How to Use Spotify in PC Games on Windows 10 - Windows Basics


Monday, December 28, 2020

How to Use Spotify in PC Games on Windows 10

Windows 10 includes a tool called Game Bar, and it has some cool features you might not have known about. You can control Spotify while playing games without having to switch out of full screen mode. It's super handy.

Without the Game Bar, controlling Spotify during a game can feel jarring as you're probably playing your game in full-screen mode. If at any time you want to adjust playback, you must press Alt + Tab to do it.

The Game Bar includes a Spotify widget that floats on your game whenever you need it.

Note: The Widget Menu was added to the Game Bar in the May 2019 update of Windows 10. Your device must be running that version or later if you want to use the Game Bar.

You must also have the Spotify Windows app installed. If you haven't already, Game Bar will ask you to install it when you turn on the Spotify widget.

1. Press Windows Key+ G to launch the Game Bar. Alternatively, you can click Xbox Game Bar in the Start Menu.

2. In the Game Bar toolbar, click the Widget menu icon.

3. A drop-down list will appear; Click "Spotify".

4. The Spotify pop-up will appear. Enter your account information, then click Login.

5. Click Agree to allow Game Bar to control Spotify and access your account.

6. You should now see a floating Spotify player whenever you open the Game Bar overlay. It has playback controls and device options, as well as an expandable "Recently played" history.

7. You can reopen the Utilities Menu, then click the star next to Spotify to add a shortcut to the Game Bar toolbar.

That's it! Now, whenever you're playing a game in full-screen mode and want to adjust Spotify playback, just press Windows Key+ G to open the controls.

Note: You can also click the pin icon, and Spotify’s Now Playing window will always appear on top of your gameplay or desktop.

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