How to Make a Collaborative Playlist on Spotify

Learn how to create and manage Spotify's collaborative playlist. Easy step-by-step guide plus a few things you probably didn't know!
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Spotify has over 100 million songs available to people in 180+ countries worldwide. That’s fantastic. But one of the main reasons it remains a fan favorite is the constant addition of new features.

Since Spotify first launched in 2008, it has continually added options to keep its members engaged and coming back for more. Features such as Spotify Blend, Spotify Wrapped, Spotify Playlist Enhance, and Spotify Collaborative Playlist – innovative, cool, and actually useful! 

This article will focus on the Spotify Collaborative Playlist feature with step-by-step instructions on how to make a collaborative playlist on Spotify. To learn more about the other fun features that Spotify offers, check out our informative article Tricks on How to Boost Spotify Experience

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How to Create a Collaborative Playlist on Spotify: TL;DR Answer

The fastest way to create a Spotify Collaborative playlist is to open your Spotify app (desktop or mobile), click on “Your Library,” then the “+” icon, create a new playlist, tap the three dots on the new playlist, click “Invite collaborators,” and send the copied link to your friends. That’s it, all done!

What Is a Collaborative Playlist Spotify?

The Spotify Collaborative Playlist is a standard Spotify playlist that can be edited by several Spotify users. Anyone with the invitation link can access the playlist, add songs, or edit the existing tunes.

It works like this: you create a playlist like any other, click the three dots, and hit “Invite collaborators.” This creates the invite link for collaboration and makes the playlist collaborative. 

To clarify, the Spotify Collaborative Playlist feature allows every playlist collaborator to add songs, rearrange the order of tracks, and remove songs as desired. Every collaborator has complete editing access.

A Spotify Collaborative Playlist can introduce you to new songs and musical artists, keep you entertained during road trips, and create the perfect list of songs for your next workout. This also serves as a great way to get more songs on your playlist in less time, since multiple people have the ability to add songs. 

How to Make a Collaborative Playlist on Spotify: Desktop + Laptop

Here is how to create a new Spotify Collaborative Playlist from your desktop or laptop computer: 

  1. 1. Log into your Spotify account via the Spotify desktop app. 
  2. 2. Go to “Your Library” and click on the “+” icon. 
  3. 3. Select “Create a new playlist”. 

How to Make a Collaborative Playlist on Spotify article. screenshot showing how to create a new playlist that will later be made collaborative

  1. 4. Name your playlist. 
  2. 5. Click the “” and select “Invite collaborators”.

how to make collaborative spotify playlist article screenshot showing how to invite spotify playlist collaborators through a dedicated button

  1. 6. A “Link copied to clipboard” message will pop up. 

how to make collaborative spotify playlist article screenshot showing successful invitation for collaborative playlist and a message saying link copied to clipboard

  1. 7. Share this link via a text message, social media, Whatsapp, or email.

Your friends will now have access to your collaborative playlist and can start editing it as they wish.

For more ideas on playlist names, check our Spotify tips and our list of the best playlist names.

How to Make a Collaborative Playlist on Spotify: Mobile Device

Here is how to create a new Spotify Collaborative Playlist from your mobile device: 

  1. 1. Open the Spotify app on your mobile device. 
  2. 2. Go to “Your Library” at the bottom of the screen. 

how to make collaborative spotify playlist article screenshot showing how to opet your library on spotify app by clicking the button in the lower right corner

  1. 3. Tap on the “+” icon at the top right corner of the screen.

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  1. 4. Select “Playlist”. 

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  1. 5. Name your new playlist and hit “Create”. 

how to make collaborative spotify playlist article screenshot showing how to name a playlist on spotify app

  1. 6. Tap the “

how to make collaborative spotify playlist article screenshot showing how to find playlist invites

  1. 7. Hit “Invite collaborators”. 

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  1. 8. Select your option for inviting collaborators, including direct links, WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. Note that links expire in 7 days.

