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Spotify generally does not work with proxies. Most of the time you will get an error that says “You seem to be using a proxy service.
But it is possible (and much more efficient!) to unblock Spotify with a VPN instead.
Follow these quick steps to solve the Spotify proxy error and unblock the app:
Important: Sometimes you may need to connect to a few different servers before one works. This is normal! Your success rate with a VPN will still be significantly great than with a proxy (approx. 90% with VPN and 5%-10% with proxy)
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Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming apps, but it isn’t yet available in every country. While it is accessible in most countries in Europe, North and South America, availability in Africa and Asia is limited. Spotify currently isn’t available in some large countries including China, Pakistan and Russia.
The library of music available has geographical restrictions due to copyright agreements. As a result, the content you can listen to is limited by where in the world you are. This restriction may be a cause of annoyance if you travel overseas and can no longer listen to your favourite music.
For Premium subscribers, you can travel anywhere for any length of time without having to change your country. Just as long as you have a valid payment method, then geographical restrictions do not apply.
The good news if you are on the Spotify Free Plan and you are travelling for a short period then you don’t need to do anything to carry on using Spotify abroad. Every time you log in to Spotify using the app or the website, it saves your authentication details for up to 14 days on the device you are using. If you then travel abroad, you can carry on accessing Spotify using the saved authentication credentials wherever you are in the world. Only when you next log in, or when the 14 days are up, will Spotify then check where you are.
Spotify Free Plan subscribers travelling abroad for more than 14 days will need to either change their country setting or log in to Spotify from a server in their home country to carry on listening as if they were at home. If you try to log in to Spotify from the country in which you are travelling, Spotify will give the following error message:
“Your country does not match the one set in your profile.”
The big problem is if you try to log in to Spotify from a country where it isn’t supported. In this case, Spotify will give the following error message:
“Sign up to be the first in line when Spotify launches in [Country]
Spotify is currently not available in [Country] Enter your email address to be first in line when we launch!”
This error is less than helpful when you just want to carry on listening to the latest hits and your favourite tunes.
Like all internet services, Spotify can see from where in the world you’re accessing it. It does this by checking your public IP address and checking in what country the IP address is registered.
If you’re on holiday or travelling abroad, you may not be allowed to listen to geo-blocked Spotify content that you would ordinarily be able to access. Also, sometimes the registration country of your IP address may be different from the country where you actually are, which can also cause access problems.
So, if you want to get access to all the Spotify content available in your country without actually being there, you’ll need to change your IP address to one registered in that country.
The same is true for unblocking the full Netflix catalogue from outside the USA.
So what if you’re in a country where Spotify is available, but the music content that you want to listen to isn’t available? To get access to all the Spotify content available in a specific country without actually being there, you’ll need to change your IP address to one registered in that country.
A Proxy Server is a device that will disguise your IP address to make it look like it is from any other country of your choosing. While this may sound great, it will markedly slow down your internet connection. Free Proxy Server’s will also overwhelm you with their adverts and they may even monitor your internet browsing habits.
It is vital to take into account that you should not use a proxy service if you need to enter payment details. The owner of the proxy server will be able to see exactly the information you type into the payment details fields, including your credit card number, CVC code and the expiration date of your card.
A VPN is, in essence, a secure network that encrypts all the data that you send and receive through the internet and re-routes it from your normal ISP to a remote server. A VPN makes it appear as though the physical location of your computer is in a different country, so circumventing any geo-content filtering so it simply won’t work.
Sounds too complicated? Well, in fact, it’s quite easy. You just need to use a Virtual Private Network that has servers in the country where Spotify works (not all do).
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Spotify doesn’t officially block VPN users from accessing their content. However, Spotify doesn’t officially support the use of VPNs and so will not assist in the event of connection problems.
It is a common problem for VPN users to be unable to connect to the Spotify servers, especially users of free and non-premium VPN services. The big premium VPN companies have a significant advantage over other VPN services as they have the resources to run many servers, each with hundreds or thousands of IP addresses.
The best VPN providers offer dedicated support to manage those times when users cannot access Spotify so you can get back to listening to your favourite music.
Also, it is not unknown for the use of a VPN to cause the flagging of an account for suspicious activity that requires the user to change their password. While Spotify discourages VPN use, being found using a VPN won’t otherwise affect your account.
Different VPN services focus on different areas of technology. Some will mainly focus on providing an ultra-secure way to connect to the internet and so might not have many servers or IP addresses available. In contrast, others have high-speed servers optimised for streaming, with thousands of IPs that remain fresh enough to stay ahead of any VPN blocking actions.
The best VPNs require no specialised expertise to set up and start using. ExpressVPN is one of the cheapest and best VPNs available, costing from just $8.32 per month.
ExpressVPN is currently the best available VPN service for accessing Spotify. Their servers have fast, throttle-free access to Spotify streaming. If you do see an error, ExpressVPN offers excellent online support. It also comes with a kill switch and money back guarantee.
Once you choose the right VPN for you, simply sign up for one of the subscription options available and download their software. This straightforward process will take just a matter of minutes. We’ve provided simple instructions for getting started with ExpressVPN at the end of this page, give it a try.
ExpressVPN is considered one of the very best VPN services out there. They have top-notch customer support so any time a server stops working with Spotify, you can be sure they will get it up and running again quickly.
While all VPNs will slow down your internet speed, and there’s nothing you or anyone else can do about that. However, ExpressVPN has some of the fastest servers out there, and users report rarely notice a difference. This service makes streaming Spotify music a straightforward experience.
ExpressVPN is superb because it works with laptops, smartphones, and tablets. Alternatively, you can run the ExpressVPN app on your router and connect to Spotify that way.
Check this guide on VPN routers for more information about running your VPN on your router.
If you aren’t allowed to install ExpressVPN app on your computer, then you will need to use the ExpressVPN Chrome or Firefox extension on your web browser instead.
If, after installing ExpressVPN or the browser extension, your network still blocks access to Spotify, then try to connect to different servers until you find one that will work.
If in doubt, visit the ExpressVPN website and send a quick message to the live chat support available on their website. They will let you know which the best server is to use with Spotify.
If, after installing ExpressVPN or the browser extension, you still have issues accessing the Spotify app, then try one of these steps:
Additional things you can use a VPN for:
- Unblock Instagram at School
- Unblock restricted school wifi and firewall
- Unblock YouTube Videos
- Unblock Netflix Anywhere
- How to Watch BBC iPlayer from Abroad
- How to Watch Hulu From Outside the US
- Unblock SoundCloud
- Watch ITV in the USA
- How to pick a VPN for New Jersey
- How to get a New York IP address
Will my Spotify account be banned for unblocking?
No. Spotify will not ban or block you from using its services. Essentially, you are using a service you have paid for from another location. However, some unblocking methods may not work with Spotify.
If this is the case, you may not access your Spotify. You will need to switch to other reliable methods.
Is it illegal to access Spotify with a VPN?
No. A VPN generally is used to enhance your online security and privacy. Its other benefits include bypassing geo-restrictions and censorship. There’s nothing illegal with that. However, some governments may restrict the use of VPNs. You may be fined for using a VPN in those regions.
Why can’t I find Spotify in the app store?
Spotify is a geo-restricted service. Hence, it might not show up in your app store if it is unavailable in your region. To get Spotify, you will need to change your geo-location to a region where Spotify is available.
Why are some songs unplayable on Spotify?
Unplayable songs may be due to copyright issues and geo-restrictions. To gain access to the songs, you will have to change your geo-location to regions the songs are available. You can do this by using various unblocking methods, such as a VPN.