[Update: Lyrics button missing] Spotify lyrics not showing up on iOS or Android app? Here's what you need to know

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on November 23, 2021) follows:

The Spotify lyrics feature global rollout started a few days ago. The lyrics should appear while choosing the “Now Playing” tab when listening to a song.

However, many users are reporting that the lyrics feature is not available to them on the Spotify app, no matter what they do.

Spotify lyrics not showing up for many on iOS/Android app

Spotify lyrics feature is available for both the web version and the iOS and Android app. However, many reports agree that the option is not available in the app (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11).

Hey guys, I was wondering if there is some problem with my account/app, because the lyrics won’t show up for me. I have version and lyrics work on my other (free) account. Tried logging out multiple times and no change. I reinstalled the app 2 times and cleared app data – no change.

It seems that most users have no problems with the feature in the web version of Spotify:


I have logged off and in, updated, uninstalled, and reinstalled my app and the Lyrics feature is still not showing up (however, on the browser version in my Account on desktop it works fine). What else can I do?


Owners of a family account reportedly not receiving the function yet

Some reports agree that they are the main account of a family plan. This raises suspicions that the primary user or owners of a family account would not be receiving the function yet.

Looks like lyrics not showing up on accounts that are family owners. Everything works fine on any other account in same family. I created a new account and lyrics are showing up, but when i switch to my main account, where i’m family owner lyrics just disappear.


Feature rolled out for specific users

The absence of the lyrics feature on Spotify app for many users may be due to that the rollout is being progressively carried out.

Lyrics are still rolling out to all users. Not everyone has it yet. It is possible that some users might see it on one app and not the other.

If you look at past features, it’s generally rolled out over several weeks. I know it’s tough to wait but that’s usually how most tech companies roll out new features.

Also, this is something confirmed by a moderator of the Spotify support forum:


At the moment, that is all that is known on this matter. If there is any new related development, we will update this article. So stay tuned.

Update 1 (November 25, 2021)

04:29 pm (IST): A Spotify community mod recommends doing the following to potentially fix the problem:

First up, we’d recommend logging out and then logging back in two times in a row. It sounds a bit odd, but it forces a sync between the account and your device.

If this doesn’t do the trick, you mentioned that you’ve already reinstalled the app, but would you mind going through the steps of a clean reinstall, as it’s more thorough than a normal one?

In case the issue persists after following these steps, would you mind giving it a try using a different internet connection? (Source)

Update 2 (November 27, 2021)

04:18 pm (IST): While many users are having a hard time getting the lyrics feature, it seems some are looking for ways to disable it. In case you’re one of the few, here’s what Spotify support has to say:

It’s currently not possible to turn off Lyrics. Thanks for sharing your idea. It’s well worth adding it to our ideas board at https://bit.ly/3y96UaH. Others can then vote on it or add to the conversation to show their support. We’re just here if you need us. (Source)

Update 3 (April 18, 2022)

01:53 pm (IST): A moderator on the Spotify community has now confirmed that the lyrics feature is now available for all the users.

Update 4 (August 15, 2022)

09:45 am (IST): Many Spotify users are now reporting (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8) that lyrics function is not showing or working on Desktop app and web player.

Luckily, Spotify support has acknowledged this issue and confirmed that they are currently investigating it. In the meantime, here’s a workaround for Desktop app that might help you temporarily fix the issue.

I had the same problem with both the desktop application and the web version. The desktop application started showing the lyrics after updating the software, i.e., downloading the new setup file from the Spotify website instead of the windows store. But the web version still does not show the lyrics icon for any song. (Source)

Update 5 (August 17, 2022)

01:51 pm (IST): Spotify support has confirmed that the issue with lyrics on Desktop and web app has now been resolved.

Update 6 (December 8, 2022)

08:33 pm (IST): Spotify users are reporting that songs lyrics are no longer loading for them (1, 2, 3, 4, 5). They are just getting a ‘Couldn’t load the lyrics for this song’ error message instead of the lyrics.

05:34 pm (IST): Spotify has acknowledged the issue where the lyric feature wasn’t working for some users. The issue is currently under investigation so it should now be fixed soon.

Update 7 (January 17, 2023)

09:00 am (IST): Fresh reports indicate that now the Lyrics button is missing or disappeared for multiple Spotify users (1, 2, 3).

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