How to create and share playlists on Spotify

Do you miss the days when you used to make mixed tapes for your friends and family? Or do you want to create a curated playlist for your music? The days of burning CDs for your Walkman may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop sharing your music.

Thanks to Spotify’s easy-to-use desktop and mobile apps, you can create your playlists and share them with anyone. Aside from having a shareable link to your playlist, you can also embed it on your blog or website.

Download Spotify

Before creating a playlist, the first thing you need to do is make sure that you have Spotify on your phone or desktop and create a Spotify account. You can use your Spotify account with your Facebook to see what your friends hear In the future, you can use your Spotify and Facebook Accounts.

Create a playlist in the Spotify desktop app

Step 1: Open your Spotify app. At the top of the left task bar you will find helpful navigation buttons. For this tutorial we will use the Create Playlist button.

Step 2: The app will take you to a new tab to add songs to your playlist. Use the search bar to find your songs by typing their name or artist (shown with an arrow).

Add new Spotify playlist music

Click the Add button located to the right of your selected song (circled). This will add the song to your new playlist. Keep searching for music and adding it to your playlist.

Step 3: Once you have all of the songs you want in your playlist, you may want to rename your playlist to a more attractive name before sharing. Highlight your playlist and right-click (or click the trackpad with two fingers).

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Click Rename and change your playlist name to whatever makes you happy.

Share your new playlist from the Spotify desktop app

Now that we’ve created and renamed our brand new playlist, we’re ready to share our masterpiece.

Step 1: Find your playlist on the left toolbar and right-click (double-tap a trackpad) to access the drop-down menu. Scroll down to the Share tab.

Share Spotify playlist

Spotify gives you two options:

  • Copy link to playlist: This will copy the direct link to your playlist. You can paste this link anywhere and anyone who clicks your link will be directed to your music.
  • Embed playlist: This option opens a new window in which you can customize the look of your playlist on your website. You can see all the songs in your playlist, edit the color and size of the playback tool, and see the code.

Embed playlist Spotify popup window

Create a playlist in the Spotify app for iPhone

Step 1: Open your Spotify app. Click the Search button at the bottom of the screen and find the songs you want to add to your new playlist.

Spotify home page

Step 2: Find the song you want in the suggested menu, click the ellipsis (…) to the right of the song. This will open a new window.

Search for song on Spotify

Step 3: Click Add to Playlist. A new window opens to create a new playlist or to add it to an existing playlist.

Add to playlist Spotify

Keep adding songs to your playlist to your heart’s content.

Step 4: After adding songs, you can change the name of your playlist. Click the Your Library button in the lower right corner of the screen. Find your playlist in your library and click on it.

Spotify Library button

Step 5: When you open your playlist, click the ellipsis (…) in the middle of the screen. You can edit the name of your song, album art (change name), and add a description to your playlist.

Edit Spotify playlist button

Change the name of the Spotify playlist

When you’re done editing, click the Save button in the top right corner of the screen.

Share your playlist through the Spotify app on iPhone

QR codes

There are several ways to share your new playlist on Spotify. One of the newest features is the new QR codes.

Step 1: Find the playlist that you want to share in your library and click on it. Click the ellipsis (…) in the center of the screen.

Spotify QR code playlist

Step 2: Your playlist options will open and at the top you will see the album art of your playlist. Below that is the Spotify logo and some soundbars – that’s the QR code! You can take a screenshot of it or show it to your friends to scan.

Share links

If you want to send your playlist to your friends or post a link online, you can do so from your phone too.

Step 1: Find the playlist that you want to share in your library and click on it. In the middle of the screen, click the ellipsis (…)

Step 2: Your playlist option will open and from there scroll down to the bottom of the control panel. You will see a Share button. Click on it.

Spotify Share on i OS options

You have options to share, to copy the link, share it with different apps, and other different options depending on what you have installed on your phone.

Share your jams

Spotify has given us plenty of opportunities to create, curate, and share our music. Create playlists for friends, family, people on the internet, or even for your websites. There are so many ways to realize and share your vision. You can even start and host a Spotify group session with your friends.

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