The Nintendo Switch has become one of the most popular consoles for gaming on the go. The hybrid design that allows you to play it as a handheld or docked to your TV makes it very versatile. However, beyond gaming, can you get Spotify on the Nintendo Switch for music streaming?
What is Spotify?
For those unfamiliar, Spotify is the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service. It gives you access to millions of songs, podcasts, and more. Spotify is available as a free ad-supported plan or a paid premium subscription without ads.
Some of the key features of Spotify include:
- Huge catalog of over 100 million songs to stream on demand
- Personalized playlists and recommendations based on your tastes
- Ability to follow artists and friends to see what they are listening to
- Sync music, playlists, and podcasts across mobile, tablet, computer, and other devices
- Group listening sessions with Spotify Social
- High-quality audio streaming even for free accounts
- Unlimited skips and offline listening with a paid Premium account
So whether you use Spotify free or are a paying subscriber, it provides a versatile music streaming experience. Naturally, as the Nintendo Switch has grown in popularity, many want to know – can you get Spotify on Nintendo Switch?
Is There a Spotify App for Nintendo Switch?
At the time of this writing, there is no official Spotify app available to download and install on the Nintendo Switch. The Switch does not run most smartphone apps as it has its proprietary operating system optimized for gaming.
Unfortunately, that means you cannot directly get Spotify on your Switch like you can on iOS, Android, various smart TVs, and other platforms. Having a native Spotify app for the Switch would certainly be a great addition for users who want background audio while gaming or music playback while on the go with their Switch in handheld mode.
Nintendo has not announced any official partnership with Spotify. So an official app or Spotify integration seems unlikely for now unless Nintendo decides to approve and pursue that in future firmware updates for the Switch.
Workarounds to Stream Spotify on the Nintendo Switch
Since you cannot outright download Spotify as an app on your Switch, are there any workaround methods? The good news is yes there are some indirect ways to stream Spotify music to your Nintendo Switch! It will require a bit more setup but once configured – you can get that beloved Spotify library of music playing through your Nintendo console.
Here are some of the main methods:
1. Bluetooth Audio Streaming
One of the easiest ways to get Spotify playing audio on Nintendo is by using Bluetooth. The Nintendo Switch supports pairing Bluetooth devices which opens up wireless audio streaming options.
Here’s how to stream Spotify to the Switch with Bluetooth:
- On another device like your smartphone, start playing a song or playlist on the Spotify app
- On the Switch, go into System Settings > Bluetooth Audio > Pair Device
- Select the phone/tablet to pair them
- Spotify audio will now start playing from the Switch speakers!
This allows you to remotely control and play Spotify from another device while hearing the audio on it. The range will be limited by the Bluetooth connection strength.
2. HDMI Connection with Other Devices
Similarly, by using an HDMI cable to connect devices like a smartphone or computer to the Nintendo Switch dock – you can get Spotify playback on your Switch.
To do this:
- Connect your phone/PC to the docked Switch with an HDMI cable
- Mirror your device’s screen and audio to display on the Switch
- Open Spotify on your connected device and start playing songs
- The Spotify app screen and audio will transmit to the Switch!
This gives you Spotify Premium playback through the Switch but depends on having another device handy to control it. Video may appear cropped/scaled to fit the Switch display.
3. Spotify Connect with Speakers
If you have smart speakers or other audio devices that support Spotify Connect, then you can transmit audio from Spotify to the Switch:
- On either your phone, tablet, or PC – start playing Spotify
- Tap/select the Spotify Connect icon and choose your Switch console
- Audio will sync directly to the selected Switch over Wi-Fi
- Control and change tracks from your mobile device or Spotify app
Just link your console and speakers on the same Wi-Fi network. Connect Spotify does the rest by using the Wi-Fi network to broadcast the audio.
4. Capture Card or HDMI Converter
For a more advanced setup, you could use a capture card or HDMI video converter. Connect it to your PC/Mac and use OBS Studio or similar recording software. Then:
- Play Spotify on your computer
- Use the capture card to transmit the Spotify interface to your Switch
- Audio plays from the Switch while software records or mirrors the Spotify app screen
This costs more for the video hardware but delivers the closest representation of having Spotify as a Switch app. Latency may be an issue.
Pros and Cons of Streaming Spotify on Nintendo Switch
Getting Spotify music playback through workarounds does add entertainment value to the Switch for non-gaming moments. But is it the ideal music listening experience on a game console?
- Adds music and podcast enjoyment to Switch gaming downtime
- Makes the Switch a more well-rounded portable media device
- No need to toggle between the Switch and a secondary device just for background music
- Take your Spotify library anywhere if using the Switch handheld and headphones
- Extra setup time and steps to transmit Spotify to Switch
- Can be inconvenient without a direct Spotify app
The workarounds do work but an official app would streamline the experience dramatically. There would need to be easier audio management for both game and background audio.
Having Spotify on the Nintendo Switch makes perfect sense given its handheld, on-the-go appeal. However, without official app development support from both Nintendo and Spotify – directly downloading Spotify as a Switch app remains impossible for now.
The good news is you still get the functional benefits of Spotify music playback on the Switch via Bluetooth, HDMI transmission, or Spotify Connect speaker syncing methods. Each has pros and cons around things like audio quality, range, and convenience.
Hopefully, in the future, we may see native Spotify integration or an official app release built for the Switch OS and hardware. For now, the workarounds serve the purpose of letting you enjoy both your console gaming and Spotify library together on one device!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does the Nintendo Switch have Bluetooth capability?
Yes, as of Switch system software version 10.0.0 (released Sept 2019) there is native support for pairing Bluetooth wireless audio devices like headphones, earbuds, speakers, etc. for audio streaming to the Switch.
Can you get YouTube or other streaming apps on Nintendo Switch?
No, unlike other gaming consoles and smart platforms, the Nintendo Switch does not officially support media streaming apps like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, etc. The entertainment apps are restricted to select pay-TV providers in certain regions only. Games and simplified entertainment features are still the core focus.
What audio apps or features does the Switch have?
Besides basic media gallery support for personal music files and headphone jack support for wired audio out, the main audio feature is native integration for wireless Bluetooth audio devices since the 10.0 update. This opened up audio streaming from smartphones and laptops.
Can the Nintendo Switch act as a Bluetooth speaker/receiver?
Yes, alongside the ability to pair wireless Bluetooth headphones and speakers, the Nintendo Switch can also function as a Bluetooth audio receiver itself. This allows streaming audio from a separate source device like a smartphone to play audio through the Switch speakers.
Does the OLED model Switch support Bluetooth headphones?
Yes, the latest Switch OLED model console includes the same Bluetooth wireless audio streaming capabilities as standard models updated with version 10 firmware and beyond. So any Bluetooth headphones, earbuds, or speakers can pair wirelessly with the premium OLED Switch.