How to Create and Scan Spotify Codes to Share Music

Spotify codes are a great new way for Spotify users to share songs, playlists, albums, podcasts and more. With just a few taps, you can create a Spotify code and send it to friends. When they scan the code, it will instantly open the content in their Spotify app.

Let’s dive in and see how these clever QR-style codes can help you share tunes with friends!

Quick Answer: To create a Spotify Code, go to, log into your Spotify account, select a song, album, artist or playlist to generate a Spotify Code which you can then scan using the Spotify mobile app camera to instantly play it.

What Are Spotify Codes and How Do They Work?

Spotify codes allow you to quickly share music by generating a unique Spotify code. This code appears as a QR-style image that contains a link to songs, albums, artists, playlists or podcasts on Spotify.

To use a Spotify code, you simply open up the Spotify mobile app and scan the code using your phone’s camera. This instantly opens the linked content in the app. It’s a fast, fun way to share music, no typing required!

Spotify codes launched in 2021 and are available to both free and paid Spotify users. They currently work for iOS and Android devices through the Spotify mobile app.

Benefits of Using Spotify Codes

Spotify codes offer several advantages over sending traditional links:

  • Visual: The QR-style codes are easy to identify and scan. No need to copy/paste links.
  • Fast sharing: Create a code in seconds then instantly share music by scanning.
  • Works offline: Codes work even without an internet connection.
  • Link previews: See what the code links to before scanning.
  • Simple scanning: Just open your Spotify app and scan the code to play.
  • Share anything: Link to songs, albums, artists, playlists and podcasts.

Overall, Spotify codes provide a quicker and more visual way to share music. If you frequently share songs with friends, they’re worth trying out!

How to Create Spotify Codes on iPhone/Android

Creating Spotify codes in the mobile app only takes a few taps:

Open Spotify and click on three dots top right corner
Tap share to share Spotify code
Take screenshot of the code or save image
  1. Open up the Spotify app on your iPhone or Android.
  2. Navigate to a song, album, playlist, artist or podcast you want to share.
  3. Tap the “…” icon in the top right corner.
  4. Tap “Share.”
  5. A Spotify code will be generated for the content you want to share.
  6. Tap “SAVE IMAGE” or take a screenshot to save the code.
  7. Share the image containing the code via text, email, social media etc.

When friends scan your Spotify code, it will instantly open and play the linked content in their Spotify app.

Customizing Your Spotify Codes

When creating a Spotify code, you have a few options to customize it:

  • Select image or color: Pick a visual image or color theme for your code background.
  • Add message: Type in a short message to include above the code.
  • Share to Stories: Post your code directly to Snapchat or Instagram Stories.

Take advantage of these options to make your Spotify codes more unique and personal before sharing!

How to Create Spotify Codes on Desktop

Spotify codes and Spotify URI codes:

Spotify codes are QR code images that you scan to play songs/albums. They contain Spotify URIs - the actual text links to Spotify content. Spotify codes provide quick visual access to content, while URIs are the raw address data inside the codes that you get from

You can also create shareable Spotify codes through the desktop app:

  • Open up the Spotify desktop app on your PC or Mac.
  • Play a song, album, playlist or podcast you want to share.
  • Right-click on the item and select “Share” then “Copy Spotify URI.”

  • Customize your code with image/color options.
  • Right-click the generated code and “Save image as.”
  • Share the image file containing the code.

When using the website, you can also add a custom message above the code before downloading and sharing the image.

How to Scan Spotify Codes

Scanning Spotify codes to instantly play content is quick and easy:

How to scan code in Android
How to scan code in iPhone
  1. Open up the Spotify mobile app on your iPhone or Android.
  2. Tap on the Search icon.
  3. Tap on the camera icon in the bottom right.
  4. When the scanner opens, point your camera at the Spotify code image.
  5. Once scanned, the linked content will automatically open in the Spotify app.
  6. Tap the play button to start listening if the content doesn’t play automatically.
  7. If you have a Spotify Premium account, you can also select to download the content for offline listening.

Here are some tips for scanning Spotify codes smoothly:

  • Enable camera permissions when first opening the scanner.
  • Position the code image in the camera viewfinder so it’s clearly visible.
  • Try scanning in a well-lit area and avoid glare on the code.
  • Hold your camera steady while scanning to help it focus properly.
  • Scan codes from a printed page or bright screen for best results.
  • Double-check that your ringer/media volume is turned up before scanning.

Scanning Spotify codes to share and discover music is super simple on both iPhones and Android phones. Just tap the camera button and point your device at any Spotify code you come across to instantly give it a listen!

Where to Find and Scan Spotify Codes

Once you start creating Spotify codes, you’ll likely start seeing them pop up in various places online and in real life. Here are some common places you can find and scan codes:

  • Social media posts: Friends may share Spotify codes via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat Stories etc.
  • Messaging apps: Codes are often shared in texts, WhatsApp, Messenger, Discord etc.
  • Physical flyers/posters: Concerts, events and music venues may print Spotify codes on promotional materials.
  • Websites/blogs: Music sites and blogs may embed Spotify codes for songs or albums they mention.
  • In person: People can show you a Spotify code on their phone to scan.
  • Spotify app: Check the Spotify codes feed within the app to discover new music.

Whenever you see a Spotify code image, open up your Spotify mobile app and tap the camera icon to scan it. Remember to have your ringer/media volume on to hear the music instantly start playing.

Tips for Sharing Your Spotify Codes

Once you create a Spotify code, get the most sharing mileage out of it with these pro tips:

  • Post your codes on all your social media profiles using hashtags like #spotifycode #sharemyspotify.
  • Text or airdrop codes to friends and family directly from your phone.
  • Embed Spotify codes on your website, blog or newsletter if you have one.
  • Print out Spotify code flyers to promote your playlists and hand out at events.
  • Share Spotify codes of your released music to allow quick listening access.
  • Create event-specific Spotify playlists with a code for attendees to scan.
  • Use Spotify code stickers to decorate water bottles, notebooks or laptops.
  • Frame and hang Spotify codes around your home or office to visualize shared playlists.

With so many creative ways to share your codes, you can really have fun helping friends discover new tunes!

Extra Features for Spotify Premium Users

If you have a Spotify Premium account, you can take advantage of a few additional features:

  • Group listening – Start a Group Session from a scanned Spotify code to listen together with friends in real time.
  • Offline mode – Download a shared playlist, album or podcast using a code so you can listen without an internet connection.
  • Extended time limits – Listen to shared playlists and albums as much as you want without any session time restrictions.

So if you love using Spotify codes, upgrading to Premium enables extra functionality. But even free users can enjoy the core code scanning benefits.

Get Sharing with Spotify Codes!

Spotify codes offer an exciting new way to instantly share your favourite music discoveries. So open up your Spotify app and start creating fun codes to send to friends both online and offline. With so many sharing options and customizations, you can really unleash your creativity.

To recap, you learned how to:

  • Create scannable Spotify codes on mobile and desktop
  • Customize your own codes with images, colours and messages
  • Find and scan codes from social media, messaging apps, websites, printed flyers and more
  • Share your codes on social profiles, offline handouts, stickers, gifts and other creative ways
  • Take advantage of extra features like group listening (for Premium users)

Now that you know the ins and outs of Spotify codes, it’s time to start spreading the music!

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