Ah, Spotify. A gift to music lovers across the globe, or at least so we think. In its infancy Spotify was a simple music streaming app giving users the opportunity to listen to music for free in exchange for tuning into the odd commercial. Users could also create playlists and share these with their friends via links.
However, as the platform developed, and social media took the world by storm, Spotify has increasingly added social features to the platform – which is great in some ways – and possibly a little annoying to users in other ways.
For example, starting a shared session with a friend is great in the pandemic as it can make you feel more connected, but watching everything your friends are listening to or allowing them to see your secret shower sing-along-tunes may not be for a lot of people.
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Brittany will be cool forever, however, if you want to avoid this type of conversation with your friends or even worse younger siblings who may wish to pollute your love for whatever-secret-tunes-you-listen-to-when-no-one-is-around, then stay tuned to learn how to hide your (never in our opinion) guilty pleasures. We will also go through how to avoid seeing other people’s ongoing listening projects if that ain’t your jam.
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Hiding Your Friend’s Activity on Spotify
When you follow someone on Spotify, whether they’re a friend, a page or a celebrity you can see what they are listening to on your friend’s feed. This however takes up valuable space on people’s computer screens and many wishes to use the space to see what they are listening to themselves.
If you are on a computer it’s super easy to hide your friends’ activity, just follow these steps:
- In the top right corner, next to your profile icon select the down-arrow
- Select settings
- Find display options and scroll to Show Friend Activity
- Change the setting here; green means friend activity is on, and grey means its off
Hiding Your Own Activity on Spotify
While we can argue all day about the rights and wrongs of people criticizing your music taste or teasing you for it (hint; they really shouldn’t), it still happens and with relative frequency. For that reason, you may wish to find ways that suit you for listening to your favorite tunes in peace without the prying eyes of others. There are several ways to do this, and we will discuss them below.
You can start a private session anytime from your phone, tablet or computer. However, note that your private session will stop after six hours of inactivity.
Whatever device you are using the process is the same;
- Start Spotify
- Open Settings (accessed in the top right corner of your screen)
- Scroll to social and select if the options are not immediately available
- Toggle Private session on
Et voila, you are now listening without anyone being able to see your secret pleasures.
Make a Secret Playlist
If you’re generally not bothered by other people seeing your activity apart from at certain times when you may wish for your song choices to be more private, then a great option is to make a playlist secret. Follow these steps;
- Find the playlist you want to make secret or create a new one in the Spotify app
- Click on the vertical or horizontal ellipses (depends on which platform you’re using)
- Scroll down to make secret -> select the option
- A pop-up will appear to confirm that this playlist is now secret
There is also an option in the social section under settings to make all new playlists secret. Below we explain how to access the social section of the settings if you wish to make this change to your account.
Hiding Activity Completely
This is the nuclear option if you’re a serious privacy buff. By toggling the option to Disable All Listening Activity, no one can see anything you listen to be it music, podcasts or playlists.
To disable your listening activity on a phone:
- Tap the settings icon in the top right corner in the app
- In IOS scroll down and select social, in android simply scroll down to the social settings
- Toggle the bar next to listening activity to turn it from green to grey or black
- Your listening activity is now disabled
- To re-enable it if you ever wish to do so Toggle the setting back to green
You can also do this via the settings on a computer, select the down arrow -> settings, then under social follow the steps above.
We hope this article has helped you understand how to work the privacy settings on Spotify to suit your listening needs, and Spice Girls, S Club Seven and even the Backstreet Boys remain valid options!