How to use Spotify offline on Wear OS 3 watches (2021)


The usefulness of Android smartwatches has always been a hot topic of debate. However, the most recent from Google Wear OS 3 The version ultimately turned the tide and made Android smartwatches attractive to users again. With a host of improvements coming for some watches, Wear OS 3 is poised to revolutionize the Android smartwatch ecosystem. If you’ve recently bought the all-new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 running Wear OS 3, you’ll love the improvements already rolled out in the form of new apps. After announcing it some time ago, Spotify has finally added offline playback support for smartwatches running Wear OS 3. So if you currently find yourself with a Wear OS 3 compatible smartwatch, here’s how to download songs to your watch and use Spotify offline on it.

Download Music for Offline Playback in Spotify on Wear OS 3 (2021) Watches

Before we get down to business, there are some requirements you need to meet to use Spotify offline on your smartwatch. However, if you already know what it is, use the table below to jump straight to the actual process.

Requirements to run Spotify offline

There are a few requirements that your watch and app need to meet before you can use Spotify offline. These requirements are:

1. Wear OS 3 compatible smartwatch

Wear OS 3 is Google’s latest Android operating system for smartwatches, and it is expected to roll out for select watches in the coming weeks. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Watch 4 Classic are the only smartwatches on the market that currently run Wear OS 3 out of the box. Other than that, the Fossil watches listed below are confirmed to receive the update very soon. So, to use Spotify offline on Wear OS 3, you need to have one of these smartwatches:

  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
  • Fossil Gen 6 smartwatches (2022)
  • Mobvoi TicWatch E3
  • Michael Kors Gen 6 Bradshaw
  • Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 GPS
  • Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Cellular / LTE

Google further stated in a blog post that Wear OS 2 smartwatches not getting the massive upgrade will still have new app experiences and security upgrades. If you are a Galaxy Watch 4 owner like us, continue reading below for other requirements for using Spotify offline.

2. A Spotify Premium subscription

Like Wear OS 3, this one is also a must have. Spotify premium subscription is required to download albums and playlists for offline listening on your smartwatch. If you are a free Spotify user, you will still see the download button, but unfortunately it will not do anything when you tap it. So if you haven’t purchased a Spotify subscription yet, get a subscription starting at $ 9.99 / month. Or, you can wait for the next Spotify HiFi plans to get lossless audio support like Apple Music.

3. Spotify paired with your smart watch

Pairing Spotify with your Wear OS 3 smartwatch for offline listening is easy. Simply install the app on your watch from the Play Store and go to Pair Spotify from your main device to obtain a code to enter. Once done, Spotify on your Wear OS 3 watch will be paired with your phone. Also make sure your smartwatch stays connected to the internet.

Use Spotify offline on Wear OS 3 watches

How to download entire playlists and albums

Now that we’re ready to begin, let’s dive into the actual process and learn how to download songs for offline playback in Spotify on Wear OS 3. Follow the steps below and you’ll be set up in no time.

1. With the watch and the app already paired with your phone, open the Spotify app on your connected watch. You will see the screen below.

2. Drag to the left on your watch screen to access the menu below.

How to use Spotify offline on Wear OS 3 watches

3. Choose a playlist or album you want to download. Your library will be pulled from your phone, so you’ll see everything in that playlist or album.

How to use Spotify offline on Wear OS 3 watches

4. Press the ‘Download to watch‘and the download of the songs in the playlist will start immediately.

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The process of downloading Spotify offline is quite quick and should be completed in a matter of minutes. The songs will only download as long as your watch is connected to your phone and to the internet. Also, please be aware that you cannot use the smartwatch speaker for Spotify offline playback at this time. You’ll need to connect your Wear OS 3 watch to one of the best wireless headphones to listen to your favorite tunes right from your wrist.

How to download specific podcast episodes

Downloading the podcast episodes follows the same process. To listen to your podcasts on Spotify when you’re offline, traveling on the subway, or hiking, follow the steps below:

1. With the watch and the app paired with your phone, open the Spotify app on your watch. You will see the screen below.

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2. Drag to the left on your watch screen and go to your podcast list.

How to use Spotify offline on Wear OS 3 watches

3. Choose a podcast you want to download and the list of episodes will be displayed.

How to use Spotify offline on Wear OS 3 watches

4. Next, tap and choose a specific episode, and its page will open with the other details. Here, press the ‘Download to watch‘and the episode will start downloading.

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Delete offline songs in Spotify from your Wear OS 3 watch

If your smartwatch is running low on memory or you need to get rid of a playlist, it’s easy. However, keep in mind that once you delete those offline podcast tracks or episodes, you will no longer be able to listen to them offline in Spotify on your Wear OS 3 watch. If you want to continue, follow the steps below- below:

1. Open the Spotify app on your smartwatch. Swipe left on your watch screen to access the main menu.

2. Press Downloads to see all the playlists and albums available offline on your Android smartwatch.

How to use Spotify offline on Wear OS 3 watches

4. Tap and choose the playlist or podcast you want to delete.

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5. Then press the ‘Remove from surveillance‘option at the top to free up space on your smartwatch.

How to use Spotify offline on Wear OS 3 watches

And you are ready. The selected songs or episodes will be deleted and you will get your precious storage space back. Just make sure to download them again via the steps detailed above if you feel like listening to them offline again.

Take your music offline in Spotify on Wear OS 3

Wear OS 3 is currently only limited to certain smartwatches, but it should be rolled out gradually as new models are released. If you’re okay with not getting the latest Spotify update or just can’t wait, some of the best smartwatches are always there waiting for you. Smartband owners can also be happy with the recent launch of the Mi Smart Band 6 globally and in India. Do you need help with any of the steps? Let us know in the comments below.

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