How to Create Playlist on Spotify

Dec 8, 2020 · 19 minute read

It may happen that you look for a music on your Spotify list and you cannot find it because your list is a mess. Spotify provided various methods for its users to sort their content in the Spotify platform. There are some ways to organize your favorite content in Spotify. One way is to create your own playlists. Spotify lets you to create your playlist. The other way is to create folders which helps you with organizing your playlists. You can also make folders within the folders, too. Creating folders within the folders may seem useless in the first place but if you start arranging your content you can see how handy and useful it is. Besides making playlists and folders you can also take advantage of deleting them. Your own folders and playlists will not become permanent and can be deleted whenever you do not want them. It is also possible to restore your deleted playlists. In the following you will learn how to use these features in Spotify.

How to Create Playlist on Spotify

For creating a playlist on Spotify you can follow these steps;

1- log in to your Spotify account.

2- click on the Music tab.

3- Click on the new playlist.

4- Write your desired name for your playlist.

5- Click on the Create.

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Now you can add your desired song into your playlist.

How to Make Folders on Spotify.

If you are looking for organizing your playlists in Spotify, good news, you have options. One of the options is to make folders. Note that you can only make folders through Spotify Desktop app, but they will be shown on your mobile or tablet app. You also have the option to make folders inside a folder. Follow the steps below to create a folder on Spotify using the desktop app. We have provided instructional photos for a clearer understanding of the procedure.

ِUsing Desktop App

  1. Launch the Spotify desktop app.

  2. You can see a menu bar on the left of the app window. In the menu bar you are able to see your playlists.

  3. Right-click on a playlist.

  4. A drop-down menu will be shown.

  5. In the drop-down menu, find the Create Folder option.

  6. Click on the Create Folder option.

  7. Type your folder’s name and then press the Enter key.

  8. There is a triangle sign next to each folder. You can distinguish between folders and playlists by this triangle sign.

In the pictures below you can see the instructions to create folders in the Spotify app. In the first picture look at the drop-down menu consisting of the Create Folder option. As you can see in the second picture a new folder is added to your list. You need to enter the name you want for your folder and then press the enter key on your keyboard.

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Using the Spotify Web Player.

You can make folders through Spotify desktop app only. If you do not have the desktop app, you can create them through the Spotify Web Player. Follow the instructions below to learn how to make folders in Web Player platform:

  1. Go to open.spotify.com

  2. Click on the LOG IN button. It is located on the top-righ corner of the screen.

  3. In case you do not have a Spotify account, select the SIGN UP option next to the LOG IN button. To learn how to create an account visit the How to Create a [Spotify Account](How to Create a Spotify Account) page. We have explained the procedure completely there.

  4. Log into your Spotify account using one the options you see on the screen. Including via Facebook, Apple ID, Google, or your email address.

  5. You can see a menu bar on the left of the Web Player screen. In the menu bar you are able to see your playlists.

  6. Right-click on a playlist.

  7. A drop-down menu will be shown.

  8. In the drop-down menu, find the Create Folder option.

  9. Click on the Create Folder option.

  10. Right-click on the folder you made.

  11. Select the Rename option.

  12. Type the name you wish for your folder and then press the Enter key.

  13. You can distinguish between folders and playlists by the triangle sign which is located next the folders.

You can use the picture below for a better understanding.

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How to Make Folders within a Folder in Spotify

One of the useful things you can do to manage and organize your playlists and folders in Spotify platform is to create folders inside of a folder. Follow the instructions below to learn how to do the procedure:

Using Spotify Desktop App.

  1. Launch the Spotify desktop app.

  2. You can see a menu bar on the left of the app window. In the menu bar you are able to see your playlists and folders.

  3. Choose the folder you want to make a folder in it.

  4. Right-click on the folder you chose.

  5. A drop-down menu will be shown.

  6. In the drop-down menu, find the Create Folder option.

  7. Click on the Create Folder option.

  8. Type your folder’s name and then press the Enter key.

  9. There is a triangle sign next to each folder. You can distinguish between folders and playlists by this triangle sign.

In the picture below you can see the drop-down menu that will be shown if you righ-click on a folder you already have in your list. By selecting the Create folder option, a new folder will be added to your folder. You can add as many folders as you wish in a folder.

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Using Spotify Web Player.

You can make folders within a folder only by using the desktop app. Meaning you cannot create them through iOS or android Spotify apps. But if you do not have the desktop app on your device, you can use the web player to do this process. Follow the instructions below to learn how to do it:

  1. Go to open.spotify.com

  2. Click on the LOG IN button. It is located on the top-righ corner of the screen.

  3. In case you do not have a Spotify account, select the SIGN UP option next to the LOG IN button. To learn how to create an account go to the How to Create a [Spotify Account](How to Create a Spotify Account) page. We have explained the procedure completely there.

