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How to navigate the Spotify Web Player

Do you prefer Spotify’s web player to the desktop app? This guide will help you use Spotify web. It includes everything you need, as well as what is missing.

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Spotify offers native apps for nearly every platform. However, it is easy to forget that there is also a web player. This is useful when you use Spotify on a Chromebook or have trouble installing software on your computer.

We’ll help you navigate the Spotify web player if you are new.

How to access the Spotify Web Player

Any modern browser can open Spotify’s website player. To access the web player, simply go to open.spotify.com using Chrome, Firefox, Safari or another browser. You’ll be able to see the preview of the webplayer, but you won’t be able to play any music until you sign up.

To sign in to your Spotify account, click Login at top-right. You can create a new Spotify account by clicking Sign up if you are new to Spotify.

You’re now ready to start listening to Spotify. The modern Spotify web player looks almost identical to the desktop app, thanks to an update in March 2021 to simplify the interface. Anyone who is familiar with desktop apps will feel at ease in the web player.

READ MORE: Reasons to Use The Spotify Web Player

We’ll go over the main points if you are new to Spotify. Many of the same advice from our guide for Spotify’s desktop application will also apply.

 

How to Find Music on Spotify Web

You can search for your favorite artist or browse different genres by clicking the Search button at the top left sidebar. You’ll find the Browse All section, which has dozens of genres. The topmost genres are listed. To view featured playlists, new podcasts, related podcasts and sub-genres, select one.

You can also use the top search bar to search Spotify’s library. You’ll be able to see the matching artists, songs, albums, playlists and more as you type. To jump to the appropriate page, click on any item.

The Home tab on Spotify will be filled with useful links that are tailored to your preferences. You will see your most recent playlists, Spotify playlist mixes created for you, suggested albums, artists similar, and much more. If you aren’t sure what to listen to, give it a try.

 

Spotify Web Artist and Album Pages

You can click on an artist’s name in Spotify to land on their page. If you are new to the band, the top will show the most popular songs.

Below you will see all the albums with Most popular releases. The standard albums, singles/EPs and compilations are listed below. To expand any list, click See discography to the right.

Further down you will find additional information about the artist including playlists, favorite bands, biographical details, and merchandise.

To see all tracks, open an album page on Spotify by searching for or clicking on one. On the right side, you’ll see each track’s length.

 

Spotify Web – Save Music to Your Library

The Your Library feature allows you to save your music and make it easy to find in one place.

Click the heart symbol that appears above the tracklist or playlist page to save an album or other user’s playlist. Click the heart icon next to each track to save it.

To save an artist, go to its page and click on the Follow link at the top. You can also add podcasts to Spotify’s library.

You can then use the tabs at the top of Spotify web to view your saved Playlists and Podcasts.

 

You will find a separate entry in the left sidebar for Most Liked Songs above your playlists. You can save individual songs to the library without saving the entire album.

Spotify Web: Managing Playlists

Spotify’s web player makes it easy to manage playlists.

To create a new playlist, click Create Playlist. You can then add songs by dragging them to the playlist name anywhere in Spotify. Alternativly, click on an item to choose Add it to a playlist > [Playlist Name]. You can add songs to a playlist or whole albums.

The left sidebar shows every playlist you have created or followed. To help you organize them, right-click on the list and choose Create folder.

If you want to share a playlist with a friend, right-click it and select Share > Copy Link to We have many other Spotify playlist tip that you should also know.

Spotify Web – Now Playing and Queue

You’ll notice the Now playing bar at the bottom of Spotify web when music is playing. You will find the standard controls such as play/pause, skip tracks and repeat/shuffle.

 

To make the album artwork larger, click on the small arrow located to the left. You can also click the heart button to add the current track as a favorite song.

The volume slider is located on the right, as well as icons for Spotify Connect and queue. You can see the queue icon to see what’s next. You can also rearrange and delete tracks. Right-click any Spotify song and select Add To Queue.

You can play your Spotify music from another device by clicking the Spotify Connect button. If you listen to Spotify using earbuds, your iPhone can play your Spotify music while you control it via Spotify web. This is a great way to manage your playlists on any device that has Spotify.

Spotify Web and Desktop: Differences

There are some features that the Spotify web player does not offer, but they are missing in the Spotify desktop player. They are not major but they should be noted.

The greatest loss is the inability to sort playlists. Spotify desktop allows you to order playlists by artist, title, date added, track length and other criteria. This feature is not available in Spotify web.

 

READ MORE: Spotify Tips and Tricks for Better Music Streaming

Spotify web does not support multi-select. You can’t hold Ctrl and select multiple tracks to add them to a playlist. This, combined with the previous, means that you shouldn’t rely solely on the web player to manage your podcasts.

The web version of Spotify’s player does not have keyboard shortcuts. To toggle shuffle mode, you cannot tap Ctrl+ L or CTRL + S. These extensions can be added to third-party browsers like Spotify Web player Hotkeys Chrome.

There is no option panel for Spotify’s webplayer. There are no settings that can be used to improve Spotify’s sound quality, such as crossfade and audio quality preferences. Spotify web does not allow you to download music to your computer (a Spotify premium benefit). This only works for the desktop app.

The Recently Played tab is missing from the Spotify web queue page. Also, play counts are not displayed on album pages. These are not major issues, but it is disappointing that the web version does not offer any specific benefits over the desktop.

 

Spotify Web: Listen to Music

You now know how to manage and listen to your Spotify music via the Spotify web player. The desktop app is recommended if you are able to, as it does not have as many limitations as the web version.

Spotify web is a great alternative to installing desktop software if you like web apps.

 

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