How do I know if my firewall is blocking Spotify?

Answered by Edward Huber

I had a similar issue with my firewall blocking Spotify, so I can definitely understand the frustration! Let me walk you through the steps to check if your firewall is blocking Spotify.

First, you’ll need to access the Windows Defender Firewall settings. To do this, go to the Control Panel on your computer and search for “Windows Defender Firewall.” Click on the option that says “Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender Firewall.”

Once you’re in the Windows Defender Firewall settings, you’ll see a list of apps and features that are allowed through the firewall. Look for Spotify in this list. If you don’t see it, that means Spotify is not currently allowed through the firewall.

To change this, click on the “Change Settings” button at the top of the window. This will allow you to modify the firewall settings for individual apps. In the new window that appears, scroll through the list until you find Spotify.

Make sure the box associated with Spotify is checked for both “Private” and “Public” networks. This ensures that Spotify is allowed through the firewall for both private and public connections.

Once you’ve checked the box for Spotify under both Private and Public, click on the “OK” button to confirm the changes. This will save your settings and hopefully allow Spotify to bypass the firewall.

Now, you can try reopening Spotify and see if it’s working properly. If the firewall was indeed blocking Spotify, you should now be able to use the app without any issues.

In my case, this solution worked perfectly and I was able to enjoy my music on Spotify again. However, if you’re still experiencing issues after allowing Spotify through the firewall, there might be other factors at play. It’s always a good idea to check for any antivirus or security software that could be interfering with Spotify’s connection.

I hope this helps you determine if your firewall is blocking Spotify and allows you to resolve the issue. Remember, these steps are specific to Windows Defender Firewall, so if you’re using a different firewall software, the process may vary slightly.