With Spotify Collaborative Playlist, you can team up with friends to compose a large list of your favorite songs. It’s easy to create a Spotify collaborative playlist, but the creator has limited control over who gets to access the playlist, so be sure to follow our guide to keep the song choices from going bad.
You can create a Spotify Collaboration Playlist on both the desktop and the Spotify app, so follow the instructions below depending on which device you’re using. Be sure to show this page to your friends so they have instructions on how to add their own songs.
Spotify is the only streaming service to offer collaborative playlists, but they have one advantage over the competition. While creating Spotify playlists together is exclusive to Spotify premium members, the great thing is that once you’ve created a playlist, you can share it with anyone, and even free Spotify users can add songs and edit the playlist.
What can you do with Spotify’s collaborative playlist?
Anyone with a Spotify collaborative playlist link can add songs, reorder songs in the playlist, and delete songs. Because of this, make sure you only share it with whoever you want to have access to the playlist. Only the owner of a Spotify shared playlist can delete the playlist or change its description, image, and title.
If you are not the owner of the shared playlist, you should add the playlist to your library. You can do this on your desktop by clicking the three dots below the playlist name and clicking Add to Library. On a mobile device, press the Follow button below the playlist name when viewing the playlist page.
How to Create a Collaborative Playlist on Spotify Desktop
We assume that you may not have a playlist ready yet. If you do, you can skip the first two steps.
- Open Spotify and click New Playlist – you’ll find it at the bottom of the left panel.
- Name your playlist, give it a description and optionally add a cover image.
When you have a playlist ready, click on it – it’s on the left side of the Spotify app. On the playlist page, click the three dots next to the play button, and then click Collaborate Playlist. You will now see a small circle next to the playlist to indicate that it is a Spotify collaborative playlist.
Click the three dots again and then click Share. Choose the option you want to share with your friends, or just copy the link to the playlist. Then you can send it to your friends.
While listening to music, you or anyone else who has a link to a playlist can click the three dots next to any song, click Add to Playlist, and then click the playlist you created.
Once you start adding songs, you may feel the need to adjust the positions of the songs in the playlist. To do this, click the name of the playlist in the left pane, then click and drag the songs to reposition them.
How to create a collaborative playlist in Spotify on mobile phone or tablet
To create a collaborative playlist on the Spotify mobile app, follow these steps. If you already have a playlist that you want to switch to collaboration mode, you can skip the first three steps and just click on the playlist in your library.
- First tap your library at the bottom of the app.
- Then tap Create Playlist on the Playlist tab.
- Give your playlist a name and you will be taken to a new playlist page.
On your playlist page, tap the three dots in the upper-right corner of the screen, then tap Do Collaboration.
To share a playlist, tap the three dots again, scroll down and tap Share. Then you can use any of the sharing options depending on the apps you installed, such as Instagram Stories or Twitter.
Or click “Copy Link” to share it anywhere. Remember, anyone with the link can add, reorder, and delete songs, so share carefully.
If you want to add songs to the Spotify collaborative playlist on mobile, be sure to add it to your library first if you are not the owner. You can do this by clicking the subscribe button under the playlist name. To add any song to a shared playlist, click on the three dots on the song, then click Add to Playlist and select the correct playlist.
If you want to move songs in the playlist, follow these steps.
- Tap your library, then tap the playlists tab.
- Find the playlist you want and tap it.
- On the playlist page, tap the three dots at the top right.
- Tap Edit Playlist.
- Tap and hold your finger on the three lines next to any song you want to move.
- Move your finger to move songs to a new position.
- When finished, don’t forget to click “Save” at the top right.
We hope this guide has shown everything you need to know about creating and using Spotify Collaborative Playlists.
Do you have any questions about this feature or want to know more about Spotify in general? Be sure to read these 10 little-known Spotify tips Alternatively, feel free to leave your comments below.