Explicit content

Spotify offers 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. 

Filtering explicit content

You can choose to allow or prevent explicit content playing on your account.

Filter out content labelled as explicit with these steps:

Mobile and tablet 

  1. Tap Home .
  2. Tap Settings .
  3. Tap Explicit Content.
  4. Switch Allow Explicit Content off (gray).
  5. Tracks marked as explicit now appear grayed out. It’s not possible to play them and they are skipped over by the player.

Desktop

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

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

Remember: Content we identify as explicit is based on information we receive from rights-holders, so it’s possible some explicit content will still play even if you’ve blocked explicit-rated content. If you spot a song that needs an explicit tag, let us know by tapping  next to the song and select Report Explicit Content

Finding clean versions

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

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.  
 

Enter the title of the song into the search bar to find any versions that aren’t marked as explicit.  

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

Last updated: 21 August, 2019