Why Does My Spotify Keep Pausing? 9 Solutions to Fix It!

"Spotify refuses to play a song for more than 30 seconds before pausing on its own. Thus far I've tried nearly every method I've found online or thought of myself. So the methods used to attempt to fix this have been......And nothing works. Is there literally anything I can do to fix this?" - From a Reddit user.

Have you ever been vibing to your favorite music on Spotify, only to be rudely interrupted by constant pauses? It's pretty annoying, right? Why does Spotify keep pausing? There are some common reasons like connection lagging. Whatever it is or whether you are listening with your mobile phone or desktop computer, there is a solution. This article comprehensively discusses 9 effective solutions to fix Spotify keep pausing issue. Whether you're a seasoned Spotify user or just starting, figuring out what's causing these pauses is the first step to getting back to uninterrupted music enjoyment. Let's dive into this article and solve this pesky problem.

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Solution 1. Ensure a Stable Connection of Network, Streaming, and Devices

Check Network Connection

Firstly, Spotify music needs to load before playing. It may pause if your network connection is too slow or overloaded that it fails to load. If your network is weak or unstable, try the following solutions to ensure a stable network connection:

Try moving closer to the WiFi access point if you are using WiFi to listen to Spotify music, ensuring to get a strong connection.

If all your devices run slow under the same WiFi, run a speed test to see if something is wrong with your WiFi. Then try to reboot the WiFi device.

Besides, try to switch to using cellular data if it has a strong signal.

Lower Streaming Quality

Secondly, Spotify's music may pause if it is overloaded for your network to load high-quality music. In this case, try to lower the streaming quality if your network is already in the best status.

On Mobile: Open the Spotify app, tap on "Profile > Settings and privacy", and select "Automatic" or a lower streaming quality under the Audio Quality field. And turn on the "Auto-adjust quality" feature.

change spotify streaming quality

On Desktop: On the Spotify app, click on the profile photo in the upper right, and choose "Settings" from the drop-down list. Scroll down to find the Audio quality field, and then select "Automatic" or a lower quality.

change spotify streaming quality

Check Device Connection

The Spotify pausing issue additionally may be caused by the unstable connection between your phone or PC and the Bluetooth or wireless speaker. If you are listening to Spotify music with a Bluetooth or wireless speaker, you should make sure of a stable connection too.

Check if your Bluetooth or wireless speaker works as it should.

Try to pair a different speaker.

Solution 2. Check If Someone Else Is Using Your Account

If you have ever logged into your Spotify account on multiple devices and forgot to log out, or if your friend or family member is unknowingly using your account to play Spotify music, your Spotify music may be paused due to multiple uses simultaneously. In this case, try the following two solutions and make sure your Spotify account is being used by yourself.

Sign Out Everywhere and Sign In

Spotify offers an advanced feature to allow you to sign your account out of all devices. After following the below steps, you can sign into your Spotify account on your end to enjoy Spotify music.

Step 1 Open the Spotify app and click on "Profile> Account".

Step 2 Scroll down to click on "Sign out everywhere" on the web page.

Step 3 Click the "Sign out everywhere" button and then confirm.

sign out spotify everywhere

Change Your Spotify Password

Step 1 Go ahead to Spotify's account page and log in if needed.

Step 2 Scroll down to click on "Change password".

Step 3 Fill in your current password and new password according to the tips and confirm.

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Solution 3. Clear Spotify Cache Data

Spotify stores temporary cached data to improve performance, but too much cache data may take up large storage, resulting in Spotify music pausing. To solve this issue, try to clear the cache data.

On Mobile:

Step 1 Head to " Profile > Settings and privacy" on the Spotify app and select "Storage".

Step 2 Tap on "Clear cache" and tap to confirm.

clear cache on spotify app

On Desktop:

Step 1 Click your profile and "Settings" on the Spotify app.

Step 2 Scroll down and click on "Clear cache" under the Storage field and then confirm.

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Solution 4. Update or Reinstall the Spotify App

Spotify updates regularly to enhance features and security. Sometimes, an outdated version may lack the compatibility for seamless integration and cause Spotify music to pause. Simply follow the tips to update or re-install the Spotify app.

Simply go to the App Store on your iOS device or Google Play store on your Android device and check for updates for the installed apps. Tap to update the Spotify app if available.

If you are using the desktop app, click on your profile photo and select "Update Now". No update is available if you don't see the option.

Try to completely uninstall and reinstall the Spotify app if updating cannot solve this issue, which will give you a fresh start on listening to Spotify music.

