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.

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I have the same issue when I'm on a desktop application (web player or actual program) , however, the "Report Explicit Content" option is full available in the mobile app.  FYI, I have a Samsung Note 8, but I'm sure the same would apply on the Iphone. 

Casual Listener

Music Fan

If you upload songs that are explicit but forget to mark it as explicit do you get in trouble?


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Casual Listener

you might get a warning but it may be not as noticeable unless you look at the lyrics of said song.

Music Fan

Lets create clean playlist. That way you know that song isnt explicit

Casual Listener

Have fun and good luck. Depending the stretch of your playlist, that wuold be even more difficult than Spotify getting the claims from the right holders before it gets uploaded onto their server.

Remember... " 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."

Music Fan

thank you for this info, opposed to this i have many playlists saved that have been created to be clean and family friendly 

Casual Listener

Here's to you and your clean family friendly songs;


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This is very helpful but if you don't have spotify premium then just listen to the songs that don't have cursing in them if you dont like the swearing


gee thanks


Strangely there are Few examples of good songs on clean versuion than explicit version of the same one (unless it is available the instrumental track)


i was able to find very quickly thanks