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Now you know how to use the collaborative playlist Spotify feature from start to finish. But did you know that you can also turn a pre-existing Spotify playlist into a collaborative playlist? Let’s continue! 

How to Turn an Existing Playlist Into a Spotify Collaborative Playlist: Desktop and Laptop

To make an existing playlist a collaborative one on your computer, you will need to be the creator of that playlist. Here’s what you’ll need to do: 

  1. 1. Log into your Spotify account via the Spotify desktop app. 
  2. 2. Go to “Your Library”.
  3. 3. Click on “Playlists”. 
  4. 4. Select the playlist that you would like to make collaborative.
  5. 5. Click the three dots (“…”).
  6. 6. On the dropdown menu, click on the “Invite Collaborator” option.
  7. 7. A link will be copied to your clipboard, and now you can paste it anywhere and send it to the people you want to add as collaborators.
  8. 8. Once the person receives the link and clicks on it, they can start contributing.

Make sure the playlist has the “enhance” feature set to OFF. You can manage this by clicking on the “enhance” button and ensuring that it is OFF. It’s impossible to open a collaborative playlist if the Spotify Enhance feature is on.

How to Turn an Existing Playlist Into a Collaborative Playlist on Spotify: Mobile

Just like with the desktop/laptop option, you will need to be the creator of the playlist you wish to make collaborative.

Before starting the process, make sure that the playlist has the “enhance” feature set to OFF. You can manage this by selecting the option “enhance” and ensuring that it is OFF.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. 1. Log into your Spotify account via the Spotify mobile app. 
  2. 2. Go to “Your Library”.
  3. 3. Tap on “Playlists”. 
  4. 4. Select the playlist that you would like to make collaborative. 
  5. 5. Tap on the vertical three dots option.
  6. 6. Tap on “Invite collaborators”. 
  7. 7. A list of options should appear. Select “Copy link”. A message should pop up saying, “copied to clipboard”. Your Spotify playlist link should now be copied to the clipboard and is ready to be shared with others. 
  8. 8. You can now share this link via a text message, social media, or email by sending the link you have just saved in the clipboard. Then your friend will have access to your collaborative playlist and can start editing as they wish.
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Create Spotify Collaborative Playlist with the New Jam Session Feature

Spotify Jam is a social listening feature that allows Spotify Premium subscribers to create a real-time listening session for their friends and family. Anyone can join a Jam session, regardless of their Spotify account type.

This is how you start a Spotify Jam session

  • 1. Open the Spotify app on your mobile device.
  • 2. Tap the Connect icon in the bottom-left corner.
  • 3. Select “Start a Jam”.
  • 4. Tap Share link”
  • 5. Have your friends scan the QR code. Or, turn the Bluetooth on so your friends can just tap on your phone with their phone with the Spotify app installed to join the Jam.

Selecting the Connect icon on Spotify
Starting a new Jam on Spotify mobile app
Invite people to join your Spotify Jam

You can also start a Jam session by tapping the three-dot menu on a playlist and selecting Start a Jam.

Once other users have joined your Jam session, they can add songs to the queue, skip songs, and pause the music.

You can also see who added each song to the queue. Premium users can join a Spotify Jam Session even if they aren’t in the same space as the user who created the Jam session. They can join the Spotify Jam Session anywhere in the world.

Related article: How to Make a Collaborative Playlist on Apple Music

Third-Party Apps to Boost Your Spotify Collaborative Playlist

If you’re looking for some added fun (and often humor) when listening to your Spotify Collaborative Playlist, you might want to try these third-party Spotify apps!

  1. 1) Tune My Music – Yes, our app! It allows you to transfer your playlists from one music streaming service to another. You can transfer playlists you love from other music streaming services to Spotify or even send your new collaborative playlist to other platforms.

