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How to Backup Any Spotify Playlist in Seconds

Ben Stegner 05-10-2015

Though playlists aren’t as necessary as they used to be due to Spotify’s “Your Music” feature Spotify Your Music Collection: The End Of iTunes Spotify is no longer content to just compete with radio, now they're competing with the idea of even owning music. Read More , many users are using them to categorize their favorite tunes. For example, the Starred playlist which was previously front and center might contain your master list of tracks; it would be a pity to lose it.


Fortunately, with just a bit of preparation you can back up any Spotify playlist.

In Spotify’s app, you’ll see all your playlists along the left-hand side. You can drag and drop tracks all around the app without having to manually copy and paste, but did you know that you can also drag song links outside Spotify?


That’s the trick to backing up – simply drag a playlist from Spotify over to another application. A spreadsheet in Excel or Google Sheets is probably the best method, but you can also use a text file since this just creates a URL to your playlist. Clicking it will launch the Spotify Web Player 7 Reasons to Start Using the Spotify Web Player Today Spotify is about to shake things up by making the desktop and web app experiences more similar. So, it's about time many of us asked ourselves, Why not just use the web app instead? Read More , and you’ll have access to your playlist!



If you’d like to back up songs individually for some reason, take advantage of keyboard shortcuts Windows Keyboard Shortcuts 101: The Ultimate Guide Keyboard shortcuts can save you hours of time. Master the universal Windows keyboard shortcuts, keyboard tricks for specific programs, and a few other tips to speed up your work. Read More ; select multiple tracks by holding CTRL (CMD on a Mac), or grab them all at once by pressing CTRL + A (CMD + A on a Mac). It’s smarter to backup the playlist itself though, as re-assembling an existing playlist from songs would be tedious.

Don’t forget to check out other essential Spotify tips 4 Ways You're Using Spotify Wrong Without Even Knowing It Lots of people use Spotify. But are you using it efficiently? Find out 4 common errors Spotify users make. Read More , and read our complete guide to Spotify streaming Spotify Music Streaming: The Unofficial Guide Spotify is the biggest music streaming service around. If you're not sure how to use it, this guide will walk you through the service, as well as offer some crucial top tips. Read More if you’re new.

What Spotify playlist will you be backing up? Let us know the music you’ve been listening to in a comment!

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  1. Anonymous
    October 5, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    You can also enter to your account administration through a desktop web browser and there is a section that lists every playlist you ever had and deleted and also allows to restore them.
    I had my Spotify account hacked and the hacker deleted my playlists and I was able to get them back this way.

    • Ben Stegner
      October 6, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      Awesome, thanks for the additional tip! I'll check this out and see if there's another article in it.