How to share a Spotify playlist from mobile and desktop
Spotify and playlists Together, they resemble Lennon and McCartney. It’s an essential Spotify feature that powers everything from the music service’s beautifully selected playlists to those created automatically and, of course, the millions of playlists created by its users. The businesses have gone to considerable measures to make their playlists shareable for this reason. It’s likely that your friends will start using Spotify if you make a playlist and share it with them. But how precisely can you share a Spotify playlist, and how do the mobile and desktop users’ experiences differ? Grab your headphones and turn on your favorite music because we’re about to demonstrate how to accomplish it. You may make and share playlists regardless of whether you have a free or premium Spotify plan. Here are the instructions for the desktop app, mobile app, and web-based player, respectively.
Share a playlist from Spotify mobile
- Choose a playlist from the Home, Search, or Your Library options before sharing it using the Spotify mobile app. The playlist’s name and cover image will be the first things you see. You can see a heart, a download symbol, and three dots beneath the description.
- Activate the three dots to reveal a menu. A colored bar with what looks to be an audio wave graphic—a succession of long and short vertical lines—next to the Spotify logo is also seen directly below the cover art. This is the share code for your playlist, a special identifier that anyone with the Spotify app can use to instantly access the playlist. Simply tap the share code image, then let your friend use their smartphone’s camera to scan it. You can also save that screen to your camera roll and send it—or publish it—to anybody you choose. Obviously, not everyone will consent to the Spotify app using their camera, and despite how awesome this method of sharing is, not everyone will have the time to do it.
- Keep scrolling through the list beneath the playlist’s cover image until you locate “Share,” which is probably the very last option. A new screen with all of your sharing options will appear once you tap Share. Remember that not all devices may offer the same sharing possibilities. Currently, iOS offers the following share options:
- Instagram Stories
- Facebook Messenger
- Copy link
- More, which uses iOS’ built-in sharing options like email and AirDrop
- To distribute your playlist through these platforms, just adhere to the instructions provided by each choice. Remember that not everyone shares in the same manner. For instance, Twitter automatically pre-populates a tweet with a URL link. Sending a DM in its place is not an option. In contrast, sharing through Facebook delivers an image and a customized Play on Spotify button to the Facebook app, where you may post them to your feed or Facebook Story. The button takes users to the same web-based Spotify player as the one on Twitter.
Share a playlist using the desktop version of Spotify
In the desktop version of the Spotify client, there are two ways to share playlists. The first method is to find the playlist you want to share in the app’s left-column navigation under Playlists. Any playlist in that section can be selected by right-clicking to display a contextual menu with a number of options, including Share. Your sharing options are displayed in a second layer when you move your cursor to the Share option:
- Facebook Messenger
- Copy playlist link
- Copy embed code
- Copy Spotify URL
Every one of these sharing methods functions a little bit differently, just like the mobile app. The last two desktop sharing choices have the most pronounced differences: Copy the Spotify URL and embed code.
- You can insert a section of HTML into a web page or, occasionally, a social media platform like Facebook by copying the embed code. By doing this, you may play the shared playlist on a pre-populated web page by adding a standalone Spotify web player. A smaller section of code, similar to a web address or URL, that only functions within the Spotify mobile or desktop apps, is what you are copying when you use the Spotify URL. If you knew someone had one of the apps on their smartphone, you could send them a Spotify URL via email, but otherwise, the ordinary playlist link is a better option.
- If reading this second process makes you feel like you’ve read it before, it’s because the desktop and mobile versions of the app are very similar—a thoughtful design choice. What to do if you want to share your desktop playlists is as follows: Similar to how you would on the mobile app, click the three-dot menu. Choose Share, consider your options, and then select the one you want.