How To Play Spotify on Discord: The Ultimate Guide

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Hey there music lover! Do you want to liven up your Discord chats by playing Spotify tracks, but aren‘t sure how? Well, you‘ve come to the right place!

In this comprehensive guide, I‘ll walk you through everything you need to know to seamlessly play Spotify in Discord on desktop and mobile.

Whether you want to showcase what you‘re listening to, have synchronized listening parties, or just share your favorite tunes, this guide has you covered. Let‘s dive in!

How Does the Discord and Spotify Integration Work?

Back in March 2021, Discord and Spotify formed an official partnership that lets you connect your Spotify account directly with Discord.

This means you can use Spotify directly in the Discord app to do things like:

  • Show your friends what songs and playlists you‘re rocking out to
  • Share music by sending Spotify links and playlists
  • Listen along to the same tracks in real-time sync
  • Use Spotify voice channel bots to queue songs

It‘s a super neat integration!

According to a Discord blog post, over 70 million active Discord users per month can now connect with Spotify‘s hundreds of millions of fans and creators. That‘s a lot of potential for musical fun!

To enable these features, you just need to connect your Spotify account through Discord‘s Connections page. It works whether you have a Free or Premium Spotify account, but some features do require a Premium sub.

Now let‘s get into how to actually link up and start using Spotify in Discord!

Step-by-Step: How To Connect Spotify to Discord

On Desktop

Want to link your Spotify and Discord desktop apps? Here‘s a quick step-by-step:

  1. Open up the Discord app and click the cog icon in the bottom left to get to User Settings

  2. Select "Connections" from the menu on the left side of the screen

  3. Click the Spotify logo to connect your Spotify account

    Connect Spotify in Discord

  4. A new tab will open asking you to log into Spotify – enter your username and password

  5. Click "Log In" to authorize the connection

That‘s seriously all there is to it! Discord will sync up with your Spotify account, and you‘ll see a green checkmark when complete.

Now your Spotify actions will show up directly in Discord. Pretty simple right?

On Mobile

You can also easily connect your Spotify account through the Discord mobile app:

  1. Tap the hamburger menu icon in the bottom right corner to open settings

  2. Select "Connections"

  3. Tap the green plus icon to view available connections

  4. Tap the Spotify icon to link your Spotify account

    Connect Spotify on Discord Mobile

  5. Log into your Spotify account when prompted

  6. You‘ll see "Connected" once the process is complete

And with that, your Spotify and Discord mobile apps are synced!

Time to start listening and sharing.

Disconnecting Spotify from Discord

If you ever want to unlink your Spotify account from Discord, just head back to your Connections page:

  1. Go to User Settings > Connections

  2. Find Spotify and click the "X" icon

    Disconnect Spotify from Discord

  3. Confirm you want to disconnect

Your Spotify account will then be unlinked from your Discord profile. Easy!

Now let‘s get into the fun stuff…

How To Use Spotify in Discord

Linking up Spotify and Discord enables some really cool features for sharing music and listening together:

Display Your Listening Status

Have the song and artist you‘re rocking out to in Spotify populate right on your Discord profile.

Your friends can see your excellent (or questionable!) listening tastes at a glance.

To enable:

  1. Head to User Settings > Activity Status

  2. Make sure "Display Spotify" is toggled on

    Show Spotify Listening Status

Now your jam will show up automatically on your Discord profile when listening to Spotify.

Share Music in Chats

Easily share Spotify tracks, albums, playlists and more right in your Discord chats.

When you have a song open in Spotify:

  1. Tap the "Share" icon

  2. Select "Copy Link"

  3. Paste that link in your Discord chat

    Share Spotify in Discord

Your friends can instantly open the link to check out the song or playlist.

Listen Along Together

Here‘s where the real fun comes in – Listen Along allows you to have a synchronized listening session with your Discord friends. It‘s like a virtual music listening party!

To start a Listen Along:

  1. Start playing a playlist or song in Spotify that you want to share

  2. Select "Invite to Listen Along" from the menu

  3. Send the invite link to your Discord chat or DM

    Discord Listen Along Feature

  4. Friends click the notification to join the real-time listening

  5. You‘ll see their avatars in Spotify as they join the session

  6. The tracks will stay synced as you listen together!

Important Note: Listen Along requires a Spotify Premium account. Those with free accounts can join a session but not host.