  4. Log into your Spotify account using one the options you see on the screen. Including via Facebook, Apple ID, Google, or your email address.

  5. You will see a menu bar on the left of the Web Player screen. In the menu you see your playlists and folders.

  6. Choose the folder you want to make a folder in it.

  7. Right-click on the folder you chose.

  8. A drop-down menu will be shown.

  9. In the drop-down menu, find the Create Folder option.

  10. Click on the Create Folder option.

  11. Type the name you want for the folder and then press the Enter key.

  12. There is a triangle sign next to each folder. You can distinguish between folders and playlists by this triangle sign.

Look at the picture below to understand the procedure better:

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How to Add Playlists into a Folder in Spotify.

After creating a folder in Spotify desktop app, (you are not able to make folders through other types of apps including the iOS and android spotify app) you can add playlists into it. The precess of adding is really easy. Follow the steps below to complete the procedure:

  1. Choose the playlist you want to organize in a folder.

  2. Drag the playlist and then drop it to the folder you wish.

How to Sort Playlists, Artists, and Albums in Your Library on Spotify.

Mobile/Tablet

To sort with mobile and tablet app follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the list you want to sort.

  2. Pull down the screen and release to display Filters option in top-right. Select it.

  3. choose your option and tap.

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Desktop App

To sort playlists on Spotify desktop app you have two options:

  1. Click on a playlist name and hold to move it up or down.

OR:

  1. Organize your playlists by making folders and put your playlists in folders.

To sort albums and artists in Your Library on Spotify desktop app:

  1. Click on Albums or Artists in the menu bar on the left.

  2. Click on Sorted by menu.

  3. A dropdown menu will be shown. Choose a type of sorting.

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How to Sort Songs in a Playlist Alphabetically.

One of the useful features in Spotify platform is the sorting. You can sort the tracks within playlists in different ways including Alphabetically, by TITLE, ARTIST, or ALBUM, Most recently added, and Song duration. This feature lets the Spotify users manage their track lists in various ways. You can use this option in Spotify iOS, android, and desktop apps. In case you do not have access to Spotify app, you can also use the Spotify Web Player to sort the tracks in playlists. If you want to learn how to sort songs in a playlist alphabetically, find the type of app you use from the instructions below, then follow the steps related to that type of Spotify app:

iPhone/iPad

To sort songs in a playlist using iPhone or iPad follow the steps:

  1. Go to the playlist that you want to sort the songs.

  2. Pull down the screen and release to display a three-line sign in top-right. Tap on the sign.

  3. Select a type of sorting.

To sort songs alphabetically in a playlist using iphone/ipad follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Spotify app on your device.

  2. Go to the playlist that you want to sort the songs.

  3. Pull down the screen and release to display a three-line sign in top-right. Tap on the sign.

  4. Select the Title option to sort the songs alphabetically.

Android

To sort songs in a playlist using Android-based devices:

  1. Go to the playlist that you want to sort the songs.

  2. Select the three-dot sign in top-right.

  3. select Sort playlist option.

  4. Select a type of sorting.

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To sort songs alphabetically in a playlist using Android based devices:

  1. Open the Spotify app on your device.

  2. Go to the playlist that you want to sort its songs.

  3. Select the three-dot sign in top-right.

  4. select Sort playlist option.

  5. Select the Title option to sort the songs alphabetically.

By tapping on the three-dot sign a menu will open as you can see in the first picture. Tap on the Sort playlists option. A new list will open as you see in the second picture. For alphabetically sorting you need to choose the title sorting.

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Desktop

To sort songs in a playlist using Spotify desktop app follow the steps below:

  1. You can see sorting options on the top of the tracks list. Sorting options are:

 Alphabetically, by TITLE, ARTIST, or ALBUM.

 Most recently added.

 Song duration.

  1. For sorting alphabetically, you can choose from TITLE, ARTIST, or ALBUM options. All you need to do is to click on the option you want.

  2. Click on the option you chose again to change the order. You can also click on it for the third time to change the sorting into original order.

In the picture below, you can see the sorting bar above the track list containing the sorting options. For alphabetical sorting click on one the TITLE, ARTIST, or ALBUM options.

sort songs in playlist spotify desktop app

NOTE: If you do not have the Spotify app, you can use the Spotify Web Player. Go to open.spotify.com and sign into your account, then follow the steps above (desktop app).

How to Arrange What Plays Next on Spotify.

