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5 tips for Free-tier users of Spotify

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There are certainly some good reasons to pay for Spotify Premium other than the obvious thing about removing the ads. That's not to say that the free version of Spotify is an ad-filled, shuffle-only affair. Far from. Here are a handful of tips on how to get the most of Spotify for free.


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Playlists on request

One of the biggest disadvantages of the free version of Spotify is that you are not able to play any song you want. Instead, you have to mix all collections of songs you encounter except one exception. Well 15 exceptions. Spotify serves up 15 wanted playlists that you can listen to in whatever order you want and skip to your heart's content. You can find these playlists in The Act For You On Screen Home . A playlist that does not have the frustrated blue shuffle icon can be played any way you want.


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Create custom playlists

Playlists are not just the game of Premium subscribers. Free users can also create playlists. There are two ways to create a playlist. Just click the button next to any song, press Add to playlist then select a playlist to add it or create a new playlist. You can also press the Heart Button on the Now playing panel to like a song that adds it to your Favorite Playlist. And now for a bit of funky but hardly surprising news for free users: You can only listen to your playlists only in the shuffle-only mode.

Like and hide

If you do not stick to the 15 requested playlists, free users will listen to Spotify primarily in Mixing mode. To help Spotify learn what songs you want it to be mixed for you, you can like and hide songs. Simply tap the heart icon to like a song or circle-by-one-through icon to hide a song. Theoretically, the more you tell Spotify what you like and do not like, the better work you can do by recommending songs for your listening pleasure.


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Clip on Wi-Fi Speaker

Listening to a Bluetooth speaker can be an exercise in frustration. With Spotify Connect speakers, you can refrain from the potentially fruitless and painful Bluetooth connection process and connect to connected connected speakers via Wi-Fi. Spotify Connect iveness used to be the domain of Premium subscribers only, but now free users can connect Spotify to Wi-Fi speakers. Make sure your phone and speakers are connected to the same network, and then press Available devices at the bottom of the Now playing panel on your phone to see your connection options.


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Save Data With Data Saver

If you find that Spotify spills too much of your mobile data, you are a good candidate for data saving mode. It switches your power quality from Normal to Low when you are connected to a mobile phone. No one likes to reduce the quality of the power, but it may be worth using at the end of the month if you approach your data capsule. Go to Your library press the gear icon to open Settings, and then press Data Saver and turn it on.

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