New Your Library view (iOS & Android)

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New Your Library view (iOS & Android)

MattSuda
Rock Star 24
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Spotify is introducing a new version of the Your Library view to mobile users of the iOS and Android apps. When you open up the Spotify mobile app you will see this new view. 📱

 

Check out this Spotify news article for more information:

Listeners Can Explore Their Spotify Collections Faster and Easier With a New ‘Your Library’

 

This thread is your go-to destination for getting an overview of what's new, asking questions, getting help for issues you might have, as well as to share your feedback on this new version of Your Library. Also, do you have any tips for other users on how you are using the new Your Library? We'd love to hear them.

 

What's new?

 

  • See your entire collection in one simple list
  • Dynamic filters and better sort options for your collection
  • Pinned library items to find your favorites, faster
  • More control at your fingertips with a new grid view
  • Universal search allows you to search through your entire collection and see your recent searches
  • Faster settings navigation allows you to tap on your profile picture to get to settings faster
  • Get to your downloads, faster

 

Here is a walkthrough of what's new:

 

One simple list:

 

Your Library is now one simple list. At the top, tap on the filters to filter the content you want to see and tap on the sort options to change the sort order of the list. To create a new playlist, tap on the + (plus) symbol at the top right corner.

 

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Dynamic filter options:

 

At the top, tap on the filters to filter the content you want to see. Tap on the X and then chose another filter to see another type of content. Having no filter selected will show all types of content in the list.

 

  • Playlists
  • Artists
  • Albums
  • Podcasts & Shows
  • Downloaded

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Sort options:

 

At the top, tap on the sort options to change the sort order of the list.

 

  • Recently played
  • Recently added
  • Alphabetical
  • Creator

And in the "Playlists" filter view, you'll have this option to see your playlists in your own order like in the desktop app and web player:

 

  • Custom

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📌 Pinned library items:

 

If you tap and hold on the screen on any item in the Your Library list or swipe right on it, an option will show up allowing you to pin it and it will stay at the top of the Your Library list.

 

You can pin anything in Your Library such as playlists, playlist folders, artists, albums, and podcasts. The limit is 4 pinned items. You can unpin "New Episodes" to free up a pin and still get to that using the "Podcasts & Shows" filter or by searching for it. Same with "Liked Songs", you can unpin it and still get back to it at the top of the "Playlists" filter when it is sorted by "custom" or by searching for it. You can also pin the "Your Episodes" list to the main library view in addition to the "New Episodes" list if you also want to be able to access "Your Episodes" from the main library view without having to filter to "Podcasts & Shows" first.


To pin more playlists when you run out of the 4 item pins, you can make a playlist folder in the desktop app or web player and then move multiple playlists inside it and then pin the folder in the mobile app. Then tap on the folder at the top and there you go, easier access to all the playlists in that folder and that can be your 4th pin. However, you can't pin a specific playlist if it is in a folder, so you will need to pin the folder instead. Tip: In the desktop app or web player you can also move playlist folders inside of another playlist folder. That means you can pin a playlist folder that contains a whole bunch of other playlist folders if you want to get super organized.

 

To easily find the item you want to pin, the best way is to use the universal search. At the top of Your Library, tap on the search icon and search for the item you want to pin. The universal search searches your entire library for playlists, playlist folders, artists, albums, podcasts and also shows you your recent searches.

 

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Grid view:

 

Are you a visual person? You're in control. With the new grid view you can view Your Library with bigger artwork if that's your jam. This is great for when you're on the go or in the car so you can find what you're looking for faster. To switch to the grid view, tap on the squares icon to the right. Tap on it again to go back to the list view.

 

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Universal search:

 

The new universal search can be accessed by tapping the search icon at the top right corner. The new search allows you to quickly search through your entire library for playlists, playlist folders, artists, albums, and podcasts without having to go to a specific content section.

 

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Recent searches:

 

The new universal search also shows you your most recent Your Library searches so you can quickly get back to what you previously searched for.

 

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Faster settings navigation:

 

Tap on your profile picture in the top left corner to get to settings faster.

