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Using Spotify in PC games on Windows 10



spotify game bar widget

Windows 10 includes a tool called the Game Bar, and it has some cool features you may not be familiar with. You can control Spotify while gaming without having to turn off full screen mode. It’s super useful.

Without the Game Bar, controlling Spotify while gaming can be shocking, as you̵

7;re likely playing your game in full screen. If you want to adjust playback at any point, you have to press Alt + Tab to do this.

The Game Bar includes a Spotify widget that floats over your game when you need it.

What you need

The Widget Menu was added to the Game Bar in the May 2019 Update of Windows 10. Your machine must be running that version or later to use the Game Bar.

You must also have the Spotify Windows app installed. If you don’t, Game Bar will ask you to install it when you enable the Spotify widget.

RELATED: 6 great features in Windows 10’s new Game Bar

Using Spotify in the Windows 10 Game Bar

First, press Windows + G to launch the Game Bar. You can also click “Xbox Game Bar” from the Start menu.

open Xbox Game Bar

Click the Widget menu icon in the toolbar of the game bar.

select the widget menu icon

A drop-down list will appear; click on ‘Spotify’.

select Spotify from the list of widgets

A Spotify popup will appear. Enter your account information and click “Sign In”.

log in to your Spotify account

Click “Agree” to authorize Game Bar to operate Spotify and access your account.

agree to Spotify terms

You will now see a floating Spotify player when you open the Game Bar overlay. It has playback controls and device options, as well as an expandable “Recently Played” history.

spotify game bar widget

You can reopen the Widget menu and then click the star next to “Spotify” to add a shortcut to the Game Bar toolbar.

favorite Spotify

That is it! Now when you are playing a game in full screen and want to adjust the Spotify display, just press Windows + G to open the controls.

Tip: 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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