mode
Data saver mode regulates your audio streaming quality when connected to cellular networks.
By default, Data Saver mode is set to Automatic.
Issues can arise when this feature fails to adjust to a lower streaming quality with low network bandwidth resulting in random Spotify pauses.
To turn off Spotify Data Saver
- Tap the Gear icon in the top right corner
- Toggle off the Audio Quality button
4. Check Your Internet/Wi-Fi connection
Is your network connection stable? Having a poor internet connection can cause buffering as you stream, making Spotify pause randomly.
If you are on mobile data, switch to Wi-Fi or vice versa.
Restart your internet connection. Turn on and off Airplane/Flight Mode to refresh your network.
By default, the streaming quality is set to Automatic.
If you are in an area with a poor network, change your streaming quality to Low or Normal.
5. Update System Software
Is your phone’s software up to date?
Outdated software versions can have some bugs that conflict with Apps, causing Spotify to keep pausing.
Update your system software and rerun Spotify.
Device software updates are usually automatic; however, you can manually check for updates and install them when they are available.
To update your device software;
- Head to Settings
- Tap System > System Update
If your system is not up to date, your device will start to update.
6. Update Spotify
Are you running the latest version of Spotify?
Having an outdated version of the app can cause performance issues, including Spotify automatically pausing while streaming.
If your Spotify is outdated, update it via the Play Store
7. Disable Battery Saving Mode
Have you enabled Battery Saving Mode? It is sometimes called Power Saving mode or Low Power mode for iPhones.
Power Saving Mode reduces phone activities to save battery life.
It turns off haptic feedback such as vibrations, limits background data usage, cuts down app performance to enable your phone to conserve battery.
This can also cause issues with your Spotify stream.
If you are using Spotify with battery-saving mode enabled consider turning it off.
To turn off Power Saving Mode on Android;
- Pull down the Notification panel.
- Tap the battery icon to Switch off Battery saving mode
For iPhone users, Head to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode
8. Background Data Restrictions.
Background Data Restriction prevents apps from using data when they are not actively used.
This feature prevents apps from running in the background, which helps save mobile data.
If you have enabled this feature, Restricting background data usage will prevent Spotify from running correctly, thus disrupting your stream with random pauses.
To Allow Unrestricted Background Usage for Spotify;
- Head to Settings
- Tap Network & Internet
- Tap Data Usage
- Tap Data Saver
- Select Urestricted data
- Choose Spotify from the list, Toggle ON the button beside to allow unrestricted background data usage
9. Clear Spotify Cache and data
When corrupt cache and temporary files pile up, it causes performance issues with apps making them misbehave.
This might be the reason why your Spotify keeps pausing.
Clear Spotify cache and data, and this might help solve the issue.
To clear Spotify Cache and Data;
- Head to the Spotify app
- Tap the Gear icon in the top left corner
- Scroll down to the Storage Section
- Tap Clear cache and confirm
10. Re-Install Spotify
If you have cleared the Spotify app cache and still facing issues, uninstall and reinstall Spotify.
To uninstall Spotify;
- Long press on the Spotify icon in the app launcher/drawer and
- Tap uninstall
- Head to Settings
- Tap Apps
- Select Spotify from the list
- Tap Uninstall
- Confirm Ok
Now that you have successfully uninstalled Spotify.
Head to the Play Store, search for Spotify and re-install it.
Open Spotify again and check whether playback still pauses while streaming.
11. Free Up Storage Space
Is your device low on space? Spotify needs enough storage space to store parts of music and podcasts on your device so that they can play without breaking.
Insufficient storage space can interfere with playback and cause Spotify to keep stopping.
If your phone is low on space, delete some files to clear space.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why does my Spotify music keep pausing?
Spotify keeps pausing because; using the same Spotify account on multiple devices, poor Network connection, enabling battery saving mode, running outdated versions of Spotify, excessive Corrupt cache files and data, outdated system software, and low Storage.
How To Fix Auto pause on Spotify?
To fix Auto Pause on Spotify; Sign out of Spotify everywhere, ensure you have a stable internet connection, clear Spotify cache, and data, disable battery saving mode, allow Spotify unrestricted background data usage, disable Spotify, update Spotify app and system software.
I have summarized what causes Spotify to keep pausing randomly as you play songs and the top ways to fix it.
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