Spotify has announced that Apple Watch owners on a premium plan can now download music and podcasts for offline playback. A similar feature was announced for Google’s Wear OS at I/O 2021 earlier this week.
With this new feature, Apple Watch owners can download playlists, albums, and podcasts right to their wrist. Apple Watch owners will also have access to existing features such as Connect & Control and Siri support. This latest feature will let users say a phrase like “Hey Siri, play my Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify.”
“Being able to download music and podcasts complements the existing functionality of being able to stream your favorites from the watch, and now you don’t even need to take your phone with you,” Spotify said in a statement. Press release. “It’s perfect for the next errand or keeping both hands focused while you cook.”
Interestingly, Spotify said this is the first iteration of the much-requested download experience for Spotify on the Apple Watch, so it may evolve down the road. The company is asking for feedback to better improve the feature once more people get their hands on it.
To download music to your Apple Watch, simply navigate to the music or podcast you want to download to your watch. Once selected, tap the three dots (…) and choose “Download to Apple Watch”. Once an item is downloaded, you will see a small green arrow next to it. After that, just connect your headphones to Apple Watch and away you go.
Spotify previously rolled out the ability to stream music directly from Apple’s wearable without an iPhone nearby. Before that, Apple’s laptop served more as a remote control. Of course, you need a cellular or Wi-Fi connection for the feature to work.
Offline downloads for Apple Watch are available starting today and will be rolling out to all users worldwide over the next few weeks.