Playlists and Spotify. They belong together like Lennon and McCartney. From the expertly compiled music service playlists to the auto-compiled playlists, and of course the playlists millions of users compile, this is an important Spotify feature. For this reason, the company has made great efforts to share the playlists. If you're sharing a Spotify playlist with friends, there's a good chance they'll become Spotify listeners too. But how exactly do you share a Spotify playlist and what are the differences between mobile and desktop experiences? Take your headphones and put on your favorite music ̵
Free or Premium
Spotify is one of the few streaming music services that offer a free, ad-supported subscription plan. Although these free accounts have built-in restrictions, you can still create your own playlists and share them with others. Of course, Premium Spotify accounts will have full access to all features of the service – including the creation and release of playlists. If you've never created a Spotify account, check out our article on using Spotify.
Sharing Spotify Playlists
Creating playlists in Spotify is one of them Spotify is also known for its extensive collection of both man-made and algorithmic playlists. Regardless of how a playlist was created on Spotify, sharing takes place in the same way. To do so in the mobile app, the desktop app, and the web-based player, do the following:
Share a playlist with Spotify mobile
How to share a Spotify playlist using In the mobile app, first select a playlist from the tabs Start, Search, or Your Library . Tap the three-dot menu in the upper right corner of the screen.
First, the name and cover of the playlist are displayed. But there is also a red bar just below the cover that contains an apparent audio wave graphic – a series of long and short vertical lines next to the Spotify logo. This is the unlock code of your playlist, a unique identifier that anyone can jump to the playlist immediately with the Spotify app. Just tap the unlocked decode image and have your friend scan it with their smartphone's camera. Alternatively, you can save this screen to your camera roll and send (or publish) it to anyone. Of course, not everyone in the Spotify app wants to give their permission to use their camera, and as cool as this way of sharing is, not everyone can bother to do so.
More sharing options can be found in the list below the cover of the playlist until you find "Split", which is probably the penultimate option. Tapping Share will bring up a new screen, this time with all your sharing options. Note that these sharing options may not be the same on all devices. The following sharing options are currently available on iOS:
- Instagram Stories
- Facebook Messenger
- Copy Link
- and a " More "option, which uses the sharing options built into iOS, such as Email and AirDrop.
Follow the instructions that allow you to share your playlist with these services through each service. Remember that they do not all go the same way. For example, Twitter uses a URL link and automatically fills in a tweet with it. There is no way to send a DM instead. When sharing through Facebook, a picture will be sent to the Facebook app along with a custom "Play on Spotify" button, which you can then share with your feed or Facebook story. People who click the button will be redirected to the same web-based Spotify player as Twitter.
Sharing a Playlist from the Spotify Desktop 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-hand column of the app. When you right-click a playlist in this section, a context menu appears with a number of available actions, including "Share." Hovering over the Share option will bring up a second level with all sharing options:
- Facebook Messenger
- Copy Playlist Link
- Copy Embed Code
- Copy Spotify URI
Same as mobile app These sharing options behave slightly differently. The biggest difference to desktop sharing options is the last two options: Copy embed code and Copy Spotify URI.
By copying the embed code, you can paste some of the HTML code into a web page or sometimes into a social media site like Facebook. When you do this, a stand-alone Spotify web player will be added to a web page that is already filled to play the playlist you have shared. With the Spotify URI, you copy a smaller piece of code, such as a web address or URL, that works only in the Spotify apps for mobile devices or desktops. You could email someone a Spotify URI if they knew one of the apps was on the device. Otherwise, the regular link to the playlist is a safer choice.
Sharing through the desktop app is done through the app's main window. When you navigate to a playlist, either through the Playlists section in the menu on the left or through the Home, Browse, or Radio sections, the playlist appears in the main window. The name and description of the playlist show the same three-character menu button that the mobile app has. If you click on it, all available actions are displayed, including the same "Split" menu option that we described in the first method.
So you have two ways to share Spotify playlists so you're known to friends and relatives for their superb taste in music. If you want to create the perfect Spotify playlist, for example for a party or other event, read our guide: How to Create a Spotify Playlists Playlist.