Skip to main content

How to make a collaborative playlist in Spotify

Thanks to Spotify, playlist creation has received a significant boost ever since the company announced the ability to create Collaborative Playlists, which listeners can share and edit with others, on the fly. The feature is great for things like road trips or workouts with friends to add atmosphere or motivation, or when you want to expose someone to new tunes, or discover what they've been into lately.

Spotify listeners can use their computer, smartphone, or tablet to add, rearrange, and delete songs, and their friends and family can do the same from wherever they are. There's no limit to how many people can contribute to a playlist, and Spotify is regularly putting out new features to make the experience even easier.




5 minutes

What You Need

  • Spotify account

  • Computer, smartphone, tablet

Don't worry about having a Premium subscription to participate in a Collaborative Playlist, either. They're available to both Spotify Free and Spotify Premium members just the same.

There's still an advantage to having a Premium account, alas, as users with a Spotify Free subscription will still need to deal with the ads they normally would while listening to a Collaborative Playlist. Additionally, they won't have the option to skip ahead as they play; it's still shuffle-play or the Premium way.

How to create a Collaborative Playlist on the desktop app

Spotify has created a seamless process for users to create a Collaborative Playlist. In just about 10 seconds your playlist can be ready. You have the choice of creating your playlist from your desktop or your mobile device. The procedure is a bit different depending on what platform you use, needing a few extra clicks on the mobile version (see below).

Step 1: To make an existing playlist collaborative on the desktop app, in the left panel, right-click on the playlist you would like to make collaborative.

Step 2: Select the Invite collaborators selection, which will copy a link to your clipboard.

Showing the "Invite collaborators" button in the Spotify app.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Step 3: You can then share this link with friends via text, social media, or whatever way works best for you.

Step 4: You can also create a new playlist, then make it collaborative by clicking the Add User (head and shoulders) icon, which will also add a link to your clipboard that you can share.

How to add collaborators to Spotify collaborative playlists.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Step 5: Collaborators can be removed via desktop app by clicking the names of your collaborators under the playlist name, hitting the three dots next to the name, and selecting Remove as collaborator.

How to create a Collaborative Playlist on the mobile app

The process for adding collaborators on the mobile app is more or less the same as the desktop app, with some small differences.

Step 1: Select Your Library.

Step 2: Tap Playlists and select the one you want to make collaborative (you must be the creator to do this).

Step 3: Tap the Add User (head and shoulders) icon under the playlist's name.

How to add collaborators to Spotify using the mobile app.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Step 4: Here you'll see several options for inviting collaborators to your playlist, including simply to Copy link to send someone, or through one of the available social media platforms offered.

How to add collaborators to Spotify using the mobile app.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Step 5: Collaborators can be removed by tapping the profile pictures under the playlist name, hitting the three dots next to the name, and selecting Remove as collaborator.

The beauty of Collaborative Playlists is that what you want to share is in your hands. It could be the latest podcasts you’ve discovered, new music, or stand-up comedy that will keep you and your friends belly-laughing the entire day.

Editors' Recommendations

Holden Walter-Warner
Holden is a writer with a focus on streaming service guides. He has also written content for Screen Rant and FanSided and is…
How to connect headphones to your TV
Side view of man wearing Sony WH-1000XM5 wireless headphones.

Soundbars and surround-sound systems are two of the best ways to experience pulse-pounding sound when watching your favorite movies and TV shows, but sometimes you might want or need to use a pair of headphones with your TV viewing. It's a great way to experience sound-staging on a whole new level, while also keeping the volume down (or off) for your family and neighbors. There's more than one way to connect wirelessly to a pair of cans or buds you're rocking, and we've outlined several of these methods below.

Read more
No, Apple Music’s new Discovery Station won’t kill Spotify
The Apple Music Discovery Station on an iPhone.

The Apple Music Discovery Station is now available, but won't kill Spotify all on its own. Phil Ninckinson / Digital Trends

There's a crutch that tends to appear whenever Apple is written about, and it's arisen yet again this week. Apple Music now has a "Discovery Station" that lives alongside your personalized station (that's the one with your name). And that's led some lazy headlines to declare that Apple Music finally has a feature "that could kill Spotify."

Read more
How to make AirPods and AirPods Pro louder and adjust volume settings
On-screen volume adjustment for AirPods using Spotify.

If someone were to ask you to close your eyes and picture a person wearing a pair of wireless earbuds, there's a really good chance they're wearing AirPods. Sure, most of that is Apple's marketing machine, but you can't deny that Apple's AirPods are excellent earbuds, unmatched my most competitors for their industry-leading sound, and trailblazing features such as Spatial Audio.

Those features and many more are all well and good, but, um, you just want to know how to turn up the volume on AirPods and AirPods Pro? There are several ways to do this, using your favorite apps, Siri, and the physical buttons and features on your devices and the AirPods themselves. Here's how.

Read more