Spotify is currently the world’s largest provider of music streaming. Despite this, to date, the service has not managed to implement an option for Hi-Fi audio quality. But even with the audio options that are actually available, many of you probably don’t use them, since the setting for them is quite hidden.
If you don’t set the audio quality in Spotify yourself, the app will automatically set it based on your internet speed. This is suboptimal for various reasons. We’ll tell you where to find the setting and why you should use it.
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This is how you set the audio quality
In the Spotify mobile app, click the gear icon in the top right corner to go to Settings. On the screen that follows, you’ll see the first audio quality option, which has the same title – which can be a bit confusing. Because if you activate this, you put the app into data saving mode. That means the quality will go up
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To increase the audio quality, you need to look further. This setting is found much further down. To do this, scroll to the point
right onequality setting. Here you can set these in different levels for streaming via WLAN and via mobile data. You have the choice between:
- Automatic: Depends on your internet connection
- Low: 24 kbps
- Normal: 96 kbit/s
- Hoch: 160 kbit/s
- Very high: 320 kbps
Very high is reserved for premium subscribers. You can take your time selecting the highest possible setting for operation in the WLAN, but for mobile use you should keep an eye on your data consumption and decide accordingly.
Mobile data is often limited
Depending on your mobile phone tariff, you only have a limited amount of data available each month. The higher the quality settings in the app, the more data it uses. So if you only have a few MBytes available per month, Spotify can use them up quickly with high audio quality.
But if you want to listen in the highest quality on the go, you can download your favorite songs via WiFi beforehand and then listen anytime without consuming any more data. However, high quality also means that you need more storage space on your smartphone. On the other hand, if you have an unlimited flat rate for mobile data, streaming is an option.
While Spotify doesn’t yet enable hi-fi quality, the platform is evolving more into a social network by integrating Facebook more deeply into the app.
Do you use Spotify’s quality settings or just press play and not care about the quality? Please let us know.