Spotify offers a really handy feature that shows you the songs and playlists you’ve played recently. However, your ‘Recently Played’ playlists on Spotify are not visible only to you; instead, everyone that follows you can see what you’ve listened to.
So if you want to keep your music choices private, you can either make a playlist private or remove playlists from the Spotify ‘Recently Played’ list. This is especially handy to know if you share your Spotify account with friends and family and don’t want them to know your recently played music.
Below, we’ll show you the steps on how to clear your Recently Played in a few easy steps.
Important update: Previously, you could find your ‘Recently Played’ list in the left-hand side menu under the ‘Your Library’ section. However, Spotify has updated the location and the option to remove ‘Recently Played’.
Now, there’s no option to remove individual songs from ‘Recently Played’. Instead, you can enable or disable the ‘Recently Played’ artist option in Settings. We’ll walk you through the steps where to find and how to remove the ‘Recently Played’ list below.
If you want to see recently played playlists instead of individual songs, on the home screen scroll down to the ‘Recently Played’ section and click on ‘See all’ in the top-right corner.
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Note: Unfortunately, as we mentioned above, you can’t remove songs and playlists from the ‘Recently Played’ list, but you can turn off the ‘Recently Played Artists’ on your public profile on Spotify.
Now people visiting your Spotify profile won’t be able to see your recently played artists. Check out how to stop Spotify from adding songs to your playlists.
There’s also the option to hide your listening activity on Spotify, which is above the Show my recently played artists on my public profile option.
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