Spotify remains one of the best platforms for streaming music and podcasts. Therefore, you can expect Spotify’s user interface to be easy to use and pleasing to the eye. Unfortunately, most users are not happy with the changes they have made. Get changing playlist covers on mobile, desktop or web. Many people don’t know how to change a playlist cover on mobile, desktop and web.
Creating, editing, and managing playlists should be easy and simple. It is one of the essential features of any music streaming app. However, many users were having trouble with how the new UI works and were unable to change the playlist cover in the Spotify app. We’ll show you how.
How Spotify Playlist Cover Works
By default, there is no way to select a playlist cover when creating a new playlist in the Spotify app. This applies to both web and mobile apps. The desktop app is more flexible.
Spotify will automatically create a playlist cover collage by taking the album cover of the first four songs in your list.
This is not very creative. You cannot select an image you like. However, you can change the playlist cover collage by rearranging the first four songs in your playlist. We’ll see how this works below.
The desktop app is the only place where you can choose any image as your Spotify playlist cover art. It’s not even one of the album covers of the song that you download from the web and is not necessarily one of them.
1. Change Playlist Cover in Spotify for Android
Open the playlist for which you want to change the cover and tap the three-dot menu icon to select Edit playlist.
You should now see three horizontal lines next to each song. Tap and hold to move the song up and down the list.
Save the changes and recheck the playlist cover.
2. Change Playlist Cover in Spotify for iOS
The steps remain largely the same for iOS users as well. Open the playlist that needs a new cover and tap the three-dot menu icon to select Edit.
You can now move songs up and down the list by dragging the three horizontal line icons next to each song.
The first four songs in the playlist will be used to regenerate the playlist cover art, unfortunately as with the system.
3. Change Playlist Cover in Spotify for Desktop
The steps are the same for both Windows and macOS. I will be using Windows 10 for this guide. Open the Spotify application on your computer and select the playlist whose cover you want to change.
You should see the playlist cover with the collage at work. Hover over the playlist collage image to display the edit button. Click once.
A pop-up window opens with options to change the name and description of the playlist. It won’t be obvious right away, but clicking the cover image should allow you to select an image saved on your desktop.
You will be greeted with the Windows file manager in a new pop-up window.
Alternatively, click the three-dot menu icon on the cover art to select the Change image option.
Choose your favorite image as Spotify cover and save the settings. The same should now be reflected in the Spotify apps on your smartphone.
Note: The Spotify cover art change feature only works on the desktop app, not the web or mobile apps. Strange UI choice that sees how most people use smartphones to listen to their Spotify collections.
Spotify Cover Art Facts
Spotify has not released any information about the cover art size or dimensions. Here are some details based on the Spotify community and their experiments. Take it with a grain of salt.
The image is square in 1:1 ratio (square), which is quite evident when looking at the cover image. Minimum dimensions should be 300×300 pixels; otherwise it will not look good. According to some users, the image size should not exceed 4 MB. And finally, the image must be in JPEG format.
Find the difference
Many people also use Spotify on their desktop and laptop computers. They like to listen to music while reading or working. Changing the Spotify cover art for them will be less annoying than for those who rely more on mobile apps. Still, there is a way to replace these auto-generated cover images and that’s a plus. Otherwise we’d be stuck and I don’t always like shuffling my playlists to change the cover art. This is too much trouble. But I know people who spend hours getting everything right. This guide should help them.
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