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Spotify error code Auth 3: Quick Fix

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Spotify is one of the most popular music and audio streaming platforms out there. However, sheer popularity doesn’t make it immune to random bugs and glitches and the service can still face hiccups from time to time.

In this article, we’re talking about the Spotify error code Auth 3 and giving you a few fixes to resolve the problem. 

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Try restarting

Restart the Spotify app, and your device (whether PC or your phone) and check to make sure you have an active connection. Restarting can fix many seemingly random issues that appear to be coming out of nowhere. 

You can select the Spotify app window on a macOS device, open the Apple menu, and click Force Quit. Alternatively, you can press Option + Command + Esc and select Force Quit. 

Disable your VPN

 The Auth 3 error code often happens when Spotify can’t get through your firewall. If you’re using a VPN or Proxy, that could be blocking Spotify’s connection to its servers. Try disabling any active VPNs or proxies and run Spotify again to see if that solves your problem. 

Allow Spotify through your firewall

An invasive firewall blocking Spotify can also cause this error. Try allowing Spotify through your firewall to see if that fixes the issue.

Check out our detailed guide on how to disable the firewall on a Windows PC here. 

On a macOS device, follow these steps.

Step 1: Open the Apple menu and head over to System Preferences.

Step 2: Click Security and head over to the Firewall section.

Step 3: Click on Firewall options.

Step 4: Click Add Application.

Step 5: Find and add Spotify to the list.

Now try relaunching Spotify. 

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Reinstall the application

Another step that can solve just about any issue with the app is to straight-up reinstall. Here’s how.

Step 1: Press Windows key + X to bring up the Quick Access menu and click on Apps and Features.

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Step 2: Find Spotify in the list and click the Uninstall button to remove the app. 

Step 3: Now press Windows key + R to open the Run prompt. Type %appdata% and press enter. 

Step 4: Delete the Spotify folder in the directory. 

Now restart your PC and try reinstalling the Spotify app from the Microsoft Store. Log in again, and Spotify can’t play this right now error should be resolved.

On a macOS device, follow these steps.

Step 1: Open the Finder menu and click Go.

Step 2: Head over to Library, followed by Caches.

Step 3: Find and delete the com.spotify.client folder. 

Step 4: Now head over to Application Support.

Step 5: Find and delete Spotify.

Now try reinstalling the program to see if your error is resolved. 

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Yadullah Abidi

Yadullah is a Computer Science graduate who writes/edits/shoots/codes all things cybersecurity, gaming, and tech hardware. When he's not, he streams himself racing virtual cars. He's been writing and reporting on tech and cybersecurity with websites like Candid.Technology and MakeUseOf since 2018. You can contact him here:

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