How to Make a Playlist on Spotify

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Whether you're a free or premium Spotify user, you can take advantage of the service's vast library of songs and powerful desktop and mobile apps to create the best playlists for any occasion.

How to Create a Playlist on the Spotify Desktop App

Follow these steps to create a new Spotify playlist on the desktop app:

  1. In the menu at the top of the screen, select File > New Playlist.

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  2. Keep the default playlist name, or enter a new name and title and then select Save. You also have the option to upload an image or add a description.

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  3. The name of your playlist appears in the left vertical pane.

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  4. Use the search field to find specific titles and then select Add. Or, select and drag titles into the playlists in the right vertical pane.

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    To add an album to a playlist, navigate to the album, then select More (three dots) in the upper-right corner > Add to Playlist. Or, select and drag the album artwork to the corresponding playlist.

How to Create a Playlist on the Spotify Mobile App

To create playlists on the Spotify mobile app:

  1. Open the app, then go to the lower-right corner and select Your Library.

  2. In the upper-right corner, select the plus (+) icon, then enter a name for your playlist.

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  3. Select Create > Add Songs.

  4. Choose from suggested titles to build your playlist or search for specific songs. Select the plus (+) icon to add suggested songs to your playlists.

    To add an image and a description to your newly created playlist, you'll have to do it from the desktop app.

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    When you come across a song you want to add while browsing or listening, select More (three dots) next to the song > Add to playlist > choose your playlist.

How to Remove Songs in Bulk From the Spotify App

You can also remove songs in bulk from Spotify.

  • On the Spotify desktop app, open the playlist then long-press the Ctrl key while selecting each track to remove. Right-click one of the titles and choose Remove from this playlist.
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  • On the mobile app, go to the playlist and select More (three dots) > Edit. Then select the minus (-) icon next to each song you'd like to remove.
Removing songs from playlist on Spotify

How to Make a Spotify Playlist Secret or Collaborative

When you create a playlist, it's set to public by default, meaning that anyone who searches for any terms included in the name of your playlist may find it in their search results and then follow and listen to it. They can't, however, make any change to your playlist by adding or removing new tracks.

If you want to keep your playlist private or permit other users to edit your playlist, do so by configuring the playlist settings on the desktop or mobile apps.

Make a Spotify Playlist Secret

Here's how to make a playlist secret or hidden from your profile.

  • On the desktop app, go to the left vertical pane and right-click the name of your playlist, then select Remove from profile.
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  • On the mobile app, go to the playlist and select More (three dots) > Remove from Profile.

On the mobile app, you can also choose to Make private, which blocks access to the playlist for everyone including those who have ever liked or followed it.

Make a Spotify Playlist Public

To make a playlist public or visible in your profile:

  • On the desktop app, go to the left vertical pane, right-click your playlist's name, then select Add to profile.
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  • On the mobile app, go to the playlist and select More (three dots) > Add to profile.

Make a Spotify Playlist Collaborative

To make a playlist collaborative for all followers or subscribers:

  • On the desktop app, go to the left vertical pane, right-click the name of your playlist, then choose Collaborative playlist.
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  • In the mobile app, go to the playlist and select More (three dots) > Make collaborative.

How to Organize or Duplicate a Spotify Playlist

The more playlists you create, the more likely you'll want to keep them organized and perhaps even duplicate them so you can build on them as new ones.

Create Playlist Folders

Playlist folders help you group similar playlists, so you don't have to spend too much time scrolling through your playlists. Here's how to create a playlist folder.

  1. In the desktop app, go to File > New Playlist Folder, or right-click the playlist in the playlist menu and select Create Folder.

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  2. Enter a name.

  3. Use your cursor to drag and drop your playlists into your new folder.

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Create a Similar Playlist

If you already have a great playlist that you want to use as inspiration for another, you can duplicate it so you don't have to waste time manually rebuilding your playlist. Right-click on any playlist name you want to copy and select Create Similar Playlist. A new one will appear in your playlist section with the same name and a (2) to differentiate it from the original playlist.

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At this time, you can only create folders and similar playlists from the desktop app, but any folders you create will appear in your Playlists section in the mobile app as long as you've signed in to your account.

How to Remove Tracks from a Spotify Playlist

Whether you added a track by mistake or started to dislike a particular track after listening to it too many times, you can remove it from your playlist anytime:

  • On the desktop app, right-click the track to remove, then select Remove from this playlist.
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  • On the mobile app, go to the track you want to remove, select the three dots > Remove from this playlist.

How to Listen to a Playlist's Radio to Find New Tracks

One of the best ways to discover new tracks to add to your playlist is by actively listening to your playlist's radio. It's like a radio station that contains similar tunes to the ones included in your playlist.

Desktop App

To get to your playlist's radio on the desktop app:

  1. In the left vertical pane, right-click the playlist name and select Go to Playlist Radio.
  2. Select Play to start playing the radio. You also have the option to select More (three dots) to go to the radio playlist or add all tracks to a playlist.
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Mobile App

To access your playlist's radio station on the mobile app:

  1. Navigate to Your Library > Playlists and tap your playlist name.
  2. In the upper-right corner, tap More (three dots), then scroll down and tap Go to Radio. Again, here you can play it or tap the More to add it to your playlist.
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How to Delete a Spotify Playlist

Whether you stopped listening to a particular playlist or need to cut down on the number of playlists you have, it's possible to delete an entire playlist without removing every track separately. You can delete playlists from within the desktop app and the mobile app.

  • On the desktop app, right-click the playlist's name and select Delete. Select Delete again to confirm. After deleting a playlist, you can't undo it, so be sure you want to delete it.
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  • On the mobile app, navigate to the name of your playlist and select More (three dots) > Delete playlist.

Deleting Spotify playlists that you find yourself ignoring most often is ideal for keeping your playlist section tidy and organized.

How to Use the Enhance Feature

If you pay for a Spotify Premium membership, you have another option to round out your playlists. Enhance will add one recommended track to your playlist after each two you've included, up to 30 additions.

To activate it, open a playlist you've already created, then select Enhance above the track listing. Spotify will automatically add the recommended music. Tap Enhance again (it will say "Enhanced" when the feature is active) to reset the list to include only the songs you've added.

The "Enhance" button in a Spotify playlist
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