posted on 2019-11-12 by dotcs
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.
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