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Playlist FAQ - Your Questions Answered


Playlist FAQ - Your Questions Answered


We've noticed quite a few of you have questions about Spotify Playlists scattered around the Community. 


So we've read through your posts and created a Playlist FAQ for you all. Hopefully this will help you find, create, edit and share playlists easier and faster. 


Once you've created your masterpiece, be sure to share it with us here in the Playlist Exchange


How do I make my playlist public on my Spotify profile?

You can make your playlists 'Secret' or 'Public' in just a few clicks. 



  1. Right click the playlist.
  2. Select 'Make Public'.



From your phone:

1. Find the playlist

2. Click the three-dot menu button on the right


3. Select 'Make Public'


You can always change the status of the playlist back to 'Secret' at any time.


How do I search for public playlists on Spotify?

If you're looking for another playlist curated by another user, this is also quite easy.


1. Select Search from the main menu in any device.

2. Type in the mood or genre you're looking for e.g. 'Running', 'Indie Rock', 'Roadtrip'.

3. Search results are sorted by "TOP RESULTS", "SONGS", "ARTISTS", "ALBUMS", "PLAYLISTS", PROFILES'.

4. Scroll to "PLAYLISTS". 

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5. Click "PLAYLISTS' to see more options.



Do other people see if I play their playlists?

The creator of a playlist is not notified if you play their playlist. They will only be notified if you Follow the playlist. 


Your Followers can also see the playlist you're l listening in the Friend Feed. To keep this private go to your Desktop App > Preferences > Turn off 'Publish my activity on Spotify'.


How do I edit my playlist cover photo?


You can personalize your playlists on the Spotify Desktop app. Click here for a step-by-step guide


How do I view my playlist/ listening history on Spotify?

This isn't a current feature on Spotify. However there is an idea in the Idea Exchange which can vote for here: "Usable History". We'll post in that thread if there are any updates.  


How do I get more Spotify followers?

The best way to get Spotify followers is to curate great playlists. The top place to share those playlists with our users is in the Spotify Community Playlist Exchange. For some tips on creating successful playlists click here


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Re: Playlist FAQ - Your Questions Answered

Casual Listener

trying to open a shared playlist link to spotify from a website.


doesn't do anything but open the spotify startup page.  


I've found his playlist on his account,

but am wondering what he was thinking...seems like his approach should work.  

Maybe I'm doing something wrong.  

Re: Playlist FAQ - Your Questions Answered

There is not an option to make make my playlist secret on android.How can I hide them on my profile?

Re: Playlist FAQ - Your Questions Answered

Casual Listener

If there is not a way already. There should be a way to find other people's playlists based on songs that I already  have in mine.

For example: I have a rap station and if I go into that station be able to click an option of playlists similar. But it would show other users playlists in order from most amount of same songs to least amount. 

Re: Playlist FAQ - Your Questions Answered


I still don't see how to embed a playlist on here.


edit: solved.



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Re: Playlist FAQ - Your Questions Answered


Buenos días. Necesito saber como descargar todos las canciones que tengo sin conexión en el dispositivo móvil a mi ordenador sin tener que volver a buscar y descargar todas.



Re: Playlist FAQ - Your Questions Answered

Casual Listener

Hi Meredith - I am new to the community! Can't believe I've been a premium user for 4 years and I am just learning about this cool place to interact with other music lovers! 


So my initial question is: why can't I see who my playlist followers are? I onlse can see I have '10 followers" on a playlist but not sure to see who they are? 





Re: Playlist FAQ - Your Questions Answered

Casual Listener

Re: Playlist FAQ - Your Questions Answered


Need help!!!

In 2010 I bought a song, my question is, if now I want to download it what can I do??
Spotify doesn't return my money.

Re: Playlist FAQ - Your Questions Answered


Is there a way to see who follows your playlist?