How to Add Friends on Spotify: The Ultimate Guide

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Have you ever heard a fantastic new song playing in the car or at a party and wondered what it was called? Or wanted to discover new playlists and artists that match your music taste? Well, my friend, connecting with friends on Spotify is the perfect solution!

In this epic guide, I‘ll walk you step-by-step through how to find and add friends on Spotify on both desktop and mobile. Trust me, adding friends will take your Spotify experience to the next level. Let‘s dive in!

Why You Should Add Friends on Spotify

Before we get into the how-to, let‘s talk about why adding friends can supercharge your Spotify game. Here are some stellar benefits:

Discover New Music

Once you follow friends, you‘ll be able to see what they‘re listening to right now in your Friend Activity feed. You‘ll discover new songs, playlists, artists, and podcasts that match your taste since your friends likely have similar interests. I‘ve found so many great new tracks thanks to my Spotify friends!

Share Music

You can easily share music with friends by sending them playlists, albums, songs, or podcasts. I love making collaborative playlists for parties or road trips with friends too. Way better than sending links or files.

Social Listening

Adding friends makes listening more social. You can see opinions on albums and songs through your friends‘ reviews, likes, and shares. And you can react to their activity by commenting, liking, or privately messaging them.

See Listening Stats

Ever wonder which bands and songs you and your BFF have listened to the most together? Or how your music taste compares to a friend? Spotify tracks all of this when you‘re connected. Pretty cool to see who your kindred music spirits are.

It‘s Free!

Adding friends and seeing their activity costs zero dollars. It‘s included free with all Spotify accounts, Premium or free. Sign me up!

So in summary, connecting with your squad on Spotify makes discovering and sharing music way more social and fun. It‘s 100% worth doing. Now, let‘s get into the nitty gritty of how to actually add friends!

How To Add Friends on Desktop

I‘ll start with how to find and follow friends using the Spotify app for desktop. Let‘s do this:

1. Open Desktop App & View Your Profile

First up, open up the Spotify desktop app and log into your account. Then click on your profile name in the top right corner and select "Profile" to open it up.

2. Click "Find Friends"

Next, on your profile under the Friends section, click "Find friends." This opens the Find Friends page.

3. Connect with Facebook, Email, or Username

Now here‘s where the magic happens! You have 3 options to find amigos:

  • Connect with Facebook: Click the Facebook button, log into your account, and you‘ll see friends who also have Spotify. Click "Follow" to add them.

  • Search by email: Type in your pal‘s email and click "Find." If they have a Spotify account linked to it, their profile will show up!

  • Search by username: Enter your friend‘s unique Spotify username (a mix of numbers and letters). Hit enter to locate their profile.

Once you find your bud, hit that blue "Follow" button to send a request or directly add them if their account is public.

4. Send a Follow Request if Needed

If your friend‘s profile is private, first send them a follow request. Click "Follow" and select "Send Follow Request." They‘ll then have to approve you before you can see their activity.

And that‘s it, folks! Rinse and repeat to add more compadres on desktop. Pretty simple, right? Now let‘s level up and do this on mobile.

Adding Amigos on Mobile

The process of adding friends on the Spotify mobile app is very similar to desktop. Just a few minor differences. Here we go:

1. Open App & View Your Profile

First things first, open up the Spotify app on your iPhone, Android, or tablet. Tap on your profile picture in the top right to view your profile.

2. Tap the Settings Gear Icon

From your profile screen, tap the little gear icon to open your account settings.

3. Select "Find Friends"

In settings, choose "Find Friends." This will open up the Find Friends page we know and love.

4. Connect with Facebook, Search by Username, Email, or Name

You have a few options to search for your amigos here:

  • Connect with Facebook – Log into your account to find FB friends.

  • Search by username – Enter their unique username manually to find them.

  • Search by name – Type in their first and last name and tap "Search."

  • Search by email – Input the email they use for their Spotify account.

Once you locate your buddy, tap "Follow" on their profile to send a request or add them directly if their account is public. High fives, you just added a friend on mobile!

5. Send Direct Messages (Mobile Only)

Here‘s a super cool mobile-only feature – you can DM your Spotify amigos!

To send a message:

  1. Tap their profile pic from your Friend Activity feed.

  2. Hit the speech bubble icon.

  3. Type and send your message!

You can share songs, playlists, reactions, and have convos this way. Much better than texting links!

Pro Tips for Friending Like a Boss

I want to hook you up with some pro power-user tips to level up your Spotify friending skills:

  • Use Facebook linking to quickly find friends who also have Spotify. It‘s the fastest way.

  • Make sure you enter the exact username, not display name, when searching manually. Usernames are unique!

  • The email lookup works best if they use the same email for Spotify and Facebook.

  • On desktop, you can add multiple amigos at the same time from the Search Results list.

  • Both you and your friend should have public accounts for easy adding. With private profiles, you have to send follow requests.

  • Only add people you know and trust. Spotify is all about music, not social media networking.

  • Send direct messages on mobile to have private conversations and share songs.

  • Go through your Facebook friends list and add a bunch of amigos in batch! The more the merrier.

So there you have it – you‘re now a Spotify friending expert armed with pro tips. Well done! Next let‘s get into some commonly asked questions.

Frequently Asked Amigo Questions

Let‘s wrap things up by answering some FAQs about finding friends:

Can you see what your buddies are playing?

Yep! Once connected, you‘ll see their recent song and playlist activity in your Friend Activity feed on both desktop and mobile. You‘ll be discovering new jams in no time.

Do amigos get notified when you add them?

Nope! Spotify does not notify people when you add or follow them, so you can connect without them knowing. The one exception is if their profile is private – then they have to approve your follow request before you can see their activity.

How do you block someone from viewing your listening?

You can block other users from seeing what you‘re playing by going to your account settings. On desktop, click your profile > Privacy Settings > Block List. On mobile, go to Settings > Block List. Enter the username of anyone you want to block.

Name search doesn‘t work well since display names are not unique. Your best bet is searching by the person‘s username – the long string of letters and numbers that acts as their ID. Usernames will always surface the correct profile.

Can you use Spotify without friends?

You absolutely can! While friending enhances it, having friends is not at all required to enjoy Spotify. You can listen to all your fave jams and playlists, radio stations, new releases, and personalized recommendations without connecting with anyone.

Let‘s Get Befriending, Amigo!

And there you have it – you‘re officially a Spotify friending expert equipped to connect with all your best buds!

Adding friends helps you explore new music together and see what sounds they are feeling. You‘ll discover awesome new artists and tracks tailored to your taste.

Connecting is quick and easy on both desktop and mobile, so what are you waiting for? Start following amigos today and take your Spotify experience to the next level! Your music loving friends are waiting.

Any other questions? Hit me up in the comments!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.