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How To Restart Spotify on Mac

Spotify On Mac

Spotify is a leading music streaming service having millions of users on multiple platforms, including Mac. However, the music app glitches and often fail to restart. 

Quick Answer

To restart Spotify on your Mac, search “Activity Monitor” from the Spotlight and open it. Locate “Spotify” from the list of processes in the left pane, click “X” to close it, and relaunch the app from the Dock.

To make the entire process easy for you, we took the time to write a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to restart Spotify on Mac. 

Restarting Spotify on Your Mac

If you don’t know how to restart Spotify on your Mac, our following 7 step-by-step methods will help you go through this process quickly. 

Method #1: Restarting Your Mac

One of the quickest ways to restart Spotify is to reboot your Mac with these steps.

  1. Click the Apple menu.
  2. Select “Restart”.
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  3. Select “Restart” again and open the Spotify app when the system reboots. 

Method #2: Force-Quitting Through the Apple Menu

Another way to restart Spotify on a Mac is by force quitting it from the Apple menu in the following way.

  1. Select the Spotify application window from the Dock.
  2. Select the Apple menu.
  3. Click “Force Quit”.
  4. Select “Spotify”.
  5. Click “Force Quit” and try to restart the app. 
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You can also simultaneously press the Option + Command + Esc keys on the keyboard to bring up Mac’s force quit menu. 

Method #3: Using the Activity Monitor

The Activity Monitor is a system utility used to manage processes currently running on macOS. You can use this tool to restart Spotify by doing these steps. 

  1. Launch Spotlight on your Mac by simultaneously pressing the Command + Spacebar keys on the keyboard. 
  2. Type “Activity Monitor” in the search bar and open it from the search results.
  3. Locate “Spotify” from the list of processes in the left pane.
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  4. Select “Spotify” and press the “X” stop button at the top of the window. 
  5. Restart Spotify by opening it from the Dock

Method #4: Updating macOS

Sometimes, apps fail to restart if you run an outdated macOS version on your Mac. To fix this issue, update the device software by following these steps. 

  1. Click the Apple menu.
  2. Click “About this Mac”.
  3. Select “Software Update”.
  4. Let the system analyze updates.
  5. If you see any pending macOS updates, click “Update Now”. 
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Provide administrator credentials if prompted, wait for the software process to complete, and check if you can restart Spotify successfully this time!

Method #5: Updating the Spotify App

A few bugs in the Spotify app might be responsible for the failure to restart it. Try updating the app that may contain patches to resolve this problem with these steps.

  1. Launch Spotify.
  2. Click the blue dot on the downward pointing arrow, indicating an available update.
  3. Click “Update available”.
  4. Click “Restart Now” and wait for the app to initialize correctly!
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Method #6: Logging Back Into Spotify

It is possible to restart Spotify on your Mac by re-logging into your account in the following way.

  1. Launch Spotify.
  2. Click your name on the top right corner of the middle window, and select “Log out”.
  3. Restart your Mac, open Spotify again, and click “Log In”.
  4. Type in your Spotify credentials, and the app will restart without further issues. 
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Method #7: Reinstalling Spotify

If you still cannot restart Spotify on Mac, it might be due to corrupt app installation files.  In this case, try reinstalling the Spotify app with these quick steps. 

  1. Force quit Spotify.
  2. Open Finder.
  3. Click “Go”, hold the Option key on the keyboard, and click “Library”.
  4. Click “Caches” and delete the “com.Spotify.client” folder by moving it to “Trash”.
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  5. Click the back arrow, open the “Application Support” folder from the Library, and delete the Spotify folder
  6. Download the Spotify application from its official website, install it, and it will open successfully. 


In this article, we discussed how to restart Spotify on Mac by restarting the device, force-quitting the app, updating macOS, updating Spotify, and a few other ways. 

Hopefully, your question is answered in this article, and you can now access the music platform on your device and listen to your favorite tunes. 

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