Why your Spotify app keeps crashing, and 7 ways to fix it

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  • If your Spotify app keeps crashing, there are several simple troubleshooting steps you can try to resolve the problem. 
  • Start by forcing the app to close and restart it; you can also restart the entire device.
  • Other things to try include resetting network settings and disabling hardware acceleration if the problem is happening on a Mac or PC. 
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If you rely on Spotify as your day-to-day source of music, you no doubt appreciate having access to a library of over 70 million tracks — it’s like having access to virtually every song ever made on your phone. But all that can come to a halt if Spotify keeps crashing when you start the app or when you try to play a track. 

As within any problematic app, it can be hard to know exactly what the root cause of your problem is. So here are seven ways to troubleshoot and hopefully solve your issue with Spotify.

Force-close and then restart Spotify

Often, an app that displays an error message or crashes can be fixed with a simple remedy: Just force it to close and restart the app.  Start by closing the app on Android or closing Spotify on iOS. Then start the app again in the usual way. It only takes a moment, and might solve your problem.

Restart your device

If restarting Spotify didn’t do the trick, it’s a good idea to restart your device. That will flush out any corrupt data that might be causing a conflict and let you start fresh after just a minute or two. Restarting every kind of device is a bit different, but here is how to restart an iPhone.

Check for a Spotify outage

Before you try more complex or time-consuming troubleshooting steps, it’s a good idea to determine if the problem is with the Spotify service, in which case you simply need to wait for service to be restored. The easiest way to check on Spotify is to visit Spotify’s status page at DownDetector, or just search for “Is Spotify down” in a Google search and look for Downdetector in the search results. If the site is down, wait a while and try again later.

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Check a site like DownDetector to see if there is a service outage.

Log out of Spotify and log back in

Especially if Spotify crashes no matter what you try to play, it might be time to log out of Spotify and then log back in again. On the mobile app (for either Android or iPhone), tap the Settings icon at the top right (shaped like a gear) and scroll to the bottom. Tap Log out. Then, on the sign-in page, log back into your account. 

Settings page in the Spotify app for iOS
Logging out and back in from the Settings page can sometimes fix problems with Spotify.

Uninstall and reinstall Spotify

If you still can’t use Spotify without the app displaying error messages or crashing, try to reinstall the app. If the app has become corrupted or there’s an incompatibility with some other software on the device, reinstalling a fresh copy might solve the problem, especially if there’s a newer version. If you need a reminder, here’s how to uninstall the Spotify app from your Android or iOS device. Afterward, install a fresh version from Google Play or the App Store.

Reset your network settings

Less commonly, your phone’s network settings might need to be reset to allow certain online services like Spotify to work properly. Save this as a last resort, though, because resetting your network will wipe out all your saved network configurations, including Bluetooth devices and WiFi network names and passwords, so you’ll need to log back into those networks manually. If you want to try, though, you can reset your network settings on iPhone or reset your network settings on Android and see if that solves the problem. 

Disable hardware acceleration in Mac or Windows

Most of the troubleshooting tips apply to your computer as well as mobile devices, but if Spotify is crashing on your computer there’s one other trick you can try — disabling hardware acceleration. This desktop-only feature lets Spotify use the graphics card for better performance, but it can sometimes cause Spotify to misbehave. To disable hardware acceleration, click the three-dot menu at the top-left corner of the desktop app, then click the View menu, then Hardware Acceleration

The Spotify desktop app for Windows
In Windows or the Mac, try disabling hardware acceleration from the View menu.

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How to upload music to Spotify and sync it to your phone

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To upload music to Spotify, you need a computer.

  • You can upload local music from your computer onto Spotify by going through the Settings menu.
  • Spotify Premium subscribers can listen to their uploaded music in the Spotify mobile app too.
  • If you want to upload your music to Spotify so others can stream it, you’ll need to go through a distribution service.
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Spotify has more than 70 million songs in its streaming catalog, but there are many millions of songs that aren’t on the platform.

If you have songs on your computer that aren’t streaming on Spotify, you can upload them to Spotify and listen to them there. And if you sync your computer with the Spotify mobile app, you can take those songs on-the-go too.

