How to play

To play great music, podcasts, and more on Spotify, all you need is the app, or go to our web player.


  1. Open Spotify on the desktop app or web player.
  2. Use Search to find what you want. 
  3. Play any one of these ways:
    • Hover your cursor over a track and click the Play  button on the left.
    • Double-click a track name.
    • Click an album or playlist in Browse.
    • Click the green PLAY button below an artist, album, or playlist title. Click again to PAUSE.

Mobile & Tablet

  1. Open Spotify.
  2. Use Search to find what you want. 
  3. Play either of these ways:
    • To shuffle the track listing: Tap an artist, album, or playlist, then tap SHUFFLE PLAY (Android) or  (iOS).
    • Got Premium? To play in the order listed: Tap an artist, album, or playlist, then tap the first song you want to hear. 

Tip: Save your favorites to Your Library to find them faster in future.

  • Find playlists Made for you.
    Find playlists based on your music taste and the listening habits of others with similar taste in Home
  • Find playlists Made for everyone.
    Find playlists curated by music experts from around the globe in Browse on desktop or Search on mobile.
  • Listen to Spotify Radio.
    Get a collection of songs based on any artist, album, playlist, or song of your choice. Learn more about Spotify Radio.

Control your listening with Now Playing

After you start playing your music, control it with the Now Playing bar at the bottom of the app. 

Tip: On mobile devices, find Now Playing just above the menu bar. Tap it for a bigger view. 

Now Playing options

You can play, pause, and skip tracks as standard.

There are more ways to control the music with Now Playing too: 

  Like / Dislike. We use this to give you better recommendations. Also, when you like something, the song saves to Your Library.  
Repeat album or playlist. Select again for , to repeat song once. Select a third time to stop repeating. 
Play Queue.
Play to another device.

Can’t see an option? 

In the Now Playing view, tap  (iPhone) or  (Android) to find more options.

Last updated: 26 January, 2021

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