Explicit content

Explicit content

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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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

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

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

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)

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


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

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!


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)


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. 

Thank you I appreciate the help


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?

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. 

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.

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

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. 

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."

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

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

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

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