There is a feature on Spotify called Play Queue and History. You can arrange what you want to listen by adding, removing, and reordering the tracks in Play Queue section. You can also choose HISTORY in the Play Queue section in order to listen to the last 50 tracks you listened to recently.

NOTE: To use this feature you need to have a premium account.

If you use the Spotify desktop app, follow the steps below:

To add tracks in Play Queue:

  1. Right-click on the track you would like to add into Play Queue.

  2. Select Add to Queue option.

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How to Clear Play Queue in Spotify Mobile or Tablet App.

In order to manage what plays next in Spotify, you need to sort the Play Queue. You can arrange the list by deleting the content you do not want any longer in the list. If you are using the Spotify app on your mobile or tablet, follow the instructions below to clear your Spotify play queue:

  1. Open the Spotify app on your device.

  2. In the Now Playing bar you can see the play queue icon. Tap on the icon in order to go to the Play Queue section.

  3. On the left of each track there is a circle sign. Choose the track you want to remove and tap on its circle sign.

  4. Select the REMOVE option which you will see at the bottom of the list in a bar.

NOTE: To use this feature in your tablet or mobile, you need to have a premium Spotify account.

You can see the steps we explained in the picture below clearly. In order to go to Play Queue in Spotify mobile or tablet app, first you need to tap on the Now Playing tab (step number 1 in the picture). In Now Playing, at the bottom of the page you will find the Queue icon, which is shown by number 2 in the picture below. By tapping on the Queue icon, the list of the songs which are going to play next will appear. Next to each track there is an empty circle. When you tap on these circles they will be marked. After marking the tracks you want to remove from Play Queue (step 3 in the picture below), tap on the REMOVE button at the bottom of the list (step number 4 in the picture).

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How to Clear Play Queue in Spotify Desktop App.

You can clear play queue using the Spotify desktop app. If you have the app on your PC or Mac, follow the steps below to remove tracks from your play queue. You can also look at the instructional photo for a clearer understanding.

  1. Open the Spotify app on your PC or Mac.

  2. In the Now Playing bar, which is located at the bottom of the screen, you can see the play queue icon. Click on the icon to go to the Play Queue section.

clear queue in play queue spotify web player

  1. In the Play Queue section, right-click on the track you want to delete from the list. Or click on the three-dot sign next to the track.

  2. A drop-down menu will be shown.

  3. Select the Remove from Queue option from the dop-down menu.

  4. If you want to clear the whole play queue, you can simply click on the CLEAR button in the top-right corner of the list.

In the first picture, as you can see in the Now Playing bar, the Queue icon is shown. By clicking on this icon, you will be directed to the Play Queue page in which you can see what tracks will be played next. You can see the three-dot sign next to each track. By clicking on the sign, the drop-down menu opens in which you can choose the Remove from Queue option and delete the track from the list.

As it is obvious from the pictures, above the play queue section, you can see the CLEAR button. By clicking on this button, the whole list will be deleted.

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How to Clear Play Queue in Spotify Web Player.

In case you do not have the Spotify app on your device, and you want to arrange what plays next, you can use the Spotify Web Player. Spotify Web Player is the web version of the Spotify platform which lets you listen to music without having the Spotify app on your device. If you want to clear play queue through Web Player, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to open.spotify.com.

  2. Click on the LOG IN button. It is located on the top-righ corner of the screen.

  3. In case you do not have a Spotify account, select the SIGN UP option next to the LOG IN button. To learn how to create an account go to the How to Create a [Spotify Account](How to Create a Spotify Account) page. We have explained the procedure completely there.

  4. Log into your Spotify account using one the options you see on the screen. Including via Facebook, Apple ID, Google, or your email address.

  5. In the Now Playing bar, which is located at the bottom of the screen, you can see the play queue icon. Click on the icon to go to the Play Queue section.

play queue icon desktop spotify

  1. In the Play Queue section, right-click on the track you want to delete from the list. Or click on the three-dot sign next to the track.

  2. A drop-down menu will be shown.

  3. Select the Remove from Queue option from the dop-down menu.

  4. If you want to clear the whole play queue, you can simply click on the CLEAR QUEUE button in the top-right corner of the list.

In the first instructional picture, you can see the steps for removing tracks from Play Queue in Spotify Web Player. In the step number two the Queue icon is shown. Note that for opening the drop-down menu (step number 3) you can either right-click on a track or click on the three-dot sign next to each track.

In the second picture you can see the steps to clear the whole list in Spotify Web Plater. You can do this simply by clicking on the CLEAR QUEUE button which is located at top of the list (it is shown by number 3 in the second picture).

