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An update on the deprecated mobile streaming SDKs

Posted July 15, 2022


Four years ago, Spotify introduced the app remote SDKs for iOS and Android — a set of tools to help developers build powerful mobile apps that connect with Spotify.

Since then we have gradually phased out support for the mobile streaming SDKs — Spotify’s earlier generation of iOS and Android SDKs, first launched in 2014. If you still have an app that uses the mobile streaming SDKs then you should take action before September 1, 2022 to remove them from your apps. After September 1st, important functionality in the streaming SDKs will stop working.

How can I tell whether my app uses the mobile streaming SDKs?

The mobile streaming SDKs were published on GitHub from 2014 to 2019. If you are not sure about whether your app is using the mobile streaming SDKs then see below for clues.

Android apps

Your app is probably using the mobile streaming SDK if:

  • It includes a spotify-player-*.aar archive that you downloaded from Spotify’s GitHub repository
  • Your app code includes* dependencies
  • It streams audio while Spotify is not installed on the same device

iOS apps

Your app is likely using the mobile streaming SDK if:

  • It streams audio even while Spotify is not installed on the same device
  • It imports the SpotifyAudioPlayback framework

Spotify’s current iOS and Android SDKs — also known as the app remote SDKs — can help you build a mobile app that interacts with Spotify while it is installed on the same Android or iOS device. Your app can use it to see what’s playing, start or stop playback, and seek within a song, even while the device is offline. See the documentation for iOS or for Android to learn more.

Where can I ask questions about this change?

Stop by the Spotify for Developers community forum if you have any questions about the end of support for our mobile streaming SDKs.