Spotify tips

Mute Your Chats

As simple as this sounds, I didn’t realize the Dual Sense Controller had a dedicated mic to chats with your buddies online, and a physical mute button. It really comes in handy when you need to have a conversation away from the game and friends online. Simply press the Mute button on the Dual Sense Controller to mute your mic and press it again to unmute. Along with a notification on the top-right corner of the TV, the mute button would glow red indicating the mic has been turned off. It’s a nice touch.

Browse the Internet on PS5

Even though the PS5 can do impressive stuff like play 4K gaming, 3D Audio, playing Netflix, and handling Blu-Ray Discs, the console lacks a simple web-browser. Technically, there is a crude web browser that lets you browse the internet but it’s buried deep in the settings. There are ways to browse the internet on PS5 as you do on your computer.

Take Screenshots on PS5 Quickly

It’s nice of Sony to add functionality to record gameplays and capture screenshots. However, there are times when you want to capture screenshots but the default method takes longer. We can easily fix that by changing the shortcut in the Settings. You can then instantly capture the screenshot by pressing the Create button once. To change the settings, open the Settings page and scroll down to Captures and Broadcasts > Captures > Shortcuts for Create Button and select Easy Screenshots.

Customize the Control Center

The Control Center is the newest addition to the PlayStation interface. It allows you to access frequently used items such as managing accessories, adjust volume, pause music, manage downloads, etc. All the options are enabled by default but you can tidy up your Control Center by disabling some of the items. It is to disable Game Base, Music, Network, Wi-Fi, Accessibility, Volume, and Mute buttons. Simply press the PS button once to bring up the Control Center and press the Options button on the Dual Sense Controller to customize your PS5 Control Center.

Learn to Use the PS button

The controller has gotten an incredible design change and has gotten impressive hardware upgrades. One of the major changes to the new Dual Sense Controller is that the PS button has more functionality than ever. If you’re upgrading from the PS4 then you would notice the button behaves very differently from the new Dual Sense Controller. Here are the actions triggered when you press, tap, or hold the PS button.

  • Press PS button once: Open Control Center at the bottom of the screen
  • Press and hold the PS button: Go to Home Screen.
  • Double-tap PS button: Open Most Recent Card.

Use the Old Dual Shock 4 Controller with PS5

Unless the PS5 is your very first console, chances are that you own a PS4 and Dual Shock 4 controller(s). If you do then you can use the previous-gen controller to play games on PS5. The controller shares a similar design and button configuration so you won’t have to learn new combinations. The only limitation of using the DS4 controller is that you won’t be able to play PS5 exclusive titles such as Spider-Man: Miles Morales or Astro’s PlayRoom. Check out this in-depth guide on how to use the DS4 controller with PS5.

Use the Made For You Section

All of Spotify’s genius recommendations will be available in the Made for You Section in Your Library. This is where you’ll find playlists that Spotify has created specifically for you. The Discovery Weekly playlist is especially something you should listen to, every week. You’ll find new music that Spotify thinks you’ll like. Just listen, discover and add the music that you like to your library.

Listen Without Sharing With Your Friends

Spotify is better with friends. You can turn on the feature that shares your currently playing songs with your friends. But what if you don’t want to share the playing music, just for a while? This is where a private session comes in. Go to Settings -> Social -> Private Session. And now for the current session, no activity will be shared. Once you’ve been inactive for 6 hours, the private session will end.

Delete Cache to Free Up Space

Spotify is one of the few iPhone apps that have the feature to delete cache. This is not the same as deleting your downloaded music. This is just temporary files that Spotify has built-up. Go to Settings -> Storage and tap on Delete Cache button.

Turn on Data Saver

There might be times when you don’t want to use too much data when streaming music. In such a time, go to Settings -> Data Saver and turn on the feature. It sets your music quality to low.