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Spotify is constantly unveiling new features. And these features make it one of the leading paid and free music platforms out there. The desktop and mobile Spotify apps are filled with handy little tricks you can use to improve your music streaming experience.
Here are 10 simple Spotify tips you may not know about but will make Spotify even better.
1. Drag and Drop Song Links
At its core, Spotify is all about sharing your favorite music with your friends. It’s no surprise that Spotify makes it incredibly easy to share playlists and songs.
If you want to send someone a link to a specific song or playlist from your Spotify account, all you have to do is drag and drop the song or playlist from Spotify into a new email, message, or document. Just make sure that you have the two windows open side by side.
2. Share Music Using Images
A relatively new Spotify feature allows you to share tracks, playlists, and albums from your phone using an image that contains a code. Somewhat reminiscent of QR codes (but better), the feature works on Spotify’s mobile apps.
Navigate to the album, playlist, or track you want to share and tap the menu button (three dots). The first thing you should see is the album art with a Spotify Code directly beneath it. You can save that image to your phone, or just have friends scan it straight from Spotify to share the music.
Spotify announced this feature in May 2017 and it’s currently being rolled out to all iOS and Android users.
3. Automatically Save Discover Weekly Playlists
One of the many ways Spotify makes it easy to discover great new music is with a weekly personalized playlist prepared just for you. The playlist is based on your listening habits, and the songs should fit right in with your taste. The playlist is updated every Monday, so rather than lose out on all of that great music, you can add all 30 songs to an existing playlist.
Open the playlist, select all songs (Ctrl + A on windows and Cmd + A on Mac) and drag them into your playlist. Or, to make sure you never forget to save the songs before the playlist switches out, you can automate the process using IFTTT.
Spotify has a catch-all IFTTT applet that you can use to archive your Discover weekly playlist in a personal playlist, save it to a Google Drive spreadsheet, and get an email with the list of songs.
If you don’t need to add the songs to a spreadsheet or receive an email, you can use this applet instead. This just adds the songs to a new playlist called Discover Weekly Archive.
4. Find Clean Versions of Songs or Albums
If you tend to listen to Spotify in the presence of children, you’ll probably want to make sure that you’re listening to the clean version of songs.
To make sure that you’re adding the clean version of a song to your playlist, when you search for the song, click on the album title. On the album page, if the song you’re looking for is labeled Explicit, scroll down to the bottom of the list. If there’s a clean version available on Spotify, you should find a button that says More Release(s). Opening that album will take you to the clean version of the song.
5. Save “Your Songs” to a Shareable Playlist
One of the easiest ways to add songs on Spotify is clicking the plus button next to song titles. These songs end up in a mammoth private list called Your Songs. If you want to share these songs with your friends or followers, you’ll need to add them to a separate playlist. Just click on any one song and use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + A on Windows or Cmd + A on Mac to select all the songs and drag them to a playlist.
6. Recover a Deleted Playlist
If you accidentally delete a Spotify playlist, all you have to do to get it back is log into your Spotify account in a web browser and go to your Account overview page. Click the Recover playlists option in the menu and you’ll see a list of all the playlists you’ve deleted. Click the restore button and the playlist will show up again in Spotify!
7. Always Listen in Private Mode
Spotify may be a social platform, but if you want to keep your music tastes private, you can enable Private Session mode. This means your Spotify activity won’t be shared with your Spotify followers or on Facebook. The Private Session is automatically disabled when you restart Spotify or after a few hours of inactivity. However, if you want to listen to your Spotify music in a permanent private session without having to turn on the setting over and over, you can.
Go to Preferences and scroll down to the Social section of your settings. Make sure that Publish my activity on Spotify and Show my current top artists are toggled off. If you’ve connected Spotify to your Facebook account, you can also toggle that feature off.
8. Organize Your Playlists in Folders
If you have a lot of playlists on Spotify, they may start to get a little unwieldy. Luckily, you can keep them organized in folders. You can create folders based on genre, mood, or when or where you like to listen to the songs in each playlist.
To create a folder go to File > New Playlist Folder, or use the keyboard shortcut Shift + Cmd/Ctrl + N. The new folder will show up at the top of your Playlists. You can drag and drop playlists into the folder. Playlist folders can be collapsed and expanded for a much tidier Spotify experience.
If you decide you no longer need a particular folder, you can right-click it to delete (or rename) it, but a word of warning: if you delete a folder, the playlists in that folder will also be deleted. This can actually be a handy method to mass delete playlists rather than having to right-click and delete them one-by-one.
9. View Your Radio Queue and Listening History
Did you know that when you’re listening to radio stations on Spotify you can actually tell which song is coming up next. Or if you weren’t at your computer and want to look up a song you just heard, you can see the title and artist in your listening history. To view your upcoming queue and listening history, click the Queue button next to the playback controls.
This will open up a tab where you can see your queue and history. The queue features a list of about the next 30 songs you can expect to hear. When it comes to your listening history, you should be able to see the last 40 songs you listened to.
10. Use Voice Commands on Android
There are a lot of great features Android Spotify users can use, one of which is the ability to use voice commands. That said, the feature doesn’t work consistently across all Android phones, and you’ll need to download Google Now to take advantage of the voice command feature.
Once installed, you can search for songs on Spotify with commands like: “OK Google, play By the Ocean by CAKE.”
On some phones, Spotify will pull up the song but won’t actually start playing it — you’re going to have to tap the song for it to start playing. All Android users should also be able to use voice commands to control playback: skip forward, pause, turn the volume up and down, etc.
Do You Know Any Simple Spotify Tips?
Aside from the many little features built in to Spotify that makes it a great music streaming service, there’s a robust ecosystem of third-party apps that make it even better. There’s no end to the tips and tricks you can uncover.
And this is where you come in.
What is your favorite Spotify tip for getting the most out of the platform? Have you learned anything from this article? What is the one Spotify feature you can’t live without? And what features are you still waiting for Spotify to add? Please let us know in the comments below!
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