Why Are Spotify Lyrics Not Showing? (Explained)

In short: If lyrics aren’t showing on Spotify, download Musixmatch (the lyrics provider for Spotify) and connect it to your Spotify account. You can also contact Spotify support to do it for you.

Listening to a song on Spotify while reading the lyrics is a fun thing to do. Unfortunately, sometimes the Spotify lyrics are not loading and working on your device. 

Note that lyrics may not be available on all songs. New lyrics are added every day, so you may find them added in the future. That said, here’s what to do if Spotify lyrics aren’t showing:

1. Log out from Spotify twice

If Spotify lyrics aren’t loading, the first thing you should do is log out twice. Try logging out of your account and back in again twice to sync your account to your device.

I recommend using a web browser to sign out everywhere. Here’s how:

  1. Log into the “Account Overview” page in your web browser.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and select “Sign out everywhere”.

I’ve seen plenty of Spotify users from the community find success just by logging out twice. It’s a simple fix and doesn’t take a lot of time, which is why you should do this first.

2. Reinstall the Spotify app

If logging out of your Spotify account twice didn’t restore the lyrics, try reinstalling the Spotify app. Most problems can be fixed simply by reinstalling the app on your device.

If a simple reinstall does not work, you can perform a more advanced reinstall (clean reinstall). You need to clear the app’s data and cache files. Learn how to do it right here.

3. Delete playlists

In some cases, the Spotify lyrics may not work properly if there is an excessive amount of playlists in your music library. The solution is to delete some of your playlists.

I stumbled across this solution by trial and error. One of my Spotify accounts did not have the song lyrics, so I created a new account. Surprisingly, that account had the lyrics.

Because of this, I went as far as to have my Premium account transferred to the new account. This means all of my playlists and liked music were also transferred to the new account.

However, the lyrics were not showing on my new account. I deleted some of my playlists (the biggest had 1,250 songs), and now the lyrics show up again.

If you have an excessive amount of playlists, with thousands of songs on each, consider deleting the playlists that you listen to the least. It can help fix the Spotify lyrics not working.

4. Download Musixmatch and reboot your phone

The best solution I’ve found if Spotify lyrics are not showing is to download Musixmatch and reboot your phone. Musixmatch is the lyrics provider for Spotify. They own the database.

You can connect your Spotify account to stream your favorite tracks with synced lyrics and have quick access to Spotify’s entire music library without even leaving the Musixmatch app.

How to connect a Spotify account to the Musixmatch app:

  1. Download the Musixmatch app
  2. Log in to the Musixmatch app
  3. Tap “Connect Spotify”
  4. Tap “Log in to Spotify”

After trying many things, the only thing that worked was to download Musixmatch, connect Spotify, then reboot the phone. Once I did that, the lyrics were loading and showing.

5. Email Spotify support

If you are still not seeing lyrics on your device but don’t want to install the Musixmatch app, the next best thing is to contact Spotify support via email.

Prepare your Spotify login email and device info before contacting them, and they should be able to solve the issue in a couple of working days after they record your case.

After contacting Spotify, I was finally able to fix this for my mobile devices. I emailed them at support@spotify.com. Then, they asked for a list of info about my devices and app version.

The next morning, they emailed back and said it would be resolved on their end, and I could expect the lyrics to work in 2-3 days. Within 3 hours, they appeared on my iPad and iPhone.

If you’ve tried everything (deleted the cache and reinstalled the app), don’t hesitate to contact Spotify support. The employees were very helpful and responded very quickly.

I hope you have the same experience.

6. Contact Spotify on Twitter

If you’re feeling social you can always contact Spotify via Twitter. Their handle is @SpotifyCares. Simply tweet the team and they’ll do all they can to help.

My friend wrote to the Spotify Twitter team and they told him, “We’ve taken the necessary steps on our end. You should be able to see Lyrics in 2-3 working days“.

In less than 2 hours my friend can see lyrics working and showing on Spotify. Based on other people’s experience, Spotify is super fast when it comes to fixing lyrics.

7. Just wait

Sometimes, all you have to do is wait. It could be a bug that prevents lyrics from working. You just have to wait for the lyrics to sync properly and show on Spotify.

While I did not wait, another friend of mine did not write to Spotify support or did anything. She finally had Spotify lyrics working on her phone simply by waiting and doing nothing.

Spotify said that lyrics may not be available on all songs. New lyrics are added every day, so you may find them added in the future. If lyrics aren’t showing, sometimes all you need to do is wait.

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