Spotify is no doubt one of the best music streaming services. You get a huge library of songs along with apps for every single device. All of these get so overwhelming that you miss out on some of the hidden features. Did you know that you could listen to local music on Spotify, set your playlist as an alarm clock and share profiles playlists via Barcodes? These small tricks could make your Spotify experience much better. And on that note, here are some of the Spotify tips and tricks.
Best Spotify Tips and Tricks
1. Transfer Playlists to Spotify
Most of us watch YouTube videos and you might also have a song playlist there. Even if you don’t use YouTube you might use other music services such as Apple Music, Google Music, Tidal etc. Now, when you are switching to Spotify, it would be really convenient to have those playlists transferred. Unfortunately, there’s no native feature in Spotify which enables transferring playlists from other music services. But you can always use a third-party app. Here is a website called tunemymusic.com, which imports the playlists from other music services onto your Spotify account in a few simple steps.
You just have to visit the tunemymusic.com website. In my case, I want to transfer my YouTube playlist to Spotify. So, I just have to copy-paste the YouTube URLs of my playlist. Next, it will load the video titles from your playlist.
Once that is done, you need to select the destination music service. In our case, it is Spotify. Select Spotify and login to your Spotify Account. In the next step, it will start moving the songs to your Spotify with the same name as the YouTube playlist. The final screen displays the songs successfully moved along with the songs it was unable to find. Since tunemymusic searches the songs on Spotify by the title, it might miss out on some songs. The miss ratio is like 1 out of 10 songs.
Yes, it’s free and works for both private and public playlists. If you don’t want to mention your YouTube playlist URL, you can also login to your account.
In case you want to transfer your Apple services playlist, then you need to turn on “iCloud Music Library”. Rest all the steps are similar for all the music services.
2. Share Playlist with Barcode
Spotify has this ‘hidden Spotify codes’ which makes it easier for friends to share music with each other. Spotify codes are generated for playlists, individual songs, and even Spotify users. To pull up a Spotify Code, just tap the “three dots” button on the right side of the screen while playing a song.
Now when you have the barcode, bring out your other phone. Open the Spotify app and tap on the search bar. You will see a camera icon on the right side. Tap on it to open the camera and hover over the Spotify barcode. Once the barcode is scanned, it will pull up the respective playlist, song or the user. The same playlist will pop up on the other phone.
The scanner also works effortlessly with photos and screenshots. So instead of physically scanning the barcodes, you can just send the screenshot of the barcode to your friend. What I like the most is that it works for songs, profiles as well as playlists.
3. Set Spotify Playlist as your Alarm
The best thing about Spotify is that it provides support for lots of third-party apps. Like, you could set your Spotify Playlist as your Alarm clock on Android. To do that, connect the native Google clock to your Spotify account. Now, if you are using a phone from OEM like Huawei, Xiaomi etc, chances are that they have their own Clock app. These custom Clock apps don’t support Spotify integration, so you will have to download the native Google clock app in that case.
Open the native Clock app and tap on the alarm timings to get the expanded menu. Once you have the expanded menu, click on the Ringtone option.
Once you are in the ringtone menu, you should see a tab called Spotify. Tap on it and you will see songs and your playlists appear below. In case you don’t see Spotify, make sure you are logged in to Spotify and it is installed on the same device.
From the songs below, you can choose and set a single song as your alarm ringtone. And you can even set an entire playlist as your Alarm clock ringtone. If you don’t find your playlist or songs, then you can also search for them by tapping on the search button. Another cool thing about Spotify is you will find playlists like the “alarm clock” which needless to say are made for Alarms.
Another cool Spotify trick is Crossfade music hidden in the Spotify settings. Now, crossfade causes an overlap between two songs. When the first track is about to end, the music fades in with the second track starting.
To introduce crossfade between songs, head over to the settings menu. Just below the offline mode, you should see the Crossfade settings. By default, it will be turned off.
To turn on Crossfade, just drag the slider. The Crossfade range is 0 to 12 seconds. Ideally, a good crossfade should be around 3-5 seconds but you can set it according to your will.
If you listen to Spotify on your computer, you can also setup crossfade from Spotify’s desktop app. Head over to the Settings Menu and you will find Crossfade under Advanced Settings. You can choose an appropriate Crossfade limit by moving the slider.
5. Play Local Music
And to top all of these, the desktop version also allows you to upload local songs. I listen to a lot of NCS or indie pop content on SoundCloud which I can’t find on Spotify. But I do have them download on my desktop. So, a better workaround is to link them to Spotify. So on Spotify desktop, I can quickly attach my local songs.