Solution 5. Turn on Background App Refresh

Sometimes you use not only the Spotify app but also other social or entertainment apps. The Spotify app usually minimizes when you open another app. But Spotify will pause music if you don't permit it to run in the background. To stop pausing, authorize Spotify apps the permission with the below steps.

On Android:

Step 1 Go to "Settings > Connections > Data Usage > Mobile Data Usage" on your Android phone.

Step 2 Select Spotify from the app list and turn on the "Allow background data usage" option.

On iOS:

Step 1 Go ahead to "Settings > General > Background App Refresh".

Step 2 Turn on the "Background App Refresh" option as well as Spotify in the list.

enable background app refresh

Solution 6. Close Superfluous Background Applications

Your mobile phone or computer may be running at full capacity or even be operated overload, leaving little space for Spotify's running and possibly causing Spotify to pause. In this case, close other running apps to free up resources to fix this issue.

On Android: Tap on the multitasking button (a square icon) and swipe away other running apps.

On iOS: On the Home screen, swipe up from the bottom and pause in the middle of the screen. Swipe to find the app you're going to close, and then swipe up on the app's preview to close it.

Solution 7. Disable Sound Settings on Other Apps

Some game apps or video apps may occupy the sound output device of your phone and cause Spotify music to pause. It generally happens when you open the game app or start playing a video. In such a case, you may follow the steps below to make sure your Spotify app can take control of the speaker.

Try to restart Spotify music after opening the offending game or video app.

Disable the sound effect or close sound on the game settings if the game app plays in-game music or sound.

When you are browsing a social media app, web, or other apps, a video probably automatically plays on your screen. Try to stop the video or disable the auto-play feature.

Solution 8. Disconnect Spotify from Discord

Discord offers lots of enjoyable features and allows you to connect your Spotify with it. If you have ever screen-shared music or joined a listening party via Discord, your Spotify music may pause. Simply try the following solutions.

Disconnect Spotify from your Discord: Click "User Settings > Connections" and click on the "x" button.

connect spotify to discord on desktop

Stop Discord: Open the Task Manager app, right-click on Discord, and select "End Task".

Solution 9. Ultimate Solution to Spotify Music Pausing

When you are using the Spotify app or web player to listen to music, you may encounter kinds of problems including but not limited to Spotify keeping pausing, Spotify skipping songs, and Spotify not showing on Discord. But all these problems can be easily solved by listening to Spotify music beyond the app or web player. By eliminating the potential issues, you can listen to Spotify music without any negative influence or even without an internet connection.

Kigo Music One is carefully designed as such a tool to address any issues existing on Spotify. This program can powerfully download songs, playlists, albums, podcasts, and even audiobooks to your local computer and effortlessly convert Spotify music to common MP3 audio files. What's more, Kigo Music One is capable of preserving important metadata and losslessly keeping up to 320kbps Spotify audio quality. With the help of Kigo Music One, you can listen to Spotify music without opening the Spotify app or web player or connecting to a network. All you need is to click on the audio file and enjoy wonderful Spotify music as you wish. Sound attractive? Let's see how it works.

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Step 1 Launch Kigo Music One and select Spotify on the primary interface. Attention, there are two options for audio source - app and web player. Select the app source if you have installed the Spotify app; otherwise, select the web player source. The app or web player will then appear on the screen, follow to log into your account.

select music streaming site as Spotify

Step 2 Go ahead to your desired Spotify music, and open it. Hover over to the bottom right and click on the blue "+" icon. Select the specific songs by ticking off and click on "Add" to add the tracks to the download list. To add more songs to this list, repeat the process.

click to add songs
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Step 3 Open the "Settings" panel from the lower left. Choose an output format, bit rate, sample rate, and output path as you want. Additionally, you can rename the output files and decide how the output files are sorted via Output Organized.


Step 4 Click on the "Convert" button on the Home tab, and Kigo Music One will trigger the download immediately and proceed with the tracks at up to 10x faster speed.

converting spotify songs

Step 5 After converting, you can go to the "Converted" tab to check your download history and click on the file icon to open the output folder. Kigo Music One has an embedded player, just click on the downloaded track and it will play. Afterward, you can enjoy Spotify music freely without encountering issues or without an internet connection.

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Spotify is the most common place where we listen to music. While Spotify music pauses for various reasons on your mobile or desktop device, you will get a solution after going through the content. This article offers 9 solutions to address the Spotify music pausing issue in terms of connection, account, cache, etc. You can check which kind of problem you are encountering and fix it with detailed operations. Additionally, you can try the Kigo Music One program and solve the pausing issue once and for all. Enjoy Spotify music as you wish.

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