What to do If Spotify Pauses Music on iPhone 13 After iOS 15.2 Update?

This post highlights potential solutions to a post-iOS update issue with Spotify app that unexpectedly pauses when playing music on an iPhone 13. Read on to learn what to do if Spotify pauses music on iPhone 13 after iOS 15.2 update.

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When it comes to music streaming, Spotify emerges among the most popular and widely used platforms worldwide. But this reputation is not a guarantee that Spotify users won’t be facing any issue.

In fact, many iOS users have succumb to various issues when using Spotify on their respective iOS devices. And you might be reading this post right now because you to are already dealing with one after installing the latest iOS update on your iPhone. 

And to give you some input, I’ve mapped out some basic troubleshooting methods you can refer to. Read on for more detailed solutions.

iPhone Spotify Issues after iOS 15.2

Although software updates are primarily aimed at conferring benefits, the output is not always good. As a matter of fact, various types of post-update issues have been raised from a minor or major software revamp.

Oftentimes, a problematic third-party app emerges as a common concern. And even the frequently maintained and attested apps like Spotify are not exempted.

Tackled in this context is a relevant issue with the iPhone 13 Spotify app that suddenly keeps pausing music after the iOS 15.2 update.

What Causes Post-update Problems with Spotify?

Problems like this typically occur when the recent update contains some unexpected bug that ruined the Spotify app’s normal operation. It’s also possible that the recent update automatically altered some settings on your iPhone system and those changes have eventually caused conflicts with Spotify. The same thing can happen if you’re running an outdated Spotify app on your iPhone.

If  you’re facing the same Spotify issue after updating your iPhone software to the latest version, then you can try any of the outlined solutions.

Troubleshooting Spotify Pauses Music on iPhone 13 after iOS 15.2  Update

The following solutions are likewise applicable when rectifying Spotify issues on other iPhones after updating to the latest iOS version.


Before you begin, verify and ensure that your iPhone is connected to the internet and that the internet connection is fast and stable. This is imperative for music streaming with Spotify unless you’re on a premium account. Listening to the streaming service’s extensive library even without an internet connection is possible with Spotify Premium.

Also check to see if the problem is only isolated to a certain song/music. That said, try playing other songs or tracks and see if Spotify pauses or not.

If it doesn’t pause while other tracks, then that apparently indicates that an errant audio track is the root cause of the problem. It’s possible that the audio file was corrupted and ruined. Should this be the case, all you can do is to either delete then redownload the problematic song or just delete it totally and find other alternative and working tracks available.

Once you’ve got everything set, you may go ahead and start ruling out every possible culprit with these subsequent tweaks.

Some iPhone users have found these methods helpful when dealing with in-app glitches inflicted by a firmware update. Thus, any of these methods might be able to fix the post-iOS update problem with the iPhone 13 Spotify app.

Note that there is no definite solution since the root cause is yet to be determined. This means you’ll be carrying out a trial-and-error approach until the problem is fixed.

Solution #1: End the Spotify app and then relaunch it.

If you’ve left the Spotify open or running during the update and you haven’t restarted your iPhone, chances are that the app is glitching after the recent system changes. To clear this out, ending the Spotify app from the background is necessary. 

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To end background apps in iOS 15.2, just follow these steps:
  • Swipe up from the bottom corner of the screen to launch the multitasking menu containing previews of all running apps.
  • Find and then swipe up or tap the Minus(-) sign on the top edge of the Spotify app preview to close it.
  • If you’ve left other apps running in the background, repeat the steps to close them all individually.

After clearing all background apps, relaunch the Spotify app and then test to see if the problem is gone.

Solution #2: Reboot your iPhone (soft reset).

Performing a soft reset or quick system reboot is highly recommended after making necessary system changes including updates.

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If you haven’t rebooted your iPhone after updating, it’s possible that the recent software changes triggered some apps to misbehave. Thus, an iPhone reboot is recommended. 

Just follow these steps:
  • Press and hold the Power/Side button and either Volume buttons for a few seconds and then release when the Power off slider appears.
  • Then, drag the slider to turn your iPhone completely off.
  • After 30 seconds, press and hold the Side button again until the Apple logo appears.

Rebooting can also clear out residual data including corrupted system cache that caused conflicts to the Spotify app.

Solution #3: Log out from Spotify and sign in again.

Some in-app glitches can also be rectified by logging out and back into your account. This is one way to refresh your account’s services and likely rectifies any transpiring glitches from the current login session.

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To log out of your Spotify in iOS 15.2, simply follow these steps:
  • Open the Spotify app on your iPhone.
  • Tap Home.
  • Tap the Gear icon to view settings.
  • Scroll down and then tap Log Out.
  • If prompted, tap Log Out again to confirm.

After logging out, quit the Spotify app and then open it again. As soon as the app is finished loading up, enter your credentials to sign in to your Spotify account again.

Once you’re in, test play any song or music and see if the pausing issue is gone.

Solution #4: Update Spotify to the latest version, if available.

Installing new app updates is also recommended to rule out system conflicts. Most of the apps that are acting up from an update are those that aren’t up-to-date. 

Similar to firmware updates, app updates rolled out by software developers also contain fix patches to clear out widespread bugs that might have made a certain app unstable.

