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How to Listen to Spotify on Android TV

by Natalie
Spotify on Android TV

Spotify is an online music streaming platform that offers millions of songs and podcasts from various creators. Spotify is one of the few music streaming apps that can be installed on Android TV via the Google Play Store. With the Spotify app on your Android TV, you can listen to your favorite songs and artist’s album. As Spotify is a cross-platform app, it will automatically sync your music search history and interest across devices, like Android TV, smartphones, and PCs.

Spotify Plans and Pricing

Spotify offers three subscription plans along with the free pack.

Pricing and Plans
  • Free add supported version.
  • $9.99/month Individual premium plan with one account.
  • $12.99/month for the Duo premium plan with two accounts.
  • $15.99/month for a Family premium plan with six accounts.
  • $4.99/month Student plan for one account.

All the premium plan offers ad-free streaming with offline playback. If you are a new user, you will get a one-month free trial for all the plans. In the Family premium, you will get one Spotify Kids account which blocks explicit music content. You can also get the Musicmatch on Android TV to know the lyrics of any unknown song.

Spotify on Android TV

The Spotify platform was launched in April 2006. And in June 2019, Spotify launched its smartphone app. Then, after ten years of existence, Spotify officially launched the TV app for Android TVs.

Supported Android TVs

  • TCL
  • Sony
  • Sharp
  • Skyworth
  • Philips
  • Mi
  • Hisense

Supported Android TV Boxes

  • Nvidia Shield TV
  • Epson TV
  • AT&T TV
  • AIR TV
  • Mi Box

How to Install Spotify on Android TV

#1 Start your Android TV and make sure to connect it to the internet network.

#2 Now, press the Home button on the remote.

#3 On the home screen, click on the Play Store from the Your Apps section.

Android TV Home Screen

#4 Choose the Search option on the top-left corner.

#5 Search for Spotify, or you can browse for the app under the Audio and Music streaming categories.

Spotify on Android TV

#6 Navigate to the app installation screen and click on the Install button.

Spotify on Android TV

#7 Once the app is installed on your Android TV, click Open to launch the app.

How to Use Spotify on Android TV

#1 When you open the Spotify app, you will get the Log In screen.

#2 You can use your Facebook credentials to sign in to the Spotify app by clicking the Log In With Facebook button.

#3 You can also manually enter your Spotify credentials and click the Log In button.

Login to Spotify

#4 After the successful log in, you can listen to your favorite songs and albums on your Android TV.

Listen to the Songs

#5 Use the Search Bar to find the specific song.

#6 In the Your Library sections, all the saved songs and playlists will appear.

#7 If you want to change your account settings, click the Account option on the left pane.

How to Cast Spotify to Android TV

Apart from installing the Spotify app on your Android TV, you can cast the app from your smartphone.

#1 Install the Spotify app on your Android smartphone or iPhone.

#2 Make sure that the Android TV and your smartphone from which you are casting are on the same WiFi Network.

#3 Open the Spotify app on your smartphone and sign in with your credentials.

#4 Start playing the music you want to listen to.

#5 Click on the Available Devices icon on the bottom-left corner of the screen.

Cast Spotify to Android TV

#6 Select your Android TV from the list of available devices.

Select your TV

#7 On a successful connection, the audio will now be played on your Android TV.

#8 To stop the casting, tap the Available Devices icon again and choose This phone option.

In case you are looking for a better app for Podcasts, you can download the RSS Player Apk on your Android TV.

How to Sideload Spotify on Android TV

#1 Click on the Search option from the Android TV home screen.

#2 On the search screen, type Downloader and select the app from the search results.

Install Downloader

#3 Install the Downloader app on your Android TV.

Install Downloader

#4 Go to Settings and choose Device Preferences.

Device Preferences on Android TV

#5 Click the Unknown Sources option.

#6 Turn on the Install Unknown Apps toggle for the Downloader app.

Enable Downloader toggle

#7 Now, open the Downloader app and highlight the URL field.

Downloader on Android TV

#8 Install the AFTVnew Plugin using the URL (browser.aftvnews.com). By using the plugin, you can install any APK file on your Android TV.

#9 Then, enter the Spotify Android TV APK URL in the required field and click GO.

#10 The Spotify APK for Android TV will be downloaded.

#11 Tap the Install button to install the APK file.

#12 Then, open the Spotify app and listen to all the songs.

#13 If the sideloaded Spotify app is not listed in the Apps section, you have to install the Sideload Launcher on Android TV. In the latest version of Android TVs, the sideloaded APKs won’t be listed by default.

Spotify on Android TV Limitations

Though the Spotify app is available for Android TV, there are limitations and restrictions in the app when compared to the smartphone app.

  • Background listening is not available in the Spotify on TV app. When you click the Back button, all your music progress will be deleted.
  • Radio Stations are not available in the Android TV version.
  • The songs and albums are not sorted alphabetically. Every time, you have to search for the title manually.
  • The Lyrics feature is not available for Android TV.

Other Supported Devices

  • iOS 12 or above
  • Android OS 5.0 or above
  • Mac OSX 10.11 or above
  • Windows 7 or above
  • Web browsers like Safari, Google Chrome, Opera, Firefox, and Edge.
  • Streaming devices like Firestick, Roku, Apple TV, Google TV, and TiVo Stream.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can you Chromecast Spotify free?

Yes, you can cast the Spotify free version from your smartphone to any cast-compatible device.

2. What TVs have Spotify?

Smart TVs like Samsung, LG, and all the Android TV models support the Spotify app.

3. What are the alternatives for Spotify?

The best alternatives for Spotify are Apple Music, Tidal, Pandora, SoundCloud for Android TV, and many more.

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