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Samsung S21 Spotify Stops Playing on Lock Screen – How to Fix

Spotify suddenly stopped playing music on your Galaxy S21's lock screen? Check this guide out!
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If you’re using Spotify to listen to music on your Samsung Galaxy S21, you may have come across an unusual issue where your Spotify music stops playing on the lock screen or when you’re not using the device for a while. 

We know how frustrating it can be, especially if you’re listening to your favorite playlist.

Most of the time, this problem is not because of a fault in your device or the Spotify app, but rather a configuration issue. The good news is that it’s fixable, and you’re in the right place to get that solution. 

Let’s get started!

Note: Solutions in this guide will work on any Samsung Galaxy S21 model (S21, S21 Plus, S21 Fe, and S21 Ultra models.) 

Editor’s note: We created these instructions using a Samsung Galaxy S21 running Android 13. Depending on your device’s software version, some steps and menu positions may look slightly different.

Check this video we have created for this specific problem

Fix 01: Remove Spotify From Sleeping Apps

One common reason why Spotify stops playing music when your Samsung Galaxy S21 goes to the lock screen is that the app is listed among the “sleeping apps.” 

The Sleeping Apps feature is a part of your device’s battery optimization. When an app is set to sleep, it won’t run in the background, thus saving battery life. However, this can interrupt the functionality of certain apps like Spotify and cause them to stop playing music when the device is not in active use.

Here’s how you can remove Spotify from the Sleeping Apps list:

  1. Go to the Settings on your Samsung Galaxy S21.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Battery and device care.
  3. Tap on Battery.
Battery and device care
  1. Then, tap on Background usage limits.
Background usage limits
  1. Tap on Sleeping apps.
Sleeping apps and deep sleeping apps
  1. You’ll see the list of Sleeping apps here. Tap and hold Spotify.
  2. Tap on Remove to take Spotify off the Sleeping Apps list.
Remove spotify from sleeping apps

After following these steps, Spotify should no longer stop playing when your device goes to the lock screen.

Fix 02: Deactivate Lock Screen Widgets

The lock screen widgets of your Samsung Galaxy S21 can also interfere with Spotify’s background activity and stop playing music when your device is locked. This is because Spotify widgets and other music widgets will compete for the same system resources, leading to unexpected interruptions.

To solve this issue, you can try deactivating other music widgets from the lock screen of your Galaxy S21. Here’s how you can do that:

  1. Open your device’s Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap on Lock Screen.
  3. Tap on Widgets.
Lock screen widgets
  1. Here, you will see a list of all the widgets that can appear on your lock screen. Look for any other music widgets that you have enabled and toggle them off.
Remove other music widgets from lock screen widgets

Fix 03: Allow Spotify to Run in Background – Unrestricted

Just like the Sleeping apps feature, the Spotify app won’t play any music when if the app isn’t allowed to run in the background. This is a common issue that can be easily fixed by adjusting the app settings.

Here’s how you can allow Spotify to run in background:

  1. Go to Settings > Apps.
  2. Scroll down and select Spotify.
Spotify in apps list
  1. Tap on Battery.
  2. Select Unrestricted.
Spotify unrestricted

Fix 04: Update Spotify App

In rare cases, an outdated Spotify app causes to stop playing music. Since developers release updates to fix bugs, if you’re running an older version of the Spotify app, you might be experiencing issues that have already been resolved in the latest update.

Therefore, follow the steps below and update your Spotify app:

  1. Open Google Play Store.
  2. Tap on the search bar and type Spotify.
  3. Tap on the app from the search result.
  4. Tap on Update.

Fix 05: Clear Spotify App Data

Clearing the Spotify app data resolve issues that arise due to corrupted or outdated files within the app. When you clear the app data, it essentially resets the app to its default state, as if you’ve just installed it. 

However, please note that clearing the app data will also remove your login details and any downloaded music. Therefore, make sure you have your login details to sign back in and re-download any music if necessary.

Here are the steps to clear Spotify app data:

  1. Go to Settings.
  2. Tap on Apps.
  3. Select Spotify.
  4. Go to Storage.
  5. Tap on Clear data.
Clear spotify data

After clearing the data, open Spotify and log back in.

Wrapping Up

That’s it! We’ve discussed 5 potential fixes to resolve the Spotify stops playing music on your Galaxy S21’s lock screen.

We hope these solutions have worked for you and that you’re now able to enjoy uninterrupted music on your Samsung Galaxy S21. If you have any questions or need help, simply leave a comment below. We will be there to assist you.

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