More than 200 million people worldwide actively use Spotify, according to the company. Here’s how to use Spotify abroad.
Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services in the world — and one you likely use. And if you’re planning a dream vacation, of course, you’ll want to be able to stream your music throughout the trip.
Of course, Spotify is great for alleviating the boredom while on long bus or train rides or while waiting for a delayed flight. But a vacation playlist is also a great way to boost your mood throughout the journey.
But using Spotify abroad isn’t quite a simple as just packing your phone. You can easily lose access, leaving you with a 10-hour car ride and no songs to listen to.
In this article, we’ll take a look at how to use Spotify abroad, wherever you are. Let’s get started:
Only Traveling Abroad for Two Weeks or Less?
First, if your dream holiday is a two-week trip in a country where Spotify is compatible, then you’re good to go. Spotify users can enjoy the service abroad for up to 14 days. That goes for free and paid users alike.
For a few people using free accounts, Spotify will still work for a trip which that is longer than two weeks without any trouble. However, this starts to run into problems the longer you travel beyond the two-week window (paid users don’t have to worry about any of this, which we’ll discuss below).
In most cases, you’ll find that after two weeks, Spotify won’t let you log in to your free account anymore and will ask you where you are. But there’s a pretty easy solution to this problem — as long as the service is available where you are traveling.
Traveling Abroad for Longer Than Two Weeks?
As a free user, if you try to login into Spotify on your phone, tablet, or laptop to no avail, then you’ll need to visit the Spotify website to update your location.
Luckily, it should be as simple as that. After putting in your username and password, you should see a message which says:
“Enjoying your trip? To listen abroad for more than 14 days, tell us where you are at spotify.com/account.”
Once you’ve visited this page and signed in once more, you’ll be shown your personal profile. Head to the bottom of the page and click “EDIT PROFILE”.
You’ll then see the option for “Country” and a drop-down button. This will only show you your country of origin and the country you’re currently in.
Once you’ve changed your country, you should be good to go. Unfortunately, there may be music on your playlists that is unavailable in the current country you’re in. Don’t worry: when you return to your home country (where you set up your account), you can listen to these songs once more. While you’re away, simply listen to them on YouTube or buy the songs instead (and support the artist!)
Furthermore, if you’re traveling to multiple countries during your trip, then you will have to get used to changing the country periodically. But, thankfully, this process is easy and quick. In no time, you’ll be back to listening to your tunes.
Paying for Spotify Premium? Then You’re Covered.
Don’t want to pay for data in every country you visit, and want to avoid that expensive travel package from your home provider? Carriers are getting better about overseas costs, though these charges can mount up quickly — and often surprise you on your next bill.
A totally different option is to rely on the Wifi of the hotels, hostels, cafes or restaurants you visit, and simply forego cellular data. If you do this, but simply can’t go without listening to your music, then Spotify Premium is a great option for you. Using this option, you simply download playlists and songs you want to listen to later — thousands of songs if you want. Then, you can update the collection when you’re back in a Wifi zone.
Another great benefit of Premium is that you can listen wherever you go, with no time limit. You won’t even need to change your country location.
In general, prices for Premium can range from just $5 a month if you’re a student to $10 for everyone else. In some countries the price points are lower (or sometimes a little higher).
(If you’re lucky, you may find that Spotify is offering a three-month deal for a lower price just before you go traveling so keep your eyes peeled.)
Countries Where Spotify Isn’t Available At All
Depending on where you’re traveling, you may find that Spotify isn’t available at all.
If this is the case, you may need to choose another music streaming service (such as Apple Music, which services 59 more countries than Spotify) or listen to your own downloaded music.
This list shows you the countries where Spotify is not available in Europe, for example:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- San Marino
Luckily, in all the other countries in Europe, you can use your Spotify account. This means that if you’re backpacking in Berlin or enjoying some Paris luxury travel, you can easily access your tunes.
Need the full list of countries where Spotify is available? Visit the dedicated Spotify website to find out more.
Enjoy Spotify Abroad to Improve Your Travels
For added memories, create a travel soundtrack in the form of a Spotify playlist. In many cases, Spotify will have something similar to what you’re hearing, whether live, in cafes, or in clubs.
By doing this, you will be able to look back on these playlists and remember the trip long after it’s over. While you’re sitting in the office months after your trip, a song will transport you back to a beach in Spain.
Hopefully these tips will help you enjoy Spotify for your entire vacation — without any hiccups.