And of course, if you’re a musician or recording artist, you can upload your songs to Spotify’s catalog too so everyone can listen to them. It just takes a bit more work.

Here’s how to upload music from your computer to Spotify, and then sync it with the mobile app.

How to upload local music to Spotify on a computer

You’ll have to do this using the Spotify desktop app, which is available for free on both Mac and PC

1. Open Spotify on your computer and click your account name in the top-right corner, then click Settings.

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Head to your Spotify settings page.

2. Scroll down to the Local Files heading and toggle on Show Local Files.

3. A new menu titled Show songs from will appear. If your local songs are in one of the default folders that Spotify offers, toggle it on — otherwise, click Add a source and pick the folder on your computer that the songs are in. Doing this will upload every audio file in that folder to Spotify.

The Settings page in Spotify, with the Local Files option highlighted.
Add the folder that your songs are in.

4. Restart the Spotify app. Once re-opened, click Your Library in the top-left. 

5. On the page that opens, you’ll find a playlist called Local Files. Click this to open a list of all the songs that you’ve uploaded to Spotify.

The Your Library page in the Mac Spotify app. The Local Files playlist is highlighted.
Open the Local Files playlist.

You can play these songs right away or move them into other playlists like normal Spotify songs. You just can’t add them to your Liked Songs list.

So now you have the songs on your computer uploaded to your computer’s Spotify app. Let’s get those songs onto your phone too.

How to upload local music to Spotify on a phone

The steps to listen to your uploaded music in the Spotify mobile app are pretty similar for both iPhone and Android users.

Before you do anything, make sure that you’re a Spotify Premium member. Only Premium members can stream local music in the mobile app.

You’ll also want to add all of your local music to a playlist, other than the default Local Files playlist. You can’t open that default playlist in the mobile app, so doing this will make your songs visible.

And lastly, if you’re using an iPhone, you need to enable local files on your phone first. Open Spotify and tap Home in the bottom-left corner, and then the gear icon in the top-right to open the app’s settings. Then tap Local Files and toggle on the Local audio files option.

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Enable local files on your iPhone.

Once you’ve got everything set up:

1. Connect your iPhone or Android to the same Wi-Fi network as the computer where you uploaded the songs. If your computer is using ethernet, temporarily connect it to Wi-Fi.

2. Open the Spotify app and head to the playlist where you put your local songs.

3. Under the playlist’s name, tap the download icon. It looks like a downward-pointing arrow.

A Spotify app playlist. The Download button is highlighted.
Download the playlist to save your songs.

Once you tap download, Spotify will save every song in the playlist onto your phone — including the ones you uploaded. Feel free to move them into other playlists just like normal songs.

The songs will stay on your phone until you tap the download icon again to delete them.

How to upload music onto Spotify so others can stream it

The steps we’ve outlined help you upload music, but only you can listen to it. If you want to add music to Spotify’s catalog so everyone can stream it (and you can make money from it), there’s a different process.

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If you make your own music, you can get it on Spotify.

To get your music on Spotify, you need to work with a distribution company. Every company has a slightly different process, but it usually involves paying a fee and then giving them the masters of your music.

Once you’ve got your songs on Spotify, most distributors will take a portion of the money you make for themselves.

There are dozens of different distribution companies that help artists get on Spotify. Most independent artists recommend sites like Distrokid and Tunecore, and Spotify keeps their own list of “preferred” companies.

If you’re interested in uploading original music to Spotify, start looking for a distributor.

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How to cancel Roku subscriptions from the streaming device, the website, or mobile app

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If you’ve subscribed to streaming services through Roku, you’ll need to cancel through Roku.

  • If you’ve subscribed to a paid or premium channel through your Roku account, you can cancel the subscription from the Roku player or the Roku website.
  • To cancel, select a channel using your Roku remote, press the asterisk key, and choose “Manage subscription.” 
  • If you don’t see the subscription on the website or Roku device, it probably means you purchased it another way. 
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Many Roku channels are available for free, but if you subscribe to a paid channel through your Roku device, you may eventually want to cancel that subscription. You can do this using your Roku media player or on your account page of the Roku website. 

