In 2018, Spotify began testing a new mobile feature that has become very tedious: three to eight second long looping videos that take up the entire screen. Known as Canvases, they effectively hide the cover and lyrics of the current song – and they're still around to annoy you and distract hell. Fortunately, Spotify has also found a way to get rid of these things.
If you've never found a GIF-style canvas, you should be lucky. The feature is limited to a small group of popular albums, such as the self-titled album of Superorganism and Amo by Bring Me the Horizon. While they may seem cool at first glance, they get boring very quickly, and Spotify has not added a way to switch between them, the cover of the cover album, and the "behind the lyrics" card for songs that have it. The only option you have is to completely disable the canvas.
The canvas feature may spread If you visit more artists and labels next year you should block them before they drive you crazy. If you can not use the instructions below, you probably do not have this feature or are using an Alpha or Beta app. However, watch out for characters from Canvas while listening to Spotify on your iPhone or Android phone.
Method 1: Disable Canvas
In the Android or iOS Spotify app, tap Home or Library on the navigation bar, and then click the gear icon in the upper-right corner to access your settings (you may not see it in both tabs). Next, turn off the Canvas feature in the Playback section.
The above method is ideal because the Canvas feature is completely disabled, but you can disable it as well. Spotify's Data Saver covers and texts back. Turn on Data Saver in in-app settings. In this way Canvases are not displayed, but also the music quality is set to "low". Take note of this. Behind the texts, the content still works.
Now you can Spotify without any annoying background
Once you disable Canvas, you will return to the playback screen normally. Below you can see that there are no crazy GIFs for the album Superorganism on Android or iOS. If you've turned off Canvas while it's actually playing, it may not work until the song is over, or you forcefully close and reopen the app.
Now you no longer have to deal with these irritating GIF-like live artworks which can cause terrible distractions while driving with the Spotify app, which is mounted on your phone in the dashboard. These videos will certainly take more cellular data and batteries than static graphics, even though Spotify's claim is very low, which is why turning off screens is ideal in many ways.
Unfortunately, none of the above settings are removed from these music videos that appear in certain Spotify playlists, but here's hoping Spotify will come around and give users the option to disable them as well.