All I have to do is go to the Settings and turn on Local Files. By default, it picks up songs from default folders like Downloads and Music. You can add a custom folder by clicking on “Add a source” and then select the folder. Once done, you would see a folder called Local Files under Your Library on the left-hand side.
6. Device Controls
And while we are on Spotify Desktop, did you know that you can control your desktop Spotify from the mobile app? Well, you can and all you have to do is log in to your account on both the devices. Now when you play a song, you have the option to either play it on the phone or your desktop.
And It is not just limited to the desktop app or web app. If there is a casting device in the network, it immediately prompts you to stream music on that device. For example, I have Spotify installed on my LG TV. Now, as soon as I log in to my Spotify Account on the TV, I can see the device prompt on the Spotify Mobile App. When I select the TV, the music will start playing on the device. This is applicable to any is connected to the same Wi-Fi, so I just need to install Spotify on both the devices and now I can control the music playback from my phone. It starts acting like a remote for all other devices.
7. Spotify with Google Maps
Google Maps supports Spotify along with other music services such as Google Play Music and Apple Music. This isn’t turned on by default, though.
Say when you are navigating somewhere using Google maps. Now, in the navigation window, the default music player would be Google Play Music. To change to Spotify, swipe up on the navigation window to open the Settings. You should see Spotify besides Google Play Music. If you can’t find Spotify, make sure it is installed on the device you are logged in.
Now you can change your default media playback from Google Music to Spotify. So, you get to stream your Spotify playlists within the Map window. You could even search, play songs without even leaving the Maps window. The Spotify Integration with Google Maps takes the music experience to another level.
8. Smart home Integration
And talking about music experience, you can integrate Spotify with almost all the virtual assistants. Be it, Google Assistant, Bixby, Cortana or Alexa. Only for Alexa, you need to have a premium Spotify account.
Firstly, you will need to set up Spotify as your default music playback for the virtual assistant you are using. For example, to set Spotify as the preferred music playback for Google Assistant or Google Home, you need to go to Google Assistant Settings.
Once in, just tap on the search bar and type Spotify. You should see the Spotify app icon in the search results, tap on it.
When the Spotify app opens, you will see a Link button under it. Click on it to link your Spotify account with Google Assistant.
Upon clicking on the Link button, you will be redirected to the Spotify Permissions webpage. Click on Agree to allow Google Assistant to access your Spotify Account.
This will set Spotify as your preferred music playback and now you have to just ask Google to play any song. If I say “Ok Google Alexa play DJ Tonight”, then It just picks up these tracks from Spotify.
9. Archive discover weekly
My favorite feature about Spotify so far is Discover Weekly and their song recommendations. If you don’t know whats discover weekly, it is a playlist of songs that automatically appears every Monday in every Spotify user’s account. The Discover Weekly playlist is based on your song listening habits and it recommends songs accordingly. So the problem with Discover weekly is that the playlist refreshes every week. So the songs from previous week won’t be available the next week.
Anyway, to make sure you never miss your discover weekly playlist, you can use this IFTTT applet. So, this IFTTT applet saves all the song from the discover weekly playlist onto a separate playlist. It’s basically archiving your discover weekly playlist.
10. Identify music and play
And here’s another of my favorite hack. If I am in a party or somewhere and the music is pretty dope. I just open Shazam and let it identify the track and now I can listen to the same song on Spotify. Also, it instantly gets added to a Spotify playlist as well. Even Google assistant or Siri can identify tracks but Shazam has a better database than these virtual assistants. Also, Shazam is much faster in identifying songs.
11. Advanced Search
Although Spotify search works great, there are rare times when it misses. Suppose, I want to search for a song like “DJ Tonight”. So, there are many versions of the song sung by n number of people but I want the DJ negro version. So, I want the song “DJ Tonight” by the artist “DJ negro”. I can actually search the same by typing “DJ Tonight AND DJ negro”. This tells Spotify that I am looking for this song by that artist. It works similar to a boolean expression. You can also use “OR” and “NOT” and note that it needs to be capital or else is considered as a search term.
Not only you can Boolean operators but you can refine your search by year, genre, company label etc. I just have to mention it after the song name followed by a keyword and colon (“:”). So, the search query for pitbull songs in the year 2010 should look like “pitbull year:2010”. Another example would be if I want pitbull rock songs, then the search query would be “pitbull genre:rock”.
And to end this here’s a pro tip. Spotify is all about playlists. It’s like you create a playlist at once place and use the same on every fricking device. So, the more you start using playlists and stop searching for songs, you will have a better experience.
If you have any queries or issues regarding Spotify, let me know in the comments below.