 

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Downloads: (Requires Premium)

 

When you are in offline mode you'll see your downloaded content faster upon app launch in the home tab.

 

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In Your Library, tap on the "Downloaded" filter either in the main list view or after tapping on a filter to view your downloaded content.

 

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How the new version of Your Library (iOS & Android) evolved over time during testing:

 

When the new version of Your Library on mobile was being tested with users, a few of the main points of feedback were the following:

 

  • Add a custom sort option for the playlists filter like in the old library view
  • Add a way to see a feed of new podcast episodes like in the old library view

These two options were added during the testing phase. Other points of feedback were also made by users during the test, but Spotify is always looking to improve the app so hopefully the new library experience will improve over time.

 

I personally like being able to see my playlists in the same custom sort order I have them arranged in the desktop app, so I was glad to see that issue was addressed. A bonus feature was also added which is the ability to pin a few of your favorite items to the top of Your Library. I really like being able to have my favorites one tap away at the top of my library. A few other new features that I like are being able to quickly search through my entire library, being able to see my library in a new grid view, and being able to get to settings right from the library view.

 

Feedback:

 

Now that the new version of Your Library on mobile is rolling out to all users, what do you think? You can leave your feedback as a reply in this thread. If your feedback is suggesting certain changes, it is best to also post each individual idea in the Community Idea Exchange where users can vote and comment on your ideas and it'll be easier to track each idea. You can read more about how your feedback reaches Spotify here.

 

New Your Library view (iOS & Android)

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Me1izabeth
Casual Listener

PLEASE give back the descriptions for daily mixes!!! Please!!!

alligaytor
Casual Listener

also s c r e w e d up isn't a curse word, why is it censored 

alligaytor
Casual Listener

I've loved Spotify for years and never had a reason to register, but this new update is so awful I'm gonna be cancelling my subscription and finding a new app. I just want separate libraries for Playlists and Podcasts, and somehow the new update ruined downloads so that I need to be connected to wifi to listen to downloaded music, which defeats the purpose of downloading. This has been super disappointing, if Spotify doesn't fix the issue soon I'm deleting cause it'll prove Spotify doesn't care about its customers. Whoever was in charge of this update really **bleep** up

San_D
Music Fan

Are you sure downloads don't work? I just tried by switching off my WiFi and mobile data and it seems to work; is there anything else that you are doing? This would be really big if downloads don't work. 😞

pim_scheffers
Regular

Oh and stop censoring this forum, c.r.a.p is not a curse word! Holy....

pim_scheffers
Regular

STOP, just STOP making Spotify a terrible app to use. Just press CTRL-A --> DEL on your source code and start over. Done with this **bleep**!

Aladin4387
Newbie

While my phone is in vertical view, I can't see all filters and what's worse, I can't side-scroll to them either.

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hevlete
Visitor

I don't know if I've missed something? I download podcast episodes and now they get added to a playlist, but once I've listened to it, not only do I have to delete the file, but also remove it from the playlist, really? Also the interface feels so bloated and confusing now.

linkJMA
Casual Listener

For everyone replying with how much they dislike this update: go vote on this idea! Allowing users to select a default method of sorting would address a lot of my frustrations, and many of those in this thread. I'd love to see this idea get some more traction it could be implemented, and while it's ridiculous to have to beg for a solution to a problem that had already didn't even exist pre-update, this feels like the best path forward.

 

https://community.spotify.com/t5/Live-Ideas/Mobile-Your-Library-Pin-a-filter-type-to-make-it-the-def...

 

McClausky
Casual Listener
Spotify: YOU HAVE FAILED YOUR CUSTOMERS.
Below, 322 angry replies (323 including mine). Who is in charge of taking such terrible and dumb decisions?
Besides on your post you mention "...see your entire collection in one simple list...". Well, it's not one simple list, it's just an enumeration of objects. I we would have a REAL ONE SIMPLE LIST, then we would be able to SHUFFLE OUR ENTIRE MUSIC LIBRARY. But....it's been years and we still can't listen to our complete library. We have to manually copy everything to a big playlist, absolutely awful.

