5 Ways to Play Spotify Music on Nintendo Switch

Will there be a Spotify App for The Nintendo Switch?

In April 2017, just a month after the release of the Nintendo Switch, fans reached out to Spotify to propose the development of a compatible app for Nintendo Switch. However, in 2019, Spotify closed the case without any further action, stating

"Hey folks, Spotify staff here.
We’re always working on improving the Spotify experience across platforms, but we don’t have any further information to share at the moment.
It should also be noted that we typically don't announce integrations with third parties in advance.
Thanks for continuing to share your ideas."

In the following years, there still hasn't been any indication that an app is imminent. While there have been recent reports of an update to support Bluetooth audio on the Switch, news of a Spotify app remains absent. Then on 2023-03-30, Spotify changed the post status to Not Right Now, stating

Hey everyone,
Thanks for coming to the Spotify Idea Exchange.
We've discussed this idea and while it is interesting, we aren't able to prioritize it (don't have any immediate plans to implement this).
If we do have any new information to share, rest assured we'll check back in here with a new status.

Nintendo Switch users who want to listen to Spotify songs while playing game may feel disappointed. So is there anything we can do to listen to Spotify through the Switch? If you're willing to do some work, then possibly. Here we will show you some alternatives to play Spotify music on Nintendo Switch.

Option 1 Send Spotify music to your headphones

Requires Bluetooth headphones with a 3.5mm headphone cable to it. Play music through your phone and send it to the headphones via bluetooth and plug the 3.5mm cable to your Nintendo Switch. The audio feed both plays in the same time! Remember to turn off all the music off on every game you play, and play music though your phone.

Option 2 Hook up your Nintendo Switch through the Xbox

If you have a Nintendo Switch and Xbox one, hook up the Switch through the Xbox hdmi in port(where you typically plug in your cable box), then open the OneGuide app on the Xbox. Now you can run your Switch through your Xbox and play Spotify in the background.

Option 3 Use Nintendo Switch Splat & Chat Headset

Although you can play games on Nintendo Switch and play Spotify on your phone, however, this is not convenient when you need to use headphones. Reddit users point that HORI Nintendo Switch Splatoon 2 Splat & Chat Headset comes with a sound mixer (the arrow shaped thing with 2 chords). Plug one cord into your switch and one into your phone and go to town.

Option 4 Install Android OS on your Nintendo Switch

The ingenious modders at XDA Developers have managed to install Android OS onto the Nintendo Switch. This then provides access to all the apps you can normally use on Android, such as Netflix, Spotify, etc. It's going to take several steps for you to get Android working on your Switch, and it isn't for total novices. But you can find out what you need to know and decide whether it's going to be right for you here.

Option 5 Play Spotify on Nintendo Switch through TriPlayer

You can listen to music stored on an Switch's SD Card using Switch Music Player – TriPlayer. The following music formats can be played:

  • AAC files with .m4a, .mp4, and .3gp extensions
  • MP3 files with .mp3 extensions, bit rates of 16kbps - 320kbps, and sampling frequencies of 32kHz - 48kHz

If you can download Spotify music to mp3 or m4a format, you can then transfer them to SD card and then enjoy them on your Nintendo Switch. Here we will show you how to download Spotify music to mp3 or m4a on your Mac and Windows.

Ondesoft Spotify Converter is a professional Spotify music downloader that allows you to download Spotify songs and albums to mp3, m4a, wav and flac with either free or premium account. It downloads Spotify songs with 100% original quality, up to 320 kbps. It will preserve all metadata. Ondesoft Spotify Converter is available on both Mac and Windows. You don't need to download Spotify music, just drag&drop the songs/albums/playlists you want to convert. So you can use it to convert Spotify to mp3 with even Spotify free account .

Follow below steps and learn how to download Spotify music to mp3 with Ondesoft Spotify Converter.

1. Run Ondesoft Spotify Converter

Download, install and run Ondesoft Spotify Converter on your Mac or Windows. Spotify will be launched automatically.

spotify to mp3 converter

2. Select Spotify music

Drag&drop tracks, playlists or albums from Spotify app to the interface directly. Or click "Add Files", copy&paste the link of the song, album or playlist to the bottom area and then click + icon. To copy the link, right click the playlist, album or song and choose "Share" - Copy Playlist(or Album/Song) Link.

drag&drop spotify songs

All songs in the playlist or albums will be checked by default. You are free to uncheck the tracks you don't want to convert.

3. Choose output format (optional)

Click the gear icon on the top right corner to open Settings. Here you can select output format (MP3/M4A/AAC/FLAC/WAV/AIFF), choose output audio quality, cover quality, change the output path, organize the output files in various ways, rename output files and more.

Spotify to mp3, m4a, wav, flac

4. Click Convert button

If you don't need to change output settings, just skip to this step. Click Convert button to start converting Spotify to MP3.

Spotify to mp3

After conversion, click below folder icon to quickly locate the DRM-free Spotify songs, albums or playlists in MP3 format. You can then transfer them to usb drive or any media player that supports mp3.

Spotify to mp3 converter

5. Transfer the MP3 songs to SD card.

6. Play Spotify music on Nintendo Switch

  1. Select the Nintendo 3DS Sound icon on the HOME Menu, and tap Open .
  2. Tap the desired music folder on the lower screen.
  3. Tap Open , and then use the stylus to scroll through music files or folders.
  4. Select a music file and tap Play to begin playback.

Spotify Converter

Spotify Converter
Download Spotify music to MP3, M4A, etc. with either free or premium account.