Spotify Desktop App with HiDPI Scaling in GNOME 3
When using a HiDPI screen, such as the MacBook Pro with Retina display, Spotify Desktop may not automatically detect the correct scaling factor.
I have noticed issues in my Manjaro installation that runs with GNOME 3 Desktop.
Spotify has been installed from the AUR package repository.
The wrong scaling factor leads to very small font size that is hard to read.
spotify --version Spotify version 188.8.131.526.ge08ef575, Copyright (c) 2019, Spotify Ltd
Fortunately there is an option to force Spotify Desktop to use a (hardcoded) scaling factor. Use the following command and vary the scaling factor in order to find the correct factor first:
After the correct value has been found, adjust the desktop entry that GNOME uses to when starting the application via its launcher.
The file lives in
[Desktop Entry] Type=Application Name=Spotify GenericName=Music Player Icon=spotify-client TryExec=spotify Exec=spotify --force-device-scale-factor=2 %U Terminal=false MimeType=x-scheme-handler/spotify; Categories=Audio;Music;Player;AudioVideo; StartupWMClass=spotify