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Removing Ads from Spotify

October 03, 2020

Ads are annoying to listen to, especially when it interrupts your music listening experience. On Spotify, there is are premium plans you could pay for to remove ads along with other features included. Luckily, there are ways around to getting premium features for free.

We’ll be modifying or installing a modified version of Spotify in order to do this. I’ll tell you how for the following platforms: Windows, Android, iOS, Android, macOS, and ChromeOS.

on Windows

If you’re on Windows, you’ll need to be using the desktop version of Spotify, the Microsoft Store version will not work with this method. Click the download button below and you’ll get a .bat file meant for Spotify ad blocking, since this is a bat file, your web browser may attempt to block the download automatically. Once you have it, right click on file in your file explorer, then run it as admin. A command prompt will open for a moment then it should patch Spotify ads for good.

If this doesn’t work the first time, try again.

Download for Windows(.bat)

on Android

Before proceeding, make sure the official Spotify application from the Google Play Store is uninstalled, as Android will not allow two versions of the same application installed. Click the download button below and open the APK file. Allow from unknown source and install the APK file. Once installed, a modified version of Spotify should be installed on your device.

Download for Android(.apk)

on iOS

Method 1 – AltStore
Follow instruction from this blog post I already published and you should also see a IPA file available for download at the bottom as well.

Method 2 – Jailbreaking
Jailbreaking your iOS device is easy to do. There are a few ways of doing this, if you have an iPhone X or older follow this tutorial, if you have an iPhone 11 you’re stuck with using method 1.
Once you’ve successfully jailbroken your device, add the following repo to Cydia:

https://julio.hackyouriphone.org

then look for Spotilife and install the tweak. This will modify the existing installation of Spotify you have on your device.

on Linux

This one is simple, but before continuing make sure you have the following already installed:

Then use the following commands:

git clone https://github.com/abba23/spotify-adblock-linux.git

cd spotify-adblock-linux

wget -O cef.tar.bz2 http://opensource.spotify.com/cefbuilds/cef_binary_80.0.8%2Bgf96cd1d%2Bchromium-80.0.3987.132_linux64_minimal.tar.bz2

tar -xf cef.tar.bz2 --wildcards '*/include' --strip-components=1

make

sudo make install

Then add this to your applications menu, by creating a new .desktop file with this in it:

[Desktop Entry]
Type=Application
Name=Spotify (adblock)
GenericName=Music Player
Icon=spotify-client
TryExec=spotify
Exec=env LD_PRELOAD=/usr/local/lib/spotify-adblock.so spotify %U
Terminal=false
MimeType=x-scheme-handler/spotify;
Categories=Audio;Music;Player;AudioVideo;
StartupWMClass=spotify

You can create a .desktop file for this by using:

sudo nano /usr/share/applications/spotifyadblock.desktop

on macOS

I’m unaware since I don’t own a mac. You’ll need to research else where if you’re using a mac. Sorry.

on ChromeOS

Yep, you can this on ChromeOS too. This method works for all computer operating systems if you’re using the Spotify Web Player in your webn browser, this goes for Safari and Firefox as well.
Just install this extension and you’re good to go: https://ublock.org/

uBlock seems to do the best at blocking ads when it comes to Spotify