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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I definitely agree with you💯

**bleep** yeah!
I'm sorry. I'm trying not to **bleep**ing swear so much.**bleep**.

Yes. In settings turn off allow explicit language 👍

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Some of this podcast content is getting pretty graphic. I don't think many extremists would self-identify as such so maybe there should be a 3rd party to review if content is suitable for all audiences.

Even a LOT of Music gets away with being explicit, without the ‘Explicit’ label. There used to be a ‘Report Explicit Content’ option. If they can’t bring that back, maybe they could at least let us mark content as Explicit for our own account(s)? To clarify, there is some explicit content I like in some contexts (H.a.m. by PrototypeRaptor during exercise for example), and I’m nearly never if ever going to Hide Explicit Content via Settings—but I’d still like to know which songs I enjoy contain explicit content (the Live version of Invisible Touch by Genesis from The Way We Walk Vol. 1 comes to mind) in advance more reliably. I also want to voluntarily help people avoid accidentally hearing tracks like these since they’re not labeled as Explicit already. Maybe crowdsource the reporting of Explicit content somehow. I’d post this in an Ideas forum post but I’m sure it’s been complained about enough before.

Hey folks, 


Thanks for sharing your feedback on the Community.


We can recommend having a look at this Community Idea suggesting the implementation of an option allowing users to report explicit content on desktop as well. 


You can support the idea by adding your +VOTE and clicking on Subscribe in the three-dots menu at the top right corner next to the title. That'll make sure you stay up-to-date with any relevant updates about the idea. It’s also worth knowing that the higher the number of votes an idea gets, the more likely it is for the idea to be implemented.


We always take new ideas and feedback into consideration to improve the app. Here you can read more on how ideas work.


Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any questions. 

This is a terrible method for solving your company's ethical gaffes. How do you expect to count the votes of your customers who leave and never look back? Is it not enough to register a complaint (without becoming and activist)? Do you think this process would provide any defensibility if Spotify was threatened with legal action?


I would love to hear a response to this issue from a senior leader at Spotify. We shouldn't have to solve issues like this in the community forums. 

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I agree we have to clean our playlist to not just put random songs and random followers. Put the songs which are related to the name on the title...

There are 3 tracks on the album "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Voices of Lee that are incorrectly marked as explicit. This is a Christian music album and none of the tracks are explicit. I have my settings set to make explicit tracks unplayable, so that makes these tracks unplayable to me unless I change the settings. 

What I'd like is a toggle button on the app to be able to switch it quickly between censored and uncensored, so that when my kids are around I can just flip the switch and not worry (much) about the music I'm playing

Absolutely NOT right. I have allowed the explicit content and yet I get censored songs like a 10-year-old...

what's an example of explicit content?


Thanks! I have a Premium account. When I click on My Library, where do I find Settings to adjust the Explicit Content setting?

Hey @AnnCdefg,


Thanks for the post.


Go to Settings > Explicit content > Allow playback of explicit-rated content.


Thant should do the trick.


@bittergod, you'd see a little gray icon with an E inside - this shows that the song is explicit.



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I’ve made the mistake in the past of uploading music to Distrokid and selecting “explicit content” when it is just an instrumental; a bit opposite of the recommendation 😅


Thanks for the info on reporting the content.


Also curious to know if explicit includes “suggestive” or “themed” music and not necessarily language?

Hey @yetitears,

Thanks for reaching out on the Community!

Our explicit content tags are applied based on information we receive from rights-holders. However, we can’t guarantee all explicit content is marked as such. However we would really appreciate letting us know if you spot something that does not sound right.

Hope this clears things up. If you have any questions or need anything else, the Community is here for you.

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Oh, come on, what a load of BS. "we would really appreciate letting us know if you spot something that does not sound right" - this topic IS us, the Community, telling you that something is not right. Reporting explicit content should be easy, not like it is now. You removed the reporting option in the desktop app (it was non-functional anyway), just go the full length and admit that you don't care about this. Stop wasting your and our time.
You know well that the number of people who complain and / or offer solutions is far less than the actual number of people that are annoyed.

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