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Spotify error code Auth 74: Quick Fix 

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Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming apps on the planet thanks to its enormous music library that’s now expanding into other content types as well. However, as well-made as the app is, it’s far from perfect and runs into the occasional bug or glitch from time to time.

In this article, we’re talking about “a firewall may be blocking Spotify error code Auth 74” the reasons behind it and what you can do to fix the problem. 

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What causes Spotify error code Auth 74?

The error code can be triggered by a number of reasons including but not limited to:

  • Internet connectivity issues.
  • Corrupt app or cache data.
  • Outdated app version. 
  • Firewall blocking Spotify’s connection.
  • Outage on Spotify’s end. 

How to fix Spotify error code Auth 74?

Here are seven fixes you can try out.

Update Spotify

Whether you’re on Windows, macOS, Android or iPhone, if Spotify is experiencing some issues, a fix is already in the works and will be pushed soon. Check if you have any updates available for the app and if you do, install them right away. 


Disable your VPN

Auth issues can often happen 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. 


Clear the cache

Clearing the Spotify app’s cache can also help freshen things up and potentially fix the issue. 

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  • Open your phone’s settings and head over to Apps. 
  • Tap Show all apps.
  • Find Spotify in the list. Tap it to proceed. 
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  • Tap Storage and cache.
  • Tap the Clear storage and Clear cache buttons.

Now reopen the Spotify app and try logging in again. 


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. 


Clear your browser’s data

If you’re using the Spotify web player, corrupt files in your cache or otherwise can cause this error. Clear them out to see if you can get the Auth 74 error fixed.

Step 1: Type in chrome://settings/clearBrowserData in your browser’s address bar and hit Enter.

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Step 2: Select the cache and cookies options and ensure the Time range is set to All time. Click on the Clear now button to clear out all the data. 

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Now try opening the Spotify web player again, and the Spotify web player should work just fine.


Edit the Hosts file

If the Spotify app on your PC is causing problems, one way to solve that is by editing the hosts file. Here’s how.

On Windows

Step 1: Open Windows Explorer and navigate to the following directory:

C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc
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Step 2: Find a file named hosts and open it in the notepad.

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Step 3: Delete any line that mentions Spotify.

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Now restart the app, and the error should be fixed.

On macOS

Step 1: Open the Finder window and navigate to the following directory:

/ private / etc / hosts

Step 2: Double-click the hosts file to open it in TextEdit.

Step 3: Check for any addresses with Spotify in them.


Reinstall the application

Completely reinstalling Spotify from scratch can also help circumvent the error. 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. 

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

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Step 4: Delete the Spotify folder in the directory. 

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Now restart your PC and try reinstalling the Spotify app from the Microsoft Store. Log in again, and the error should’ve been 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 the Auth 74 error on Spotify 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: [email protected]

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