spotify game bar widget

Windows 10 includes a tool called the Game Bar, and it has some cool features you might not know about. You can control Spotify while gaming without having to switch out of full-screen mode. It’s super handy.

Without the Game Bar, controlling Spotify while gaming can feel jarring because you’re probably playing your game in full-screen mode. If at any time you want to adjust playback, you have to press Alt+Tab to do so.

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

What You’ll Need

The Widget menu was added to the Game Bar in Windows 10’s May 2019 update. Your machine has to be running that version or newer if you want to use the Game Bar.

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

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How to Use Spotify in the Windows 10 Game Bar

First, press Windows+G to launch the Game Bar. Alternatively, you can click “Xbox Game Bar” in the Start Menu.

open Xbox Game Bar

In the Game Bar toolbar, click the Widget menu icon.

A drop-down list will appear; click “Spotify.”

select spotify from list of widgets

A Spotify pop-up will appear. Type your account information, and then click “Log In.”

log in to your spotify account

Click “Agree” to allow Game Bar to control Spotify and access your account.

agree to spotify terms

You’ll now see a floating Spotify player whenever 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 open the Widget Menu again, and then click the star next to “Spotify” to add a shortcut to the Game Bar toolbar.

favorite Spotify

That’s it! Now, whenever you’re playing a game in full-screen and want to adjust the Spotify playback, 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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