Why does Spotify keep pausing?

I’m sure everyone is familiar with the music and enjoys it from time to time if not regularly. Well, Spotify is a music streaming and downloading application, as I am sure many of you might be familiar with it. Spotify is also the most popularly used music streaming app. Now and again I think everyone must have faced some sort of glitch in the app, that leads to it stops working. Most of the time you might be wondering “Why does Spotify keep pausing” In this article, we will dive deep and explore all the possible reasons why the Spotify app keeps pausing?

There can be a multitude of reasons why your Spotify has stopped working or has temporarily paused. We are also going to address how to fix the issues that you may be facing while using the application.

So, Spotify comes in the two following modes;

  1. For free: This version of the app will only allow you to stream music only if you have a proper internet connection. You cannot stream music offline. This version does not have the luxury of downloading songs to listen to without internet access. 
  2. Paid subscription: now this version will bring you a whole set of features and luxuries that the free version does not provide you. This mode gives you the luxury of listening to any song anywhere with or without the internet connection if you have them saved offline i.e. downloaded. You can easily download your desired songs on the application. This will also allow you to listen to songs uninterrupted with ads, also it will allow you to share your account with your family, and host streaming parties and all that good stuff. There are multiple features that you can avail of with a paid subscription.
Why does Spotify keep pausing
Why does Spotify keep pausing?

Installation of Spotify

Let’s get familiarized with how to install Spotify on your smartphones as well as your PCs. 


  1. Search for the google play store and launch it.
  2. Click on the search bar and search for Spotify.
  3. Click on the search option or you can press the enter key to get search results.
  4. Now select Spotify from the search results and click on the install option.
  1. Wait patiently for the app to install and then you are ready to go. 

In case you have an ios device then the procedure is the same. Apple provides its users to download apps from the apple store in place of the google play store.


  1. Open google chrome or any web browser of your preference. 
  2. Click on the search bar and search for “Spotify PC”
  3. Click on Spotify’s official website so that you don’t end up with an illegitimate version of the application.
  4. Click on the “GET SPOTIFY “ option to install the application on your PC. 
  1. Wait for the application to install.
  2. After the installation process is completed log into your already existing account. 
  3. If you don’t have a pre-existing account or just want to make a new one, you can do that by clicking on the signup option.  

In case you do not want to install the app you can also log in or sign in on Spotify’s official website to listen to the music that you want. 

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Reasons Why does Spotify keep pausing

Now to get back to the problem at hand. The frequent pausing and glitches that we face while we use the Spotify app.  Let’s first list down the primary or most common reasons that can cause these glitches. 

  1. You might have a poor internet connection. 
  2. The server of Spotify might have crashed. 
  3. Someone might be using your Spotify account. 
  4. Some other family members might unknowingly be using your Spotify account at the same time. 
  5. Corruption of cache files. 
  6. Your phone might have a low battery or might be low on storage. 
  7. The app’s version can be outdated and needs the latest version.  

Poor internet connection

One of the most obvious reasons is that you are in an area with low cell reception. Your device is lacking a proper and consistent internet connection. A poor connection will lead the music streaming on your Spotify to pause at times, since you are online streaming and you aren’t playing the downloaded music it will require a consistent network to play uninterrupted and without any glitches. 


There are pretty simple ways in which you might be able to solve Why Spotify keeps pausing. Since there isn’t much you can do, to increase the signals in the area that you are in, there are other ways in which you can fix the pausing of Spotify.

Check if you can online stream songs on lower streaming quality. If it is playing on lower streaming quality, you can follow the steps given below to see how to reduce the streaming quality.

Steps to reduce streaming quality

  • Open the Spotify app.
  • Bring the screen to the home page. 
  • Find and click on the Settings option located at the top right side of the home page(the setting icon is cogwheel).                              
  • Turn the audio quality option toggle on, it will turn your audio quality to low when there is a network issue. 
  • It will reduce the streaming quality up to 24kbits per second. 

Another way that might help with the reception Spotify keep pausing is if you’re currently using your mobile data you can switch to WiFi or the other way around if that is accessible. It might help you with smooth and uninterrupted music listening. 

One more way is to get Spotify premium and download the songs offline beforehand if you know you might be visiting an area with low cell reception. 

The server of Spotify might have crashed can be the reason Why does Spotify keep pausing

Crashing of servers of several apps is a common occurrence. It is unfortunately hard to avoid. It is man-made software and is bound to fail at some point in time. Regrettably, there is nothing we as users can do to fix the issue, the people with knowledge about hardware and software are the only people who can fix the issue. 

Since there is nothing we can do to fix the problem, we can still prevent it from happening, or maybe do something in case the server crashes. 

  • You can wait till the server is back in a safe state. And you can use the application again uninterrupted and stream music.
  • You can try to reboot your smartphone, it might go back to normal if it was just a glitch and the server wasn’t crashed and just seemed like it. 
  • You can also uninstall the app, and then install it again and see if the app is working again. 

