It’s no secret that when it comes to a music-streaming service, Spotify is king. Both its free version and subscribed service boast a huge catalog of music, and now, after years of using it, you probably think you’ve nailed the app and consider yourself a bit of a Spotify pro.
Well, what if we were to tell you that you’ve been using the app wrong for years? Ok, that may be a slight exaggeration, but it’s highly likely that you’re not taking full advantage of what the app has to offer.
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Have nothing to fear, Softonic is here! Here are 9 hidden tricks for Spotify you should know about:
1. Listen to the song you just discovered on Shazam
So, you’ve just watched a tv commercial that had a catchy backing track to it, yet have no idea what song it is. Thanks to Shazam, you can get the name of the song and the artist in a matter of seconds, but how do you then add it to your Spotify account without having to look it up again?
Well, it’s simple, when Shazam displays the name of the song you were looking for, tap on the icon in the top-right corner (see below) and select “Add to Spotify Playlist”.
2. Use the super powers of playlists
Playlists are a great way to organize your music on Spotify, but when they get too long (it’s easily done), it can become messy to find specific songs. Fortunately, playlists have certain features that can help you organize your music even more.
a) The desktop version, as well as the iOS and Android versions allow you to search within the playlists. All you have to do is type into the Filter search whatever you’re looking for and the app will show you anything related to that word or phrase.
b) You can also create folders within playlists (however, this is only available on the desktop version). To do this, go to the left-hand side of the program and right-click on the list where you want to create a folder. Select the “Add Folder” option and type in the name you want to give it.
3. Create perfect playlists for your friends
One of the most interesting options for playlists is the ability to create “collaborative lists”. To do this, go to any playlist that you’ve already created and in the options, select “Collaborative Playlists”. You can now share this with whomever you want, and they will also have the ability to add and remove songs. This option works on both the desktop and mobile version, and it’s a great platform for creating the perfect playlist for an upcoming party!
4. Avoid the embarrassment with your guilty pleasures
Musically, we all have specific tastes, and for many of us, there are certain artists and genres that we probably wouldn’t like the rest of the world to know about. By default, playlists created on Spotify are made public (therefore your friends can see exactly what you’ve been listening to), but do not fear.
To make your playlists private, simply go to Preferences > Social, and deactivate the option labelled “Automatically make new playlists public”. You can also activate the “Private session” option, this way your followers won’t know what you’ve been listening to.
5. Recover deleted playlists
Creating a playlist on Spotify is simple, however deleting one is even easier! If you need to retrieve a playlist that you may have accidently deleted, all you need to do is access the official Spotify website. Go to your profile and access the “Recover playlists”. Here, you can select the list that you wish to restore, and get it back instantly! Panic over!
6. Discover what you would listen to if you were your parents
Our musical tastes certainly change over time, and you can definitely define the decade by the sound. If you want to know what you would be listening to if you were born 10, 20, even 50 years before your time, you have to try Taste Rewind.
The is web application works as follows: You select three artists that you currently listen to on Spotify, and the app will provide you with the “equivalent” artist(s) from a certain era. Taste Rewind will help you to discover artists you may never have heard of because of your age, and who knows- you may just love it!
7. Use Spotify without downloading anything
Using someone’s computer without Spotify installed? Or maybe you’re surfing from an internet café? (What is this – the 90s?) Well, luckily Spotify has a great web version so you don’t need to install anything on the PC in order to gain access to all you music. To do this, simply access “play.spotify.com” from any browser and enter your details.
Please note that most of the tricks discussed on this page don’t work from the web-version of the app, but at least you won’t need to succumb to browsing the net in silence!
8. Listen without stopping – wherever you are
Ever found yourself listening to Spotify on your PC, and you need to leave the house or office, yet would like to continue exactly where you left off from on your mobile device? Well, Spotify comes to the rescue, with its not-so-well-known feature called “Spotify Connect” – an option that allows you to jump from device to device without having to do anything. This option is only possible when the app detects that two or more devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and can be configured from any version of the program.
9. Create an impromptu karaoke
Spotify has a great option that shows you the lyrics to the song you’re listening to. In order to display the lyrics of the song currently playing, simply select the “Lyrics” button in the bottom-right of the screen (only available for desktop version). If karaoke is your thing, don’t forget to check out “The Karaoke Channel” for instant access to some karaoke classics!
Did you know that simply by using Ctrl + N , you can create a new playlist on the desktop app? Don’t miss our 23 favorite keyboard shortcuts for Spotify right here!