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How to make and edit playlists in Spotify

Whatever you're music streaming service of choice is — Apple Music, Tidal, YouTube Music, or Amazon Music — one universal truth is that the playlists you create are essentially the soundtracks for your life.

If your go-to happens to be the world's most popular one, Spotify, its 82 million-strong song library offers gobsmacking possibilities for playlists. Whether you're assembling a collection for your next high-intensity workout, creating something to share with someone special, or collaborating with a friend (or 10) with Spotify's unique Blend feature that automatically generates a curated playlist based on everyone's tastes (a new feature also lets you blend with artists and buy their merch), here's how to make a playlist in Spotify with ease.




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What You Need

  • Spotify account

  • Computer or mobile device

  • Spotify app

How to create a playlist in Spotify.
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Making a Spotify playlist on the desktop app (Mac or PC)

Here's how to create a new playlist on the Spotify desktop app on a PC or Mac computer.

Step 1: Select the + create playlist button on the lefthand side of the window.

Step 2: Spotify will automatically give it a temporary name, like "MyPlaylist#24." Change that to the name of your playlist.

A screenshot of the "Create Playlist" step in how to create a Spotify playlist.
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Step 3: You can also opt to give your playlist a description or add an image to represent it.

Note: if you don't add a custom playlist image, Spotify will automatically generate an image based on the album covers from your playlist.

Step 4: Add songs to your playlist by using the Search bar for artists, songs, or podcast episodes you want to add.

The search field in how to create a Spotify playlist.
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Step 5: When you find what you're looking for, click the Add button to the right of the title.

The "Add Song" button when creating a Spotify playlist on the desktop app.
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Step 6: Alternately, you can add songs to your playlists as you browse around Spotify. If you find a song you want to add, be it from another playlist or Spotify-recommended music, just click the Three-dot menu to the right of the song and select Add to playlist. Choose the playlist you want and it will be added.

How to add songs to a Spotify playlist.
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Making a Spotify playlist on Android or iOS

Creating a playlist on your smartphone or tablet's app is very similar to the desktop experience.

Step 1: Select the Your library tab at bottom of the screen.

Step 2: Tap the Plus sign symbol on the top right of the screen.

Hoe to create a Spotify playlist on mobile.
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Step 3: A dialogue will ask you to name the playlist. Give your playlist a name and tap Create.

Step 4: Tap the Add songs button to begin searching for artists and tracks you want to add to your playlist.

The "Add Songs" button on Spotify mobile app.
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Step 5: When you find a song you want, tap the Plus sign symbol next to it to add it. That's it.

How to search for a song and add it to a Spotify playlist on the mobile app.
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Editing and sharing your playlists (for desktop and mobile)

You can do a ton of things with your playlists, such as sharing them with friends, making them collaborative so others can add to them, and downloading them for offline listening. These steps are pretty much the same for the desktop and mobile app experiences, so we've included them together here.

Remove a song: Either right-click on the song in your playlist or select/tap the Triple-dot button to the right of the song information, then select Remove from this playlist.

Download your playlist: Navigate to your playlist, then click or tap the Download down-arrow icon on the screen. On the desktop app, you can also right-click on the playlist name on the left side of your screen, then select Download from the menu. Your playlist will now be able to play without access to the internet. Note that this feature is only available to Premium members.

Make playlist secret or public: To change whether your playlist is visible to others on Spotify, open the playlist and click or tap the Triple-dot button under the playlist’s name; it will be next to the Play button. Next, select either Make public or Make private to change its current state.

Make playlist collaborative: Want others to be able to edit or add your playlist? Tap the little Head and shoulders icon with the little plus sign or select the Triple-dot button under the playlist’s name, then select Invite collaborators. You'll be presented with several ways to send someone the invite — link, WhatsApp, text message, Messenger, etc. Once they're added, you'll see their profile icons attached to the playlist.

Share with friends: To share your playlist, click or tap the Triple-dot button next to the playlist’s name. Next, scroll down to the Share option — here, you can pick how you wish to share your playlist. For a simple web link, select the Copy link option.

Delete a playlist: To completely delete your playlist, click or tap the Triple-dot button under the playlist’s name. Next, select the Delete playlist button, and press Delete again to confirm.

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