    Tune My Music also has a Share feature that allows you to share your playlists with friends who use a different music streaming service. So when you make that Spotify Collaborative Playlist, you can share it with a friend who does not even have Spotify. Deezer uses our technology for its Shaker feature; it’s a great way to share your favorite playlists with your friends and fans.
  1. 2) How Bad Is Your Streaming Music – How Bad Is Your Streaming Music will turn your Spotify listening history into the snarkiest assessment you can imagine. It will give you a hilarious name based on your music preferences, like “k-pop-aficionado-still-watching-vh1-divas-live-clips-cool-carpool-mom”. If your Spotify Collaborative Playlist isn’t fun enough already, this app will surely do the trick.
  1. 3) Obscurify – This app works somewhat similarly to the Spotify Collaborative Playlist feature. It takes your music listening history and offers you suggestions on other songs that you may like hearing. So when adding this app to your music listening experience, Obscurify will basically serve as an additional collaborator in your group. 
  1. 4) Instafest — This app turns your music history into a beautiful music festival poster. It’s an artistic option for music lovers. If you are a music festival goer, you can turn your playlist into a colorful festival poster. This is perfect for turning your Spotify Collaborative Playlist into your private music festival with your friends.
  1. 5) Mutify – A unique and customizable way to skip past those pesky ads during your Spotify listening. So keep making that Spotify Collaborative Playlist with your fellow collaborators and eliminate the annoyance of having to listen to ads all the time. 
  1. 6) Hang The DJ – Another way to create a collaborative playlist. It allows everyone in your shared space the option to upvote or downvote the songs on your playlist. 
  1. 7) Boil The Frog – Possibly the most interesting of the third-party Spotify apps. It takes two musical artists (even ones in completely different genres) and connects their music into one seamlessly magical playlist. In other words, it connects the two different artists by slowly incorporating similar artists one after another in between. Using minor differences, it pieces these two artists together, causing the change in feel/genre to subtly transition. 

So, when you make your Spotify Collaborative Playlist, the difference in genre/mood between you and your fellow collaborators will become less noticeable.

Spotify Collaborative Playlist Feature FAQs

Is a Spotify Collaborative Playlist Public? 

Yes, Spotify collaborative playlists are public by default. When you create a regular Spotify playlist, it is set to “Public,” and that applies to collaborative playlists on Spotify. However, only the collaborators can change your playlist (add songs, delete songs, or change the order). 

Can More Than Two People Join and Edit a Spotify Collaborative Playlist?

Spotify will allow up to 1,000 users to join a single collaborative playlist. You shouldn’t run into any problems wanting to add as many friends/family members as you’d like to a single collaborative playlist. 

Is There a Limit to How Many Collaborative Playlists You Can Make on One Spotify Account?

To create a playlist on Spotify, you must have an account (either Free or Premium). With a Free account, the limit to the number of playlists you can have at once is 10,000. If you exceed this limit, you must delete some unwanted playlists. With a Premium account, there is no limit to the number of playlists you can have simultaneously. These same rules apply when creating Spotify Collaborative Playlists.

Are Spotify Collaborative Playlists Only Available to Spotify Premium Members?

No, Spotify collaborative playlists are available to all users, including Free and Premium members. If you’re hate having your music interrupted by ads, though, then you’ll definitely want to opt for the Premium membership. Check the details about the Spotify paid subscription in this article about Want To Know How Much Is Spotify Premium? Learn Everything Now!

Does Spotify Notify When You Add a Song to a Collaborative Playlist?

Spotify does not send notifications to other collaborators when you add or delete a song from a collaborative playlist. But, it does update the playlist in real time. That means that your other collaborators will automatically see any changes that you make to the shared playlists reflected in their accounts. 

Do Other Spotify Collaborators in My Group See When I Have Listened to a Playlist?

No, they don’t. There is no feature in Spotify that notifies the other collaborators when you have listened to a collaborative playlist. Spotify listening history is usually private to each user, unless you intentionally share your listening history.

What Happens to My Spotify Collaborative Playlist if I Accidentally Delete It?

