When faced with a Tesla Spotify not working issue, don’t panic. We will help you find the culprit and present you with surefire solutions.
Many users claim that the Spotify app in their Tesla doesn’t play anything. They say that the app appears to work fine.
They can search and find songs, but nothing gets past loading. If you have the same Tesla Spotify issue, we have you covered!
To troubleshoot Tesla Spotify issues, start by ensuring your vehicle’s internet connection is stable and functioning. If the problem persists, try resetting the car’s infotainment system by holding down the two scroll wheels on the steering wheel until the screen goes black, then wait for the Tesla logo to appear before releasing them.
Let’s understand how to fix the issue in detail…
Some Tesla owners report the buggy Spotify login. After entering their credentials, the streaming service app seems to get stuck on the same page.
The bug is still present even when they try to log in using their Tesla account.
1. Connectivity Issues
When you encounter problems with the streaming service, there may be a problem with your connection.
2. Switching Networks from WiFi to Data
Your WiFi connection may be poor or unstable. Try using your mobile phone hotspot and see if it fixes the issue.
3. Outdated Tesla Software
Sometimes, forgetting to update the system may cause a problem. Make sure your device is up to date to avail yourself of new features, bug fixes, and security patches.
4. Temporary Software Bugs
If the bug still prevails updating your Tesla software, the problem may be with the Spotify app itself.
Now you know the possible causes why your Spotify doesn’t work with your Tesla.
Let us proceed to the troubleshooting steps.
Before we move on to more elaborate solutions, let us start with the simplest yet effective method – restarting your Tesla.
If you go through the touchscreen settings, you can find the Power Off option under Controls, then Safety.
When your Tesla displays unusual behavior, like your Spotify not working, you can turn it off and turn it back on.
You can also perform a power cycle by powering off your Tesla, then waiting for at least 2 minutes before pressing on the brake pedal to power it back up.
If a simple restart does not fix your Tesla Spotify not working issue, check out our solutions below.
If the issue persists after power cycling your Tesla vehicle, the bug or glitch is with the Spotify app itself.
You can try logging in and out of Spotify to see if this resolves the issue. You could be experiencing a minor glitch with your Spotify app on your Tesla.
Here’s how to log out of your account to fix this issue:
- Select Spotify on the touchscreen.
- Scroll to the right until you reach the last page.
- You will see Sign Out.
- Tap it to log out of your Spotify account.
- Enter your credentials to log back in.
Note: At the moment, streaming Spotify music on Tesla is only possible with the paid version, and you need to get Spotify Premium to access music.
If ever you get an issue with Spotify, check your connection. Make sure you are connected to a WiFi network or mobile hotspot.
If the connection isn’t the problem, try switching to a different audio app. Tesla comes with two audio streaming apps.
TuneIn is the other app that should help you resolve the Spotify error. You can switch quickly to TuneIn to refresh the Spotify app the next time you launch it.
Here’s how to change the audio source on your Tesla:
- Go to the Media Player screen.
- Choose TuneIn from the dropdown list on the left side.
- Log into your TuneIn using your TuneIn account or Tesla account.
- Close your TuneIn app and launch Spotify again.
- Log into your Spotify and check if the issue persists.
Note: Streaming services like Spotify and TuneIn are only available when there is a data connection.
Your Tesla’s connectivity is affected by Internet speed. Make sure you connect your vehicle to an excellent network connection to use Spotify.
WiFi is useful in areas with limited or no cellular connectivity. But if Spotify isn’t working, try switching to your phone hotspot.
Here’s how to connect your Tesla to a mobile hotspot:
- Enable your mobile hotspot.
- Put your Tesla in Drive or Reverse, but do not move.
- Tap the LTE bars on the Tesla screen, then select WiFi Settings.
- Turn on WiFi and connect to your phone’s hotspot.
- Enter the WiFi password, then launch Spotify.
Note: Hotspot connectivity is subject to fees and restrictions of your mobile carrier.
The Tesla app allows you to communicate with your vehicle remotely using your iPhone or Android phone.
This means you can stream Spotify songs from your mobile device to your Tesla.
It may not offer you the best sound quality, but if your goal is to listen to your playlist, this step should do the trick.
Here’s how you can do it:
- Install Spotify on your phone.
- Turn on your Bluetooth and connect your phone to your Tesla.
- Tap the Bluetooth icon on your Tesla’s touchscreen.
- Set Media Source to your phone.
- Open Spotify on your phone.
Note: Make sure to log in to your Spotify account on your phone, so you can start playing your favorite songs in your car.
If none of the above solutions work, changing the language on your Tesla might.
You can change the language by going to CONTROLS, Settings, and selecting Language & Units.
Here’s a closer look into the steps for following this method:
- Go to the Menu page, and you will see various settings options.
- Click on Display Settings and look for the change language option.
- The default will be English. Click on it and change it to a different one.
- Perform a system restart to complete the process.
- Click Yes to proceed.
Note: Although you may not understand the language you switched to, you can navigate to Spotify by tapping on the icon.
If this works, follow the steps again to switch back to English.
After working on countless fixes, and the Spotify on your Tesla still doesn’t work, this is a solution that should be in your back pocket at all times.
Restarting your Tesla by shutting it off is one thing, but this takes it a step further.
An electronic reset for your Tesla is a way to refresh your touchscreen and other electronic systems.
It can resolve a lot of issues, especially if it involves the touchscreen and apps.
Since Spotify is an app on your car, this is one way to get it back up and running without bringing your car to the service center.
Here’s how to perform an electronic reset on your Tesla:
- Locate the two scroll buttons on your steering wheel.
- Press and hold them simultaneously for around 10 seconds.
- Wait for your touchscreen to go dark.
- The touchscreen will power back up within a minute or two.
Tip: You can do this step while driving, however, we do recommend parking your car safely before performing this step.
If the Spotify app on your Tesla still doesn’t work, you can also check your car’s software version and update it to the latest one.
In case that doesn’t resolve the issue, it’s time to contact Tesla customer support and get your vehicle to the nearest service center to get it checked out.
Read Next: How To Update Tesla Without WiFi?
Now, you know what to do when you encounter a Tesla Spotify not working problem.
It helps to identify the most likely culprit, so you can take appropriate action and save time and effort.
Our solutions do not require technical knowledge, and you can perform them on your own.
If none of our troubleshooting methods work, we recommend you contact Tesla Customer Support.
Finn Wheatley holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from UCL, London. He helped small data science consultancy firms, helping large corporations to grow their data capabilities, deploy advanced machine learning-based analytics and troubleshoot tech-related issues. Check out more about him here.