Whether you’re planning to merge one playlist with another, or take another user’s playlist and turn it into your own, knowing how to copy a playlist can be a really useful trick for Spotify users to learn.
To find out how to do it, just follow our tutorials below. For any additional queries or information, see our FAQs at the end of this article.
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How to copy a Spotify playlist (Android/iOS)
Now, unfortunately, the process for copying playlists on the mobile version of Spotify is pretty-painstaking.
- Open up the Spotify app on your Android or iOS device, and if prompted, sign in
- Locate the playlist you wish to copy, either by searching for it via the ‘Search’ button bottom-centre, or by finding it on your homepage or in your library, via the ‘Your Library’ button bottom-right
- Once you’ve located the playlist you wish to copy, open it up
- Tap the three vertical dots to the right of the first song in the list
- Next, from the pop-up menu, tap ‘Add to Playlist’
- Lastly, select the new playlist you want to copy this song to
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each and every song in the playlist until you’re done
How to copy a Spotify playlist (Desktop)
Thankfully, the process is much more streamlined and versatile on the desktop Spotify app
- Open up the Spotify app on your desktop PC and if prompted sign in
- Locate the playlist you wish to copy, either via the ‘Search’ function, or by locating it in Your Library. When you’ve found it, click on it’s name to open it up
- Now, click on the first song in the playlist
- Next, hold down SHIFT on your keyboard, and using your keyboards up and down arrows, highlight as much or as little of the playlist as you like. Release the keys once you’ve finalised your selection
- Lastly, right-click anywhere within the highlighted selection
- From the pop-up menu, select ‘Add to playlist’ to copy all of the highlighted songs from this playlist into another.
- If you wish to copy Playlist A to a ‘New Playlist’ then select this option at the top of the list of playlists which populates out from the ‘Add to playlist’ menu option. A new playlist with all of the songs from Playlist A will now appear in your library, it will probably bear the name of the first song in the original playlist list
And there you have it! Whether doing it song by song on the mobile version of the app, or all at once thanks to the joys of having a keyboard handy when using the desktop version, our tutorial makes it super easy to copy a Spotify playlist.
If you want any more information, or have any as yet unanswered questions, please see our FAQs below.
Frequently asked questions
What is Spotify?
Spotify is one of the world’s largest, most popular, and most readily accessible music and podcast streaming services, available to users online, as a desktop PC app, and as a mobile or tablet app for Android and iOS.
Users of Spotify can enjoy limitless listening to just about any musician or artist who’s ever recorded music. You can make playlists (which you can edit and share with friends), follow artists, like songs, catch the latest albums, and stream your favorite podcasts, all on the same free-to-use app.
Spotify Premium users enjoy added benefits such as ad-free listening, and multiple device use on the one account.
What is a Spotify playlist?
A Spotify playlist is simply a list of songs by any number of artists, compiled either by the Spotify team or by individual Spotify users (sometimes working in collaboration with others). All Spotify users can create playlists with any of the music available on Spotify.
Once you’ve created a playlist, you can decide whether to keep it private or make it public, whether to open it up so that others can add to it, or even change it entirely, what to call it, and whether to give it a cool custom display picture.
Playlists are great ways of collating your favorite music from a particular genre, or of showing someone you love how much you love them (in today’s era, when mixtapes are a thing of the past, the Spotify playlist is surely the new custom cassette!)
Why would I want to copy a Spotify playlist?
There are a good few reasons why you might want to copy a Spotify playlist. Perhaps the most common reason is that you’re looking to duplicate it or add its contents to a new playlist so that you can merge several playlists into a new super playlist.
Alternatively, the playlist you’re looking to copy could be a non-collaborative playlist of a friend, or of a user, you follow, and you might want to copy its contents so that you can make your own amendments to it in one of your own playlists.
You might simply want to copy the contents of a Spotify playlist so that elsewhere you can save the list, should anything ever happen to your Spotify account.