Update the Spotify Mobile Apps - dummies

Update the Spotify Mobile Apps

By Kim Gilmour

Mobile apps get updated with relentless regularity. It seems like there’s one every day. But apps are always a work in progress, and Spotify is one company that is constantly looking to evolve and improve its product.

Apps are also updated to fix minor bugs and sometimes even more serious ones. Shortly after the long-awaited update to include playlist folders was announced in June 2011, the app was constantly crashing whenever users tried to access a folder, and songs were ending a second early.

A quick search online found others having the same problem. In addition to this, files previously synced had vanished. Not good, particularly because a U.S. launch was imminent.

When Spotify got hold of the issue, one of its iPhone developers got on Twitter and asked people to let him know what was happening to their phones. Spotify’s chief executive, Daniel Ek, retweeted the message and got the word out about the bug.

After some user feedback, the developers were able to replicate the problem at their end and worked out how to fix it. A new release was issued quickly.


Unlike the desktop app, you aren’t forced to immediately update your mobile app the minute it comes out. Updating the mobile app is a manual process — it doesn’t automatically install onto your phone; you need to obtain the installation from the App Store or Android Market.

(On Android, you can set any app to auto-update by going into the Market and selecting the Allow Automatic Updating check box in the app’s page.)

If you’ve updated apps before, then you know what to do: The update process for Spotify is the same as it is for any app. You see a number appear next to the App Store icon that indicates how many updates are available for the apps you’ve installed. You can then access the app or apps that need updating.