[All Platforms] Explicit Filter

Add a button that controls whether Explicit songs are played or not.  When it is off and you're listening to an album or playlist, the explicit songs are skipped. That way you can still listen to your favorite album or playlist when more impressionable members of the family (kids / parents) are around.

Updated on 2018-04-24

Hey Spotify Staff here. We want to update you about a test that is currently running for iOS or Android users.


If you have Spotify on an iOS or Android device you will have an Explicit Content filter option. Just go to Settings > Explicit Content for a toggle to enable or disable Explicit Content.


When Explicit Content is disabled, tracks marked as ‘explicit’ appear greyed out and will be skipped over by Spotify.The setting applies only for that individual account and per device. Explicit Content is also enabled by default. For iOS devices we also require face id/touch id/passcode (if enabled) in order to re-enable Explicit Content once it's been turned off.


Please note: Our explicit content metadata is not perfect, as not all songs are marked “explicit” by labels or rights-owners. Consequently this test is unable to guarantee that no explicit content will play even when it is disabled.


If you spot a song that is incorrectly tagged as explicit or needs an explicit tag, please help us by following these steps:

  • Click the three dots next to the song
  • Click Report Explicit Content
  • You’ll then get a message that says ‘Thank you for reporting’.

You can also sign into our metadata crowdsourcing platform Line-In to report a song as Explicit.

Please note this does not mark the content as explicit for the user but only collects data at the moment.


If you have any questions or comments about this test please post them here. We will close comments on this idea for the moment while we collect your feedback around this test. Thanks!

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Got sick of listening to the profanity and being embarrassed/uncomfortable when listening in public areas . Moved to another service until this feature is available!!!!!


Come on Spotify do the right thing.  Great website and service BUT help me protect my children from some pretty harsh lyrics.  If you have a family you would understand.  Thank you.


I wanted to Vote for the "explicit" button but couldnt


Hi there,


seriously considering moving back back to Apple Music as they can give us parental controls.


This really shouldn't be rocket science for the developers. Music should have rating ib their metadata, surely it's just a case of implementing a rating filter?





I work in a professional office.  We stream music in our waiting room.  As this is a public setting we cannot include explicit content in the music we play.  Functionality to filter out explicit content would be very helpful (in fact, it seems like such an important function, I don't understand why it has not yet been implemented).  


I really need this feature, I'm premium with spotify but if this feature doesn't happen reasonably soon I'm going to need to move to pandora.


"No explicit tracks

Our music team makes sure you can only play music that's safe for work or around the kids."  


This is a feauture cut from Spotify business. In all fairness to Spotify, they are advising anyone that manages to investigate that the premiere family plan, by omission of this feature, is NOT safe for work or around the kids. 


I can't believe that after years of community calls to action Spotify continues to ignore their customers. Don't just vote by cancelling your subscription, encourage anyone you know to do the same. Why should we pay for a service that isn't interested in serving?

Yes. I think you are now getting the hang of it. I moved to Google Play. More stations, cheaper, better quality, everything, plus I don't have to listen to offensive language. It is the policy of Spotify to force you to listen to words you don't want to hear. It's not a technical issue.
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Status changed to: Good idea, vote for it
Updated: 2016-11-18

Hello everyone, Spotify Staff here again. We wanted to let you all know we still think this is a good idea. We don't have any specific updates for you on this but we hear your feedback that you are interested in filtering explicit content. If we any information to share on this feature request I will post here first. Thanks folks!