Explicit content

Spotify includes explicit content because we offer it how the artist intends it to be heard. Look out for EXPLICIT or E tags on any releases.

Note: We can’t tag all explicit content because it depends on information we get from rights-holders.

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 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 anything with an explicit tag.

Note: Some explicit releases may not have a clean version.

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

  1. On an album page, scroll down to the bottom of the track listing.
  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 on Spotify.

You can also search a song title to find any versions without explicit tags.

Last updated: 12 August, 2021

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