Spotify is one of the best music streaming services. You also get a huge library of songs along with apps for each device. All of these become so heavy that you miss some hidden features. Did you know that you can listen to local music on Spotify, set your playlist as an alarm clock, and share profile playlists via barcode? These small tricks can make your Spotify experience much better. And on that note, here are some Spotify tips and tricks.
Spotify Tips & Tricks 2019
#1. Transfer Playlists To Spotify
Most of us watch YouTube videos and you can have a song playlist there too. If you do not use YouTube, you can use other music services such as Apple Music, Google Music, Tidal, etc. Now, when you are going to Spotify, transferring those playlists will be really convenient. Unfortunately, Spotify has no basic feature that enables the transfer of playlists from other music services. But you can always use third-party apps. Here is a website named tunemymusic.com, which imports playlists from other music services on your Spotify account in a few simple steps.
You just have to go to the website tunemymusic.com. In my case, I want to transfer my YouTube playlist to Spotify. Therefore, I only need to copy-paste the YouTube URL of my playlist. After this, it will load the video title from your playlist.
Once this is done, you have to choose the destination music service. In our case, it’s Spotify. Select Spotify and login to your Spotify account. In the next step, this will start taking the song with your name on your Spotify in the YouTube playlist.
The final screen displays those songs which go on successfully with those songs which were unable to find it. Since Tunemymusic has searched the songs on Spotify, they can remember some songs. Miss Ratios is like 1 out of 10 songs.
Yes, it’s free and works for both private and public playlists. If you do not want to mention your YouTube playlist URL, you can also log in to your account.
If you want to transfer playlists to your Apple services, you have to turn on “iCloud Music Library“. All other steps are the same for all music services.
#2. Share Spotify Playlist with Barcode
This is ‘Hidden Spotify Code‘ in Spotify, which makes it easy for friends to share music with each other. Spotify codes are generated for playlists, personal songs, and even Spotify users. To drag the Spotify code, just tap on the “three dots” button on the right side of the screen while playing a song.
Now when you have a barcode, bring your second phone. Open the Spotify app and tap on the search bar. There is a camera icon on the right.
To open the camera, tap on it and hover over the Spotify barcode. Once the barcode is scanned, it will pull up a related playlist, song or user.
The same playlist will pop up on another phone.
The scanner works effortlessly with photos and screenshots too. So instead of physically scanning the barcode, you can send a screenshot of the barcode to your friend.
What I like the most is that this song also works for the playlist as well as the profile.
#3. Set Spotify Playlist as your Alarm
The best thing about Spotify is that it provides support for many third-party apps. As such, you can set your Spotify Playlist as your alarm clock on Android.
To do this, connect the native Google Clock to your Spotify account.
Now, if you are using the phone from OEM such as Huawei, Xiaomi, then it’s likely they have their own Clock app.
These custom clock apps do not support Spotify integration, so you’ll need to download the original Google Clock app in that situation.
Open the native clock app and tap on alarm time to get an extended menu. Once you have an expanded menu, click on the ringtone option.
Once you are in the ringtone menu, you should see a tab named Spotify. Tap on it and you will see songs and your playlist will appear below.
If you do not see Spotify, make sure that you are logged into Spotify and it is installed on the same device.
Out of the songs below, you can choose one of the songs as your alarm ringtone and set it. And you can also set an entire playlist as your alarm clock ringtone.
If you do not find your playlists or songs, you can search for them by tapping on the Search button.
Another good thing about Spotify is that you will find a playlist like “alarm clock“, which does not need to be said to have been created for the alarm.
Another cool Spotify trick is the crossfade music hidden in Spotify settings. Now, crossfade causes an overlap between two songs.
When the first track is about to end, the music gets faded as soon as the second track begins.
To start crossfading between songs, go to the settings menu. Just below the offline mode, you should see crossfade settings. By default, it will be turned off.
To turn on crossfade, simply drag the slider. 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 desire.
If you listen to Spotify on your computer, you can also set crossfade from Spotify’s desktop app.
Go to the Settings menu and you will get Crossfade under Advanced Settings. You can choose a suitable crossfade limit by transferring the slider.
#5. Play Local Music
And to top all of these, the desktop version also allows you to upload local songs. I hear indie pop content on a lot of NCS or soundclouds which I can not get on Spotify.
