If you happen to use Spotify, chances are you are stuck in the same old routine, opening the app, selecting your playlist, and enjoying it. Over the years, Spotify developers have added a couple of neat features that help improve how you experience the app.
In this article, we’ve compiled a couple of useful Spotify features that you might not know of.
1. Allow Spotify to Complete Your Playlists
This is a handy feature for you want to create a new playlist for a road trip, workout, or any other situation but are running low on inspiration.
Spotify will give you recommendations to help you complete your playlists with more music you’ll like. All you need to do is open any of your playlists and scroll down to the bottom to see Spotify’s recommendations.
To add them to the playlist, simply click the Add button. If you want Spotify to chance the recommendations, click Refresh.
2. Enable Crossfade on Spotify
If you want a smoother transition between your playlist songs, Spotify allows you to do it with a feature called Crossfade.
To set this feature up, on your desktop app, click your profile icon and select Settings. Then, scroll down to Playback and turn on Crossfade.
You can set the crossfade effect between one and twelve seconds. While you may not get it right from the first time, you can always go back to your account settings and readjust it.
If you’re on mobile, go to the Spotify app, tap the Settings icon in the top-right corner, select Playback, and adjust Crossfade however you want.
3. Quickly Find an Artist’s Best Songs
So you’ve stumbled on an artist or band that you like and would want to check out more of their songs? Here’s a handy Spotify trick for you.
On the search bar, search for “This is Artist Name.” The best part is that you’ll find this type of playlist even for less famous bands or artists.
You can also search for an artist’s music released during a certain period. For example, searching for artist: “Beatles” year”1965-1970” will show you their songs released between 1965 and 1970. You can also skip the artist’s name and search for year:”1965-1970” to get a list of songs released during that time.
4. Start a Private Session on Spotify
There are days when you want to listen to music without having it included in Spotify recommendations. If you also don’t want to add new songs to the playlist created by you and your friends, the Private Session feature will come in handy.
On your Spotify desktop app, head to your Profile > Settings > Social. There, enable the Start a private session to listen anonymously option. The process should be the same on your mobile apps.
5. Share Podcasts With Timestamps
Instead of sharing a two-hour podcast and mentioning which part you found interesting, you could make use of Spotify’s timestamps. Pause the podcast and tap the Share button.
6. Use The Sleep Timer on Spotify
If you happen to fall asleep while listening to music, you can set Spotify to stop playing after a specific period of time. At the time of this writing, Spotify’s sleep timer is only available for iOS and Android applications. You can set the timer for a minimum of five minutes and a maximum of one hour.
To set up a timer:
- Go to the song that’s currently playing and tap the three-dot menu from the top-right corner.
- Scroll down and choose Sleep timer.
- Select when Spotify should stop playing.
Make the Most Out of Spotify
Now that you know more about Spotify’s hidden features, the only thing left to do is try them and see if they improve your listening experience.
Keep in mind that some features are only available on the Spotify mobile application, so don’t waste your time looking for them on desktop.