Spotify Now Offers Lock Screen Widget on iPhone

Spotify today announced that it now offers a Lock Screen widget on the iPhone, allowing users to quickly access the app with a single tap. The widget is available with the latest version of the Spotify app released on the App Store earlier today.

Spotify Lock Screen Widget
Lock Screen widgets require iOS 16 or later. To add a widget, tap and hold the Lock Screen, tap on the Customize button, tap on the Lock Screen, tap on Add Widgets, select Spotify from the list that appears, and tap on the widget. For emphasis, the Spotify widget will only appear in the list if the app has been updated to the latest version.

While a Lock Screen widget is nice, Spotify has still yet to implement native support for the HomePod, meaning that Spotify cannot be fully controlled with Siri on the speaker like Apple Music can be. Spotify also lacks support for AirPlay 2, which launched in 2018 with less buffering, support for stereo-paired HomePods, and more.

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Top Rated Comments

Choco Taco Avatar
16 months ago

If that's so, than it is lazy implementation on the Apple side. Let 3rd party apps show some data here. Just like Apple widgets do.
It’s more illogical nonsense from Apple. Widgets (both on the Home Screen and Lock Screen) are still largely useless on iOS compared to Android. I don’t understand why Apple holds back on things like this. It’s not like they lack talented developers. They just willingly choose, year after year, to give us handicapped versions of features that Android has had for a decade now. The “Apple waits to implement things and then does them better” just isn’t true lately. I love Apple products. But that doesn’t mean that many of the choices they make aren’t infuriating. I used the Lock Screen widgets for about a week until I realized they were mostly useless and cosmetic. Apple can do much, much better. It’s not Spotify’s fault that widgets suck.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
SD449 Avatar
16 months ago
Hows that a widget?

Isn’t it just a shortcut to the app…
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
djcerla Avatar
16 months ago
Still waiting for the HomePod integration that bad Apple wouldn’t let you do (in your imagination), Daniel.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boak Avatar
16 months ago
Never really understood the purpose of such widgets. Not much time saved and it's placed so far high up to reach anyway.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
thatguywill Avatar
16 months ago
How about giving us things we actually want
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
philcourage Avatar
16 months ago

It’s more illogical nonsense from Apple. Widgets (both on the Home Screen and Lock Screen) are still largely useless on iOS compared to Android. I don’t understand why Apple holds back on things like this. It’s not like they lack talented developers. They just willingly choose, year after year, to give us handicapped versions of features that Android has had for a decade now. The “Apple waits to implement things and then does them better” just isn’t true lately. I love Apple products. But that doesn’t mean that many of the choices they make aren’t infuriating. I used the Lock Screen widgets for about a week until I realized they were mostly useless and cosmetic. Apple can do much, much better. It’s not Spotify’s fault that widgets suck.
And don't forget the iPad didn't even get that. Maybe this year we get lucky and finally can choose a wallpaper with different fonts. Can't innovate my ass.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)