Spotify has made it easy for you to share playlists with family and friends – there's a Share button right in the app.
Also, you have the option to do so via email, social media, and even SMS. Plus, you can always just copy-paste the playlist link wherever you want. Now, the steps to share the list from different devices are quite similar. And the same goes for sharing on social media.
But some features make the job much easier, and you may see different sharing suggestions depending on the device you're using. Without further ado, let's jump right into the quick tutorials.
Where can you share your playlists?
Before diving into our tutorials, let's first discuss the options Spotify gives you to share your playlists. The music service is great because it's very versatile and cooperates well with other platforms.
Here's where you can quickly share your Spotify playlist from the Spotify app:
- Facebook Messenger
- Facebook News Feed
- Facebook Stories
Of course, you are not limited to these platforms. Spotify offers its users a Copy link option under the share menu too.
Now that you know where to send your favorite playlists, let's see how to do it. We will see how to share Spotify playlist using iOS, macOS, Android, PC and web browser below.
How to Share Your Spotify Playlist on an iPhone
Once you get familiar with the steps to share a playlist, you'll see that it's actually quite simple. Here is how to share playlist from Spotify app on iPhone:
- Open Spotify and tap Your library basically.
- Select the playlist you want to share. Next, press the three horizontal dots on the left side.
- Scroll through the menu and select Share.
- Select one of the options from the list to share your Spotify playlist.
- Follow the on-screen steps to send your playlist. You may need to log in to your chosen platform before you can complete the process.
Notes: If you click on the "More" icon, you can drop your playlist or send it using other applications that do not appear in the Spotify share menu.
Tap on the iPhone share sheet if you want to add/share the playlist with supported apps. For example, Spotify provides third-party support for Google Hangouts, Slack, and a few other apps. If you want to share using your iPad, the same steps apply as previously described.
How to Share Your Spotify Playlist from Android App
Sharing a Spotify playlist from the Android app is almost the same as the iPhone app. But it wouldn't hurt to take a slightly different route to the same destination.
- Open Spotify and tap Your library basically.
- Tap the playlist you want to share.
- To the left of the green play button, there are three horizontal dots. Tap the dots.
- Scroll through the menu and press Share.
- Tap the option that corresponds to the platform you want to share your playlist on. Or, you can press Copy link and share the link to your playlist anywhere.
Like the iPhone app, Spotify for Android has a Share button to send the playlist via social media. You should know that these options differ depending on the Android device you are using. For example, they are not exactly the same on Samsung and Xiaomi smartphones. But this is by no means a breach of agreement.
Another thing is that sharing on different platforms is not the same. This applies to both Android and iOS.
If you're sharing to Twitter, there's a link and your tweet is pre-populated with the URL. When sharing to Facebook, you end up with an image and a "Play on Spotify" option. This applies to both your Facebook feed and your stories.
The downside to this is that clicking "Play on Spotify" takes a person to a web-based player. But you may be prompted to open it through the app if you are on iPhone.
How to Share Your Spotify Playlist from the Mac App
Spotify has made the app's UI appear much the same as it does on your mobile app. It takes advantage of the larger screen, which makes it easier to navigate, but the actions are the same. Here's what to do:
- Open Spotify on your Mac and tap the playlist you want to share from the left menu.
- Click on the three vertical dots to the right of the green play button.
- Click on Share and copy the link to your playlist. Then you can share or download your playlist on any platform.
You can also take a shortcut and right-click on the playlist in the left menu. Then click Share to copy the link.
How to Share Your Spotify Playlist from Windows App
There is no difference in user interface and layout between Windows and macOS Spotify app. So, feel free to use the steps outlined above. However, there is another way that is a little faster to share the playlist. And there is no need to list the steps because you are already familiar with the actions.
In the menu on the right of the screen, right-click on the playlist you want to share. The action reveals a context menu with a Share option at the bottom. When you hover your cursor over the option, you'll see the share menu. Choose where you want to send your playlist, and you're good to go.
How to Share Spotify Playlist from Web Browser
If you prefer the web browser version of Spotify, the instructions are similar to all the other methods in our tutorial. Just click on your playlist in the left menu. Next, click on the three horizontal dots next to the play button. From there you can click Share and copy the link.
Then you can share it wherever you want.
Bonus tips and tricks
Besides your friends and family, the rest of the world can enjoy your playlists. All you have to do is share the list publicly through Spotify. So, click on the three horizontal or vertical dots and choose "Make public". From there, the playlist will appear on Spotify when people search for music.
The downside is that Spotify isn't really designed for finding playlists; instead, it prioritizes artists and songs. But some third-party portals only offer Spotify playlists.
Instead of making public, you can make a playlist secret, but that doesn't mean you can't share it. The actions are the same and the recipient can follow, read and view the playlist. And if you set it on collaborative playlists, recipients can edit it too.
If you're an artist, use Canvas for Spotify when sharing your tracks on Instagram. This lets you add a video loop to tracks, and it's a great way to boost engagement. Unfortunately, there is no option to do this with playlists.
When you want to find a playlist someone has shared with you, go to Your Library. Under Playlists, find the one with your friend's name. You'll see the name of the playlist and "by + nickname" below it. Now tap on it and enjoy.
Dare to share
Remember when people created mixtapes and burned CDs with their favorite playlists? Then they had to meet the recipient and physically deliver the tape or CD to them. Some might say sharing is a lot less romantic now, but that's a topic for another article.
When it comes to sharing playlists through Spotify, you can pretty much share anytime and anywhere. In fact, you're always three to five clicks or taps away from completing the action. And it's really cool that you can get the graphic code, scan it and instantly start the playlist.
Which sharing option do you prefer the most? Is there a playlist that you have shared with many of your friends? Give us your two cents in the comments below.