Spotify app won’t play certain songs on your iPhone? You can’t figure out why you can’t jam out to your favorite music? This short guide will help you dig out the reasons and what can you do to fix the issue on your iOS devices.

Spotify app for iPhone is available on the App Store. You can download and install it and listen to your songs any time of the day or night. However, when you are in the mood for a certain song and you can’t listen to it on Spotify, it can ruin your day for sure.

A lot of users reported that when they try to play a song on Spotify, they get an error message “Spotify can’t play this right now”. The error does not let you in on the details as to why it happened. Let us show you the common reasons for the error and then get on with the fixes.

Why Won’t Some Songs Play On Spotify iPhone?

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The Spotify app on your iPhone might not be playing some songs due to the following reasons.

  • Spotify is experiencing a technical difficulty that is causing the server outage
  • You ran out of storage space on your iPhone
  • You are using an outdated version of the Spotify app
  • Session algorithms are causing the Spotify app to malfunction
  • The Crossfade feature in the Spotify app is creating conflict while transitioning between songs
  • You are using the Spotify app in Offline mode (Interlink here with the Spotify won’t play downloaded songs page when published)
  • You have turned on high streaming quality on a free Spotify subscription

How To Fix Spotify Won’t Play Certain Songs on iPhone?

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If you are facing problems playing certain songs on your iPhone, you can do the following troubleshooting steps to fix the Spotify error.

Check Spotify Server Status

Sometimes, you can experience audio playback errors if the Spotify servers are down. Therefore, before applying any fix in this guide, check if the Spotify servers are experiencing outages at the moment when you play a song. You can use any third party website to check Spotify servers status.

Furthermore, you can also check the status on the Spotify Twitter account @Spotifystatus.

Check iPhone Storage

For proper streaming, Spotify recommends that you have at least 25o MB of free storage to stream audio seamlessly and error-free. Therefore, if the space on your iPhone is running low, delete some apps and media files. Afterwards,  try playing the songs again on Spotify.

Update Spotify App On iPhone

Spotify updates its app regularly to fix bugs and errors for iPhone and Android users. You might be running an outdated Spotify app version that was unable to solve the audio playback error but the latest version could have the fix for it. To check if your iPhone has the latest version of the Spotify app:

  • Tap on the App Store and search for the Spotify app
  • If you see an Update option for Spotify, tap on it
  • Wait for some time to let Spotify install the latest updates on your iPhone
  • Launch the Spotify app and enjoy uninterrupted music

Disable Crossfade in Spotify

The crossfade feature in the Spotify app amplifies your joy by transitioning songs one after another that have the same tone. However, this error often generates the “Can not play this right now” error.

To rule out that possibility for the error:

  • Launch the Spotify app on your iPhone and tap on Preferences
  • Scroll down and find the Playback option
  • Toggle the switch to disable the Crossfade option
  • Now play a song on the Spotify app and see if that fixes the error message

Use Spotify App in Online Mode

The most common reason for Spotify to show the error code is that you might be using the app in Offline Mode. To make sure that you are running the Spotify app in online mode on your iPhone:

  • Tap the “About Spotify” option on the top left corner of your screen
  • See if the Offline Mode is checked
  • If yes, uncheck the Offline Mode option and try playing the songs on your iPhone or iPad

How Do I Clear Spotify Cache?

How to clear Spotify app cache

Another great way to fix a lot of Spotify errors is to clear its cache from the source. To clear Spotify cache:

  • Log in to your Spotify account
  • Tap on Home and then tap on Settings
  • Next, tap on Storage and choose “Delete Cache”


We have tried our best to list all the fixes for Spotify not playing certain songs on your iPhone or any iOS device. However, if you still face the error, try to disable the hardware acceleration through the app settings and reinstall the Spotify app on your iPhone.

Spotify is a great and lightweight app. So, try to fix the error instead of opting for another platform or app for listening to your favorite songs.