Many users of Spotify Music have been experiencing problems where they are unable to play songs from within the player itself. Depending on the situation, some users may not have the ability to play a particular song, or any of the songs from an album. Now, some users came across an error message that could be confusing if you have no idea what’s going on. The error message is as follows:
Spotify can’t play this right now, If you have the file on your computer you can import it.
Why does Spotify keep saying can’t play this right now?
The reason behind this situation could have a lot to do with audio drivers, or in another instance, Spotify itself may have issues with corruption.
Why is Spotify giving me an error message?
Spotify, despite being one of the best apps for listening to music, is not perfect. From time-to-time users will find themselves dealing with one or multiple error codes, and the cause for this varies.
Fix Spotify can’t play this right now error on Windows 11/10
Solving this problem may require the user to perform multiple actions, but nothing designed to have you around the computer for a long time. The information below should help you in more ways than one, hopefully.
- Restart your computer
- Disable Spotify’s hardware acceleration feature
- Delete the local Spotify cache files
- Change the streaming quality on Spotify
1] Restart your computer
Before you go any further, we want you to restart your Windows 11 computer. In most cases, restarting the computer is a great way to get rid of issues plaguing Spotify. To do this, you can right-click o the Start Menu button, then hover the mouse cursor over Shut Down or Sign Out. From there, select Restart, and that’s it.
2] Disable Spotify’s hardware acceleration feature
Hardware acceleration is great if you do not want to have software algorithms doing the heavy lifting. By default, Spotify has hardware acceleration turned on, but you can turn it off with ease since it is capable of causing the Spotify can’t play this right now.
In order to get this done, you must open the Spotify app, and from there, click on the Ellipsis button from the top-left of the app. From there, select View, then deselect Hardware Acceleration.
Restart the Spotify app, then check if the error is still popping up out of nowhere.
3] Delete the local Spotify cache files
If you are one of the many people experiencing the Spotify can’t play this right now error and the above information failed to work, then we suggest deleting the local cache files directly linked to Spotify.
In order to get the job done, you must close Spotify, then launch the Run dialog box by pressing the Windows key + R. When the text area makes an appearance, you will want to type the following and hit Enter:
When the AppData folder opens, go to Spotify > Users, then click on your username. From within the folder, please delete the file named local-files.bnk, then start Spotify once the task is complete.
4] Change the streaming quality on Spotify
Yes, the app does offer the ability to change the Streaming quality with ease. Do this by clicking on the Ellipsis button, then go to Edit > Preferences. Scroll down to Audio Quality and from there, you can easily change the quality of the stream.
Read: How to fix Spotify Error Code 13 or 7.