November 14

How To Change a Spotify Playlist Picture on Mobile


One of the cool features of Spotify is being able to add a personalized image to your playlists. While this is fairly straightforward on Spotify’s desktop app, I wondered why so many people search for how to change their playlist pictures on mobile?

Spotify does not allow you to pick your own playlist cover picture on mobile. This feature is only available in the desktop app. On mobile, Spotify uses the album cover image of the first song in your playlist, or it creates a collage out of the album covers of the first four songs in the playlist.

So for playlists that have three or fewer tracks, Spotify uses the album artwork that the first track in your list is taken from. If you have four or more tracks in your list, Spotify creates a collage from the first four tracks. 

You, therefore, have three options for changing the cover image of your playlist on mobile. Your first option is to re-order the songs in your list and have a different song at the top of the list. You can do this by following these steps...

Change a Spotify Playlist Picture on Mobile

Open the Spotify App on your mobile.

Select ‘Your Library’ from the bottom menu.

Choose the Playlist you want to alter.

Click on the ellipsis under the Playlist name.

Edit the Playlist.

Press the three lines to the right of a song.

Drag the song up or down to rearrange your list.

Click 'Save' and check the results.

The second option is to rearrange the first four songs in your list and this will alter the collage that Spotify creates based on those first 4 tracks. 

If neither of these options suits your needs, and you are hellbent on using your own image for your playlist, then here’s how to change the image in the desktop version of the app. Doing this will update your playlist cover image on mobile too.

Change Your Spotify Playlist Cover Image on Desktop

Open the Spotify app on your computer.

Choose your Playlist from the menu on the right.

Click on the current image to open the edit box.

Click on the ellipsis in the corner of the image.

Select Replace Image.

Choose a new image from your computer.

Clicking Open will update the image.

Check the playlist on your mobile app.

Choose the Playlist you want to alter.

Click on the ellipsis under the Playlist name.

One final thing to note is you can only use JPG images for playlists. Spotify does not allow different image formats such as PNG.

I hope you found this article useful. Let me know in the comments below if you this works for you and if you have any other apps you'd like me to write about.

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