Spotify’s updated Wear OS app to be released “in the coming weeks” Spotify has announced, and supports offline playback on smartphones with Wear OS 2.0 or later. The new feature was was announced in May alongside the news Google’s partnership with Samsung Wear OS 3’s next-generation wearable operating system.
The fact that offline downloads are available for Wear OS 2 means that it is not exclusively for future Wear OS 3 watches, such as Samsung’s recently released Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic. Spotify says it should work on watches like Fossil, Mobvoi and Suunto. Meanwhile, Google’s new YouTube Music Wear OS app, which also supports offline listening, is for Wear OS 3 only.
Similar to Spotify’s offline listening on Apple Watch, which launched in May, you need a Premium subscription to use this feature. Spotify says you can download music or podcasts by clicking the “Download to watch” button in Wear OS. A small green arrow appears next to a playlist, album, or podcast when it’s offline. Free users can download podcasts directly to the watch for offline playback, but for music, they need to stream in shuffle mode over Wi-Fi or a cellular network.