How to Turn Off Explicit on Spotify?

Listening to music on Spotify can be an enjoyable experience. However, some users may prefer not to hear songs with explicit lyrics. Thankfully, Spotify has settings to block explicit music content.

In this guide, we’ll walk through the simple steps to turn off explicit content in both the desktop and mobile Spotify apps.

Enabling the Explicit Content Filter

Spotify enables you to filter out songs marked as explicit so they won’t play in playlists or radio stations. Here’s how to turn this filter on:

On Desktop

  • Launch the Spotify application on your computer, whether it’s a Mac or PC.
  • Click on Edit in the top menu.
  • Select Preferences.
  • Click on the Explicit Content Filter toggle to enable it.
  • Click OK to save the changes.

The toggle will turn green when enabled. Now explicit songs will be filtered from playlists, albums, and radio stations.

On Mobile

  • Access the Spotify application on your iPhone, iPad, or Android gadget.
  • Tap on Settings in the top right.
  • Tap Explicit Content Filter.
  • Toggle on Enable to filter explicit content.

The filter is now active. Explicit badges will no longer appear beside songs, indicating they won’t play.

Choosing Settings For Individual Playlists

Beyond the global filter, you can also choose whether or not to allow explicit songs on a playlist-by-playlist basis:

On Desktop

  • Right-click on the playlist and choose Edit Playlist.
  • Click the switch next to Allow explicit content to disable it.
  • Click Save to apply the change.

On Mobile

  • Open the playlist and tap the three dots beside it.
  • Choose Edit playlist.
  • Toggle off the Allow explicit content option.
  • Tap SAVE to update the playlist.

Now explicit songs will be skipped when that playlist is played, even if you keep explicit content enabled globally.

Blocking Individual Artists and Songs

If you want to block particular artists or songs rather than all explicit content, Spotify allows you to do that too:

On Desktop

  • Right-click on the artist, album, or song you want to block.
  • Select Don’t play this artist or Don’t play this song.

This will prompt a pop-up that asks if you want to permanently block that content unless you later remove the restriction. Confirm by clicking Don’t play.

On Mobile

  • Tap the three dots beside an artist, album, or song to bring up options.
  • Choose Don’t play this artist or Don’t play this song.
  • Confirm you want to block the content.

These steps will ensure the specific artist, album, or song you selected doesn’t play again. If you change your mind, you can reverse this at a later time.

Managing Blocked Artists and Songs

If you want to remove an artist, album, or song from your blocking list, follow these instructions:

On Desktop

  • Head to the upper right corner and click on the icon that looks like a gear to access the Settings.
  • Select Blocked Artists.
  • Find the content you want to unblock and click Unblock.

On Mobile

  • Tap Settings.
  • Choose Blocked Artists & Songs
  • Tap UNBLOCK to allow that artist, album, or song to again.

Unblocking the content means it will appear again in playlists and radio stations.

Resetting Explicit Content Settings

If you ever want to completely reset your explicit content configurations, deleting all blocked artists, songs, and personalized settings, follow these steps:

On Desktop

  • Go to Settings and open the Blocked Artists tab.
  • At the bottom, click Remove all blocked artists & songs.
  • Go back to Settings > Preferences and toggle the Explicit Content Filter back off.

On Mobile

  • Open the app Settings and go to Blocked Artists & Songs.
  • Tap Remove All at the bottom to delete blocked content.
  • Return to the main Settings menu, go to Explicit Content Filter, and toggle to Disable.

This will restore your original default settings, including playing explicit song content once more.

Enabling Explicit Content for Spotify Kids

Spotify Kids is a separate app that filters out all explicit content automatically. If your child has a Spotify Kids profile that you manage, you can choose to enable explicit songs by:

  • Going to the Spotify Kids website and logging in as a parent.
  • Click on your kid’s profile.
  • Toggle Restrict explicit content off.

Save the change. Now your child’s Spotify Kids session will no longer block explicit language and themes.

Listening Responsibly

While Spotify offers options to filter explicit content, it’s ultimately up to users to decide what’s appropriate for them to listen to.

Parents may use restrictions to prevent children from accessing mature content. But when used wisely in moderation, the choice remains safely in the listener’s hands.


Spotify offers customizable settings for blocking inappropriate or explicit content as needed. The global filter disables explicit songs site-wide, while individual playlists can override this. You can also block particular artists, albums, or tracks.

If you ever want to reset and resume playing all content again, you can remove restrictions site-wide or on specific artists.

So tailor Spotify to your preferences by using these explicit filters appropriately. The control is in your hands to cultivate the listening experience you want.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can Spotify detect when you try to play blocked or restricted songs?

No, Spotify does not monitor attempts to play blocked content. The songs simply won’t load, skipping to the next track instead without any alerts or messages to the user.

Can the primary account holder restrict explicit content just for child accounts?

Yes! The account holder can toggle explicit filters for specific child and family member profiles without limiting their experience.

Does Spotify Kids have the same content controls for parents to use?

Spotify Kids automatically filters all explicit content without an option. Parents can optionally enable explicit songs specifically in the Kids app.

Will turning off explicit content affect the music suggestions and recommendations I receive?

Yes, disabling the explicit filter improves recommendations. With more data from restricted songs, Spotify can better customize suggested artists, playlists, and radio stations to match users’ listening history and preferences fully.

Can I restrict not only explicit songs but also other mature themes like violence, drugs, etc?

Unfortunately no – Spotify’s content filtering works solely based on their ‘explicit’ tag, not broader themes. Parents still need to supervise kids’ listening accordingly beyond just the explicit setting precautions.

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