Spotify menu on a smartphone on a bed of rocks

Spotify is home to tens of millions of songs. The music streaming service’s vast library helps ensure there’s something for everybody’s musical taste. Not all of these tracks are appropriate for young ears though, and this is something Spotify has tried to address in a new update.

Spotify has added parental controls to its “Premium Family” package (which costs $15 per month) so you can filter explicit content for certain family members. The update started rolling out in Ireland last month and it should reach all regions where Spotify Premium Family is available in the coming months.

If you already have the update, or want to know what to do when you get it, here’s how to set up parental controls in Spotify.

Parental controls for Spotify Premium Family

Disabling explicit content is simple and it works on a per-family member basis. Once you set this up for a family member, explicit song titles will be greyed out for that user, and they won’t be able to listen to them.

Only the Spotify Premium Family account holder may adjust these controls.

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Note that you can also do this for a single account, via the “Allow Explicit Content” option in Spotify’s settings menu. You can use this control if you share one account on a family PC, for example.

Below, you’ll find instructions for activating parental controls for Premium Family accounts on PC and on mobile.

Spotify menu on a smartphone in a person's hand. How to setup up Spotify parental controls.

How to set up Spotify parental controls on PC:

  • Visit www.spotify.com in a web browser.
  • Click Log in at the top right of the page and enter the details log into your account.
  • Click Premium Family in the left-hand column.

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  • In the People on this plan section, click on the account name of the member whose account you want to control.
  • On their profile page, click the Allow explicit content toggle (which is enabled by default) to switch it off. This will block explicit content on that person’s account.

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How to set up Spotify parental controls on mobile:

  • Visit www.spotify.com in a web browser.
  • Tap the hamburger (three lines) button at the top right, tap Log in, then enter your account details.
  • Tap the drop-down menu that says Account Overview, then tap Premium Family.

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  • In the People on this plan section, tap on the account name of the member whose account you want to control.
  • On their profile page, tap the Allow explicit content toggle (which is enabled by default) to switch it off. This will block explicit content on that person’s account.

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And there you have it, you should now have explicit Spotify parental controls set up for certain family members.

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