How to cancel Roku subscriptions

If you’ve subscribed to a streaming channel using your Roku, you can cancel it from the Roku player or using the Roku website. 

From the Roku device: 

1. Using your Roku remote, navigate to the channel you want to cancel and press the asterisk button. You should see a pop-up window appear.

2. Select Manage subscription.

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Press the asterisk button after navigating to a channel and choose “Manage subscription.”

3. On the Manage subscription page, select Cancel subscription and then confirm this is what you really want to do.

If you don’t see Manage subscriptions in the list of options, that probably means you’ve subscribed through another service (or you’re receiving the channel for free). 

From mobile or web:

1. Open the Roku website in a browser and, if you’re not already signed in, log in to your account. 

2. Click the avatar icon at the top-right of the window and click My account.

3. Click Manage your subscriptions.

4. You should see a list of channels you’re subscribed to through your Roku account. Click Cancel subscription next to any channels you want to cancel. 

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The Roku website conveniently shows you all your subscriptions in one place.

Why is Roku charging me monthly?

Your Roku account is free, and you don’t have to pay for a subscription to use a Roku device. Even the Roku channel is free. 

If you see a recurring charge on your credit card billing statement, it means that you have subscribed to a paid or premium subscription (or someone with access to your Roku player has signed up for a channel).

The easiest way to find out what subscriptions you may be paying for is to check your account page from a website on your computer or mobile device (see the previous section for instructions on how to do this). The Roku website makes it easy to see all your charges by displaying a list of current and expired subscriptions.

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How to create a Roku account and set up your Roku device

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To begin using a Roku device, you’ll need to create an account.

  • You need to create a free Roku account to set up and use a Roku streaming media player. 
  • You can create a Roku account from the Roku website, the Roku mobile app, or the Roku player itself.
  • You’ll be prompted to create a Roku account when you set up a new Roku device.
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You’ll need a Roku account in order to set up and use your Roku media player. Once you’ve purchased a Roku streaming device, setting up your account is free. 

If you don’t already have a Roku account to link to a new Roku device during setup, you’ll be asked to create one, which you can do from the player, the website, or the mobile app. Here’s how. 

How to create a Roku account when activating a Roku device

You’ll automatically be offered the opportunity to create a Roku account when setting up a new Roku device. 

When you power it on and connect it to your TV for the first time, one of the initial steps will be to enter your Roku account email address and password or to create an account if you don’t already have one.

If you have multiple Roku devices, it’s generally a good idea to use the same Roku account on all of them. This way you can manage all your Roku channels and payments (if you use Roku to subscribe to  streaming services) with a single account. 

How to create a Roku account from a web browser

1. Go to the Roku website in a web browser. 

2. Click Sign in in the upper-right corner of the web page.

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Use the “Sign in” link to start creating an account.

3. On the right side of the page, click Create account.

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If you don’t already have an account, click the “Create account” button.

4. Complete the form by entering your name, email, password, birthdate, and so on. Click Continue.

How to create a Roku account from the mobile app

If you prefer, you can create a Roku account using the Roku mobile app on iPhone or Android. The process is the same regardless of which phone you use.

1. Tap the User icon at the top-right of the screen.

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Tap the app’s account icon to create a free account.

2. On the next page, tap Sign in.

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Tap “Sign in” to begin creating an account.

3. On the Sign In or Create Account screen, tap Create a free account at the bottom of the page.

4. Enter details like your name, email address, and password, then tap Submit

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How to find your Apple Music Replay, a list of your favorite songs of the year so far that updates each week

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Apple Music Replay is a year-in-review for your music.

  • Apple Music Replay gives you a playlist with the 100 songs you listened to most so far this year.
  • Unlike Spotify Wrapped, Apple Music Replay updates every week to track your listening habits as the year goes on.
  • You can only access Apple Music Replay in a web browser, but you can save the playlist to listen to in the app.
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Every year, Spotify users go wild for Spotify Wrapped, the feature that shows you your favorite songs of the year. But Apple Music users don’t have to wait a year, because Apple Music Replay updates every week.

