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How to Turn Off Video on Spotify on iOS and Android

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In one of its updates, Spotify introduced Canvas, a feature that adds animated video backgrounds to certain albums on the app. While Spotify claims that these videos are optimised to use minimal data and battery, some users find them distracting and cluttering up the Now Playing screen, making it challenging to quickly access playback controls.

If you share the sentiment and prefer a cleaner interface for your music listening experience, you can easily disable Canvas.

How to turn off video on Spotify on iOS

  1. Tap the settings cog in the top right corner of the Spotify app to open the Settings menu.
  2. Select "Playback."
  3. Scroll down and toggle off the switch next to "Canvas."

How to turn off video on Spotify on Android

  1. Tap the settings cog in the top right corner of the Spotify app to access the Settings menu.
  2. Scroll down and toggle off the switch next to "Canvas."

After following these steps on either operating system, Canvas videos should be disabled for albums that support them. You can then enjoy controlling your music without the distraction of looping animations on the Now Playing screen. This straightforward adjustment allows you to maintain a simpler interface amid Spotify's evolving features.

How to turn on Spotify Canvas

If you want it back, you can enable Canvas by following the same steps and turning the toggle on during the last step.

What is Spotify Canvas?

Spotify Canvas is a feature that allows artists to upload short looping videos or visual elements that play in the background while users listen to their music on the Spotify app. Usually, these videos last only 3-8 seconds.

For artists, Spotify has specific requirements for Canvas artwork:

  • The ratio of Spotify Canvas should be 9:16 in vertical format.
  • Video height should be between 720 px and 1080 px.
  • Files can only be in MP4 or JPEG formats.
  • Pixels should not exceed a width of 600.

These visual elements are intended to enhance the overall listening experience by providing a dynamic and engaging backdrop to the music.

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