This is such a fun way to share music and have long distance listening parties with your Discord crew!

According to Spotify, over 200,000 people have tuned in together in the first few months since Listen Along launched. And that number keeps growing!

Add Spotify Bots

While popular Discord music bots like Rythm and Groovy were shut down, there are still some great Spotify bots you can add to unlock more features.

Check out Spotifyd – it lets you pipe Spotify tracks into a voice channel with advanced queuing, playlists, and commands.

Vexera is another good one that offers Spotify queuing and playlists. Just enable the Spotify plugin.

Review the docs for how to properly set up bots on your server. This gives you more robust tools for queuing songs and playlists directly in voice channels.

Tips for Seamlessly Playing Spotify in Discord

To ensure everything runs super smooth when you integrate Spotify and Discord, keep these tips in mind:

  • Make sure you‘re running the latest version of both the desktop and mobile Discord app. Old versions may have connectivity issues.

  • Double check that your Spotify account is actively connected in Discord‘s User Settings. Relink if you notice any problems.

  • For Listen Along, all participants need an active Premium subscription. Free users can join but not host or sync playback.

  • Disable hardware acceleration in Discord‘s advanced settings if you notice performance problems like choppy playback or lag.

  • Set your Spotify streaming quality to at least High in settings for optimized sound. This ensures a top listening experience.

  • For voice channel bots, follow setup and hosting instructions closely. Give the bot admin permissions and enable required scopes.

Stick to these tips and Spotify will feel like a seamless part of your Discord experience!

Troubleshooting Guide: Spotify Issues in Discord

Having trouble getting Spotify to play nice with Discord? Try these troubleshooting tips:

Spotify Not Appearing as a Connection

  • Log out then log back into both the Spotify and Discord apps and try reconnecting

  • Check you have the latest version of Spotify – old versions may not work properly

Songs Not Showing on Profile

  • Double check "Display Spotify" is enabled in User Settings > Activity Status

  • Reconnect Spotify in your Connections tab if needed

Can‘t Listen Along to Tracks

  • Make sure all participants have an active Premium subscription

  • The session host specifically needs Premium to start a Listen Along

  • Have folks leave and rejoin the session if out of sync

Music Cutting Out or Stuttering

  • Toggle off hardware acceleration in Discord‘s settings

  • Ensure you have a stable internet connection – Spotify and Discord require solid connectivity

  • Lower the audio quality in Spotify if you have a slower connection. High quality needs more bandwidth.

In most cases, re-linking accounts, ensuring apps are updated, and checking your connectivity will get things running smoothly again!

Key Spotify and Discord Stats

To give you an idea of the massive reach of Spotify and Discord, check out some of these usage stats:

  • Discord has over 150 million monthly active users as of 2022 according to Backlinko

  • Spotify has over 422 million monthly active users as of Q2 2022 via their shareholder letter

  • 70 million+ active Discord users can link up with Spotify each month according to Discord‘s blog

  • Over 200,000 people tuned into Spotify‘s new Listen Along feature within months of launch

  • Listen Along listening sessions average 45 minutes in length

  • Spotify reports over 82 million tracks available to stream

The integration between these two platforms allows for some seriously impressive scale when it comes to social listening!

Key Takeaways for Playing Spotify on Discord

To recap, here are some of the key points for integrating Spotify in your Discord chats:

  • Easily link your Spotify account by connecting through Discord‘s User Settings

  • Display your real-time listening status directly on your Discord profile

  • Share songs, playlists, and albums by pasting Spotify links in chats

  • Listen Along provides a synchronized listening experience (requires Premium sub)

  • Use bots like Spotifyd to queue tracks in voice channels

  • Ensure your apps are updated and reconnect accounts if you face any issues

  • Adjust audio settings like hardware acceleration for optimal performance

Start Listening Together on Discord!

And there you have it – everything you need to seamlessly play Spotify tracks right in Discord on desktop and mobile!

Linking up your Spotify account unlocks awesome social listening features for showing off your latest finds, having virtual listening parties, discovering new music together, and so much more.

From chilled out study sessions to late night gaming soundtracks, Spotify integration makes Discord an even more musical place to hang out.

Now get out there and start listening together! Whether it‘s 2 people or 20, you can share the joy of music in real time on Discord with Spotify.

What tracks will you rock out to first? Let me know how your musical Discord adventures go! I‘m always looking for new tunes.


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.