Spotify Keyboard Shortcuts Not Working? (Fixed)

Hey there!

So, it seems like there’s a bit of a problem with the keyboard shortcuts on Spotify. Those handy little commands that help you navigate and control your music? Well, some people find that they’re not working quite like they should be. Super frustrating, right?

But don’t worry, I’ve got some troubleshooting tips that might do the trick. From doing a clean reinstall to checking for compatibility with external keyboards, we’ll figure out what’s up and get those shortcuts back on track.

Let’s dive in!

Why Spotify Keyboard Shortcuts Not Working

So, you know when you’re trying to use Spotify keyboard shortcuts but they just won’t work? It can be so frustrating!

Well, there are a few reasons why this might be happening. First, try restarting your browser because sometimes that can fix the issue.

Another possibility is that another browser app is taking over the media keys, so you might need to close that app or disable its shortcuts.

Oh, and sometimes your browser can ‘hijack’ the media keys, so you might need to disable that feature.

And finally, check if another media player is running in the background that could be causing the problem. It’s also worth checking your keyboard settings because they might be incorrect.

Restart your browser

To fix Spotify keyboard shortcuts not working, restart your browser.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Close your browser completely by clicking the X in the top right corner.
  2. Wait a few seconds for the browser to shut down fully.
  3. Open your browser again by clicking on its icon.
  4. Go back to Spotify and try using the keyboard shortcuts again.

Restarting your browser can help resolve any temporary issues that may be causing the keyboard shortcuts to not work properly. Give it a try and see if it solves the problem!

Other browser apps taking over the media keys

If you’re having problems with your media keys, it might be because other browser apps are taking control of them.

Sometimes, when I’m using Spotify on my computer, I notice that the media keys on my keyboard don’t work properly. It turns out that my browser is trying to control the media instead of Spotify.

To fix this, I close the browser and reopen Spotify. That usually does the trick.

It’s a bit of a hassle, but controlling Spotify with my keyboard is worth it.

Your browser “hijacked” your media keys

When your browser controls your media keys, using Spotify with your keyboard can be frustrating. Here are four things you can do to solve this issue:

  1. Open a new Chrome tab
  2. Visit chrome://flags/#hardware-media-key-handling
  3. Select “Disabled” from the menu on the right of the page
  4. Relaunch Chrome as prompted

Doing these steps should help you regain control of your media keys and allow you to use Spotify with your keyboard more easily.

Other media player running in the background

Check for any other media players running in the background, like iTunes, and close them. This will fix the problem.

Sometimes other media players can interfere with Spotify and cause the keyboard shortcuts to stop working. So, if you have iTunes or any other music player open, close it.

That’s it! Easy peasy lemon squeezy! Now you can go back to jamming out to your favorite tunes on Spotify.

Remember, it’s important to keep things simple and not overcomplicate stuff. Just close those other media players and get back to enjoying your music.

Incorrect keyboard settings

To resolve the issue, make sure you’ve turned off the ‘Use all F1, F2…’ setting in your keyboard preferences on Apple computers. This setting can mess up the media keys in Spotify.

Just go to the system preferences, click on the keyboard, and uncheck the box that says ‘Use all F1, F2…’ Easy peasy!

If that doesn’t work, maybe your keyboard driver needs an update. You can try that too. Just go to your keyboard manufacturer’s website and download the latest driver. It’s important to keep your stuff up to date, you know?

Hopefully, these simple steps will fix your Spotify keyboard shortcut problem. Good luck!

Your keyboard driver needs an update

Alright, so we’ve talked about incorrect keyboard settings causing issues with Spotify keyboard shortcuts. Now let’s move on to the next subtopic: updating your keyboard driver.

First, check if your keyboard driver needs an update. Go to your keyboard manufacturer’s website and look for the latest driver for your specific keyboard model.

Once downloaded, open the file and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver. This may involve clicking ‘Next’ or ‘Install’ buttons.

After the installation is complete, restart your computer. Your keyboard driver should now be updated. This can help to ensure that Spotify’s keyboard shortcuts work properly.

If you’re still experiencing issues with the keyboard shortcuts, you may need to try other troubleshooting steps.

Updating your keyboard driver can solve compatibility issues and ensure that Spotify’s keyboard shortcuts work properly. It’s a simple step that can make a big difference.

Hosts file needs a clean up

So, let’s talk about cleaning up the hosts file on Windows and Mac to fix issues with Spotify’s keyboard shortcuts.

You can open Notepad as an administrator on Windows and go to C:WindowsSystem32driversetc. From there, you can delete or comment out any entries with ‘spotify’ or ‘fastly’ in the address.

On Mac, you can open Finder, select Go, and then Go to Folder. Type ‘/private/etc/hosts’ in the dialog box that appears. This will take you to the hosts file location. Once there, you can remove any entries with ‘Spotify’.

Remember to refresh the Web Player after making these changes.

How to clean up your hosts file on Windows

  1. Launch Notepad with administrator privileges by right-clicking the icon and selecting “Open as Administrator”.
  2. Navigate to File > Open and browse to the following file path:


  1. Change the file type dropdown from “Text Documents” to “All Files” next to the filename textbox.
  2. Select the “hosts” file and open it.
  3. The hosts file will open, containing lines of text beginning with #. You may see entries such as:

  1. Check the file for any lines containing “spotify” or “fastly” in the address. Examples:

  1. If found, you can remove the entire line.
  2. Alternatively, add a # at the start to comment it out.
  3. Save the changes made to the hosts file. Refresh the web player to apply changes.

How to clean up your hosts file on Mac

To clean up your hosts file on a Mac, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to Finder and select Go > Go to Folder from the menu bar within Finder.
  2. Enter the following path in the box: /private/etc/hosts, and then hit the Return key.
  3. A fresh Finder window will appear with your Mac’s host file highlighted.
  4. Grab the file by clicking and dragging it from the Finder window, and place it on your desktop.
  5. To view the file’s contents in TextEdit, double-click on it.
  6. Look for lines containing the word “Spotify” in the address.
  7. If you discover any “Spotify” instances, delete those lines.
  8. Apply the changes and reload the Web Player.

Don’t forget to remove any entries that may be causing issues. Refreshing the Web Player should fix any problems with Spotify’s keyboard shortcuts.

Disabling other extensions that manage media on Chrome

Additionally, you can disable any extensions in Google Chrome that might be messing with Spotify’s keyboard shortcuts by following these steps:

  • Click on the three dots at the top right corner of Chrome.
  • Go to ‘More Tools’ and select ‘Extensions’.
  • Look for any extensions that could be causing the issue.
  • Disable those extensions by toggling off the switch next to them.

Extensions are like programs that add extra features to Chrome, but sometimes they can mess things up. So, turning them off might help get Spotify’s keyboard shortcuts back on track.

If that doesn’t work, you can also try disabling hardware media key handling in Chrome. This will prevent the browser from hijacking the media controls.

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