How To: Quickly Restart Spotify or any other App! (Mac Services and Shortcuts)

Every once in a while Spotify glitches out and it won’t play any song and I need to restart it which involved right clicking on the icon and force quitting/quitting. I figured there had to be an easier way. Lo and behold I found macOS services and shortcuts! Kinda tricky to use and a bit glitchy (see below as to why my shortcut wouldn’t work)

Setting up Automator

  • Open Automator
  • Select Service–> Click Choose
  • Pick “Run Shell Script”
  • Set Service receives selected to “no input” <— important!
    • killall Spotify; open /Applications/Spotify.app/
Figure 1. Automator Settings

 

Setting up Shortcut

  • Go to System Preferences>Keyboard>Shortcuts
  • Select “Services” and find “Restart The Spotify”
  • Enable and select shortcut you want to use, Mine is CTRL+ALT+CMD+S

 

 

 

Figure 2. System Preferences Shortcut

Sources:

https://www.howtogeek.com/286332/how-to-run-any-mac-terminal-command-with-a-keyboard-shortcut/
https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/252148/finder-no-services-apply
http://www.thoughtasylum.com/blog/2011/5/31/how-to-rename-a-service-on-mac-os-x.html

If Shortcut is not working!

  • If you originally set the service to take input, it will show up under the Text category in shortcuts, you want it to be in General so go in to Automator , have it take No Input and rename the service so that macOS re-categorizes it.
Service Input is incorrect (should have no input) and therefore it’s in the wrong place in Shortcuts(Text Category) and won’t work correctly

Source: https://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/271240/automator-service-shortcut-wont-work