How to Adjust Streaming Quality in Spotify on an iPhone

The Spotify music app on your iPhone provides access to a large library of music, all for a low monthly price. But if you find the streaming quality of that music to be lacking, then you may be looking for a way to increase it.

Fortunately the Spotify app on your iPhone has adjustable streaming quality settings, and you can choose from Normal, High or Extreme (if you are a premium subscriber).

Each increase in quality level will provide you with a higher transfer rate, and thus, a higher quality of music playback. So continue reading below to learn how you can adjust the streaming quality in Spotify.

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How to Use Higher or Lower Streaming Quality in Spotify on an iPhone 6

The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 6 Plus, with the most recent version of the Spotify app available at the time this article was written (December 2, 2015).

Note that increasing the quality of streaming in the Spotify app will result in increased data usage when streaming over a cellular connection. You can read here to learn how to adjust the settings for Spotify so that it only streams when you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.

Step 1: Open the Spotify app.

open the spotify app
  1. Tap the Menu icon at the top-left corner of the screen. It is the icon with three horizontal lines.
open the spotify menu

Step 2: Select the Settings option at the bottom of the menu.

open the spotify settings menu

Step 3; Select the Streaming Quality option.

select streaming quality

Step 4: Select your preferred quality from the options in the Stream Quality section at the top of the screen.

As noted on this screen, Normal quality will use 96 kbit per second, High uses 160 kbit per second, and Extreme uses 320 kbit per second. If you select the Automatic option, then Spotify will adjust the streaming quality based on your network connection strength.

adjust spotify iphone streaming quality

Would you like to use your Apple TV to listen to music from your iPhone through your home theater? Learn how to play Spotify on the Apple TV by using the AirPlay feature.