Apple Music Replay is a feature that tracks which songs you listen to the most every year. It updates every week, making it a great and consistent way to record your musical tastes over time.

Here’s how to find your Apple Music Replay and save it as a playlist to your library.

How to find your Apple Music Replay and save it

Strangely, you can’t initially access your Apple Music Replay through the Apple Music apps. Instead, you’ll need to use a web browser.

1. Head to the Apple Music Replay website. If you don’t see anything, make sure you’re logged in and have your ad blocker turned off.

2. Click Get Your Replay Mix.

The Apple Music Replay page. The "Get Your Replay Mix" option is highlighted.
Generate your “Replay Mix” by clicking the button.

3. Apple Music will calculate what you listened to this year. Once it’s done, you’ll get a full list of your favorite songs, along with how often you listened to each. It only tracks songs that you can listen to through Apple Music — any local songs you’ve added to your library won’t show up.

4. Click + Add to save the current playlist to your library. It’ll get saved exactly as it is now, so if it changes in the future, you’ll need to re-add it.

An Apple Music Replay playlist. The "Add" option is highlighted.
Click “Add” to save your Replay playlist.

5. If you head to the bottom of the page, you can find your Replay list from past years too.

Once you save your playlist, it’ll appear in all your Apple Music apps, meaning that you can listen on your phone too.

An Apple Music Replay playlist in the iPhone Music app.
Saving the playlist puts it into your iPhone’s Music app.

Check back every week to see how your Replay list changes. It’ll reset at the start of each new year.

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How to update your Roku device and all its channels

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There are a few ways to install updates on a Roku.

  • Your Roku automatically checks for updates every day, but you can update it manually in the Settings menu.
  • You can also update your Roku’s channels by pressing the star button on the remote.
  • The newest major Roku update, OS 10.5, includes new voice control features.
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Roku devices are designed to stay connected to the internet 24/7. Because of this, they can check for updates and install them automatically. You might be notified if it installs a major update, but usually the updater just runs in the background without much fanfare.

But if you want to check for updates manually, you can do it with just a few clicks. You might want to do this if you suspect your Roku has a bug, or if you’ve kept the device unplugged for a long time.

Here’s how to manually update your Roku device, along with its channels.

How to update your Roku device

1. On your Roku’s homescreen, go to the list of options on the left and select Settings.

2. In your Settings, scroll down and select System.

The Settings page on a Roku, with the System option highlighted.
Head to the System menu.

3. Select System Update, and then click Check now.

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Open the “System update” page.

4. Your Roku will check for any updates. If one is available, a pop-up will appear asking if you want to update now or later — select Update Now.

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Install the update now.

Give your Roku a few minutes to download and install the update. It’ll restart automatically once it’s done.

How to update your Roku channels

Just like the Roku itself, your channels need updates too. They usually install updates automatically too, but you can check manually.

1. On your Roku’s homescreen, scroll to the channel you want to update.

2. Press the star button on your Roku remote.

3. In the pop-up that opens, select Check for updates.

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Open the channel’s information panel to check for updates.

If there’s an update available, it’ll download and install right away.

Dave Johnson contributed to a previous version of this article.

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How to stream lossless audio from Apple Music and get the highest quality music possible

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Apple Music’s lossless audio is made for music lovers.

  • Apple Music offers lossless audio, which is the highest quality music you can get from streaming apps.
  • Lossless audio takes more space and internet bandwidth to download than standard music.
  • You can get lossless audio in every version of the Apple Music app for no extra cost.
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Music streaming apps like Spotify and Apple Music are great for building massive collections of your favorite tracks from across the eras. But any audiophile will tell you that what you get in accessibility, you’re giving up in audio quality.

In order to reach your ears without taking up too much internet bandwidth, most streamed music is “lossy” — the audio is lower quality than you might get on a CD or record. It isn’t always easy to notice, but can make a big difference for some tracks.

