22 genius ways to fine-tune Spotify

Think you're already the master of the world's most popular streaming service? Think again...

Spotify's musical riches are so vast that it's easy to just swim in the shallows of its desktop and mobile apps.

That's fine, of course, but do this and you'll be missing out on a world of shortcuts, buried treasure and companion apps that can help make it an even more versatile music buddy.

Fancy getting Spotify to beat-match music to your runs? Supply the soundtrack to your PS4 games? Or automatically save your Discover Weekly playlists? Read on to discover how to do all this and more below.

We've started with some beginner tricks, but further on you'll find sections on how to boost your home Spotify setup, ways to make it your running companion, tips for getting Spotify in your car, clever ways to boost its music discovery powers, plus our favourite new Spotify apps and accessories. Let's get fine-tuning...



1) Embrace playlist folders

After a few years of Spotify use, your playlists can become a chaotic mess, with hundreds of them jumbled up in no discernible order. Get them wrangled by dragging them into named folders, which you can create by clicking File > New Playlist Folder in the desktop app. That's better. 

2) Narrow your search

Simply typing an artist name into the search box can deliver too many results to count. But you can focus your search laser by using the term “year:” then entering a range like “1990-1994”. You can also use modifiers like “and”, “or” and “not” for specifics like collaborations.

Who knew that typing 'Jay Z+Chris Martin' and 'R Kelly+Celine Dion' would produce search results? Admittedly they're not good results, but at least you now have the power!

3) Go offline

Streaming can eat through your data, so take advantage of Spotify’s download feature whenever you're on Wi-Fi. In the mobile app, hit the slider next to 'Available Offline' on a track, album or playlist and it’ll save to your phone.

This is a super-handy feature when travelling abroad, but on long trips remember that you'll need to connect your phone to Spotify's servers every 30 days to keep offline mode working.


4) Rescue deleted playlists

If you’ve rashly dumped a beloved playlist, you can retrieve it from the digital recycling bin of doom. Head to your account page in a web browser and click the “Recover playlists” option on the left. Just hit “Restore” on any lists you want back.

5) Up the sound quality

Spotify may never be beloved by the audiophile crowd (Tidal's probably more up their street), but if you’re a Premium user you can actually boost the default streaming bitrate (96-160kbps, depending on your device and connection) to a thoroughly respectable 320kbps.

Yes, you really will hear the difference.

6) Share the costs with your Spotify Family

If you want to cut the costs of Spotify Premium, the service’s Family Plan is the way to go.

For a mere RM22.40 a month (only RM7.50 more than a single Premium account) it gives you up to six separate, unique Premium accounts to distribute among your nearest and dearest. Each account can have its own library, playlists and offline music.

7) Import your music

If you open Preferences in the Spotify desktop app and scroll down to the Local Files section, you can import all your music files from iTunes, folders and various other sources – even if they’re not in Spotify’s own library. A great way to add that 80s Romanian grindcore band to your collection.