Explicit content

We offer music as the artist intends it to be heard, so it can sometimes include explicit content. Look out for the EXPLICIT tag on any releases.

Note: Our explicit content tags are applied based on information we receive from rights-holders. We can’t guarantee all explicit content is marked as such.

Filter explicit content

Pick your device to allow or block anything with explicit tags.

Note: Explicit content settings don’t apply if you use Spotify Connect to play to another device.

  1. Tap Home .
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Tap Explicit Content.
  4. Switch Allow Explicit Content off.

Anything with an explicit tag is now grayed out. You can’t play it, and it’s automatically skipped.

Note: Explicit content settings don’t apply if you use Spotify Connect to play to another device.

  1. Click  in the top-right corner and select Settings.
  2. Under Explicit Content, switch Allow playback of explicit-rated content off.

Tracks marked as explicit now appear grayed out. It’s not possible to play them, and they’re automatically skipped.

Premium Family explicit filter 

If you manage a Premium Family plan, you can allow or block anything with an explicit tag for other members of the plan.

  1. Log in to your Premium Family page.
  2. Click on the member you’d like to filter content for.
  3. Switch Remove explicit content on.

Finding clean versions

You can check for clean versions of songs marked as explicit. Pick your device to learn how:

Search a song title to find any versions without explicit tags.

Note: Some explicit content may not have a clean version available.

  1. On an album page, scroll down to the bottom of the track listings.
  2. Find more releases of the same album in the bottom-right.

    Note: If you don’t see this option, there are no other versions of the album currently available on Spotify.
  3. Choose a version of the album that doesn’t have the EXPLICIT label.

You can also enter the title of the song into the search bar to find any versions that aren’t marked as explicit.

Last updated: 30 January, 2021

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