How to use Spotify offline on Wear OS 3 watches

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Spotify Lifestyle
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Spotify Lifestyle (Image credit: Chris Wedel/Android Central)

As one of the most popular audio streaming apps in the world, Spotify had been a bit behind on gaining a much-needed feature for its smartwatch companion app — until now. With the release of Wear OS 3 on the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 series of smartwatches, many of the apps on the wearable platform are getting some nice updates. Offline playback on Spotify's Wear OS app has finally begun rolling out to users, and here's how you can take advantage of this new feature to use Spotify offline on Wear OS 3 watches.

How to Spotify offline on Wear OS 3 watches

Before we get into getting your music downloaded to your Wear OS 3 smartwatch, to do this, you have to be a premium subscriber to Spotify. You will see the download option on your watch even if you have a free membership, but sadly the button won't do anything. Now, with that out of the way, let's get started.

  1. With your watch paired to your phone, open the Spotify app on your watch.
  2. Swipe left on your watch screen.
  3. Tap on a playlist or podcast that you want to download.
  4. Select Download to Watch. Source: Tshaka Armstrong/Android Central

The playlist or podcast you selected will begin downloading to your watch so long as it is connected to your phone and has a data connection. At this time, even if your Wear OS 3 watch has a built-in speaker, you won't be able to listen to the downloaded audio. To do so, you'll need to connect to Bluetooth, like a great pair of noise-canceling wireless earbuds.

How to find and remove offline Spotify audio from your Wear OS 3 watch

If you find that you are running out of space or won't need something you've saved for offline listening on your watch any longer, you'll probably want to remove the download — here's how.

  1. Open Spotify on your smartwatch.
  2. Swipe left on the watch display.
  3. Tap on Downloads at the top of the screen.Source: Tshaka Armstrong/Android Central

Here is where you'll see your list of downloaded audio. Now, to remove the audio, it's just a couple more taps.

  1. Select the audio you want to remove.
  2. Tap on Remove from Watch.

Source: Tshaka Armstrong/Android Central

This will start the deletion process to get the playlist or podcast removed from your smartwatch and give you precious storage space back.

Wear OS 3 is only available on the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic at the moment, but some of the best Wear OS smartwatches are going to get upgraded in 2022. That means that as more and more wearable app developers build great new features into their products, there will be more devices to take advantage of them.

Chris Wedel
Smart Home Writer
Chris Wedel is a fan of all things tech and gadgets. Living in rural Kansas with his wife and two young boys makes finding ways to get and stay online tricky. By utilizing his years of experience with the tech and mobile communications industries — success is assured. When not conquering connectivity challenges and testing new gadgets, he enjoys cruising a gravel road in his UTV with some good tunes.