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Share playlists via NFC with Spotify for Android

Learn how to use the NFC sharing feature available to subscribers of Spotify Premium.

The newest version of Spotify's mobile app now features a NFC (near-field communication) sharing ability. This new feature allows users to share albums, artists, playlists, profiles, or search results by tapping NFC-enabled Android devices together. However, it's worth noting that to get the best use of this feature, you'll want to be on a Premium Spotify membership so any shared music content can be played.

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To get started, you'll first want to make sure that NFC is supported and turned on for both devices. To do this, press the menu button and then Settings. When the menu loads, tap on More in the wireless area and check the box next to NFC. If you don't see this option, just look around in the wireless settings for the NFC menu item. Do this step for both Android devices.

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Next, open the Spotify app on one of the Android devices and then navigate to one of the page types that can be shared (albums, artists, playlists, profiles, or search results). If you're listening to a track from an album, you can tap the small gray triangle near the song title at the bottom of the screen to open the album or artist page. 

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You can also add another song to a playlist before sharing it using this same method.

This is what you'll see when your Android is ready to share with a friend's Android. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Tap your Android with your friend's Android and then press on the appropriate screen to send the album or playlist information.

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You or your friend will see the what's been sent pop-up on the screen. From there, just press the menu button and either add it as a playlist or just to the queue.

That's it. Now you can both easily share what you like to listen to by tapping Androids together. This is definitely faster than writing a note for each album or playlist -- provided NFC is already turned on or several albums/playlists are being shared in a short period of time.