Samsung Gear S3 to be the only smartwatch that plays Spotify tunes offline, though not for long

Samsung Gear S3 to be the only smartwatch that plays Spotify tunes offline, though not for long
Here's something the Samsung Gear S3 can do that other smartwatches don't – it can play your Spotify tunes offline! To get going, you must download a Spotify add-on app for the smartwatch through the Gear Manager app on your paired smartphone.

Following which, you'll have the option to choose playlists, songs, and albums to be saved right onto your Gear S3. This way, you will be able to listen to some of your favorite music when offline and not connected to a smartphone.

With this functionality on board, the Samsung Gear S3, which runs Tizen OS, becomes rather unique as the only smartwatch able to play Spotify tunes offline. Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches have similar functionality for Google Play Music, but the Spotify app for AW doesn't have the offline feature.

However, the Gear S3 won't hold onto this exclusivity for too long, because team Spotify is working on offline playback feature for the Apple Watch app, too. This could be the reason why Spotify is yet to officially announce the offline playback possibility – it might be waiting until it's ready on watchOS, so it can make it official for both smartwatches and their platforms.

The whole situation is a bit messy, for Samsung initially announced offline playback for the Gear S3 in Swedish, but quickly pulled down the press release after. Thus, at present we aren't even sure Gear S3 users are able to access the feature, though it's beyond doubt that it's coming. If you happen to be able to activate it on your Gear S3, do let us know in the comments below!

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17 Comments

1. Papa_Ji

Posts: 761; Member since: Jun 27, 2016

Best smart watch.... with best OS.

2. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Definitely, Apple watch fanboys can be so jelly.

3. Bfrenz

Posts: 285; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

Apple watch needs a redesign,total overhaul. Until then it is a kids' toy.

5. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

And at least two-day battery life, charging everyday was a nightmare.

6. ph00ny

Posts: 1976; Member since: May 26, 2011

Just picked up Apple Watch series 2 for her birthday and what a load of crap it is. Also where is the damn spotify app? So much pauses in between UI elements Positive thing is that wife likes it and that it matches her iphone 7+ perfectly

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Haha. Its funny causes it true!

4. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Best Smart watch out there, loving mine.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Ditto!

12. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I have 3 extra bands.

7. cormac

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

I downloaded the beta to my Verizon Gear S3 Classic LTE. So far, it only saves playlist, not songs or albums, but works great

8. cormac

Posts: 5; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

Having had several BT-only watches before getting the original Gear S and then S2 3g, I would not ever go back to BT-only. I don't see enough value in the watch if you must have your phone with you for anything besides bare minimal GPS functionality. So both AW and Apple are out for now I tried the LG Watch Sport. It feels like a prototype with no interchangeable bands and terrible battery life And when Apple's cheapest new watch is $369 and you are stuck overpaying for different bands (unless you shell out separately for the hideous adapter) . And until Apple has a standalone watch that can go a truly full day with the screen always on, I wouldn't give it a second look.

9. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Even if the Apple Watch gets it, the Gear S3 has more onboard usable storage, which means it will hold more tunes.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

When the gear s3 got iPhone compatability, I sold my Apple Watch, didn't need it anymore.

14. tedkord

Posts: 17047; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Ooooooh. Mxyflashmite isn't going to like that statement.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30687; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

LMAOOOOO! He's boiling as I type this.

16. Pabloamb

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

I have Spotify installed on my S3 and works perfectly, I can search and stream music directly from my watch. I often leave my phone home when I workout and I get to stream music on my S3. BTW the speakers are awesome! Best investment I've made

17. Pabloamb

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 23, 2017

BTW I just discovered that i can call my phone from my watch, yes, the phone that i leave home, I can call it and talk to whoever happens to answer it. Pretty cool stuff

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