That’s why some streaming apps give users the option to enable “lossless” music, which takes up more internet and data space but results in much clearer sound.

What is ‘lossless’ audio in Apple Music?

Lossless audio preserves as much detail of the original music as possible, meaning that you’re hearing the song much closer to how it’s “supposed” to sound. This also ramps up how much internet data the song needs to stream, and how much space it’ll take up on your device if you download it.

Apple Music lets all subscribers listen to lossless music for no extra charge. They also give you two kinds of lossless audio: You can listen to regular lossless music, or “Hi-Res Lossless,” which retains even more detail.

But there are some catches. Even if you enable lossless audio, the only way to hear it is with a wired connection — Bluetooth audio is naturally lossy. And if you want to listen to Hi-Res Lossless, you’ll likely need to hook a digital-to-analog converter up to your device.

Lossless audio is available in all the Apple Music apps. Here’s how to get lossless Apple Music on your iPhone, Android, or Mac.

How to get lossless audio in Apple Music on an iPhone

To change your Apple Music settings on an iPhone, you’ll use the built-in Settings app.

1. Open your iPhone’s Settings app and scroll down to tap Music.

2. Under Audio, tap Audio Quality.

The Music settings menu on an iPhone.
Select the “Audio Quality” option.

3. Toggle on Lossless Audio.

4. You can tap one of the options below — Cellular Streaming, Wi-Fi Streaming, and Downloads — to choose whether you want lossless music all the time or only when you’re on Wi-Fi, and if you want your downloaded music to be lossless too.

The Audio Quality menu on an iPhone.
Turn on Lossless Audio, then choose where you want to use it.

You can also use these options to enable Hi-Res Lossless.

Any music you’ve already downloaded will stay in its original lossy quality until you delete and re-download it.

How to get lossless audio in Apple Music on an Android

1. Open the Apple Music app and tap the three stacked dots in the top-right corner of the screen.

2. Tap Settings.

The Apple Music app on an Android phone, with the Settings option selected.
Open the Apple Music app’s settings.

3. Tap Audio Quality, and then toggle on Lossless Audio. You can also use the options that appear to choose whether you want to stream lossless audio on cellular data or Wi-Fi, and if you want your downloads to be lossless too.

The menus that let you pick Audio Quality in the Apple Music Android app.
The menus that let you pick Audio Quality in the Apple Music Android app.

Tapping one of the options will also give you access to Hi-Res Lossless quality.

How to get lossless audio in Apple Music on a Mac

1. Open your Mac’s Music app.

2. Click Music in the menu bar at the top of the screen, and then click Preferences.

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You’ll find the “Preferences” option in the menu bar.

3. In the window that appears, click Playback at the top, then check off Lossless audio below.

4. Use the Streaming and Download drop-downs to pick whether you want Lossless or High Resolution Lossless music.

The Playback settings menu in the Music app on a Mac.
Choose what quality you want to stream and download music in.

5. Once you’ve got your settings how you want them, click OK at the bottom of the page.

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How to check your Spotify stats in 6 different ways and see which songs, artists, and genres you listen to the most

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Apart from Spotify Wrapped, you can track your Spotify stats through numerous third-party sites.

  • There are a variety of websites that can give you stats about your Spotify account.
  • “Stats for Spotify” will tell you your favorite tracks and artists and then generate playlists with them.
  • Other sites, like “Zodiac Affinity” and “How Bad is Your Spotify,” take a more comedic approach to analyzing your stats.
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Spotify has over 300 million members, according to the company’s website. And together, those users listen to countless artists, songs, genres, and playlists each year.

If you’ve ever wanted to dive deeper into your listening habits — maybe to see which songs you listen to the most, or compare your tastes with others — there are dozens of websites you can use to check your Spotify stats. These sites range from serious to goofy, but they’ll all help you see your music fandom into a new light.

Here are a few of our favorites from across the spectrum.

How to check your Spotify stats

Stats for Spotify

Stats for Spotify is probably the most basic “stats” site you’re going to find. Log into your Spotify account and you can see your favorite artists, songs, and genres from the last month, six months, or all time.

