When I first launch Spotify it's fine. The GUI window comes up and I can play music. But if I close Spotify, so it's running in the background, I can't open the GUI window back up. It does continue playing music though.

The icon is still in the tray. If I right click the tray icon and click 'Show Spotify' it won't show. But clicking the tray icon again shows 'Minimize to tray'. The tray icon keeps toggling between these two options, with nothing actually happening.

From the try icon and can exit Spotify, and that works. I can then launch Spotify again and at first the window will come up, but after closing it the same issue happens.

If I click to launch Spotify from the applications menu nothing happens.

I am using Pop!_OS 22.04 jammy (x86-64). I was using the default Pop OS version of Gnome, but today I decided to install Cinnamon. Spotify worked perfectly fine until installing Cinnamon. But this problem does still exists when switching back to gnome.

I've tried installing Spotify through the Pop Store and through snap, but the problem persists. When I launch Spotify from the console, these message show up. enter image description here

I don't know how to interpret the above error messages, or if it even relates to this issue at all. I haven't been able to find any solutions online, I just want to be able to open Spotify again If I minimize it. Any help or advice will be greatly appreciated.

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    Does it work if you minimize instead of closing? What if you go to the settings and disable the "Close button should minimize the Spotify window" option?
    – terdon
    Dec 3, 2023 at 13:14
  • Yes I can minimize it instead of closing it, but I'm accustomed to having it running in the background and would like to solve this bug if possible. I can disable "Close button should minimize the Spotify window", and it does exactly what is should. It will close instead of running in the background. On turning it back on the issue above still persists. Dec 3, 2023 at 23:34
  • I did not change desktops and the issue appeared after an update of Spotify.
    – Kurt Huwig
    Dec 6, 2023 at 8:01

1 Answer 1


Today I've got an update of the Spotify app to version Now the app window re-appears, when I click on the icon in the task bar.

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    You're right, the latest update has fixed it for me as well. Dec 14, 2023 at 7:14

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