Spotify’s family accounts are gaining improved explicit content filters and parental controls

Parents will finally be able to toggle the explicit content filter in Spotify for any of their kids’ sub-accounts, a feature that the company says people have been asking about for years now.

While Spotify has had parental controls for quite some time now, they used to be handled on a per-device basis. With today’s announcement, the leading music-streaming service will enable parents to easily turn on or off and manage the explicit content filters for their kids, on their own device, by using Spotify’s new parental controls for family subscriptions.

Spotify is also adding a “Family Mix” playlist today.

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Hidden behind a password-protected section within the Spotify settings, the new explicit content filters for family accounts are only available to parents, who can now finally remotely manage and control the music their kids are permitted to listen to.

Unveiled back in 2014, Spotify Family Plan allows a family of six unlimited access Spotify’s Premium service for $15 per month, with each account getting its own personalized recommendations, playlists, listening history and so forth.

From Spotify’s media release.

Here’s an overview of what the Swedish company introduced today;

  • Family mix: Families will get exclusive access to a personalized playlist packed with songs the whole family enjoys. Family Mix is updated regularly and you can control who is in each session to optimize your family’s favorite shared listening moments.
  • Family hub: Billing users can now manage their Family’s settings in one place, including adding or removing family members, keeping your home address up to date and adjusting your parental controls.
  • Six accounts: Spotify Premium Family still provides six individual Spotify Premium accounts for family members living under one roof, meaning you’ll keep your own saved music and playlists.

The new parental controls for family accounts are available starring today in Ireland.

Spotify, which recently passed 108 million paid subscribers, has said this feature will be rolled out “soon” in other countries. If you’re already a Premium family user, Spotify will notify you as the upgraded family plan becomes available.

Apple Music already has explicit content filters for family accounts.

In iOS 12, parents can handle these controls for Apple Music in Settings → Screen Time → Content & Privacy. From there, you can toggle content restrictions on or off individually for music, movies, TV shows, podcasts, books and TV shows.

Apple and Spotify are reportedly negotiating a truce that would permit Spotify users to control music directly via Siri, a feature that is actually available to all third-party apps via the SiriKit.