If you haven’t enabled automatic app updates on your App Store account, then you need to manually check and install any pending app updates including Spotify. 

Here’s what you should do then:
  • Navigate to  your iPhone’s Home screen or App library and then touch and hold on the App Store icon for a few seconds until the quick menu appears.
  • Tap Updates from the quick menu options to update individual apps or tap Update All to update multiple apps simultaneously.
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Alternatively, you can view and install pending app updates via App Store on  your iPhone 13 with these steps:

  • Open the App Store app and then tap on your profile icon on the top-right edge.
  • Pending app updates will load up on the next menu. Find and then tap the Update button next to Spotify to install pending updates for the Spotify app.
  • If multiple app updates are available, tap the Update All option instead.
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After updating apps, reboot your iPhone to refresh and apply new software changes.

Solution #5: Offload the Spotify app then reinstall it.

Another potential solution to post-update in-app glitches is the iOS offloading function. This feature works by deleting the app without removing relevant data and documents. 

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Offloading apps has also been proven effective when dealing with app loading errors, app crashes, crash upon load, and other relevant symptoms.

Should you wish to give this method a shot, then you may refer to these steps to manually offload Spotify on your iPhone 13:
  • Open the Settings menu by tapping on the Settings app icon from Home.
  • On the succeeding menu, tap General.
  • Then, tap iPhone Storage.
  • Select Spotify from the list of apps on the iPhone Storage menu.
  • On the succeeding menu, scroll down a bit and then tap the option to Offload App.
  • If prompted, enter your passcode and tap Offload App again to confirm.

After offloading Spotify, reboot/soft reset your iPhone to clear system cache and once it’s finished rebooting, reinstall Spotify by tapping on its icon from the Home screen.

All relevant app data and documents will then be retrieved once Spotify is finished installing. By then you can test play any song to see if offloading the app fixes the problem.

Solution #6: Reset all settings on your iPhone.

Some software updates override system settings automatically. But it turns out that some settings overrides also result in some conflicts, resulting in unexpected app malfunctions and other relevant symptoms.

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To clear this out, resetting all settings on the iPhone is recommended. This reset deletes all recent changes made to the system settings including app permissions and preferences, network settings and other attributes without deleting all user data.

This reset is typically recommended when resolving software-related issues before performing a factory reset.

To reset all settings in iOS 15.2, simply follow these steps:

  • Go to your Home screen and then open the Settings app.
  • Scroll to and tap General.
  • Tap Transfer or Reset iPhone to proceed.
  • Then tap on Reset. 
  • On the succeeding menu, tap Reset all settings from the given options.
  • Enter your device passcode if prompted and then tap Reset settings to confirm.

Your iPhone reboots automatically when the reset is finished and then loads up all default apps and values.

To use necessary apps particularly those that are disabled by default, you will need to re-enable them individually.

Logging into your Spotify account is also necessary when you relaunch the application.

Solution #7: Uninstall Spotify and reinstall it from the App Store.

If the problem continues after applying the previous solutions, chances are that the app might have been totally ruined or corrupted. Should this be the case, uninstalling and reinstalling the app would be necessary. 

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Should you wish to proceed, just follow these steps to uninstall Spotify app in iOS 15.2:

  • Go to the Home screen and then touch and hold the Spotify app icon until the quick menu appears.
  • Tap Remove App from the quick menu options.
  • Finally, tap Delete App to remove or uninstall the app along with all relevant data and documents from your iPhone.

After deleting the application, reboot/soft reset your iPhone to refresh system services. Once your iPhone is back online, go to the App Store to download and install the latest version of Spotify app for iPhone 13.

Follow the rest of the onscreen prompts to finish installing Spotify and once it’s up, log into your account by entering the correct credentials.

Is your iPhone Spotify app still not working properly?

For Spotify issues that could not be resolved by any of the aforementioned solutions, backend issues with the Spotify server are more likely the underlying cause. 

But in the case where the onset of the Spotify problem was following the recent iOS update implementation, chances are that something from the recently installed software update like a software bug had caused conflicts with Spotify and eventually resulted in the app not working as intended.

Checking the current status of the Spotify server is also recommended especially if the pausing issues occur on all music you’re trying to play on Spotify.

Unexpected technical difficulties from the backend system as well as scheduled system maintenance can also halt the normal app functions. 

You can use services like search engines to view the current Spotify server status or use free down detector tools to find out if Spotify is experiencing downtime in your area.

Seek More Help

At this point, escalating the problem to Spotify support or Apple support can be considered among the next options. There might be some complex in-app glitch that requires more advanced solutions that require expertise from the support department either from Spotify or Apple Support. Just let them know exactly what happened, like when and how the problem had started so they can come up with a definite solution.

While waiting for a definite fix, you can just switch to other music streaming tools for your iPhone like Apple Music, whenever the need to play music arises. Your Apple credentials (Apple ID and password) are necessary in order to use the Apple Music app.

One you’ve secured the Apple Music requirements, just launch the Apple Music app on your iPhone and tap the option to Listen Now to start listening to your favorites songs from your music library.

If you’re not satisfied with the built-in iOS Music app, you can use other music apps instead. Just download and install your preferred third-party app from the App store.

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