Spotify tips

Access History in A Jiffy

Just yesterday I was listening to a soothing track by Peter Sandberg. Today, while I wanted to give it a re-run, I couldn’t recollect either the song or the artist. The history tab of Spotify acted as the saviour. And the best thing is that it’s quite easy to access — just tap on the queue icon and click on History.

Recover a Playlist

Delete for Playlist doesn’t come with a confirmation box and so it’s easy to remove a playlist quite accidentally. But rest assured, it’s quite simple to recover a randomly deleted playlist. Head over to the Account Overview and click on Restore Playlist. See, there’s no reason to panic.

Find the ‘Other’ Version

Spotify doesn’t censor music, rather it makes the songs available in whatever form they were given to Spotify. Many a time, few songs have two versions — clean and explicit. Good news is you can listen to both the versions i.e. if you are comfortable. Scroll to the bottom of the album and tap on ‘1 more release’. However, please note that not all songs have the ‘other’ version available.

Discover the Gaming Songs

As an avid gamer, I know the significance of songs that feature in games like Fifa or World of Warcraft. And it’s very rare to find the full soundtrack under a single platform. Spotify solves this by featuring a Game mode. This mode, available under the Genres and Moods, features soundtracks of most of the popular games like Farcry, Fifa or World of Warcraft and even soundtracks of retro games. Similarly, discover the perfect tracks for the gym in the running category.

Tweak the Crossfade Settings

If you are one who likes tiniest of gaps between songs, then a lower crossfade value will help you achieve your dream. This features beautifully blends the ending of the current song to the next song. Head over to the Advanced settings and drag the toggle down to the minimum. Or if you like to have a bit of space to absorb the soulful lyrics, then increase the crossfade value and you are all set.

Drag and Drop Song Links Anywhere

Found a cool song to share it with your buddy? Just long-press on the song and drag it towards any of open windows and the link will be automatically generated by Spotify. Quite hassle free, if you ask me.

Create a Folder for Playlist

They say organizing stuff helps in increasing productivity. So why not extend the same mantra into Spotify as well? How? Well, organizing the playlists into folders of course! All you have to do is create neat folders specifying the type and drag the playlist to the folders and you are done.

Change the Controller Buttons on PS5

The PS5 has an interesting Accessibility feature built that allows you to remap the buttons on the Dual Sense Controller to simulate any other button. For example, you can remap the L1 trigger to simulate the X button. You can remap every button except the PS, Create, and Options buttons. To remap a controller button, navigate to Settings > Accessibility > Controllers > Customize Button Assignments and select a button to remap.

Disable Trophy Screenshots and Videos

Trophy hunting in itself has become a sport and users acquire bragging rights among friends when they collect multiple trophies. Like every other trophy, I’ve won in my life only collects space and these digital ones are no different. The video and screenshots of trophies are enabled by default and take up precious space on the SSD. If you don’t care for the virtual memorabilia, you can disable those in settings. Navigate to Settings > Captures and Broadcasts > Trophies and turn off both ‘Save Trophy Screenshots’ and ‘Save Trophy Videos’.

Turn Off HDMI-CEC on PS5

Unless you use your TV with PS5 exclusively, the HDMI-CEC, or as Sony likes to call it, HDMI Device Link, would automatically turn your PS5 on every time you turn on the TV. Unfortunately, Sony doesn’t offer settings or options to trigger the TV into turning on when you power on the PS5. In practice, when I turn on the TV to watch Netflix or do anything else, the PS5 turns on and sits idly consuming power. Here’s how to disable HDMI Device Link. Navigate to Settings > System > HDMI and toggle off Enable HDMI Device Link option.