5 Advanced Tips & Tricks for Spotify

This detailed and step by step guide will show you 5 different advanced tips and tricks for getting the most of of your Spotify subscription.

Some are recent additions to Spotify, some are quite old but a bit buried.

Use a Sleep Timer with Spotify

Buried deep within the Spotify options is the ability to set a timer to turn Spotify off after a certain period. Here’s how –

  1. Start playing a track or playlist and tap the “3 dots” button (see screenshot below) located in the upper-right corner of the app.
  2. Spotify mobile app with an arrow pointing to the 3 dots button

  3. Scroll all the way down to the last of the options and then select Sleep timer
  4. Spotify track options

  5. Choose how long you’d like Spotify to play for until the audio stops.
  6. choose a sleep timer in Spotify

  7. After making your selection you’ll a notification will appear letting you know the timer has been set.
  8. Spotify sleep timer notification

  9. Now you won’t wake up in the middle of the night with music still playing :)

Find All Podcasts With a Specific Guest

This one is for the podcast addicts. It’s fairly simple but at the same time pretty powerful. If you’re a fan of a certain actor, musician, celebrity, influencer etc, you can find all of the podcasts that they’ve participated in by running a search in Spotify.

Open Spotify and run a search for that persons name. Typically I put the name in quotation marks so Spotify knows to search for that exact name. Once the results are displayed, select SEE ALL in the Podcast Episodes section.

Spotify search with a name in quotes

You’ll be presented with a list of all the podcasts with that person in them.

list of Spotify podcast episode search results

Edit Your Profile Name

For some reason Spotify didn’t want you to change your display name for quite some time. Now you can change your profile name, but you have to be using the iOS or Android app to do it (no, that doesn’t make a lot of sense to us either). Here’s how –

  1. Open the Spotify app on your mobile device and tap the Settings icon (the one that looks like a cog, see screenshot below) located in the upper-right corner of the app.
  2. Spotify mobile app with an arrow pointing to the settings button

  3. Tap the View Profile link.
  4. the View Profile link in Spotify

  5. Tap the Edit Profile button.
  6. the Spotify Edit Profile button

  7. Now tap the name you currently have set as your display/profile name.
  8. a Spotify profile name

  9. Enter the name as you’d like it to be displayed on Spotify.
  10. an edited Spotify profile name

  11. Now your newly set name will be displayed across Spotify – including the web, desktop client etc.
  12. an arrow pointing to the profile name in the Spotify desktop client

Organize Playlists in Folders

It wasn’t until I started using AuxParty a lot that my playlists became a bit unruly. After years of using Spotify I finally discovered that you can organize your playlists into folders – aptly named Playlist Folders.

Select File and then New Playlist Folder

the File menu in the Spotify desktop client

A new item will appear in your list of Playlists

a newly created Spotify Playlist Folder

Click inside the newly created Playlist Folder and give it a name.

a renamed Spotify Playlist folder

Now drag-and-drop Spotify Playlists into that folder. Ta-da! Instant organization.

a Spotify Playlist folder with several playlists inside of it

Use Spotify as an Alarm

Unfortunately this one is limited to Android users, but you can now use tracks on Spotify for your alarms. Just make sure you’re using the latest version of the default Clock app for Android.

When you go to set an alarm, tap the Spotify item from the menu at the top of the app.

the Android Clock app with Spotify highlighted in the alarm section

You can navigate through your tracks and playlists or use one of the specially curated tracks from Spotify as an alarm.

Spotify tracks in the Android Clock alarms


We have plenty of other tips and tricks for Spotify – from boosting the volume (iOS and Android) to creating Spotify Playlists from your YouTube “Likes”. If you’d like to see them all, just run a search for Spotify on our site.


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