While the Nintendo Switch is undoubtedly a great console with a lot of strengths, there are a few omissions that do slightly detract from it - such as the lack of media apps, including music giant Spotify.
Xbox and PlayStation have tried to position themselves as home entertainment hubs. These allow you to enjoy music, films and television as well as gaming. Nintendo has chosen to ignore this popular feature, however.
So with that in mind, we'll be taking a look at one of the most popular apps out there: Spotify. Specifically, can you listen to Spotify on Nintendo Switch? Come this way, if you want to know.
Will there be a Spotify app for the Nintendo Switch in 2021?
As far back in the mists of time as 2017, fans of the Nintendo Switch contacted Spotify to suggest making an app that would be compatible. This was only a month or so after the console was actually released. Spotify did respond to acknowledge the suggestion, stating:
"Hey folks, Spotify staff here.
We’re always working on improving the Spotify experience across platforms, but we don’t have any further information to share at the moment. It should also be noted that we typically don't announce integrations with third parties in advance.
Thanks for continuing to share your ideas."
However, this was in December 2019, fully two years after the original suggestion was posted. In the almost eighteen months since then, there still hasn't been any indication that an app is imminent. While there have been recent reports of an update to support Bluetooth audio on the Switch, news of a Spotify app remains absent.
So is there anything we can do to listen to Spotify through the Switch? If you're willing to do some work, then possibly.
How to listen to Spotify on Switch
If you really, really want to listen to Spotify on your Switch, there are a couple of potential options.
According to one report, a programmer named ByLaws managed to install Android OS onto the Nintendo Switch. This then provides access to all the apps you can normally use on Android. It allows for game emulation, Netflix...and Spotify. It's going to take several steps for you to get Android working on your Switch, and it isn't for total novices. But you can find out what you need to know and decide whether it's going to be right for you here.
Another option is to use something like the Tuneskit Spotify Music Converter, which will then allow you to convert Spotify music files into a format that is compatible with the Nintendo Switch. There are still some additional steps to follow. Once you have converted the music file, you will need to upload the music to Google Play or your Google Drive. You can then use the hidden browser on your Switch to access those files.
Be warned, however, that installing the Android OS on Switch could damage your warranty or protection - hence we'd probably recommend avoiding it. After all, Super Smash Bros Ultimate has its own music player, and isn't that enough?