How to Stop Discord From Pausing Spotify?

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Written by: Alex Popa

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How to Stop Discord From Pausing Spotify?

Is Discord interfering with Spotify and pausing the music constantly? This happens when you use your mic to talk to people on Discord for more than 30 seconds.

You even get a notification from Discord telling you that Spotify has been automatically paused for this reason.

The solutions:

  1. Enable the “Push to Talk” option on Discord
  2. Unlink your Spotify account from Discord
  3. Change the Audio Subsystem to “Legacy

Either one of these solutions will do the trick and prevent Discord from pausing your Spotify randomly. Keep reading to learn how to apply these solutions!

Discord

Enable the “Push to Talk” Option on Discord

The first solution is simple enough. Your mic automatically picks up your voice and transmits it to the voice channel on Discord.

It doesn’t need any permission to do that. So, any time there’s a sound in your surrounding, the mic will activate and transmit it to your friends.

If this continues for more than 30 seconds, Spotify will pause. To solve this, you can set Discord so that the mic doesn’t record anything unless you hold down a keyboard button.

Follow the steps below to see how you can do this:

1. Click on the Gear icon

Click on the Gear icon
Click on the Gear icon

Once you open Discord, look for the Gear icon in the lower-left corner of the screen. It’s right next to your Headphones and Mic icons.

Click on it and proceed with the guide!

2. Select “Voice & Video

Select "Voice & Video"
Select “Voice & Video

After you select the Gear icon, the Discord settings will open, and you’ll see a long list of options on the left-hand side panel.

Scroll through it and find the “Voice & Video” option. Select it and move on to the next step!

3. Enable “Push to Talk

Enable "Push to Talk"
Enable “Push to Talk

Once you select “Voice & Video“, find “Input Mode” on the center page. Under it, you should see two options:

  • Voice Activity
  • Push to Talk

By default, “Voice Activity” will be selected, which means the mic will automatically detect any sounds and transmit them via voice chat.

This is why Spotify pauses constantly. What you need to do is select the “Push to Talk” option. Select it and move to the next step!

4. Set a shortcut

Set a shortcut
Set a shortcut

Once you enable “Push to Talk“, a new menu will appear immediately under it. The “Shortcut” menu requires you to set a keybind to use Discord’s “Push to Talk” feature.

When you press and hold this keybind, your mic will start recording, and you can speak to your friends on Discord.

If you don’t press this keybind, your mic will be turned off by default, and it won’t record anything. You can use Spotify without worries!

Unlink Spotify from Discord

If the “Push to Talk” feature is too uncomfortable to use, or if it doesn’t work correctly, there’s another way you can stop Discord from pausing Spotify constantly.

Unlink Spotify from your Discord account, and you’re done. Follow the steps below to see how to do that:

1. Click the Gear icon

Click the Gear icon
Click the Gear icon

Like before, click on the Gear icon to open the Discord settings. You’ll need to go into the “Connections” tab once you’re there and then close Discord.

Proceed with the guide to see how you can do that!

2. Select “Connections

Select "Connections"
Select “Connections

Once you open the Discord settings, look for the “Connections” tab on the left-hand sidebar, and select it. You don’t need to scroll down because it’s at the top of the page.

Move on to the next step once you do that!

3. Click the X button near “Spotify

Click the X button near "Spotify"
Click the X button near “Spotify

Once you open the “Connections” tab, you’ll see a list of all the currently connected apps to Discord. It could be Steam, PayPal, Reddit, Epic Games, Facebook, and more.

Spotify should be among them. Find it in your app list and then click on the grey X button to the right of the app’s name.

4. Confirm your action

Confirm your action
Confirm your action

Discord will no longer pause Spotify when it detects your voice in a voice chat! Discord will ask you to confirm the unlinking of your Spotify account from your Discord account. Select “Disconnect,” and you’re done.

If this doesn’t work or is uncomfortable, I have one last solution for you. Check below!

Change the Audio Subsystem to “Legacy

No one knows how the Audio Subsystem options work, but one thing is clear – they can fix many sound issues. They may stop Discord from pausing Spotify too!

Follow the steps below to see how you can change the audio subsystem on Discord:

1. Click the Gear icon

Click the Gear icon
Click the Gear icon

With Discord opened, click on the Gear icon in the lower-left corner to open your Discord settings. That’s where you’ll find the setting to change the Audio Subsystem.

Continue with the guide once you open the Discord settings!

2. Go to “Voice & Audio

Go to "Voice & Audio"
Go to “Voice & Audio

In the Discord settings, search for the “Voice & Audio” option on the left-hand side panel and select it. Then, continue with the steps below!

3. Select “Legacy” in the “Audio Subsystem” menu

Select "Legacy" in the "Audio Subsystem" menu
Select “Legacy” in the “Audio Subsystem” menu

Once you’re in the “Voice & Audio” menu, scroll down until you see the “Audio Subsystem” menu. Go slowly, or you might miss it – it’s quite a ways down!

The “Standard” mode will be selected by default. Click on it, and a dropdown list should appear. From the list, select “Legacy“.

4. Select “Okay

Select "Okay"
Select “Okay

Changing the Audio Subsystem on Discord requires you to restart the app. Discord will notify you of this, and you’ll need to click “Okay” to confirm.

Once you do this, Discord shouldn’t pause Spotify anymore!

Conclusion

Discord’s way of handling Spotify is quite bothersome and annoying most of the time. Fortunately, there are several solutions to prevent Discord from pausing your Spotify playlist:

  • Enable the “Push to Talk” option on Discord
  • Unlink your Spotify account from Discord
  • Change the Audio Subsystem to “Legacy

The first two solutions should solve your problem immediately, but if they’re annoying to use, try the third solution on this list. Some people have confirmed that changing the Audio Subsystem to “Legacy” keeps Spotify running non-stop.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment down below! I’ll reply as soon as possible. Until then, stay tuned for other articles on Discord and other apps!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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