Spotify settings tweaks that change the way you listen to music

With more than 195 million subscribers Spotify is arguably one of the most popular music streaming platforms in the world. CNET also ranks Spotify as one of the The Best Music Streaming Services on the market and gave it an Editor’s Choice Award.

Spotify lets you listen to music wherever you are, recommends new songs based on your activity, and provides fun, personalized streaming dates end of each year. If you got a free Spotify subscription for the holidays, you can too Create and share playlists with friends on social media or with the whole world via the app.

However, if you feel like your listening experience is missing something, Spotify lets you control various settings to make your music sound better. That way, whether you’re in a quiet library, on your morning commute, or pumping out some iron gymTheir music always fits the mood.

Here’s how to boost your Spotify listening experience to 11 in any situation.

Adjust your base volume to suit your surroundings

The volume is pretty easy to figure out, but did you know that Spotify allows premium users to adjust the app’s base volume depending on their surroundings? You can choose both Calm, normal or According toand each has its own benefit.

Calm makes songs a little quieter and sounds cleaner, making it a good choice when you’re relaxing at home. normal allows songs to be played at a medium basic volume, and the sound is less clear than Calm. This is a good choice for most people and situations. Loud is – you guessed it – louder, but you might lose some audio quality due to volume. This option is good if you are in the gym or other similarly noisy environments.

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Changing your Spotify settings takes no time and can improve your overall listening experience.

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To adjust the base volume on your iPhone:

1. Open the Spotify app.
2. Tap on the gear icon in the top right corner of your screen.
3. Tap the reproduction option at the top of the menu.
4.
Among volume there are three options: According to, normal and Calm.

If you are using the Spotify app on a Mac, you can adjust the basic volume as follows:

1. Open Spotify.
2. Click the down arrow in the top right corner.
3. Scroll down until you see audio quality.
4. Among audio qualityYou should see that volume.
5. Click on the drop down bar to the right of volume.
6. From here you see the same thing According to, normal and Calm options. Choose what works for you.

To adjust the base volume when using the Spotify app on an Android device:

1. Open Spotify.
2. Tap the gear icon to access it settings.
3. Scroll down to reproduction and you should see Volume.
4. Next to volume You should see them According to, normal and Calm options. Select the one you want.

Finally, here is how to adjust basic volume in Spotify on Windows computer:

1. Open Spotify.
2. Click your account name in the top right.
3. click settings.
4. Among audio qualityYou should see that volume. Click the drop-down bar on the right.
5. Choose either According to, normal or Calm.

Use the Spotify Equalizer for more control

If you prefer to be more hands-on with how your bass and treble come across in each song, you can customize the in-app equalizer. Adjusting your bass affects sounds with lower frequencies, making your music sound deeper with more bass or flat with less bass. Treble affects the higher audio frequencies, making your music sound brighter and clearer when the treble is increased, or duller and somewhat muddy when less treble is used.

To access the equalizer on your iPhone:

1. Open Spotify.
2. Tap the gear in the top right corner to access it settings.
3. Tap the reproduction Possibility.
4. Scroll down the menu and tap equalizer.

To access the equalizer on your Android device:

1. Open Spotify.
2. Tap the gear icon to access it settings.
3. Under the audio quality Headline – not under data saver — beat equalizer.

This will open the equalizer page on both systems. Here you’ll find the manual equalizer slider and a handful of pre-made genre-based equalizers.

You should see the manual equalizer slider, which looks like a six-point line graph. When you first enter this page, the equalizer should be flat.

Each point on the chart can be adjusted for more or less tone. The leftmost bar represents your bass, the rightmost bar controls your treble, and the middle bars control – you guessed it – your midrange. You can adjust the bars as you like.

There are also genre based equalizers on this site. You can choose what genre you’re listening to, and the app will automatically adjust the sliders to optimize for that style of music. After choosing one, you can further adjust the sliders for the perfect listening experience.

If you want to reset the equalizer, there is a genre based equalizer called Even. This will reset the equalizer to its default setting.

The Mac and Windows versions of Spotify do not have an equalizer in the application. Yes you can Look for an equalizer application to help you find the best sound on your journey.

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Adjusting these settings can really make your music pop

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Adjust the quality of your music for clearer sound

You can also adjust the audio quality of your music. This comes in handy if you’re using mobile data and don’t want to skyrocket your phone bill. Decreasing the audio quality consumes less data.

To change the audio quality on mobile and tablet:

1. Open the Spotify app.
2. Tap the gear icon to access it settings.
3. Scroll down until you see the heading audio quality — not under data saver.
4. Among WiFi streaming and Cellular Streamingyou can choose Low, normal, High or Automatically. That Automatically Option adjusts audio quality based on your signal strength. If you’re a paying subscriber, you’ll see a fifth option below both WiFi streaming and Cellular Streaming called Very high.

To change the audio quality on your desktop:

1. Open Spotify.
2. Click the down arrow in the top right corner.
3. click settings.
4. Scroll down to audio quality.
5. Among audio quality You should see that streaming quality. Click on the drop down menu on the right.
6. Choose between Low, normal, High or Automatically options and the Very high Option for paying subscribers.

For more information on Spotify, see which Spotify subscription is best for you and how Spotify stacks up against Apple Music.


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