Decode Spotify Error Messages and Codes - dummies

Decode Spotify Error Messages and Codes

By Kim Gilmour

Spotify is a very stable piece of software, but on occasion, it can get grumpy and bring up an error code. Thankfully, there aren’t too many types of Spotify codes around, so you can probably work out what the error relates to yourself. Here are the current code categories:

  • Error code 0: Spotify may be having network problems. If problems persist, uninstall and reinstall Spotify. Also, check Spotify for the latest system status update.

  • Error code 4: Your Internet connection may not be very stable, or the signal may be weak. Try to find a better connection to see whether that solves the problem.

  • Error codes 101 through 126: These codes are related to a connection problem, most likely a firewall issue. You need to add Spotify to your trusted devices.

  • Error codes 406 through 409: Your device needs to be upgraded to Spotify Premium for you to be able to access the service. This kind of error can happen if you’re not logging in from the same country in which you originally registered or if you’re using a third-party tool to access Spotify that’s available only for Premium subscribers. Upgrading removes the restrictions.

  • Error codes 500 through 509: These codes are related to auto-updating problems. Uninstall Spotify, and then go to the Spotify website to manually download the latest version of the software.

  • Internal exception error: An installation is somehow corrupted. A clean reinstallation is recommended.

Spotify may update these codes from time to time, but at least the preceding list can give you possible reasons why your setup is running into problems.