How to uninstall and reinstall Spotify:

Spotify can be uninstalled from your smartphone in the following two ways. 

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Uninstall from the home page

This way is really easy and can be done fairly quickly, literally just a click away. 

  • Open the home screen.
  • Find the app that you want to uninstall i.e. Spotify app.
  • Long press on it so that a list of options appears. 
  • Select the delete option from the options. 
  • Confirm the uninstallation process to begin.
  • Click delete.

Uninstall from the Settings

Follow the steps given below to delete/uninstall the app. 

  • Find and launch the settings app. 
  • Scroll and you will find the application manager, click on it.
  • Click on the Spotify app icon once you find it.
  • Click on uninstall and click on the confirmation to begin the process.

Reinstall Spotify:

To reinstall Spotify follow the same steps as explained previously on “how to install Spotify” at the beginning of the article. 

Someone might be using your account. 

It is possible that someone might have gained access, be it legally or illegally, to your Spotify account and is using it at the same time as you are trying to gain access to the same account. If you have logged in via Facebook, your privacy might be jeopardized, so try the following ways which will help you get rid of the problem. 


  • You will have to change your Spotify account password.
  • If you have logged in via Facebook, then you will have to change the password of your Facebook account as well. If not it might risk jeopardizing your privacy and the data stored in your account.
  • Log out of all the other devices that you have logged your account info, including Facebook and Spotify both.

Since your account may be acquired by someone illegally, changing your passwords to all the linked apps as well will be the best course of action. And logging out of all the other devices will allow the app to resume playing music without pausing.

There is also the possibility of your account being used by your family member or friends at the same time as you. So make sure that is not the issue because that might be the reason that your Spotify is crashing and pausing.

Corruption of cache files

The corruption of cache files is a leading reason for the pausing of the Spotify app. Clearing cached data is a way to go but, clearing it often might be harmful as well. Cached data is the data that is stored for daily use as the search history, and the songs that you have been listening to and are currently listening to. Stuff like that is all stored in the cache memory of Spotify. Clearing the cache files too often is also not a good idea.  

But if the app is pausing constantly and that is due to large cache files, then you will have to clear them, to increase the bandwidth and data usage. How to clear cache files is explained below;

Delete cache files to solve Why does Spotify keep pausing

  • Open the Spotify app.
  • Bring the screen to the home page. 
  • Find and click on the Settings option located at the top right side of the home page(the setting icon is cogwheel).         
  • Scroll till you find the “clear cache” option and click on it to get rid of the cache files in the app. 

Low phone storage or low battery/ battery saving mode

Low phone storage

Having low phone storage left in your device is a reason that your applications are acting up and are pausing and glitching. Spotify might also keep pausing because of too many apps running simultaneously. Simultaneously running apps might draw power and cause the phone to slow down. 

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Clearing out the space including cache data might be helpful in this case. Uninstalling unwanted apps and deleting unwanted data like photos, videos, and other unwanted files will provide adequate storage space in your smartphone. 

Apps that you don’t need anymore can be deleted from the setting and your home screen as well. How to uninstall can be referred to as explained in prior paragraphs.

Low battery or battery saving mode

When your smartphone is in the battery-saving mode it stops the running applications, it can be running in the background as well as currently running apps, to draw power and also stops internet from the draining the battery of your smartphone, which causes Spotify from pausing consistently.  


Fixing this issue is pretty easy and straightforward. You just have to make sure whether these features are on or not, and if they are just disabling them is the way to go. This might fix the issue and Spotify might resume playing the songs unhindered.

Outdated version of Spotify

Not having the most recent version of the app might be a contributing factor to the constant pausing and glitching of Spotify. There are constant upgrades on every app to better the version of the older app. So it is very important that you keep up and update the app as frequently as possible. You can also put the applications on auto-update. This will make sure that no apps are outdated and are of the latest version.

How to update Spotify:

  • Open Google Play Store. 
  • Tap on the search bar and search for ‘Spotify’.
  • When the search result appears and you click on the Spotify page. 
  • There will appear a green color button which says “update”, you have to click on it. 
  • Wait patiently for the app to update, make sure that you have a good internet connection, and then you are good to go.

One more way in which you can get rid of the pausing of Spotify when none of the above options help you is to “factory reset” your smartphone. But you have to remember that this is the last resort, when none of the above are helping only then must you factory reset your phone. Doing this will erase all the data from your phone, also keep in mind that if you are factory resetting the smartphone is to always back your data up. All the data that might consider important must be backed up so that you don’t lose any of your data. 


Crashing and pausing Spotify and also other apps is pretty common. There are too many factors that might lead to its crashing, which is relatively easy to figure out if you know anything about apps.

There are many possible scenarios and multiple ways to fix Why does Spotify keep pausing? Most of the possible case scenarios have been listed. All the possible ways in which you can get rid of the problem have been explained in this article. I hope the above content may help you to solve your issues.