If you own an Apple Watch and you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber, you just got an upgrade. Spotify is rolling out an update that lets you stream music directly from the Apple Watch — no need to have your iPhone nearby.
Previously, the Spotify app on your Apple Watch had been incredibly limited, allowing you to play/pause, switch songs and adjust the volume of tracks playing on your iPhone. But without your iPhone nearby and tethered to your Apple Watch, it was basically useless. Thankfully that’s changing.
But before you get too excited there are a couple of catches. In order for you to enjoy Spotify’s new ability, your Apple Watch still has to be connected to Wi-Fi or you have to have a cellular model that’s connected to LTE. If you have a Wi-Fi-only model, for example, you still won’t be able to leave your iPhone behind and stream tracks when you’re not connected to Wi-Fi.
The other caveat is that you need to have an Apple Watch that’s running watchOS 6.0 or later, meaning older Apple Watch models like the Series 2 and Series 1 won’t get this ability. Finally, you need to have the latest updated Spotify app on your Apple Watch.
This is admittedly one small step for Spotify on the Apple Watch. You still can’t download tracks from Spotify directly to the Apple Watch for offline listening, which is something only subscribers to Apple Music can do on the Apple Watch.
Spotify is rolling out this ability to its Apple Watch app now.
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