How to Fix Spotify Podcast Not Working on Windows 11

Is your Spotify Podcast not working on Windows 11?

Spotify is one of the most popular audio streaming applications worldwide. It is loved by users not only for its vast library of music but also for the podcasts available in different genres. Unfortunately, many people have started experiencing issues while streaming podcasts on Windows 11.

This issue is quite different than when the entire application stops working as you may only have trouble playing the Podcasts and not the songs. While the reason for this error remains unknown, we’ve addressed some of the most effective solutions to help you fix it in no time.

So without any delay, let’s get right to it!

1. Restart Your Computer.

Restarting your computer is the most basic method to resolve all software-related bugs and issues. By doing so, your system deletes temporary data and cache for all services and programs, refreshing the device memory.

Here’s how to restart your Windows 11 PC:

  1. Go to the Start menu and click on the Power icon.
  2. From the options, click on Restart.
restart Windows

Afterward, head back to the Spotify app and check if the Podcast starts working or not.

2. Disable Power Saving Mode.

Though Power Saving mode is excellent for conserving the battery of your computer, it relies on restricting certain app usage to do so. This could be one reason why Spotify podcasts are not playing on your device.

For this reason, we recommend disabling the Power Saving mode by following the instructions below:

  1. First, click on the Search icon
  2. Then type Control Panel in the Search bar and open it from the results.
  3. When it launches, click on Hardware and Sound.
Hardware and Sound Windows
  1. Now under Power Options, click on Choose a power plan.
  2. From there, select Balance (Recommended), and you’re good to go.
Power Options Windows 11

Afterward, launch the Spotify app on your PC and check if the issue has been resolved. 

3. Check Your Wi-Fi Connection.

If both Spotify Podcasts and music fail to stream, the problem could be related to your internet connection. Streaming content on the application requires a stable internet connection. So, when facing trouble, check your internet speed, and if that turns out to be the reason, contact your internet service provider to have them fix the issue.

Use the instructions below to check your network’s speed:

  1. Visit an online internet speed test service like Speedtest by Ookla.
  2. Click on the Go button on the screen.
Spotify Podcast Not Working on Windows 11

You may also switch to another network if you have that option available. To do so, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the Wi-Fi icon from the taskbar. 
  2. Next, click on the right arrow icon next to the Wi-Fi icon to open Wi-Fi settings.
Windows 11 Wi-Fi settings
  1. Click on the desired Wi-Fi network, then choose Connect.
connect to Wi-Fi on Windows 11
  1. Provide the network key if it’s secured to establish the connection.

Now, head back to Spotify and check if you can play Podcasts without any issues. If not, move to the next method mentioned in this guide to fix your issue. 

4. Disable Background Restrictions For Spotify.

If you’ve enabled Background Usage Restriction for Spotify, you’ll have trouble playing media content when the application runs in the background. You can easily fix this issue by disabling the feature.

Here’s how:

  1. To start, click on the Search icon on the taskbar and search for the Settings app.
  2. When it opens, go to the Apps tab from the left pane of the window.
  3. Then, go to Installed apps from the right pane.
  4. Scroll down to Spotify and click on the three dots menu icon.
  5. From the options, choose Advanced options.
Installed Apps Settings
  1. From there, open the drop-down menu for Background apps permissions and select Always.
Spotify Podcast Not Working on Windows 11

Once done, head over to Spotify and play a podcast to see if it’s working. Otherwise, consider re-logging into your Spotify account by following the instructions mentioned in the next method. 

5. Re-Login to Spotify.

Temporary glitches in your Spotify account could also be another reason why the podcasts are not playing on the application. Try logging out of your account and back in to see if that resolves the issue.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Firstly, launch the Spotify app on your PC.
  2. Then, click on the profile icon and choose Log Out from the options.
Spotify Podcast Not Working on Windows 11
  1. Quit the application and wait for some time.
  2. After that, relaunch the application.
  3. Finally, provide your account credentials in the given fields and click on the Log In button to sign back into your account. 
Spotify Login Page Windows 11

The Spotify Podcast not working on Windows 11 issue should be successfully fixed now. 

6. Update or Reinstall Spotify.

Outdated applications are one common reason for many issues related to installed applications on your computer. For this reason, it’s best to keep them up-to-date to prevent encountering issues in their performance.

Here’s how to update the Spotify app on Windows 11:

  1. Launch the Spotify app on your computer.
  2. Next, click on the three horizontal dots icon from the left side and select Help.
  3. Click on About Spotify
Spotify on Windows 11
  1. Check and install any pending updates by selecting Install Now. 
  2. Once it updates, wait for the application to restart. Then, play a podcast to see if it works. 

If that doesn’t fix the issue either, the issue could be in the existing application files or settings. This can mostly be resolved by deleting Spotify and reinstalling it from the Microsoft Store.

Follow the steps below to do so:

  1. Begin by pressing the Windows key + i from your keyboard to launch the Settings app.
  2. From the Apps tab, go to Installed apps.
  3. Scroll down to Spotify and click on the three dots menu icon
  4. Choose Uninstall from the options.
uninstall apps on Windows
  1. Click Uninstall again to confirm your action.
  2. After that, reinstall Spotify for Windows 11.

7. Clear Cache For Spotify.

Each application on your computer stores a cache which helps optimize its performance by decreasing the loading time. However, when it gets full, the application may encounter various issues, such as Spotify Podcast not working on Windows 11. 

But don’t fret. You can easily resolve this by clearing the program’s cache. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Launch the Spotify app on your computer.
  2. Next, click on the profile icon and select Settings.
Spotify app settings
  1. Scroll down to the Storage section and click on Clear cache.
Clear cache for Spotify
  1. Click Clear cache again to verify your action. 

Now, check if you’re still facing any trouble while playing a Spotify podcast. 

8. Lower the Streaming Quality.

For some users, the Spotify podcasts were unable to play due to their high streaming quality settings. You can resolve this issue by either downloading the podcast before listening to it or lowering the streaming quality.

To do the latter, here’s what you need to do:

  1. First, launch Spotify on your PC.
  2. Then, click on the profile icon and choose Settings.
  3. Once there, scroll down to the Audio quality section.
  4. Open the drop-down menu for Streaming quality and select Automatic.
Spotify Podcast Not Working on Windows 11
  1. Lastly, re-open the app to apply the changes and see if the Spotify podcast is working now. 

9. Contact Spotify Support.

In case the problem persists even after following most of the methods explained above, you can get in touch with Spotify Support. Submit the forum stating your problem and have the experts look into the issue to provide an effective solution.

That was it! This ends our guide on how to fix Spotify Podcast not working on Windows 11. Hopefully, you have been successful in resolving the issue. For more queries, head over to the comment section below. We’ll respond to you as soon as possible.

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  • Aimen Choudhry

    Aimen Choudhry is an architecture student who has always been fascinated by science. She now finds her therapy researching and writing about the latest technology and the issues that come alongside. Otherwise, you’ll find her playing video games, listening to music, or watching fantasy/sci-fi movies.

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