Playlists and Spotify. They go together like Lennon and McCartney. From the music service's expertly curated playlists to the auto-curated playlists and, of course, the playlists that the millions of users have put together, it's a crucial Spotify feature. That's why the company made every effort to share its playlists. If you share a Spotify playlist with friends, chances are they will become Spotify listeners too. But how exactly do you share a playlist from Spotify and what are the differences between mobile and desktop experiences? Grab your headphones and put on your favorite songs – we'll show you exactly how it works.
Free or Premium
Spotify is one of the few streaming music services that offer a free, ad-supported subscription service. And while these free accounts have built-in restrictions, you can still create your own playlists and share them with others. Premium Spotify accounts, of course, get full access to all the features of the service, including creating and sharing playlists. If you've never created a Spotify account before, check out our explanation on how to use Spotify and you'll be up and running in no time.
Share a Spotify Playlist
Being able to create playlists on Spotify is one of the top features of the service, but Spotify is also legendary for its extensive collection of human-managed and algorithmically created playlists. Regardless of how a playlist was created on Spotify, sharing it follows the same process. Here's how to do it via the mobile app, the desktop app and the web-based player.
Sharing a playlist from Spotify mobile
To share a Spotify playlist with the mobile app, first select a playlist – from the Home, Search, or Tabs Your Library . The first thing you'll see is the playlist name and album cover. Below the description you will see a heart, a download icon and three dots.
Click on the three dots and a menu will open. You'll also notice that there is a colored bar directly below the album cover that appears to have an audio wave image – a series of long and short vertical lines next to the Spotify logo. This is your playlist sharing code, a unique identifier that anyone with the Spotify app can use to jump to the playlist immediately. Just tap on that image with share code and let your friend scan it with their smartphone's camera. You can also save that screen to your camera roll and send (or post) it to anyone you like. Of course, not everyone wants to give the Spotify app permission to use their camera, and no matter how cool this way of sharing is, not everyone can bother to do it.
For more sharing options, keep scrolling through the list under the album cover of the playlist until you find & # 39; Share & # 39; which will probably be the penultimate option. Tapping Share will bring up a new screen, this time with all your sharing options. Keep in mind that these sharing options may not be the same on every device. Currently, on iOS there are sharing options:
- Instagram Stories
- Facebook Messenger
- Copy Link
- and a " More ”option that uses the built-in sharing options of iOS, such as email and AirDrop.
Follow the instructions each option gives to share your playlist through these services, please note that not all of them are the same For example, Twitter uses a URL link and automatically fills in a tweet with it.There is no option to send a DM instead.Share via Facebook, on the other hand, sends an image to the Facebook app together with a custom "Play on Spotify" button, which you can then share to your feed or your Facebook story. People who click the button will be directed to the same web-based Spotify player as on Twitter.
Share a playlist from the Spotify desktop p app
There are two ways to share playlists in the Spotify desktop app. The first way is to find the playlist you want to share in the Playlists section of the navigation in the left column of the app. Right-clicking on a playlist in that section will bring up a context menu with a variety of available actions, including & # 39; Share & # 39 ;. If you move your cursor to the Share option, a second layer will appear with all your sharing options:
- Facebook Messenger
- Playlist copy link  Copy embed code
- Copy Spotify URI
As with the mobile app, all these sharing options behave a little differently. The main difference from the desktop sharing options is with the last two: Copy Embed Code and Copy Spotify URI.
By copying the embed code, you can paste a piece of HTML into a web page, or sometimes a social media site such as Facebook. Doing so will add a standalone Spotify web player to a webpage pre-filled to play the playlist you share. With the Spotify URI you can copy a smaller piece of code, a kind of web address or URL, but one that only works within the Spotify mobile or desktop apps. You could send someone a Spotify URI via email if you knew they had one of the apps on their device, but otherwise the regular playlist link is a safer bet.
The second way to share from the desktop app is within the app's main window. Navigating to a playlist, either through the Playlists section in the menu on the left or using the Home, Browse or Radio sections, will open the playlist in the main window. Below the playlist name and description, you will see the same three-dot menu button that the mobile app has. Clicking on that will show you all available actions, including the same menu option for sharing that we described in the first method.
So there you have it – two ways to share Spotify playlists so you can be known to friends and family for your great taste in music. If you'd rather have a little help putting together the perfect Spotify playlist, for example, for a party or other event, check out our guide: How to Create a Spotify Joint Playlist.