How to Find Friends' Playlists on Spotify

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What to Know

  • Click Friend Activity to view what your friends are doing on Spotify.
  • Click Add Friend next to Friend Activity to add new people via Facebook.
  • The easiest way to find playlists without Facebook is to share the links with friends. 

This article explains how to find someone's playlist on Spotify and what to do if you can't connect to a friend's playlist collection on the service.

How Do You Find Someone's Playlist on Spotify?

Finding someone's playlist on Spotify is simple to do once you know where to look. However, there are multiple different ways of doing so. Here's a look at one of the fastest methods.

  1. Open Spotify on your PC or Mac.

  2. Click View.

    Spotify with View Menu highlighted
  3. Click Friend Activity.

    Spotify with View and Friend Activity highlighted
  4. Click on the name of the friend who you want to view.

  5. Click See All next to Public Playlists.

    Spotify with a friend open and See All next to Public Playlists highlighted
  6. View their collection and click on any playlist you wish to listen to.

How Do I Find Someone Else's Playlist?

If you haven't already added someone on your Facebook friends list to Spotify, the process to view their playlists is slightly different. Here's what you need to do to find someone else's playlist.

If Spotify thinks you have no friends on Facebook, go to Facebook and check your Facebook account is still connected to Spotify.

  1. Click the Add Friends icon next to Friend Activity.

    Spotify with Add Friend icon highlighted
  2. Find the name of the person you wish to add.

  3. Click Add next to their name.

    Spotify with Add Friend icon highlighted
  4. They will now show up in Friend Activity. 

  5. Click their name in Friend Activity or click your name > Profile > Following to view their activity.

Why Can't I Find My Friend's Playlist on Spotify?

If you can't see your friend's playlists on Spotify, this can be for a few different reasons. Here's an overview of the most common issues.

  • Your friends haven't made their playlists public. Not all playlists are public. If your friend hasn't made their playlist viewable by all, you won't be able to see it. 
  • Spotify needs updating. If you're using an older version of Spotify, you can still listen to music but some functionality may be limited including the ability to add friends or view their playlists. Update Spotify for the most reliable experience. 
  • Spotify hasn't indexed the playlist yet. There are some issues with Spotify indexing new playlists quickly enough on the service. If the playlist is newly added, give it some time before searching for it. In the meantime, your friend can share the playlist via the Share Playlist function directly.

How Do You Find a Friend's Playlist on Spotify Without Facebook?

If you don't want to connect your Spotify account to your Facebook account, or you don't have a Facebook account, you can still find a friend's playlist. Here are a few different methods for finding them.

  • Search for their name. If the friend's name is unique, type their name into the search bar at the top of the desktop app.
  • Look up their username. If your friend knows their username, you can search for it by typing spotify:user: followed by the friend's username.
  • Ask for a link. Your friend can share their playlist links with you. It's the easiest way of finding their playlists although it does require assistance from your friend. 
  • How do I share playlists on Spotify with my friends?

    Spotify makes it easy to share playlists with your friends and family. On the playlist you want to share, select the three-dot menu and choose Share, then choose how you want to share, such as in Messenger or with a link. You can also share liked songs by going to Liked Songs, right-clicking a song, and selecting Share.

  • How do I hide my playlists on Spotify from friends?

    After you make a playlist in Spotify, you can hide it by making it secret. On a computer, right-click on the name of your playlist in the left sidebar and select Remove from profile. In the Spotify mobile app, select the three dots below the playlist name and choose Remove from Profile.

  • How do you collaborate playlists on Spotify with friends?

    When you make a playlist collaborative, your friends can add, remove, or reorder tracks. Right-click the name of your playlist in your Spotify library and select Collaborative playlist. In the mobile app, select the three dots below the playlist name and select Make collaborative.

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