How to Change Audio Quality on Spotify

Want to listen to your Spotify playlists in the best possible quality? Here’s how to do it on the streaming service’s mobile and desktop apps.

One of the biggest benefits of Spotify Premium is the increased audio quality. While Spotify Free accounts can listen at 160kbps, Premium subscribers can push that number up to 320kbps.

What you might not know is that you can turn the music quality up to hear more detail, or turn it down to manually save the data to your device. This can be a useful tip for those on more limited data plans, especially since Spotify gives you the option to adjust the quality of Wi-Fi and cellular streaming separately.

There’s also an automatic quality adjustment option to detect and reduce the quality of your stream when your internet bandwidth is low, preventing your music from interrupting (although you can turn it off if you prefer).

Follow these steps to learn how to change the audio quality on the Spotify smartphone and tablet apps, or scroll to the bottom of this guide to learn how to do it on the desktop app.

What you will need:

  • A Spotify account
  • The mobile or tablet application

The short version

  1. Open Spotify
  2. Go to your settings
  3. Tap Audio Quality
  4. Choose a streaming quality

How to Change Audio Quality on Spotify

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    Open Spotify

    You can follow these steps on the iOS and Android apps on your smartphone or tablet. For tips on how to change the audio quality on the desktop app, scroll down to the bottom of this guide. how to change audio quality on spotify

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    Tap the Settings icon

    It’s the cog-shaped icon in the upper-right corner of your screen. how to change audio quality on spotify

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    Select audio quality

    It will be between voice assistants and apps and video quality. how to change audio quality on spotify

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    Choose the quality you want to stream at

    You can choose different options for Wi-Fi and cellular streaming if you’re worried about using your data. how to change audio quality on spotify

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How to Change Audio Quality on Spotify Desktop App

To increase or decrease the audio quality on the desktop app, just click the down arrow in the top right corner and click Settings. Then click on Audio Quality and choose your preferred settings.

Can you change audio quality on Spotify web player?

No you can not. While upgrading to Spotify Premium will increase the quality from AAC 128kbps to AAC 256kbps, you will need to download the desktop or mobile app to upgrade the quality for either type of account.

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