Concon657
Regular

I absolutely hate the latest update. It makes no sense having my podcasts and music all jumbled together. It's very annoying that I can no longer sort podcasts by episode release date which is what anyone who listens to several different podcasts would want. (yes I know there is a category of new episodes but it's not the same) The fact that there is no longer a list of just my downloaded podcasts episode is extremely inconvenient. Why should I have to go to each individual episode, slecet view downloads, and only then I can see what episodes from only that podcast I've downloaded. How impractical. The old way was so much better! I used to download a few episode from different podcasts and then be able to quickly find them with 1-2 clicks and could choose whatever episode I felt like listening. It was quick and easy. This new UI is terrible. Whoever created it doesn't listen to a variety of podcasts. Why make things so complicated when it was working great and smoothly before? 

I'm so frustrated if it remains like this I'll have to start using a different app for podcasts. 

asifkuma
Visitor

Please add a chronological filter for the Podcasts. I believe that's an easy fix that the people will really appreciate. 

Floschi12345
Casual Listener

The latest Android messed up artist profiles. Now everything is sorted under "Singles" and the "Albums" section is empty...This is all so **bleep**ed up...

Inudesu
Gig Goer

Is the new Only You thing only available in the mobile app? Or can it be viewed on the Desktop?

 

I ask because I've avoided updating to the current version on my phone (you know, for the 315 reasons listed above) and as cool as this "experience" sounds, it probably isn't worth giving up a functional "your library." But the desktop app I have should be current, so maybe I can see it there?

 

I was pretty upset about getting this update for testing (without being told that's what was happening), but it did scare me into turning off automatic updates, which has turned out to be a plus.

 

 

Inudesu
Gig Goer
I found the answer to my question. It seems that my version won't show the stories. That's a shame, because it looks like a fun feature, but it's not worth giving up a functional library view. I really enjoy these kinds of things like Wrapped, but for everyday use I really don't want all the extra sorting all the time.

trevordonoghue1
Casual Listener

Same issue with your library since the update on desktop too.

Nothing shows up except the 3 or 4 items that they want you to see, nothing will show up from your library.

Spotify is now the only media player on the planet that doesn't allow you to play anything from your library.

raistlon31
Casual Listener

They need to  fix the library instead of giving us a feature that I will never look at again as it seemed pretty useless. If you have not updated to avoid the new library then don't. 

Andrew02
Music Fan

S ucks

P oor

O bnoxious

T errible

I ssues

F reezes

Y ucky

 

Szazomy
Casual Listener

I honestly don't know what is going on at Spotify, but someone is clearly trying to make the app as inconvenient and useless as possible.

It is called 'Your Library'. That means I want MY playlists, in MY order. Not some completely redundant 'recently played' order that constantly changes. Not some pointless alphabetical order that I wasn't using. 

This update is abysmal. It's left the app looking like a total mess, and the complete amateur approach to user functionality is just pitiful. The Android app has only recently allowed you to modify the order of tracks within a playlist. No sooner do you introduce this overdue basic functionality, do you mess up twice as hard by making it so that playlists can't be ordered instead. 

 

I've had this for nearly a week and it's nothing but pointless inconvenience. And you insult us further by removing functionality whilst pushing all your prices up. Restore the function of actually being able to order my playlists as I've always done, or I will be taking my money and leaving your service - encouraging other angry people to do the same. Very unimpressed.

Szazomy
Casual Listener
Honestly, I've made use of this service for years, I have many years worth of playlists now all organised in accordance with my use for different purposes - personal and professional. Now it's all some jumbled mix that makes precisely nothing better or more efficient.

I've had plenty of issues with Spotify's UI choices over the years, but this is the first to warrant vocal criticism. I don't want to stop using the service, but I will - this is not the standard I'm paying for, especially now that there are some credible alternatives that I could switch to. At the very least, the 'Creator' filter should be applicable to sub-folders as well, but ideally this whole update needs revoking. It's turned what is meant to be a premium service app, into an amateur mess that isn't fit for purpose. Not at those prices.
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