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Why are Spotify keyboard shortcuts not working?: 12 Proven Fixes

Troubleshooting Media Keys for Spotify

by Hassaan Behzad
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Spotify Keyboard Shortcuts not working

If you are here with a problem with a Spotify keyboard shortcuts not working on your Windows or Mac, we will fix it together. I have some proven tips and I decided to share it with you,

Spotify keyboard shortcuts are not working due to some drive issues, hardware malfunctioning, a change in Chrome settings or an application preventing it from using media keys.

Spotify comes up with different issues like internet connection,ads on premium, and many other issues. Today we will fix the problem with Spotify keyboard shortcuts not working. So let’s take a start!

What are media keys?

Media keys are the hot keys or keyboard shortcuts that can help to play/pause or change the song on the media player with a single key.

Why are Spotify keyboard shortcuts not working?

There are certain reasons that can prevent Spotify hotkeys from working on Windows and Mac. Here we will discuss some of the major reasons that can cause such types of errors.

Spotify keyboard shortcuts/media keys are not working due to the following reasons:

  • App Overlay
  • Hardware issues
  • Keyboard drivers
  • Issue in windows settings
  • Same keys for different applications

App Overlay

Sometimes different apps are running on the desktop. One of the apps is using the media keys, preventing other apps from using them.

ITunes and Spotify apps are opened at the same time. Some have the same play/pause keys, which is why these hot keys are working for one app at a time. You need to close one of them.

Hardware issues

Suddenly, your keyboard stops working or some keys of your keyboard are not working. Hardware issues sometimes cause you to not apply the keys properly.

Keyboard drivers

It is common on Windows PCs that drivers get faulty or corrupted. Sometimes the system can’t detect your keyboard properly. You need to install all the drives manually to make it work properly.

Issues with the window settings

There is a need to change the settings in Windows to make the shortcuts work properly. In this way, Windows makes your keys not work for the plateform.

Same keys but different apps

Sometimes you use the same key for different applications. When you switch from that application to Spotify, it continues to make hot keys work on that platform.

How to fix media shortcut keys not working on Spotify

Before moving on to the fixes to the problem, we will divide it into three parts:

  • Hardware Fix
  • Windows Fix
  • Chrome Fix

Hardware fixes for Spotify hot keys

Here are some hardware fixes, as follows:

1. Check cables

You need to check the cables to see if they are working or not. You can plug the keyboard into the other devices to check if they are working or not.

2. USB Ports

Sometimes the specific ports are not working properly. You need to change the ports to verify that there is problem in the keyboard or the device. You can also check that the number lock light is working or not.

 3. Specific Keys not working

Sometimes there are problems with the keyboard, and some of the keys don’t work properly.  You need to use the remap keyboard keys to use the specific keys.

In this, we have some keys that we do not use in our daily lives. We can map those keys to our specific tasks. It can help to make the specific keys work.

Window fix for spotify hot keys

Here are some fixes for Windows:

4. Update Spotify

You need to find the addresses in the window store. If you found it otherwise, you need to uninstall and download it again from the Windows Store.

5. Update keyboard drivers automatically

It will help to update the keyboard drivers. You can do it by following these steps:

  • Left-click on “My Computer.”
  • Go to properties
  • Navigate to Device Manager in right menu
  • Go to the keyboard drivers and click on the update driver.
  • Choose the option of “Update automatically.”

Update Keyboard drivers

6. Update keyboard driver manually

You need to install any driver pack to install the keyboard drivers manually. It can help make the keyboard work properly.  Any driver pack solution can help you install the drivers manually.

7. Media Player Configuration Setting on Windows 10/11

You need to change the media settings for Windows 10 and 11.

  • Open “Run”
  • Type Msconfig and hit Enter.
  • Go to Services tab and look for Windows Media Player Network Sharing Service
  • Uncheck the box beside to this service
  • Click on Apply

It will avoid desktop overlays when using media.

8. Make changes in the host files of windows

  • Open Notepad as an administrator (right-click > Open as Administrator).
  • Go to File – Open and navigate to: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc
  • Choose “All Files” instead of “Text Documents” next to the File Name box.
  • Pick hosts and click Open.
  • The file is open. You will see a block of text with # in front of each line and you might see entries like:
  • 0.0.0.0 website.com
  • 127.0.0.1 website2.com

Check for any entries with Spotify or Fastly in the address. Examples may look like this:

  • 0.0.0.0 weblb-wg.gslb.spotify.com
  • 0.0.0.0 prod.b.ssl.us-eu.fastlylb.net
  • If you do find any, you can delete the line.
  • You can also add a # in front of the line, that’s “commenting out.”.
  • Save your changes. Refresh the Web Player.

9. Turn off desktop overlay on spotify app

You need to follow the following steps to turn off the desktop overlay on the Spotify app:

  • Open the Spotify app
  • Click Options (or Settings)
  • Uncheck the option Desktop overlay when using media keys

10. Restart Service

Here are the steps to restart the service:

  • Press the Windows key and the R key from your keyboard
  • Type Services.msc and hit Enter.
  • Then, locate Human Interface Device Service from the list and look for the status of this service whether the service is started or stopped.
  • If the service is stopped, then click on the Human Interface Device Service and click on Start.
  • If the service is already started, then click on Restart to restart the service

Chrome Fix for SPhot keys

Here are some fixes for Chrome that will avoid any app overlay on the Spotify player.

11. Using chrome flag methods

You need to follow the following steps on Chrome to fix issues:

  • Open Chrome
  • Type Chrome://flags in the search bar.
  • Search for “Hardware media key handling.
  • Choose the disabled option next to it to disable it.

Turn off media key handling chrome flags

12. Disabling Google Music Play extension

You need to disable the Google Play extension.

  • Click on the three dots in the right corner.
  • Navigate to Extensions
  • Turn off the toggle button

Sometimes it is caused by other extensions, like plex. You need to disable them too to check. Try disabling all the extensions at once if the issue persists.

Final Thoughts

Here I have shared the proven methods that will help fix Spotify keyboard shortcuts that are not working. It will make all the hot keys work for Spotify.

If there is any issue that is creating problems,. You can ask your question on the spotify community to solve the issue of play music with enhanced experience.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How do I fix Spotify keyboard shortcuts not working on my desktop?

A: To fix Spotify keyboard shortcut issues on your desktop, try reinstalling the Spotify app. This often resolves any glitch that may be causing the problem.

Q: Why does the desktop overlay appear when using media keys with an external keyboard?

A: The desktop overlay may appear when using media keys with an external keyboard due to conflicting software or a hijack by another music app. Disable desktop overlay when using media keys to resolve this issue.

Q: Can I use Spotify keyboard shortcuts when using Google Play Music in a web browser?

A: No, Spotify keyboard shortcuts are specific to the Spotify app and may not work when using Google Play Music or any other music app in a web browser.

Q: How can I take over the media keys on my external keyboard for Spotify?

A: You can take over the media keys on your external keyboard for Spotify by uninstalling or disabling conflicting software that may interfere with Spotify’s keyboard shortcuts.

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