Scroll to the bottom of your Top Tracks page, and you’ll even find a Create playlist button you can use to instantly make a playlist with all the songs on that list.

A list of top artists and top tracks, generated by Stats for Spotify.
Click on any of the artists or songs to open their page in Spotify.

Spotify Wrapped

You probably know about this one.

Every year, Spotify releases Spotify Wrapped, a slideshow that shows you who your favorite artists, songs, and genres were over the past year. You also get a count of how much time you spent listening to Spotify, and a playlist with your top 100 songs.

You don’t need to connect anything to your Spotify account to find this. It’ll pop up in your Spotify app automatically when it gets released, so you can watch the slideshow and share it with all of your friends.

The shareable card that you get at the end of the Spotify Wrapped story.
The shareable card that you can get at the end of the Spotify Wrapped story.

Once some time passes, you won’t be able to find the Wrapped slideshows anymore. But you can find your Wrapped playlists from years past by logging into the Spotify website and checking these links:

Obscurify

Obscurify, like other sites, shows you your top tracks, artists, and genres. But it also gives you a rating of how “obscure” your tastes are compared to other users, along with a list of the artists and songs you listen to that no one else does.

An "Obscurity Rating" from the Spotify stats website Obscurify.
An obscurity rating and distribution graph from Obscurify.

Scroll down and you’ll also find a “Moods” section that measures how happy, danceable, energetic, and acoustic your tastes are — along with how that compares to other users.

And check out the very bottom of the page for some song recommendations that the algorithm thinks you’ll enjoy.

Receiptify

Receiptify is an app that checks what songs you listen to the most and prints out a “receipt” with them listed in order. You can have it list your favorite songs from the past month, six months, or from all time.

It’s a simple gimmick, but great for sharing quickly on social media.

A song receipt from the Receiptify app.
A song receipt from the Receiptify app.

Zodiac Affinity

Astrology isn’t for everyone. But if you’ve got your sun, moon, and rising signs memorized, check out Zodiac Affinity.

Connect to Spotify and pick your zodiac sign (your sun sign) from the drop-down menu. The site will give you five recent songs you love that match well with your sign.

The Zodiac Affinity page for Leo, showing a variety of rock songs.
The Zodiac Affinity page for Leo.

How Bad is Your Spotify

The “How Bad is Your Spotify” test went viral in 2020 for its AI’s snarky attitude and scorching hot takes. The site reads your favorite artists and songs, asks you a few questions, and then mercilessly taunts you. Be warned, it can get vulgar.

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You’ll be asked some questions about what you listen to.

No matter how obscure your tastes are, How Bad is Your Spotify will find a stereotype you fit into. Just don’t take it too personally — it is a robot, after all.

A taste reading from the "How Bad is Your Spotify?" app.
You’ll be sorted into stereotypes based on your tastes.

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How to watch local channels on your Roku for free or with a subscription

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There are a few different ways to find free or subscription-based local channels on Roku.

  • You can get local channels on Roku via the Roku Channel Store, third-party apps, or even an antenna.
  • The Roku Channel Store is a good place to start looking for local channels.
  • If you have a cable subscription, you can watch local  channels on your Roku via the service’s app.
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You can watch content from popular subscription streaming services like Netflix and Hulu on your Roku, but did you know that you can also watch local and national channels? 

Some local channels are available for free, while others require a subscription. Here are  five different ways to get local channels on Roku. 

How to get local channels on Roku

On your Roku streaming device, you can access official Roku local TV channels, third-party local TV channels, and more.

Official Roku local TV channels

If you’re looking to watch local channels using Roku, the Channel Store is a good place to start. In the Roku Channel Store, you’ll find more than 100 free, network-affiliated local news channels. To see a list, go to the News and Weather section on your Roku device or online.

Some of the free local channels you can get through the Roku Channel Store include:

  • WTVF News Channel 5
  • WBRC FOX 6 News
  • WPXI Channel 11 News
  • News 12
  • Boston 25

Download third-party local TV apps

If you can’t find your local TV station in the Roku Channel Store, it’s because they don’t have a Roku app. Third-party apps like NewsON and Haystack TV are alternative options to accessing these channels.

