Spotify on Android, controller on screen lock does not work due to bugs

Over the last few days, the Spotify application has been having problems running on Android smartphones, both from Samsung and other manufacturers. This has been confirmed by Sammobile, who has shared a possible, temporary solution to the bug reported by several users – we have tried and also to us and confirm that it does not work on our smartphone Samsung Galaxy.

The problem encountered by many Spotify users on their Android devices is the following: playback controls do not work on the lock screen (as well as on the Always-On-Display screen on Samsung Galaxy phones where it is available). As a result, in order to move to the next/previous track or pause/play they are forced to unlock the phone/tablet, then use the controls in the notification bar or by opening the full app.

The problem would be caused by a bug in the latest version of Spotify for Android – or maybe even in the last two, since an update has been released even today – as until a few days after the controls worked well. Sammobile reported that the problem would affect not only some Samsung Galaxy smartphones but also some smartphone models of other brands, including LG and Huawei. Therefore, rest assured Spotify users: the bug should be solved with an upcoming update of the Spotify app for Android, which should not take long to arrive considering how many users are involved. And quiet owners of a Samsung smartphone: the problem is not the phone.

Spotify told SamMobile to be aware of the bug and that he is working on an update to restore the music controller in the lock screen. However, if you don’t want to wait, you can temporarily trick the bug by disabling the battery optimization for the Spotify app, here’s how to do it: open the Phone Settings, search and enter ‘Optimize battery use’, open the menu by tapping the icon at the top left, then press the ‘everything’ item, then search the Spotify app and disable the battery optimization specifically for the Spotify app by sliding the switch to ‘off’, then restart the phone. Note: Depending on the device model you have, and the Android version you have installed, the various steps may differ.

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