Spotify is a great way to seamlessly manage your music collection across desktop and mobile. Since you’re streaming music instead of playing locally, you’re offered a few different quality options. What you might not know is that Spotify can toggle these automatically for you.
On both Android and iOS, open up Spotify, click the Menu on the left side, followed by the Settings icon. Head to Music/Streaming Quality and you’ll see a few options:
- Normal is 96 kbps.
- High is 160 kbps (the same as Standard quality on desktop).
- Extreme is 320 kbps (the same as High quality on desktop).
- Automatic (explained below).
Not sure what this means? Check out our explanation of how bitrates affect your music.
Turn on Automatic quality streaming and the app will automatically detect the best bitrate to use based on the strength of your phone signal. This removes the tedious work of switching between Normal when on-the-go and High/Extreme at home on Wi-Fi.
For those trying to conserve mobile data, this also ensures you won’t blow through your quota by accidentally leaving it on Extreme.
Normal, High, and Automatic are available to everyone, but Extreme is only available to those with a Spotify Premium account.
Needless to say, this makes using Spotify even more convenient than before and you should start using it. In addition, check out some other ways you might be using Spotify wrong without even knowing it.
I think @spotify upgraded their audio quality, Music sounds better today anyway!
— Jordan Beaumont (@Beauy420) October 8, 2015
Do you use Automatic quality on mobile? If not, what quality do you prefer? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.
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