On NewsON, you can access more than 170 TV stations from across the U.S. for free. Major TV station groups like ABC, Cox Media Group, and Raycom Media came together to create this app.

Haystack TV is a similar app that gives users access to national and local news channels. They have partnerships with more than 150 local news stations, including CBS Los Angeles KCAL, CBS New York WCBS, and NBC Nebraska.

Sign up for subscription-based live TV apps

If you’re already subscribed to an app that offers live TV, there’s a good chance you can use it to watch local TV on your Roku device. 

All of these Roku apps stream local channels:

  • CBS All Access streams local CBS stations in over 200 markets. Watch live and on-demand content from the national broadcaster and local stations too. Content also includes CBS All Access originals.
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A CBS All Access subscription will get you access to local channels and live TV.

  • DirecTV Now allows you to watch local ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC content in select markets.
  • Hulu + Live TV streams local ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC content in select markets.
  • PlayStation Vue allows you to watch local ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC content in select markets.
  • Sling TV streams local ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC content in select markets.
  • YouTube TV streams local ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC content in select markets.
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Some local news channels are included with a YouTube TV subscription.

Hook an antenna up to your Roku TV

Hooking up an HDTV antenna to a Roku TV is another way to pick up local and national channels. Follow the on-screen instructions on your TV to set up over-the-air television via Roku.

Screen-mirror from another device

You can mirror your iPhone to your Roku device using the Roku mobile app or Apple AirPlay.

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The screen mirroring controls are found in the System section of Roku Settings.

If the local TV channel you’re looking for isn’t on Roku or a third-party app and only streams online, you can try Miracast if you have an Android or Windows device.

Miracast, as you can probably guess from the name, mirrors your screen on supported devices (which includes Roku). To use Miracast on Windows, open the Action Center and click Connect. On your Android device, tap Settings, then Connected Devices, then Cast.

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How to cancel your Apple Music subscription on any device

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Apple Music subscribers can cancel their subscription from a computer or mobile device.

  • You can cancel an Apple Music subscription with just a few clicks or taps on any of your devices. 
  • To cancel Apple Music on an iPhone or iPad, you’ll use the Settings app; on an Android, you can find the Cancel Subscription option in the Apple Music app’s Account settings.
  • You can also sign into the Apple Music website and cancel your subscription from the Settings menu under the account icon at the top right of the page.
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Apple Music is one of the most popular music streaming services in the United States, so it’s not surprising if you are a subscriber. After all, Apple even makes Apple Music available on Android devices. But if you want to end your subscription, it’s easy to cancel. You can cancel Apple Music from your computer, iOS device, or Android phone with just a few clicks or taps. 

How to cancel Apple Music on a computer

1. Go to the Apple Music website in a web browser and log into your account using the Sign In button at the top right of the page if needed. 

2. Click the account icon at the top right of the page and then, in the drop-down menu, click Settings

3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and, in the Subscriptions section, click Manage.

4. In the Edit Your Subscription window, click Cancel Subscription and confirm this is what you want to do.

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You can cancel your account from the Apple Music website.

How to cancel Apple Music on an iPhone or iPad

You can easily cancel your Apple Music subscription from any iOS device that’s connected to your Apple ID. Apple tracks all current, ongoing, and even past subscriptions in the Settings app. To cancel, just open the Settings app and follow our guide on canceling subscriptions to cancel Apple Music in the list of subscriptions listed under your Apple ID.  

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You can find all your active subscriptions (including Apple Music) in the Settings app on your iPhone.

How to cancel Apple Music on an Android

If you listen to Apple Music using Apple’s mobile app on Android, you can cancel the subscription from within the app as well.

1. Start the Apple Music app on your Android device.

2. Tap the three-dot menu at the top right of the screen and then tap Account.

3. In the Subscription section, tap Manage Subscription.

4. Tap Cancel Subscription and confirm this is what you really want to do.

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You can manage your subscription from within the Apple Music app on Android.

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