How To Fix “Spotify Can’t Play This Right Now” Error in 2024

Spotify is one of the leading music streaming apps in the world today because of its seemingly endless catalog of great music, podcasts, and other contents. While the app works great for most users, some people may encounter problems like the one we’re fixing today.

In this guide, we’ll show you the tips that you can try if you keep on getting the “Spotify Can’t Play This Right Now” error when playing music on the Spotify software on your PC.

How to fix “Spotify Can’t Play This Right Now” error?

There can be many reasons for the “Spotify can’t play this right now” error. Some people may encounter this error message due to license issues while other people may get them due to their account status or restriction. Other users may also get the same error message if their Spotify app cache has been corrupted, or when the player itself is not working properly.

Below are the solutions that you can try if you’re getting this error and you have no idea how to fix it.

Fix #1: Update the Spotify app.

Make sure that your Spotify app is fully updated. The Windows version should automatically update by itself but you can always manually check for any new update by going to Spotify Settings > Help > About Spotify.

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Fix #2: Restart the Spotify app.

A quick restart of a malfunctioning app sometimes helps in fixing all sorts of problems. Be sure to try doing a quick reboot to fix “Spotify Can’t Play This Right Now” error.

Fix #3: Reboot your PC.

Another simple solution that you can try is to restart the PC itself. Do this if a Spotify app refresh did not change anything.

Fix #4: Log back in to your Spotify account.

Logging out of your Spotify account and logging back in may do the trick in fixing this error message. 

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In order to log out from the Spotify app, just click on the arrow beside your Profile name at the top and select Log out. Then, make sure to restart the app before signing back into your account.

Fix #5: Disable Hardware acceleration in the Spotify app.

One possible reason why Spotify can’t play songs may be related to hardware acceleration in the app. To check if this is the case, you can disable the hardware acceleration feature. Here’s what you need to do:

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  1. Open Spotify desktop app.
  2. Click the three dots at the upper left.
  3. Select Edit.
  4. Select Preferences.
  5. Scroll down to the bottom and click on Show Advanced Settings.
  6. Under the Compatibility section, toggle off the button for Enable hardware acceleration.
  7. Restart Spotify app and check if Spotify can’t play still.

Fix #6: Refresh the Spotify app cache in your local files.

Damaged or corrupted local files for your Spotify app may be the reason for this error. You can try to clear local cache files in your hard drive to fix the problem. Here’s how:

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  1. Open Spotify app.
  2. Click the three dots at the upper left.
  3. Select Edit.
  4. Select Preferences.
  5. Scroll down to the bottom and click on Show Advanced Settings.
  6. Copy the file address that is being shown under Offline storage location (for example C:\Users\*PC Name\AppData\Local\Spotify\Storage) then close the app. Afterwards, press Windows + E on your keyboard and go to the specified path for your Spotify local cache files.
  7. Select all the files available in the folder and delete them.
  8. Quit Spotify and relaunch it to check for the problem.

Fix #7: Change the streaming quality on Spotify.

If Spotify can’t play songs at this time, you can also opt to use a different Streaming quality for your songs. Just go into Spotify settings and select the streaming quality in the Audio quality section.

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  1. Open Spotify app.
  2. Click the three dots at the upper left.
  3. Select Edit.
  4. Select Preferences.
  5. Under the Audio quality section, click on the drop down for Streaming quality and pick the option that you want to try.

Fix #8: Reinstall Spotify.

The final solution that you can try is to delete and reinstall the app. Try this if none of the solutions have helped fix the problem so far.


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