Online music consumption has firmly moved on into the direction of streaming, and whether you use Apple Music, YouTube, Spotify or any of the other options, you probably have instant access to a greater selection of music than ever before. Each service has its own pros and cons, which we cover throughout the site, and this feature is dedicated to users of Spotify. If you are the kind of person that opens the app on your device of choice, searches for a song and then plays it, you might be missing out. Over years of development, Spotify has become more intuitive than many would give it credit for. You’ll already be aware of some of the tips below, but we’d like to think that there is something for every user to discover – so read on to become a veritable Spotify power user.
1. Make the Most of Playlists
Spotify gives users the option to add a song to a playlist in the main menu, so we do not consider the playlists themselves as being anything special. What you do with them, however, certainly could be. Assisted playlists are worth exploring, as the app uses artificial intelligence to choose songs to add based on the name of the playlist and also the songs that are already there. It is worth experimenting with organising your playlists too when you end up with lots of them – you can place playlists in folders just like a file on your device, and access similar ones with a couple of clicks.
2. Eliminate the Struggle with Your Daily Mixes
Among the best things about Spotify is that it does a lot of the thinking for you. It learns your moods and tastes over time and builds playlists of its own that it feels will be of interest. Many of the songs on these Daily Mixes will have been played before, but you never know when you might hear something new based on your history.
3. Enable Offline Play
A reason why some people prefer to stick with downloads and even physical media is that they always want their music to be available. Spotify Premium users can get the same experience as downloading the song by making certain songs or entire playlists available offline. This is ideal on journeys where your connectivity is limited or absent, especially on aeroplanes, and it does not take up as much space as you might think.
4. Be a Data Saver
If you have limited data and rarely find yourself on Wi-Fi, it can be good for your sanity and your wallet to enable Data Saver mode. Rather than compromising on sound quality, the app will instead attempt to retrieve cached versions of songs that have been played previously rather than pulling them down from the cloud, saving on data use in the process. This does take up more space on your device, and results vary, but if mobile data is a concern, there is little to lose by enabling the option.
5. Find Unlimited Skips on the Free Plan
It is no secret that the free version of Spotify is there to drive new subscriptions, and the limitations are often what drive users to become paying customers. However, there are legitimate ways around some limited features such as unlimited skips. If you choose your own music, you can only skip a certain number of times in a given period. However, every user has 15 playlists on their account, including the aforementioned Daily Mixes and Discover Weekly, that should match up nicely with your tastes and allow unlimited skips.
6. Build Playlists with Friends
You may consider playlists as a personal exercise, but the time will come where collaboration is key. You might have a party or event coming up, or want to build a playlist with something for all your friends. Enter Collaborative Playlists. Open a specific playlist’s options with a right-click on desktop machines or entering the specific menu on mobile devices and select ‘Collaborative Playlist’. Anyone you have added as a friend on Spotify can then add or remove songs at will. Crucially, you can disable the collaborative option at any time when you want full control over any changes.
7. Get Deleted Playlists Back
You might have been in a bad mood, slipped with the mouse or simply changed your mind, but the playlist you decided to delete is not gone forever. Head to your profile page on the Spotify website, and you’ll see an option to ‘Recover Playlists’, where every playlist you have ever put together can be found.
8. Explore ‘More Releases’ on Individual Songs
Some songs have different versions with no discernible difference between the title or artist. In these cases, Spotify enables users to hit the ‘More Releases’ button. It is mostly used to switch between clean and dirty versions of tracks, but you might find some hidden gems that are similar enough to a song you enjoy, but different with it.
9. Use Search Modifiers
Many users are unaware of the capabilities of Spotify’s search box, which gets into Google territory with functionality. You know to search for artists and titles, but did you know you can add further specifications? Among the more popular is the year search – type an artist into the search box and add ‘year:2010-2014’ to find all songs released in that period and change the years to suit. Some bands lose the plot after a certain time, while others only find themselves later in their careers. This filter narrows the search to these times.
10. Use Spotify with Other Apps
Spotify is mostly used as a standalone music player, but the apps play nicely with others in many cases. Google Maps, Discord, Shazam and Tinder are just some of the highly popular apps out there that can integrate with your Spotify collection, enabling full control and listening pleasure even when not inside the main Spotify app.