Whereas Spotify has allowed offline listening on smartphones for years – and arrived on Apple Watches earlier this 12 months – it’s lastly coming to Put on OS smartwatches in an replace coming quickly to house owners of the Galaxy Watch 4 and different wearables.
Spotify first teased the function at Google IO 2021 again in Might, per What HiFi. The replace is rolling out to Spotify’s Put on OS app within the coming weeks, enabling offline music downloading for Premium (e.g. paying) customers solely – sorry, free tier listeners – however everybody will have the ability to obtain podcasts to their smartwatch, in line with an official weblog submit.
Doing so is simple: very similar to with the smartphone app, whereas listening to a track or album or playlist or podcast, faucet ‘obtain to observe.’ A inexperienced arrow subsequent to their names will pop up, indicating they’re saved domestically.
Smartwatches might want to run WearOS 2.0 or newer to reap the benefits of the brand new options, and likewise run the most recent Spotify smartphone app on their paired handset.
Offline listening: lastly reap the benefits of that beefy smartwatch storage
Whereas extra is at all times higher in the case of specs, we haven’t discovered an excessive amount of use for the onboard storage on a smartwatch. A lot of it’s taken up by the working system and pre-loaded apps – these occupy half of the Galaxy Watch 4’s 16GB, for example – and the remainder may theoretically be used for apps and music.
However the former don’t take up that a lot house, and really getting content material downloaded to your smartwatch is commonly as cumbersome because it was to get songs on an previous MP3 gamers.
It’s far simpler to obtain content material wirelessly, as we’ve been in a position to do on telephones for years – however that functionality has solely just lately been added to smartwatches, on a service by service foundation and first to Apple Watches (each Tidal and Spotify included the function in Might updates).
That’s why Spotify including offline downloading for Put on OS watches is such a giant deal. Regardless that it comes months after the function was added to Apple Watches, it’s nonetheless welcome now, particularly after Samsung’s new Watch 4 and Watch 4 Basic have hit stands operating Put on OS 3 (made in partnership between Google and Samsung). Whereas the rollout is unclear, Spotify named Fossil, Mobvoi, and Suunto as getting the app replace within the coming weeks, so preserve a watch peeled.
Through Android Central