Playlists and Spotify. They go together like Lennon and McCartney. From the music service’s expertly collected playlists to those that are assembled automatically, and of course the playlists that users compile in the millions, it’s a critical Spotify feature. Therefore, the company has made great efforts to make its playlists divisible. If you share a Spotify playlist with friends, chances are they will also become Spotify listeners. 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 it̵7;s done.
Free or Premium
Spotify is one of the few streaming music services that offers a free subscription plan supported by ads. And even though there are built-in restrictions on these free accounts, you can still create your own playlists and share them with others. Of course, Premium Spotify accounts get full access to all the features of the service – including the creation and sharing of playlists. If you have never created a Spotify account, check out our How to Use Spotify Explainer to get started in no time.
Share any Spotify playlist
Being able to create playlists on Spotify is one of the service’s top features, but Spotify is also legendary for its large collection of both human and algorithmically created playlists and podcasts. No matter how a playlist came about on Spotify, the same process of sharing it follows. How to do it from the mobile app, desktop app and web-based player.
Share a playlist from Spotify mobile
To share a Spotify playlist with the mobile app, first select a playlist – from Home, Search, or Your library tabs. The first thing you see is the playlist name and cover. Below the description you will see a heart, a download icon and three dots.
Click on the three points and a menu will open. You will also notice that there is a colored bar directly below the cover image that has what appears to be a sound wave graphic – a series of long and short vertical lines next to the Spotify logo. This is your playlist share code, a unique identifier that anyone with the Spotify app can use to instantly jump to the playlist. Just tap the shared code image and let your friend scan it with their smartphone camera. Alternatively, you can save that screen on your camera roll and send it (or upload it) to anyone you like. Of course, not everyone wants to give the Spotify app permission to use their camera, and as cool as this way of sharing is, not everyone can care to do so.
For more sharing options, keep scrolling through the list below the playlist cover until you find “Share”, which is likely to be the penultimate option. Vintage Share takes up a new screen, this time with all your sharing options. Keep in mind that these sharing options may not be the same on all devices. Currently, on iOS, stock options include:
- Instagram stories
- Facebook Messenger
- Copy link
- and a “More” option that uses iOS’s built-in sharing options such as email and AirDrop.
Follow the instructions that each option gives you to share your playlist through these services. Keep in mind that they do not all share the same way. For example, Twitter uses a URL link and automatically fills in a tweet with it. There is no alternative to sending a DM instead. Sharing via Facebook, on the other hand, sends an image to the Facebook app along 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 taken to the same web-based Spotify player as on Twitter.
Share 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 app’s left column navigation. Right-clicking on any playlist in that section displays a context menu that contains a variety of available actions, including “Share”. Moving the cursor to the Share option reveals a second layer with all your sharing options:
- Facebook Messenger
- Copy link to playlist
- Copy the embed code
- Copy Spotify URI
As with the mobile app, each of these sharing options behaves a little differently. The biggest difference with desktop sharing options is with the last two: Copy Embed Code and Copy Spotify URI.
Copying the embed code allows you to paste a piece of HTML onto a web page or sometimes a social media page such as Facebook. If you do, add a standalone Spotify web player to a webpage pre-filled to play the playlist you share. With the Spotify URI, you copy a small piece of code, much like a web address or URL, but one that only works in Spotify mobile or desktop apps. You can 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.
Alternatively, you can share a playlist from the desktop app. Once you are in a playlist, you will find the three-point menu button under its name – just like in the mobile application. Selecting this displays various actions, including the Share option. This is again the same as with the mobile app.
And here you have two different ways to share your Spotify playlists. Whether you share with friends or family, you can all enjoy each other’s intake of the music business.
If you prefer to have a little help assembling the perfect Spotify playlist, say so a party or other event, take a look at our guide: How to create a shared Spotify playlist.