But I download them to my desktop. So, a better solution is to add them to Spotify. So on Spotify Desktop, I can quickly attach my local songs.
All I have to do is go to Settings and turn on local files. By default, it chooses songs from the default folder, such as downloads and music.
You can add a custom folder by clicking “add a source” and then select the folder. Once done, you will see a folder called Local files under your Library on the left.
#6. Device Control
And when we are on the Spotify desktop, do you know that you can control your desktop Spotify with the mobile app? Well, you can and you will have to log into your account on both devices.
Now when you play a song, you have the option to run it on the phone or on your desktop.
And it’s not limited to just the desktop app or web app. If there is a casting device in the network, it instructs you to stream music on that device immediately.
For example, I’ve installed Spotify on my LG TV. Now, as soon as I log into my Spotify account on 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. It is connected to any Wi–Fi,
so I need to install Spotify on both devices and now I can control music playback from my phone. It seems to work like a remote for all other devices.
#7. Spotify with Google Maps
Google Maps supports Spotify with other music services like Google Play Music and Apple Music. It is not turned on by default, though.
Ask when you are navigating using Google Maps Now, in the navigation window, the default music player will be Google Play Music.
To switch to Spotify, swipe through the navigation window to open the settings. You should see Spotify in addition to Google Play Music.
If you are not getting Spotify, make sure it is installed on the device you are logged into.
Now you can turn your default media playback into Google Music from Spotify.
Therefore, you have to stream your Spotify playlist within the map window.
You can also search, even play songs without leaving the Maps window.
Spotify integration with Google Maps moves the music experience to the second level.
#8. Smart Home Integration
And talking about the experience of music, you can integrate Spotify with almost all virtual assistants. Be it, Google Helper, Bixby, Cortana or Alexa For Alexa only, you have a premium Spotify account.
First of all, you have to set Spotify as your default music playback for the virtual assistant you are using.
For example, to set Spotify as a favorite music playback for Google Assistant or Google Home, you need to go to Google Helper Settings.
Once, just tap on the search bar and type the 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 below it. Click on it to link your Spotify account with Google Assistant.
On clicking 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 favorite music playback and you now have to ask Google to just play any song. If I say “OK Google Alexa plays DJ tonight“, then it just raises these tracks with Spotify.
#9. Archive discover weekly
My favorite feature of Spotify till now is the Discover Weekly and their song recommendations.
If you do not know what is weekly, then it’s a playlist of songs that appear on every Spotify user’s account every Monday.
Discover Weekly Playlist is based on your listening habits and it recommends songs accordingly.
So the problem with weekly Discover is that the playlist is fresh every week. Therefore, songs from the last week will not be available next week.
Anyway, to make sure that you never miss your weekly search list, you can use this IFTTT applet. So, this IFTTT applet saves all songs from a weekly playlist on a different playlist. It’s basically storing your search weekly playlist.
#10. Identify music and play
And here is my favorite hack. If I am in a party or somewhere and the music is very beautiful.
I just open Shazam and let it identify the track and now I can hear the same song on Spotify. In addition, it immediately adds to a Spotify playlist.
Even Google Helper or Siri can identify the tracks, but Shazam has a better database than these virtual assistants.
In addition, Shazam is very fast to identify the song.
#11. Advanced Search
Although Spotify Search works very well, yet it is very rare when it misses. Suppose I want to search for songs like “DJ Tonight“.
Therefore, there are several versions of the song sung by many people, but I need a DJ Negro version. So, I want the song “DJ Tonight” by artist “DJ Negro” I can actually search only by typing “DJ tonight and DJ Negro”.
It tells Spotify that I am watching this song from that artist. It works like a Boolean expression. You can also use “or” and “no” and note that it needs to be capitalized or otherwise considered a search term.
Not only can you see boolean operators, but you can also refine your search by year, style, company label etc.
I mention this only after the name of the song after a keyword and the colon (“:”) Will Happen.
Therefore, the search query of Pitbull songs in 2010 should look like “Pitbull Year: 2010“.
Another example would be if I want Pitbull Rock songs, the search query will be “pitbull style: rock”.
And there is a Pro tip to finish it. Spotify is about all playlists.
It’s like you make a playlist at once and use the same on every fricking device.
Therefore, the more you start using playlists and stop searching for songs, you will have a better experience.
If you have any questions or problems about Spotify, tell me in the comment below.
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