Spotify’s Wear OS app is finally gaining offline playback support

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Spotify launched its Wear OS app back in 2018. It brought rudimentary remote control features to the user’s wrists but little else. Three years later, Spotify is finally bringing one of the most eagerly requested features in a new update namely offline playback.

In an announcement coinciding with Samsung’s Galaxy Watch 4 reveal. Spotify confirmed that users would be able to download their playlists, albums, or podcasts to their smartwatch. The feature also means that users will no longer need to lug their smartphones around to play tracks. It’s a massive benefit to runners or those seeking more independent smartwatch functionality.

To download and listen to music offline, you will need a Spotify Premium plan. Free users are only allowed downloaded podcasts on their devices. But they will be able to stream their tunes in Shuffle Mode using a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.

The update won’t just impact Wear OS 3 devices. Spotify confirmed that devices running Wear OS 2.0 would also benefit from the updated app and functionality. Fossil, Suunto, and Mobvoi watches will be among the first to see the update.

Once the update lands, users can find the music and podcasts they want to download from their watch. Downloaded files will wear a green arrow alongside their names.