Regardless if you are using a basic or a premium Spotify account, when you are trying to log into your account there to stream your favorite music, you might not able to access Spotify due to a firewall blocking Spotify - also known to users as Spotify error code auth 73.
Of course, when that happens, you question what is going on and what you can do to make it go away.
In this guide, we’ll show you how you can troubleshoot this issue and fix the problem.
Stay tuned to learn how to do it.
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The Spotify error code auth 73 is a common error message that Spotify users get when using Spotify on Windows 10 or 11, indicating that they are not able to launch Spotify and play the music they want.
There are several reasons why this error occurs, most of them including incorrect country/region, unstable internet connection, an internal bug within the Spotify app itself, interference of VPN, a misconfigured proxy server, and so other conflicting software issues.
Sadly, the advanced settings of Spotify automatically choose this misconfigured proxy server, but it can be changed.
The steps to do so are:
If changing your Spotify Advanced Settings to No proxy did not work out for you, and you are still seeing the error code auth 73, you might be using a third-party proxy application. Therefore, you need to turn off this proxy server on your system, and here are the steps to do it:
If you recently switched countries, you are also more likely to get the error code 73. So, you’ll need to change the Spotify account country region to solve this issue.
Sometimes, custom Firewall settings can be the reason why Spotify is not functioning properly. Firewall settings are causing are blocking Spotify from communicating with the server, and you need to allow Spotify from the Windows Firewall so that it does not block any service.
Another proven fix, as reported by users on Windows 10 and 11 who tried it, is to disable or uninstall a system-level VPN.
Also, you can uninstall any third-party VPN:
Navigate to Settings > Apps > Apps and features and find a list of all the apps that are installed on your system > click on the three dots next to the installed VPN application and select 'Uninstall'.
If nothing works out for you from all the abovementioned solutions, editing the Hosts files of Spotify is also something you can try to fix the error code auth 73. Sometimes Spotify might be blocked by hosts file in Windows 10 or other versions, so you need to modify the file by following these couple of steps:
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There is no harm in trying this fix, and it will take you only a few moments. Connect your smartphone to a mobile hotspot and then open Spotify as usual.
Simply uninstall and reinstall the Spotify app to start from scratch. All in all, there might be a temporary bug that causes this error code. Also, another benefit of this is that when you reinstall it, your Spotify app will have no corrupted cache files.
Hopefully, these couple of fixes helped you solve the problem when Spotify is showing the error auth 73 in your Windows 10, or 11. If nothing has worked out for you yet, you can always contact Spotify's support team and explain the issue.
In case you are also dealing with other issues on Spotify, for example, if you see the error message "Spotify can't play this right now", or when Spotify is not playing downloaded songs - we can help you fix those issues.
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