Spotify offline playback begins to roll out on Wear OS smartwatches

Spotify offline playback begins to roll out on Wear OS smartwatches

Since the announcement of the unification of Wear OS with Samsung during Google I / O, we have been waiting for all the changes and promises that would make Wear OS a true competing portable platform. We're now starting to see these features take effect with Spotify adding offline playback support to Wear OS. The ability to download music for offline listening allows you to pair Bluetooth headphones directly to your smartwatch and leave your phone behind.

Spotify on the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3

As reported by Android Central, some Reddit users are already reporting that this feature is available on some Wear OS smartwatches. Users in Europe and the United States reported seeing the new feature. For this to work, you need to download the Wear OS Spotify app from the Play Store to your watch or phone.

Once installed, you'll need to set it up and link the Wear OS device to your account through a browser. If you see the “Downloads” tab on the watch, the feature is now active. Otherwise, some Reddit users have reported that you can go to the watch's apps menu and force close Spotify. Others have reported that setting up a VPN in France will enable offline listening. From there you can scroll through the list of your frequent playlists or albums and when you open one you will have the option to “Download to Watch”.

Spotify playlists can be downloaded offline on Wear OS with a Premium subscription
Spotify playlists can be downloaded offline on Wear OS with a Premium subscription

Spotify playlists can be downloaded offline on Wear OS with a Premium subscription

We were able to get the new feature to work on the Skagen Falster 3 and Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 here in the office. We tested it more extensively on the TicWatch Pro 3 and played a few pieces of the watch to a pair of OnePlus Buds Pro as we wrote this story.

The Wear OS app has been greatly simplified on the wrist. You can only download playlists for offline listening, so if you want to download individual songs, you will need to put the songs you want in a playlist. On the TicWatch Pro 3, we saw about a 10% drop in battery life per hour of Bluetooth streaming, but other users have reported terrible range or hot running, so your mileage will vary until the app is better optimized for more Snapdragon Wear chipsets.

You can only download music for offline listening on a Wear OS smartwatch if you have a Spotify Premium subscription. Reddit users confirm the feature has been rolled out to Fossil Sport Gen 4, TicWatch Pro 3, TicWatch E3, Oppo Watch (Wi-Fi and LTE variants), Misfit Vapor, Fossil Gen 5 Carlyle, TicWatch C2 +, and Moto 360 3rd gen . in France, Sweden, Australia, United States, Russia and some users in Poland were able to activate it when connected to a French VPN server.

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