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How to Clear Queue on Spotify App.

  1. Go to Play Queue section, right-click the track you would like to remove.

  2. Select Remove from Queue option.

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To change the order of the tracks in Play Queue:

  1. Go to Play Queue, in Next Up section, choose the track you would like to move.

  2. Drag the track and drop it to the place you want.

If you use Spotify mobile/tablet app, follow the instructions below:

To add tracks in Play Queue:

  1. There is a three-dot sign next to the tracks. Choose the track you want to add and tap on the sign.

  2. select Add to Queue option.

How to Clear Queue on Spotify iphone.

  1. Go to the Play Queue section. On the left of the tracks, there is a circle sign. Choose the track you want to remove and tap on the circle sign.

  2. Select REMOVE option.

To change the order of the tracks in Play Queue:

  1. Go to the Play Queue section. There is a three-line sign on the right of the tracks.

  2. Choose the track you want. Tap on the sign and hold it.

  3. Drag the track to the place you want and drop it.

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NOTE: Go to Play Queue section to see what the next tracks are.

How to Restore Deleted Playlists.

In case you delete one of your playlists by accident, or you changed your mind and wanted your deleted playlist back, do not worry. You have the chance to restore it. Follow the steps below to bring back your deleted playlist on Spotify. Look at the instructional picture to complete the procedure more easily.

  1. Go to www.spotify.com/account.

  2. Log into your Spotify account by entering your username and password.

  3. There is a menu bar on the left of the screen.

  4. Click the Recovery playlists tab on the menu.

  5. A window will be shown named Recovery playlists.

  6. You will be able to see your deleted playlists listed on the screen.

  7. Choose the playlist you want to recover.

  8. Click on the RESTORE option which is located next to each playlist.

In the picture below you can see your account window in www.spotify.com/account. As you can see, by choosing the Recover playlists tab on the menu you will be able to manage your deleted playlists. The green RESTORE button is located next each playlist. All you need to do is clicking on it.

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Note that you can also use keyboard shortcuts to restore the deleted playlist. But keep it in your mind that you need to do it immediately after deleting the playlist. You can use the keyboard shortcut in your Spotify desktop app, and you do not need to visit www.spotify.com/account website. ctrl + z is the undo keyboard shortcut.

How to Change Playlist Cover on Spotify.

One the ways to personalize your playlists on Spotify is to add your favorite picture to your playlist. Note that you can only use the Desktop Spotify app to change the playlist cover. Also, the format of the picture must be .jpeg, and image size must not exceed 4MB.

Follow the steps below to change a playlist’s cover image:

  1. Launch the Spotify app on your PC or Mac.

  2. Go to the playlist you wish to change its cover image.

  3. Move the cursor on the playlist image, a pencil will be shown.

  4. Click on the pencil.

  5. Edit Playlist Details box will be shown. You can edit the playlist name and description here.

  6. Click Choose image, select your image from your device and click SAVE.

In the first picture you can see the pencil icon. When you click on the pencil, a pop-up window will open which you can see in the second picture. You can change or add a picture by clicking on the choose image option. After choosing the image, you need to click on the SAVE button to save the changes.

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If you do not have the Spotify desktop app, you can change the cover image of a playlist using the Spotify Web Player. All you need to do is to visit open.spotify.com and sign into your Spotify account. After that, follow the instructions explained above. The process of changing the cover image of a playlist is the same for the desktop app and Spotify Web Player.

How to Listen to Spotify with Friends.

There is an option in Spotify called collaborative playlists. You can team up with your friends and make your special playlists. The members of a collaborative playlist can add or remove the songs from the playlist.

To start a collaborative playlist on your mobile/tablet follows the steps:

  1. In your library choose a playlist or create a new one.

  2. Tap and hold on the playlist to open the menu.

  3. Tap Make Collaborative.

  4. Share the playlist with your friends.

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How to Start a Collaborative Playlist Using Desktop App Follow These Instructions:

  1. Choose your playlist or create one. Click on it.

  2. Go to the menu of the playlist and click the Collaborative Playlist.

  3. When you make a collaborative playlist, an empty circle icon will appear next to the playlist (you can see in the picture)

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How can I view the lyrics of a track on Spotify?

Spotify has a collaborated plan with Genius website, in which you can view the lyrics and, the inspirational stories behind the songs. Follow the steps:

  1. Play a song.

  2. Tap on the cover of the playing song.

  3. Scroll the page down and you will see the lyrics.

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NOTE: If you cannot find the lyrics, it means that Spotify and Genius have not added any lyrics for that song yet. If you cannot find lyrics on Desktop app, try mobile/tablet app.

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