If you have landed on this page, then you are looking for how to solve Spotify error code 18, and we have compiled a list of solutions that helped millions. We are going to list every possible solution that listed on the forums, websites, and tutorial site.

How to Solve Spotify Error Code 18 using Task Manager?

I assume that you have re-installed Spotify premium Apk 2018 on your Windows PC, and you started to get the error. It’s a registry issue that keeps blocking the new entry, and you are getting Spotify error code 18 on your PC.

Step 1: Go to task manager and scroll down for the processes.

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Step 2: Look for Spotify applications running the background. Yes, they run in the background even after you have closed them, just like Chrome.

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Step 3: Close it until it disappears from the background processes.

Usually, Spotify runs in the background to help you reopen it faster, and it causes the problem when you try to make changes with another Spotify Installer.

2. Delete Registry

Every Windows program leaves remnants of the existence, and it has no use to us, unless, you are planning to reinstall it. However, mostly it does not add any value to us unless you want to recover serial keys or license.

I always clean the registries because it helps me keep the computer clean, and error free. In my case, I use CCleaner free version because it does a good job.

Step 1: Download & Install free version CCleaner on your Windows PC, and it will not impact your computer speed, and space. I am using it for seven years on the low-end computer and high-end computer.

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Step 2: Now, click on the registry because it will open the registry scanner.

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Step 3: Now, click on “scan for issues” and it will begin to scan for registries and then filters unnecessary registries.

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Step 4: The scanning takes around a few seconds to a minute to complete and then click on “fix selected issues,” and then click on “NO.”

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Step 5: Click on “fix all selected issues” will clear them from your Windows computer, and this method works for all Windows versions.

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Close it.

I recommend you to back-up the registries because it may contain serial keys that you need to reactivate the program. Apart from serial keys, it will not come in handy at all, and cleaning it will not damage any files, program, or computer. I am using CCleaner for a long time, and nobody paid us to add this part to the tutorial.

3. Clean up

Microsoft has added a new feature called “clean up” to Windows 10 to get rid of the temporary files, and I will show you how you can remove it. I would like to add that it might not solve the issues, but it is worth a try because Spotify error code 18 issues are many. By cleaning up, the temporary files will not hurt your Windows 10 computer.

Step 1: Go to settings and click on “system,” which is the first option.

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Step 2: Now, scroll down, or find “storage” and click on it. You can view the “free up space,” and click on it to open the scanner.

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Step 3: The program will begin scanning, and you have to wait a few moments to several minutes to complete the scanning process. Now, click on the remove files to clean up the temporary files from your Windows 10 computer.

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In case, if your computer has 1 GB or above temporary files, then it will half an hour to complete the scanning, so do not close the window. Let the scanning run in the background, while you work on other tasks, and do not close the Window.

It is an inbuilt feature offered in the latest Windows 10 build version, so you may not find it on the older version. Do not use “Windows update assistant” because it does not add this feature, so you have to update it manually using an ISO file.

4. Steam Client

Steam is one of the major gaming platforms that allows you to buy popular games online, and it is an amazing tool. I use steam, steam comes with online bootstrapper, and Spotify utilizes the same technology.

Steam has grown into a massive company because they have stronger tools that keep the hackers & invaders away from the games via Steam security. Spotify faces the same problems because they are experiencing hackers & invaders trying to use it without paying a single penny.

We have already mentioned that Spotify runs in the background even after closing the window. The Steam also runs in the background, even after closing the window. I have mentioned that they both utilize the same technology to prevent hackers & invaders away from the platform.

If Steam is running in the background, then Spotify cannot launch the .exe file. In short, you have one computer with one seat in it, and if the seat occupied by Steam, then Spotify has to wait until Steam leaves the seat.

Step 1: Open your notification area, and look for steam.

Step 2: Highlight your mouse on the steam icon, and right-click the mouse to view the options.

Step 3: Now, click on the “exit” button to end the application from the background process, and close it permanently until you re-open it.

It will close the Steam from the background process, and I recommend you to disable it from the start-up menu.

5. Delete AppData

Spotify files & folders left behind in your computer, and you have to delete them because they might be interfering with the new installation.

Step 1: Press the Windows logo on your keyboard with the R button, and it will open the RUN program.

Step 2: You have to type %appdata% and click on “ok” to open the folder.

Step 3: A window will open with program folders in it, and you have to locate the Spotify folder and delete permanently.

You have to click on Shift + Delete to remove it permanently.

Conclusion

Spotify error code 18 is not a major problem, but it persists, and then consider seeking assistance from the Spotify forums because they have more answers & questions than anyone. Let us know what you think about Spotify error code 18 solutions in the comment section below.