If you accidentally delete a playlist in Spotify, it can be difficult to recover, as there are no “Undo” or “Restore” options on Spotify. To avoid this problem, your best option will be to back up each playlist. In the event of using a Spotify Collaborative Playlist, you will likely want to back it up as often as possible since changes will occur frequently. 

For help backing up a Spotify playlist, use our Tune My Music “backup” feature and never worry about having to lose a playlist that you and your friends love. Just click here to begin backing up your favorite playlists and save it into a file safe in your computer or smartphone.

Website home page of Tune My Music playlist transfer and management solution.

Here are the step-by-step instructions to walk you through the process: 

  1. 1. Go to Tune My Music.
  2. 2. Select “Let’s Start”. 
  3. 3. Select “Spotify”. 
  4. 4. Choose either “Load from Spotify Account” or copy the playlist URL in the provided space. 
  5. 5. Select which playlist(s) you want to back up. 
  6. 6. Tap “Choose Destination”. 
  7. 7. Select “Export to File”. 
  8. 8. Select your desired format (either TXT or CSV). 
  9. 9. Select “Export”. 
  10. 10. Tap “Start Transfer”. When it says “Transfer Complete”, a file will be downloaded to your device, and you have successfully backed up your Spotify playlist(s) to a file using TuneMyMusic!

Can Multiple Spotify Collaborators Listen to the Same Playlist at the Same Time?

Yes, more than one collaborator can play the same collaborative Spotify playlist at the same time. However, each of you will not get to listen to that playlist in real-time with one another using the same speakers. For example, your speakers won’t sync and play the exact song at the exact time. 

How Do I Remove Myself as a Collaborator on Spotify Playlist?

To remove yourself as a collaborator on a Spotify Collaborative Playlist, follow these simple steps: 

  • 1. Log into your Spotify account. 
  • 2. Go to “Your Library” and select “Playlists”. 
  • 3. Open the playlist that you want to remove yourself from. 
  • 4. Click on the “…” symbol for that playlist and then select “Leave playlist” to delete you from the collaborator list.

Or, you can:

  • 1. Select the users directly below the title of that playlist. 
  • 2. Click on the “…” icon next to the name of the collaborator you wish to remove from that playlist. 
  • 3. Select “Remove as a collaborator” or “Remove from playlist” in case you are the owner of the playlist, or select “Leave playlist” to remove yourself as a collaborator. 

When I Remove Myself as Spotify Playlist Collaborator, Will It Delete the Songs I Added?

Removing yourself as a collaborator will not delete the songs you had previously added to a Spotify Collaborative Playlist. However, it will remove your ability to make further changes to that playlist.

What is the Difference Between Spotify Collaborative Playlist and Spotify Jam Session Playlist?

Spotify Jam Session playlists allow you to collaborate on a playlist in real-time by adding songs to the queue without stopping the playlist. Spotify Collaborative playlists aren’t real-time collaborations and only allow you to create a playlist that anyone with the link can add, but not in real-time.

That’s why Spotify Collaborative playlists are better to be created before the events and parties you want to throw with your friends.

Can I Make a Spotify Collaborative Playlist With One Person?

Yes, you can make a Spotify Collaborative Playlist with as many people as you want, including just one. All you have to do is share the invitation link with that one person, and you’re all set!

How to Join a Collaborative Playlist on Spotify?

To join a collaborative Spotify playlist, you must receive the invite link from the creator. They can copy the link by clicking the three dots on their playlist and clicking “Invite collaborators”. This will get them the link, and they will just have to send it to you!

How to Make a Spotify Playlist Collaborative: Summary

And that’s a wrap on how to make a collaborative playlist on Spotify! Again, it’s easy. Just open the playlist, tap the “…” symbol, go to “Invite collaborators”, and share that link with your friends.

Did you like the tips in this article and want to know more about Spotify’s cool features? Check out our How-To Articles page for more articles about making the best of your music listening experience using your favorite music streaming service. Stay safe and enjoy the music!