Spotify has become one of the world’s largest streaming services, with more than 155 million active users. Every day about 60,000 songs are added to an already giant catalogue of 20 million songs. It’s hands down the best way to listen to music right now. Use these Spotify tips and tricks to make your experience even better.
Top 15 cool Tips and Tricks of Spotify :
1. Organize your playlists in folders
If you’ve been using Spotify for a while, you’ve likely amassed a huge jumble of playlists in your sidebar. Folders can help you sort your songs and keep your music neat looking. The fact that folders allow you to listen to all the playlists makes them even more of a must-use feature.
To create a folder, go to File > New Playlist Folder or use the keyboard shortcut Control + Shift + N (Command + Shift + N on a Mac).
2. Make an empty playlist called “-” to make a divider
Ever find yourself sifting through tons of playlists and wish that Song could separate them? The solution is simple. Just make a new, empty playlist called “-” and Spotify will create a divider. So, this tip is a great way to keep your playlist area tidy and easy to navigate.
3. Use Spotify’s audio visualizer
This little easter egg adds a visual element that changes and evolves while you listen to music—type “Spotify:app: visualizer” in the search bar to be brought to the app. You can select different generators in the top bar of the page. My favourite is “Globe Normals”, but they’re definitely all worth checking out.
4. Follow your favorite artists
Spotify has a nifty follow feature available for every artist in their catalogue. Spotify will automatically send you notifications when you follow an artist when the band releases new tracks or albums. If the artist uses Spotify, then when you follow them, you’ll be able to see what they’re listening to in the sidebar to the right.
5. Easily share Spotify music with drag and drop
If you ever want to share a song in an email or IM, drag and drop it into the text area. Then Spotify will do all the linking and typing for you.
You’ve been able to create playlists on mobile devices for a while, but AI-backed “assisted playlisting” uses machine learning for more customized playlists. When you create a new playlist, the Spotify app will analyze the words you input as the playlist name to give you song recommendations. As you add songs to the playlist, the app changes the recommendations in real-time to give you more tailored suggestions based on the songs you’ve already added.
7. Organize Playlists in Folders
Not only can you organize tracks into playlists, but you can organize the playlists into playlist folders. On the desktop, select the three-dot menu on the top left and select File > New Playlist Folder. A new folder will appear below in the left-hand column. Give it a name, and then you can drag other playlists in and out of these collapsible folders. Notice .that clicking on the folder will show all the sub-playlists’ tracks. You can even nest folders inside other folders.
8. Discover and Save
Do you need new tunes? The Browse and Radio functions on the top left of the desktop are a good place to start. Every Monday, Spotify will also add a new crop of 30 songs to your Discover Weekly playlist. Moreover, Spotify robots select songs based on your listening habits. Find it under Browse > Discover on desktop; favourite it to have it show up under Playlists. On mobile, tap Home and scroll down to Made for [your username]. However, if you find something, be sure to save it, as Discover Weekly is replaced with a new playlist each week. Right-click or tap the three-dot icon and select Add to Playlist.
9. Use Spotify apps
Spotify introduced apps to their desktop applications in December 2011. Since then, a ton of apps have found their place on the platform. A lot of them are actually quite cool. You can use last—FM to find similar artists, Pitchfork to get album reviews, Tunewiki for lyrics, and more. Head over to the App Finder to check some of them out.
10. Spotify search better with modifiers
Much in the same way as Google, Spotify has search modifiers to help you find music quicker. Here are some of the best modifiers:
You can also exclude results with the above modifiers by typing NOT before what you want to exclude. For example, “NOT year:1970-2000” would exclude all songs released in the years 1970-2000.
11. Daily Mixes
Maybe no feature is more indicative of Spotify’s push into personalization than Daily Mixes, which serve up always-changing playlists based on previous listening, as well as songs you’ve favourited or added to playlists, usually grouped by genre. It’s a good mix of music you already know you like and a built-in discovery mechanism to stumble across new jams. So, if you’re a Spotify Free user, Daily Mix playlists have unlimited skips on mobile. Look for Made For You on the left-hand menu on desktop and Made for [your name] on mobile on the Home tab.
12. Download Music and Podcasts to Listen Offline
If you have Spotify Premium, you can download any podcasts, albums, or playlists (not individual songs) and listen offline. On the desktop, go to the content you want to download and toggle the Download button on the top right to on. Once a playlist is downloaded, you’ll see a green arrow next to it indicating that you can listen offline. On mobile, tap the downward-facing arrow; for playlists, you can also select the three dots and tap Download. To preserve data, go to Settings > Audio Quality > Download Using Cellular and check that the feature is off. This way downloads only happen when you’re connected to Wi-Fi.
13. Import your own local music
Sure, Spotify has more than 20 million songs in their catalogue, but there are still a few tracks missing. You can import your own local music from the “Local Files” section in the Preferences menu. To get to it on a PC, go to Edit > Preferences or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl + P. On Mac, please find it in Spotify > Preferences or the keyboard shortcut Command +. Hit “Add Source” to add any folders that have the music you’re looking for.
14. Share a song from a specific time
Ever wanted to share a specific part of a song with someone? Just type “#0:00” after the Spotify URI and replace the 0:00 with the time you want the song to start at. For example: Spotify:track:6vSq5q5DCs1IvwKIq53hj2#0:55. Now paste that into the search bar in your Spotify app!
15. Use keyboard shortcuts to get around faster
Spotify comes with a bunch of keyboard shortcuts to make your life easier. Here are some of my favorites:
Ctrl-Right to go to the next track.
Ctrl-Alt-Enter to go to the artist of the selected row.
Ctrl-L to start typing in the search bar.
For more check out Spotify’s help page.
Spotify is a powerful music listening to application. Use these tips to get the most out of it!