How to stop notifications from interrupting music Android Spotify?

When listening to music or podcasts on the Spotify app for Android, notifications from other apps can interrupt or pause the playback. This can be frustrating if you want to fully immerse yourself in the audio without disruptions. While Spotify’s notification settings allow you to control some aspects of notifications, they don’t provide an option to prevent notifications from stopping the music. Fortunately, Android includes ways to prioritize certain apps or restrict notifications that allow you to avoid interruptions while using Spotify.

Check Notification Settings in Spotify

The first step is to open the Spotify app settings and check that notifications are enabled. You can do this by going to your Android device’s Settings, selecting Apps or Application Manager, choosing Spotify, and looking for the Notifications option. Make sure that “Allow Notifications” is toggled on, and if it’s already enabled, try toggling it off and back on again.

Within the Spotify app itself, go to Settings > Notifications and ensure notifications are enabled. You can customize which types of notifications you receive, like choosing to disable New Release or Activity notifications. According to Spotify’s support article on Notification Settings, deselect any notification types you don’t want to interrupt your music playback.

It’s also possible to disable notifications just during active use of the app by toggling off “Receive notifications when Spotify is open” in the app’s notification settings. This will prevent notifications from popping up when you’re listening to music, but still allow them when the app is closed.

Customize Notifications for Spotify App

To customize notifications specifically for the Spotify app on Android, first open the Settings app. Then go to the Apps & Notifications section and select Notifications [1]. Under Recently Sent, look for Spotify and tap on it. This will open Spotify’s notification settings.

Here you can toggle different notification types on or off, including sounds, vibrations, pop-ups, and the notification dot. Tap on Sounds and you’ll be able to select a custom notification sound just for Spotify alerts. You can also prioritize Spotify as an app and allow its notifications to override Do Not Disturb. These granular customizations allow you to tweak Spotify’s notifications without affecting your settings for other apps.

Set Spotify as Priority App

You can use Android’s Do Not Disturb settings to make Spotify a priority app. This will allow Spotify notifications to come through even when Do Not Disturb mode is enabled.

To set Spotify as a priority:

  1. Open the Settings app on your Android device.
  2. Go to Sound & Vibration > Do Not Disturb.
  3. Tap on “Priority only allows.”
  4. Tap on “Add app.”
  5. Select Spotify from the list.

Now when Do Not Disturb is enabled, you will still receive Spotify notifications while other app notifications will be silenced. This prevents Spotify from getting interrupted by other apps.

You can customize the behavior further by enabling “alarms only” or “media sounds only” under Do Not Disturb preferences. This will restrict notifications to just alarms or media apps like Spotify.

Overall, using Do Not Disturb priority settings is an easy way to prevent non-essential notifications from interrupting your Spotify listening experience on Android.

Enable Gaming Mode

One option to avoid notifications interrupting Spotify playback is to enable Android’s built-in Gaming mode. Gaming mode is designed to block notifications and other distractions while playing games. However, it can also be useful for avoiding interruptions during media playback.

According to a Reddit user, Gaming mode can allow Spotify to play uninterrupted during gameplay: “My goal is to turn off the in-game music and have Spotify play instead when me and my friends are using the Deck hooked up to the TV.

To enable Gaming mode on Android:
– Open Settings
– Select Notifications
– Tap Do Not Disturb
– Enable ‘Turn on automatically’ and select ‘Games’

With Gaming mode enabled, notifications should no longer interrupt Spotify playback. Just make sure to disable Gaming mode again when not playing games or listening to avoid missing important notifications.

Upgrade to Spotify Premium

One of the best ways to ensure your music listening on Spotify is never interrupted is to upgrade to Spotify Premium. With a Spotify Premium subscription, you can listen to music without any audio or banner ads. Premium allows for uninterrupted listening, even when you switch between devices.

Premium also lets you download songs, albums, playlists, and podcasts so you can listen offline when you don’t have an internet connection. This prevents any disruptions to your listening from network issues or connectivity problems. Additionally, with Premium you can listen at higher quality audio up to 320 kbps.

By upgrading from the free tier to a paid Premium account, notifications will no longer interrupt your music playback. You’ll have the ultimate ad-free, uninterrupted listening experience.

Use a Third-Party App

Third-party apps like Do Not Disturb give you more control over customizing interruptions from notifications while using Spotify. These apps let you set rules to automatically enable Do Not Disturb mode when certain apps like Spotify are open. This prevents notifications from interrupting your music listening experience.

Do Not Disturb apps can also schedule enabled and disabled times for Do Not Disturb mode. You can set it to automatically turn on Do Not Disturb at night or during certain hours when you don’t want to be interrupted. The apps provide granular settings to tailor Do Not Disturb to your preferences.

Disable Notifications System-Wide

One nuclear option to stop notifications from interrupting your Spotify listening experience is to disable all notifications system-wide on your Android device. You can turn off all notifications by going to Settings > Sounds & notifications and toggling off “All notifications” (1). This will completely disable any notifications from any app from popping up on your device. While this ensures Spotify and other apps won’t interrupt your music, it also means you won’t get any notifications at all, including potentially important ones.

Therefore, turning off all notifications should be a last resort if you can’t get notifications under control using Spotify’s settings or other methods. But in a pinch, this option will silence all interruptions if you want to fully immerse yourself in listening to music without any distractions.

Try Firefox Music

Mozilla Firefox has developed an alternative music app called Firefox Music for Android and iOS devices. This free app is designed to provide an interruption-free music listening experience.

Firefox Music allows you to import your playlists from Spotify and other services or create new ones within the app. It then downloads the songs so you can listen without any ads or need for an internet connection. Notifications and calls will not disrupt playback.

A key feature of Firefox Music is that it mutes all other audio when a song is playing. This prevents notification sounds, alerts or calls from interrupting your music. You can customize which apps are allowed to play audio over the music.

The app also has no sign-up required and does not collect any personal data. It provides a private, ad-free and unlimited way to enjoy music without interruptions from your device’s sounds and notifications.


In summary, there are several ways to stop notifications from interrupting your Spotify listening experience on Android.

The simplest options are to adjust your notification settings within the Spotify app itself, either turning off certain notification types or customizing notifications per your preferences. You can also set Spotify as a priority app so that it won’t get interrupted by notifications from other apps.

Enabling gaming mode on your Android device is another handy option, as is upgrading to Spotify Premium which allows you to download songs for offline listening. Using a third party notification manager app gives you more granular control.

If you want to take more drastic measures, you can disable notifications system-wide on your Android device, or use an alternative music app like Firefox Music which may have fewer interruptions.

The key is finding the right balance for your needs, so you can enjoy ad-free, uninterrupted music listening on Spotify while still receiving important notifications when necessary. With the right settings adjusted, you can ensure songs keep playing on Android without annoying pauses or distractions.

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