In a recent update, Spotify added animated video backgrounds to specific albums in the app. This feature is called Canvas and we believe that the "Current Title" screen is cluttered in our opinion and it will be harder to quickly find the controls you need. Spotify insists the videos are "optimized to use very few data and batteries." However, this does not prevent them from causing unnecessary distractions if you just want to listen to music.
Their worst aspect is that you can inadvertently fade out a track's playback controls inadvertently during use, and you're staring at a brief animation without knowing how to actually control your music. The videos do not appear next to each album, but there are enough services to make complaints on the web.
Fortunately, it's very easy to turn off using a switch in the Settings menu. Here is how.
Disabling Spotify's Canvas Background Videos on iOS
- Tap the Settings window in the top-right corner of the Spotify app to open the Settings menu.
- Select "Playback"
- . Scroll down and turn off the toggle switch next to "Canvas"
Disable Spotify's Canvas Background Videos on Android
- Tap the setting wheel in the top right corner of the Spotify app to open the Settings menu
- Scroll down and turn off the toggle switch next to "Canvas".
On both operating systems, the videos should now be disabled on all albums they support. You can control them like any other song in the service, regardless of the new, over-developed Spotify interface.
Vox Media is a partner company. These do not affect the editorial content, although Vox Media may receive commissions on products purchased through affiliate links. For more information, see our Ethics Policy .