Spotify offers a free tier for the masses, but it annoys users with minute-long advertisements every now and then. While you could get past the issue by using a modded version of the Spotify Android app, you put yourself at the risk of getting permanently banned from using the music streaming service.
If you are not willing to pay for a Spotify Premium subscription, there’s still one solution that remains. Instead of getting rid of the ads, you can simply mute them. The Mutify app from Teekam Suthar does exactly that. It can recognize and mute ads in Spotify. When the music comes back on, the app automatically reverts the volume.
Mutify is available on the Play Store, so you can finally suppress the annoyingly loud Spotify advertisements when enjoying your favorite music. You can follow this guide to learn how to configure Mutify on Android devices.
Step 1: Download and Install Mutify
You can get Mutify on Android from the Google Play Store, at least at the time of writing. However, it might get removed should Spotify ever get wind of it.
In case you can’t find the app on the Play Store, go to this GitHub link and build the app in Android Studio with the source code. The developer has plans to release the pre-compiled APK on his following GitHub page. It might be already there by the time you find this guide.
Step 2: Enable Device Broadcast Status in Spotify
Before we start, note that Mutify doesn’t work with the Spotify Lite app due to the absence of the “Device Broadcast Status” feature. It’s available on the regular Spotify app, which you have to enable first in order to get Mutify working.
- First, launch Spotify from your Android home screen or app drawer.
- Tap the cog icon on the upper-right side of the app window to open the Settings menu.
- Next, scroll down the Settings menu and toggle the slider ON next to the Device Broadcast Status feature.
- Finally, close the Spotify app from the Recents screen on your Android device.
Step 3: Turn off battery optimization for Mutify
Android’s battery optimization feature can be quite aggressive, depending on the device you use. It force closes apps from running in the background after a while to decrease idle power consumption.
In case Mutify gets suddenly closed in the background, the Spotify ads will come back to bother you again. Here’s how you can turn off battery optimization for Mutify:
- Open the Settings app on your Android device and tap the Search settings bar above.
- Type in “Battery optimization” using the on-screen keyboard, then select the first option in the results.
- Now tap the Not optimized option above the page and select All Apps from the drop-down box.
- After that, scroll down to find Mutify in the apps list and tap it.
- Select Don’t optimize in the pop-up menu, then tap Done to disable battery optimizations for the Mutify app.
Once you do that, return to the home screen and follow the final set of instructions below.
Step 4: Enable Mutify on your device
Provided that you have gone through the following steps above, you are ready to enable the Mutify service. The process goes as follows:
- Start with launching the Mutify app from the home screen/app drawer.
- When the app prompts you to enable Device Broadcast Status, tap the “I have enabled it” option.
- Finally, toggle the slider next to Mute Ads. Once you do that, Mutify will begin listening for Spotify ads and mute them instantly.
You can launch Spotify from the same app, as well as play, pause, and skip between songs. When Spotify asks you to watch a short video to get thirty minutes of ad-free listening, let it play. Mutify should automatically mute those advertisements, then unmute again once the actual music starts playing.