Valve’s Steam Deck is great for portable PC gaming; this isn’t news. Everything else you can do with the console boosts its utility, such as listening to your meticulously curated Spotify playlists. Because the device runs Linux, practically any app designed for the open-source operating system will function, and we’ll teach you how to install Spotify on Steam Deck to listen to your tunes.
Any applications or games you install outside of the official Steam Deck store will be installed on the internal storage, not your microSD card or any other external drives before you begin. Check that you have adequate space on the primary eMMC SSD, the size of which is determined by the Steam Deck model you picked (64GB, 256GB, or 512GB).
Here is How to Install Spotify on Steam Deck?
Spotify may be downloaded using any desktop PC through Flathub, a software shop for Linux Flatpak archives. It’s an option if you want to transfer files manually, but owing to the built-in Discover app store, putting it directly onto the Steam Deck is considerably quicker.
- Hit the left-side STEAM button to open the quick menu.
- Navigate down the list to highlight and select Power.
- On the power menu, navigate to and select Switch to Desktop.
Alternatively, you can briefly hold down the power button to access the power menu a little faster. A Switching to Desktop … notification will appear whichever method you choose. After a short wait, the Steam Deck will boot into its Linux desktop environment, just like you would expect on any regular PC.
- Locate and open the Discover app, which is usually pinned to your taskbar with an icon resembling a blue shopping bag. Otherwise, you can find it in the System tab of the applications menu.
- Using the search function in the top-left of Discover, look for Spotify.
- Find Spotify in the list of results and hit Install.
- Having to boot into desktop mode whenever you want to open Spotify is a little tedious. Follow these extra steps to have them appear in the regular SteamOS Deck UI alongside your usual library.
- Return to Steam in desktop mode. Navigate the top-most menu to the Games tab and select Add a Non-Steam Game to My Library …
- A new window titled Add a Game will appear with a list of your software. Navigate this list until you find Spotify.
- Check the box to the left of its title, then hit Add selected programs.
- Close the Steam application and launch the Return to Gaming Mode shortcut from the desktop or applications menu.
It may appear unusual to include Spotify as a game, but it is the easiest option to have quick access to the app on Steam Deck. You can now listen to your playlists while driving long distances, and it even works wonderfully in the background while playing games provided you use one of the finest PC gaming headphones. If you subscribe to Spotify Premium, you can also download playlists for offline listening on long journeys without an internet connection.
Choose a pair of low-cost wireless earbuds, such as the UGREEN HiTune X6 ANC, to connect over Bluetooth, or go for something a bit more upscale, such as the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro set, to experience noise-canceling gaming on public transportation. In any case, you may now listen to music on Spotify wherever your Steam Deck travels.