How to See Lyrics on Spotify (2023)

Discover how to show lyrics on Spotify so that you can sing along to all of your favorite songs.

What to Know

  • Tap a song and scroll down to view lyrics in the Spotify app.
  • To check out the song lyrics in full screen mode, tap the More icon. 

Curious about what a certain lyric in a song is, or just want to sing along? You can view Spotify lyrics when listening on the mobile app or desktop app. It's only available for songs that offer that feature, though, so you might not have this option for every song. Still, it's easy to view and even share lyrics, so let's learn how to see lyrics on Spotify.

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How to View Lyrics on Spotify

If you want to see the lyrics to a song, whether you want to sing along, check a lyric you're uncertain about, or share a verse you love, you can now do that on Spotify. For more ways to share and listen to music on your Apple devices, check out our Tip of the Day. If you use Apple Music more than Spotify, be sure to also take a look at our article on how to view your Apple Music history. Now, check out how to get lyrics on Spotify.

How to See Lyrics on Spotify Mobile App

Sometimes when you're listening to music you might wonder whether or not you're hearing the lyrics right, what they might mean, or you might just want to sing along. Luckily, Spotify makes that easy. Here's how to see lyrics on Spotify:

  1. Open your Spotify app.

  2. Open the song you want and play it. Since the mobile app often shuffles songs, you might need to skip to your desired song if you don't have Premium.

  3. Tap the Now Playing bar at the bottom of the screen.

  4. Scroll down if you see Lyrics. If this doesn't show up, either the feature is not yet available to you, or lyrics are not available for that specific song.

  5. You'll see the lyrics of the song displayed on the screen. Lyrics in white are the ones currently or already sung, and black lyrics are upcoming.

  6. To view the lyrics full screen, tap the More icon.

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How to View Spotify Lyrics on Desktop App

This cool lyrics feature is not exclusive to the Spotify mobile app. To view Spotify lyrics on your desktop app:

  1. Open the Spotify desktop app and select the song you want to play.

  2. On the Now Playing bar, click the microphone icon.

  3. View the lyrics to the song on your screen.

How to Share Lyrics on Spotify

I regularly tweet lyrics that are meaningful to me, but sharing an image of them from Spotify is another great option! To share Spotify lyrics:

  1. Open the lyrics to your song as listed above.

  2. Tap the More icon on the top right of the lyrics box.

  3. Tap the Share icon at the bottom right of the screen.

  4. Scroll to the lyrics you want to share. Tap on them to select them. You can select up to four lines.

  5. Tap Share.

  6. Tap the icon of the platform you want to share to, and follow the instructions for that app. You'll only see icons for apps that you are currently logged into on your iPhone.

Spotify Lyrics Not Showing?

If lyrics aren't showing up on your Spotify it is more than likely that the song doesn't have lyrics available through Musixmatch. Spotify pulls all of its lyrics from Musixmatch, so if the song you are listening to doesn't have lyrics on its database, the lyrics will not be available in Spotify. Check to see if you can find lyrics on other songs. If you can, it's an issue with that particular song.

If you still can't see lyrics on Spotify on iPhone, you may want to try logging out and back into Spotify. Here's a quick step-by-step guide on how to do that in the Spotify mobile app.

  1. Tap Your Library.

    Tap Your Library.
  2. Tap your profile picture.

    Tap your profile picture.
  3. Scroll down and tap, Log out.

    Scroll down and tap, Log out.
  4. Simply confirm that you want to log out of the app.

    Simply confirm that you want to log out of the app.

Once you've been logged out, you'll be back at the app's start screen, so you can easily log back in again. If song lyrics are still not showing up for you, try uninstalling and reinstalling the app. If all else fails, there may be an issue with your account, so contacting Spotify customer support may be your next best option. If you frequently use both Spotify and Apple Music, check out our article on how to import Spotify playlists into Apple Music and vice versa!

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Amy Spitzfaden–Both

Amy Spitzfaden Both is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life, an award-winning novelist, and an iPhone enthusiast. Over the past decade, her work in the publishing industry has included live coverage of industry events including the Yale Publishing Course and Magazine Innovation’s ACT 9 Experience, providing editing services for several start-up publishing houses, and acting as newsstand consultant for magazines such as The Old Farmer’s Almanac and The New York Review of Books. She graduated from M.I.U. with a Bachelor’s in Literature and Writing, and has gone on to publish two novels and two short stories. Her debut novel Untold won the 2014 Chelson Award for Fiction.
Writing everything from book reviews to skincare tips, Amy discovered a passion for bringing exciting and useful information to even the most casual researcher. The mix of usability and endless possibilities is what drew her to Apple products originally, and the more she learns, the more she loves.
Amy lives in New Hampshire with her husband and daughter. When she’s not writing or glued to her iPhone, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and creating her own tea blends.