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How can I search, filter and sort in Spotify?

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Answer:

 

 

 

Search

 

If you're looking for one of the following, you can type what you're looking for in the search box on the desktop app/Web Player, or by clicking the Search tab on the mobile app:

  • Songs
  • Albums
  • Artists
  • Playlists
  • Podcast shows and episodes 
  • Videos
  • Genres and moods
  • Other Spotify users
  • Lyrics - search at least 3 words from its lyrics. Songs with those lyrics show Lyrics match in the results.

You can also find a handy video tutorial here.

 

If you'd like to, you can use more advanced search terms that you can view in this Support site article.

 

 

Filter 

 

It's also possible to show only specific content within track lists.

 

  •  Desktop

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With Filter on the desktop app, you can list specific content based on a search term in any playlist or Songs in Your Library. Here's how to do that: 

 

  1. Select Filter at the top of track listings.
  2. Enter any search term, for example “blue”. Only titles, albums, or artists containing that term are now listed.
  3. To return to the original listing, either clear your search or click X to remove the filter.

 

 

  • Mobile and tablets

 

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Here's how you can find something:

 

  1. Go to the specific playlist or view in Your Library (eg. PlaylistsAlbums, and Artists) you’d like to filter.
  2. There are two ways to do that, depending on your device:

- Pull the screen down to display Find in playlists/albums/artists at the top.
Tap image (28).png

 and select Find in playlist/album/artist.

 

Once you've located the option to filter by a term:

  1. Enter a search term to show specific content, for example “blue”. Only titles containing that term are now listed.
  2. To return to the original listing, either clear your search or tap X or Cancel to remove the filter.

You can also choose to list only Downloads or Imported Music (your local files) in Your Library.

 

Note: Filter options may vary depending on the list you’re filtering. To return to the original listing, repeat these steps and tap the selected filter again.

 

 

Sort 

 

If you want to reorganize how music is listed in the app, all you need to do is follow the steps according to the device you're using below.

 

  •  Desktop 

Sort songs in playlists 

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  1. Click the column you want to sort by, for example:
    • Alphabetically, by TITLE, ARTIST, or ALBUM.
    • By most recently added, 
    • By song duration,
       
      Note: Adjust the app's screen size to reveal more columns. 
       
  2. Click the column again to reverse the order, click again to go back to the original order

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    If you're on the improved experience, you can also choose the sorting method from the drop down menu: 
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Sort playlists in Your Library

 

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You can reorder your list of playlists in the menu on the left by clicking and holding a playlist title to move it up or down.

 

You can also organize your playlists into folders:

  1. Right-click a playlist in the menu on the left of the desktop app.
  2. Select Create folder.
  3. Give it a name and press enter.
  4. Drag playlists to the folder you created.

Tip: You can even create folders within folders.

 

Sort Albums and Artists in Your Library

 

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Head to Albums or Artists in the menu on the left sidebar and choose a Sorted by option from the dropdown menu.

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  • Mobile or tablet 

Sort playlists, Artists and Albums in Your Library

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If you want to sort the contents of a playlist, you can follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the view you’d like to sort in Your Library, for example your Artists.
  2. Depending on the device, follow the steps below to sort Your Library:

- Pull down and release to display Sort at the top-right corner. Tap it.

- Tap  image (28).png

and select Sort playlist.

- Pull down to view the Find In Playlists menu at the top. By clicking the Filters button, you should be able to access the Sort by menu.

 

Once you've located the sorting menu, select your preferred sorting option. Repeat these steps to reverse the order, or pick another sort option.

 

Sort songs in playlists 

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  1. Go to the list you’d like to sort.
  2. Depending on your device, you can either:
    Pull down and release to display Sort at the top-right corner. Tap it.
    Tap the three dot menu, and select Sort playlist.
  3. Tap your preferred option.
  4. Repeat these steps to reverse the order, or pick another sort option.

Keep in mind that sort options may vary depending on the list you’re sorting.

 

In general, on a mobile or tablet device you can sort the following:

  • Song listings within playlists:
    • Alphabetically by Title, Artist, or Album.
    • Or by Recently added.
  • Playlists, Artists, and Albums in Your Library:
    • Alphabetically by Name, Title, or Artist.
    • Recently played.
    • Recently added.
    • Relevance. ​​​

 

 

 

You can also check out this Support site article for more info on sorting and filtering tracks within playlists. 

 

 

Page last updated: 18th December, 2020

 

 

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