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10 hidden features of Spotify that you need to know



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The recently updated Spotify Premium features a streamlined design with just three buttons at the bottom of the app for navigating their merchandise. I do not miss the discarded browse and radio buttons (after figuring out where their functionality went), since I spent most of my time using the Home, Search, and My Library buttons anyway. Navigating a catalog with more than 35 million titles is not an easy task, despite the updated design. Get more out of Spotify and find what you're looking for faster with these tips.

Where the radio went

The radio feature is now hidden behind the triple-dot button on an artist or album page or next to a song in the search results. Just tap the button at the top right of an artist or album page, or to the right of a song in the search results, and then tap . Go to the radio . You'll also find new artist radio playlists when searching for an artist. Scroll down to featuring playlists on the search results page for an artist, and you'll find one called Artist's Radio . These artist radio playlists are customized to your listening habits and can be downloaded for offline use. (In addition, all search options that were previously under the Browse button are now stored in the search.)

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Use Your Voice

You can talk to the mobile app and ask them to play a song, artist, album, playlist, genre, or anything else you want. Long press the search button and ask Spotify to play some music. This is the fastest way to your music.

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Scrub tracks on the iOS lock screen and in the Control Center

This is for iOS only. Spotify offers scrubbing of songs through the iOS lock screen and Control Center. Now, if you want to jump to another point in the song you're playing, you do not need to open the app, you can use the slider on the top of the lock screen or the Control Center to scrub a song.

View album or artist info

If you like what you hear and want to hear more from this artist, you can quickly jump to more songs by this artist without having to search. In the Now Playing window, tap the with triple point button at the right edge below the album artwork, scroll down, and tap View Album or View Artist . The former is great if you're stumbling across a great track in a playlist and want to check the album the song appears on. The latter is great when you discover new songs from artists you do not know, and want to learn more about these new or new artists, and want to see the other music they've released.

Save Your Discover Weekly Playlists

The Discover Weekly playlist may be my favorite thing on Spotify. Every Monday Spotify delivers 30 songs that I think I'd like, but my previous Discover Weekly playlist is full every Monday. Fortunately, there is an IFTTT applet that automatically saves your Discover Weekly playlists every week. Set up the applet and create a Discover Weekly Archive playlist and your 30 Discover Weekly songs will be saved to it every week.

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Save your shazams in a playlist.

Shazam was the first app that came to mind on my first iPhone ($ 1,157 at Amazon Marketplace) . I am still excited. Also amazing? When you connect the Shazam app to Spotify, each of your shazams will be saved in a new playlist in Spotify called My Shazam Tracks. You can do the same for SoundHound as well.

SoundHound workaround for missing lyrics

Spotify displays the lyrics, but only for selected songs. At the bottom of the app, tap the "Now Playing" bar to expand it. You may see a behind the lyrics interface, where you can see the text of the current song along with other information about the song and the band. If you do not get the Behind the Lyrics treatment for a song, you can use SoundCloud to fill in the blanks. Install the SoundHound app and link it to your Spotify account. When you come across a song that you want to see the text for, just go to the SoundHound app and tap the Listen button. SoundHound recognizes the song and displays the text. You can even tap the text preview to open a larger text box that highlights each line as it sings for a karaoke-like experience.

Start a Private Session for Guilty Pleasure

Occasionally I Need to Hear Some Whitney Houston I'm not ashamed to say so, because Whitney's voice could be proof of the existence of a higher power, and I say that as an atheist , Whitney is not a bad treat, but as Spotify always oversees my listening habits for my Discover Weekly playlist, I'm worried that my love for Whitney could make Spotify think I might be from Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and the like want to hear. I do not want to hear from these two artists or the like, let alone from them, as they approach weekly. So, if I have to get my Whitney fix, I'll turn on Spotify's private mode to keep Whitney wannabes out of my Discover Weekly playlist. To do this, go to your library tap the gear symbol for settings tap Social and then turn on [PrivateSession] , After six hours of inactivity, the device turns off automatically and conveniently if you forget to re-run it. Private session is also great if you give your phone to your hand and control the upcoming music settings.

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Recover Deleted Playlists

If you want to restore a deleted playlist, you must contact Spotify's Web Client. Log in to your account and click Restoring Playlists in the left pane. Find the playlist you want to undo and click Restore .

Creating Order with Playlist Folders

Have you reached a point where you have an unmanageable number of playlists? Bring some order to the playlist folders. In the desktop app, go to File> New Playlist Folder and give it a name. You can then drag playlists into the window using the desktop app. You can not create playlists folders or drag playlists to them with the Spotify mobile app. So you need to organize all your playlists on the desktop app. However, the playlist folders you create appear in the mobile app.

Bonus tip (this is more of a complaint): No, Continue Playing button

You should know this when you tap Queue for a song is added to the end of the queue , In contrast, Apple Music has the option Play Next to play a song next, and an option (Play Later) to add it to the end of the queue. With Spotify you can only add tracks at the end of your queue and then manually drag a track to the beginning to play it back next. Spotify, why can not I add separate add and queue buttons?

Originally released on July 13, 2017.
Update dated November 6, 2018: Added information on the latest version of Spotify Bonus.


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