Explicit content


Explicit content

Community Manager
Community Manager
It's great to hear music as the artist intended it to be heard, this means Spotify can sometimes include explicit content.
We recommend looking out for the EXPLICIT tag on any releases (E on the web player).
Note: Our explicit content tags are applied based on information we receive from rights-holders. This means we can’t guarantee all explicit content is marked as such. 

Explicit content filter 

For: Mobile and tablet (more devices coming soon!)

Filter out content labelled as explicit with these steps:

  1. Tap Home .
    Got Premium? Tap Your Library .
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Tap Explicit Content.
  4. Switch Allow Explicit Content off (gray).
  5. Tracks marked as explicit now appear grayed out. It’s not possible to play them and they are skipped over by the player.

Things to note about this setting:

  • It applies only for the individual account and device. For example, if you apply the setting on your phone, it doesn't filter explicit content for the same account on the desktop app.
  • It doesn’t apply if you use Spotify Connect to play to another device.

 Content we identify as explicit is based on information we receive from rights-holders, so we can’t guarantee that no explicit content will play with this setting. If you spot a song that needs an explicit tag, let us know by tapping  next to the song and select Report Explicit Content

For full information on this, and for more on finding clean versions we'd recommend check this Support article.

53 Replies



Gig Goer

Play all the music you want, choose which one has explicit content. It shows you by showing the symbol “e”


thank you for this info, opposed to this i have many playlists saved that have been created to be clean and family friendlyThanks CEO Of:: Talkbaze


to find a clean version, go to the song/album release and go to the bottom and click on "1 more release"


I had the same problem and changed my Allow explicit content tab to on. But unfortunately its still the same situation, if someone can help I'd really appreciate it.. I have a Huawei P20 Pro and I only use the Spotify app on my phone and in my car.. I also attached an image to show you what I see. All 4 were gray now just 2 after I turned the AEC tab on 


Casual Listener

They've bern censored. The same thing has happened to everyone. Spotify says if you have greyed songs and/or playlists they are involved in licensing disputes, but that is a half truth. I'm sure they are with some artists, but that also indicates censuring of your content. Welcome to 1984 in 2019. 


Hey you guys need to remove some bands and stop reccomending them to me! They have pornography all over the album covers! IT NEEDS TO STOP!!!!! NOW! SPOTIFY!


So If I have the explicit content switch off, will it play the clean version in my playlist or skip songs?

Casual Listener
Spotify will simply not play it, effectively skipping it.

Casual Listener
It will skip the song, unless you have the clean version.

Casual Listener

great addition for those who are interested in music without explicit content


Is there a way to KEEP the explicit content off. I have to do this in my settings EVERY time I open spotify. Is this normal?

Yes. In settings turn off allow explicit language 👍


unfortunately no, there's no way to take out the explicit content from spotify itself, but you can all way avoid playing those songs if you're premium thought. 

Casual Listener
I find it a bit... seedy that you have to PAY for Premium to block explicit content on mobile. I know for a fact that you can block explicit content on the desktop app, but you need to constantly update it, or it doesn't always work.

Music Fan

Thank you I appreciate the help



The explicit logo is applied when the lyrics or content of a song or a music video contain one or more of the following criteria which could be considered offensive or unsuitable for children: Strong language. I have found that Spotify has generated an excellent EXPLICIT tab that is clear and easy to see. 


It is an excellent tool! I built a playlist for my 5 year old when we do our weekend dancing and shenanigans lol. The explicit oe E tag helps me quickly identify what I can and should not add. Also, in many cases, a song will have a regular version and a "radio edit" or "clean version.


TBH I usually take no notice but I just had a look and it does tell you on the Macbook version of the spotify app so if your *that* concerned I'd avoid songs that have this label on them (yes the photo is from google images but I was having difficulty uplouding a screenshot from my laptop)


Casual Listener

Good info, thanks! Why do I not see that "Report Explicit Content" in the options for the song? I know I have seen it in the past, but it just is not there anymore. I have checked on both the Windows app, and in the browser, and it is simply not there. What do I need to do to get this option back? Thanks!


Casual Listener

You can search for the song and click "Songs" (if on the webplayer) and the non-explicit song should pop up. ExampleExample