Streaming Music, Podcasts, & Audio How to Add Friends on Spotify Find and connect with friends for a fun listening experience By Dave Johnson Writer Dave Johnson has been writing about tech since 1990. He's the author of over 2 dozen books and his writing has appeared in Wired, PCWorld, Business Insider, and many other publications. our editorial process Twitter LinkedIn Dave Johnson Updated August 23, 2019 Music, Podcasts, & Audio Audio Streaming Spotify Pandora Apple Music Prime Music Music For Your Life Podcasts Radio CDs, MP3s, & Other Media Tweet Share Email When you follow friends on Spotify, you can use the desktop app's Friend Activity pane to see what they're listening to and listen along. You can also see what artists they follow and share their public playlists. There are a couple of ways to find friends on Spotify, depending on whether you want to connect your Spotify account to Facebook. How to Turn on the Friend Activity Pane If you can't see the Friend Activity pane on the desktop app, Spotify's program window might be too small, so you should make it larger. The program window needs to be at least 1190 pixels wide before the pane appears. If it’s still not visible, make sure it’s enabled in Settings. Select the menu arrow to the right of your account name. Select Settings. In the Display Options section, select Show Friend Activity to turn it on. How to Find Friends on Spotify Using Facebook The easiest way to find and add friends in Spotify is to connect your Spotify account to Facebook. You'll be able to easily find and follow any friends who have also connected Facebook and Spotify. Select the menu arrow to the right of your account name, then select Settings. In the Facebook section, select Connect to Facebook. Enter your Facebook email and password. Spotify will now request permission to post on your Facebook timeline. Choose who you'd like to be able to see these posts, then select OK. In the Friend Activity pane, select Find Friends. In the Follow window, select Follow for each friend you want to add to your Spotify account. How to Find Friends on Spotify Without Facebook There are a lot of reasons why you might not be able to find and follow friends using Facebook. You might not use Facebook, you might not want to connect your Spotify account to Facebook, or you might want to add friends who aren’t using Facebook with Spotify. Whatever your reason, you can still follow friends without using Facebook at all. If your friend’s name is unique, you can search for it directly. Type the name in the search box at the top of the desktop app, then press Enter. You may see it appear in the top results. If not, scroll down to Profiles, then select See All. You may be able to find your friend in the list. If your friend’s name is more common, that might not work; you will need their complete username instead. They probably won’t know their username (it’s not what appears at the top of the desktop app). Here’s how they can find it, both on the desktop and on on their phone. How to Find Spotify Username on the Desktop App In the desktop app, select the username at the top of the screen. Select the three dots. In the menu that appears, select Share > Copy Profile Link. Paste the profile link in an email or text message and send it to you. How to Find the Username on the Mobile App Tap the gear icon at the top right of the screen. Tap View profile. Tap the three dots in the top right of the screen. Tap Share > Copy link. Paste the profile link in an email or text message and send it to you. How to Use the Username to Follow Your Friend Now that your friend has sent you their username, you can use it to find and follow them in the Spotify app. When you get the link, it will look like this: https://open.spotify.com/user/bbe2rxecvundivyf25u9mvuho?si=HeUvdwXjTtSpeCT02uIS2g The username is the part between "/user/" and the question mark (?). In the search box, type "spotify:user:[username]" In the above example, it would look like this: spotify:user:bbe2rxecvundivyf25u9mvuho Press Enter and you should be able to follow the friend. Don’t insert any spaces after the colons. How to Remove a Friend from Spotify If you want to remove a friend you're already following, you can do so with a couple of clicks. Simple find the friend you want to unfollow and select their name in the Friend Activity pane in the desktop app. Select Following and the text will change to "Follow," indicating you're no longer be following this person.