While there’s a lot to love about Spotify, some of its more subtle features can cause headaches for users who don’t know how to turn them off. spotify connect is definitely one of those features, and for all the convenience it brings, it can also be a huge hassle when multiple people are trying to listen to songs on the same account from two different devices.
Below is how to disable spotify connection (the unofficial way), with some tips and tricks added as well if that option isn’t available to you.
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what is spotify connect?
The way spotify connect works is pretty simple. To keep your music experience consistent across devices, Spotify will detect any devices you’ve registered with the same account and allow you to control them on that device no matter where you are. this is very convenient if maybe you want to play music from your home speakers but also want to be able to use your smartphone as a pseudo remote control that can pause, skip tracks, change the volume or change the album.
spotify connect allows you to fully access everything spotify has to offer while connected to separate wi-fi networks or even while browsing over a cellular lte connection.
I personally love this feature when I get out of bed first thing in the morning and need to listen to uplifting music on my computer speakers, but it can also be irritating if you don’t know how to turn it off. Unfortunately, Spotify itself hasn’t provided any official method to disable the connection for one main reason: they just want you to be able to play music for one account on one device at a time.
Unlike a streaming service like Netflix, which allows you to stream content on up to four devices on a single account, Spotify blocks all streams on one per account. This means that if you’re on the road, your kids are home, and you’re both trying to stream music separately, the two of you may end up fighting over the ultimate control of who gets to listen to your own music.
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how to disable spotify connect
As we mentioned above, Spotify currently does not offer any official method to disable spotify connection on android. however, if you have a rooted android device, you can prevent this by installing the apk for an app called deactivation service. Once the app is installed, open it and scroll down to the Spotify app, and tap on it to see the permissions. uncheck the box labeled “applinkservice” and restart the spotify app to apply.
jailbroken ios users also have the option to disable the connection through their internal settings. Start by opening the settings app, then tap “privacy -> private guard.” long press the spotify app and turn off the “wake” option to stop it from communicating with the spotify connection service.
how to get around spotify connect
Because both of these options require you to have a rooted android phone or a jailbroken ios device, here are some more creative methods you can use to fix the connection issue.
The first one is recommended by Spotify themselves. this involves locally downloading any playlist or song you want to listen to on your device using the “download” switch at the top of each screen. (However, this feature requires a spotify premium account.)
manually set your spotify to “offline mode” in the settings menu to “playback” and any downloaded music will play without attaching it to your main account.
The other smart solution is to subscribe to Spotify’s family plan for $14.99 per month. Given that Spotify’s standard premium is already $9.99 per month, upgrading to the family essentially means you’ll get four additional devices for five bucks, which isn’t a bad deal at all. With the family plan, you can link unique accounts to each device you own, meaning none of them will be stepping on their toes to play different songs or podcasts when another device starts streaming.