How to See and Clear Listening History on Spotify

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February 6, 2024

“I really enjoy some of the suggestions after finishing an album, but sometimes I can’t find those songs later on. Is there a way to see my Spotify listening history so I can find those tracks?”

Absolutely. Spotify provides a feature known as “Recently Played” or listening history for this purpose. In this article, we’ll guide you on how to find your Spotify listening history on both mobile devices and desktops. While Spotify currently doesn’t provide an option to delete songs or clear the listening history, there are alternatives to avoid misleading recommendations from certain songs in your recently played.

Contents

  1. Why You Need the Listening History Feature
  2. How to See Your Spotify Listening History
  3. How to Get Your Entire Spotify Listening History
  4. Can You Remove a Song or Clear your Spotify History
  5. How to Clear Your Spotify Listening History

Part 1. Why You Need the Listening History Feature

The listening history on music streaming platforms like Spotify is a convenient feature with several benefits. One of them is the ability to rediscover your favorite songs by reviewing what you’ve recently listened to. This can be particularly helpful for finding tracks you might have forgotten but wish to listen to again. It also facilitates playlist creation based on your recent preferences, making it easier to add tracks to playlists without searching for each song individually.

Moreover, Spotify uses your listening history to offer personalized recommendations. By analyzing your preferences and habits, the platform suggests new songs and artists that align with your taste.

Part 2. How to See Your Spotify Listening History

Spotify makes it straightforward to find your listening history. There is a “Recently played” section right on the Home page of your Spotify displaying albums, artists, and playlists you recently listened to. If you want to see the specific tracks in your listening history, use the following steps on your mobile and desktop devices.

On iOS and Android Devices

To access your Spotify listening history on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device, follow this guide:

  1. Open the Spotify app and tap on your profile icon in the top left corner.
  2. Select “Listening history.” Then you’ll find your recently played tracks and playlists categorized under each date.

As of now, Spotify’s listening history feature allows you to view your past activity going back approximately two months.

On Computers

You can also see your listening history of specific tracks on your Spotify desktop app. However, the web player only shows the recently played playlists and albums.

  1. Open the Spotify app on your Mac or Windows computer.
  2. Click the Play Queue in the bottom right.
queue

  1. Select the Recently Played tab on the top. Your most recently played 50 tracks will be displayed. However, Spotify does not show the specific date when these tracks were played.
recently played

Part 3. How to Get Your Entire Spotify Listening History

As you may have noticed, the recently played list accessible through the Spotify app is not a complete listening history of your account. Nevertheless, Spotify offers a “Download your data” tool that allows you to request a copy of your personal data, including your “Streaming history for the past year” and “Extended streaming history for the lifetime of your account.” If you wish to access your complete listening history data, which includes track information and details about when and how you streamed content, follow the steps below to request it from Spotify.

1. Log into Spotify.com/account. Scroll down to the “Security and privacy” section and select “Privacy settings.“

privacy settings

2. Check the boxes below “Account data” and “Extended streaming history“, and click the “Request data” button.

  • Account data includes your streaming history for the past year, and Spotify needs 5 days to prepare it.
  • Extended streaming history is the streaming history for the lifetime of your account, including track information and details about when and how you streamed them. It will take 30 days for Spotify to prepare it.
request data

3. Go to your email inbox, find the “Confirm your Spotify data request” email from Spotify, and click the “CONFIRM” button. Then, wait for your data to be prepared for downloading.

Part 4. Can You Remove a Song or Clear your Spotify History

Unfortunately, You cannot clear your Spotify listening history or recently played unless you delete your account, nor can you remove songs from the Recently Played. While Spotify used to offer the option to delete songs from the Recently Played section, this feature was removed and has not been restored as of 2023.

However, if you wish to manage specific songs in your listening history, for instance, removing songs played during sharing your phone on a road trip or songs recommended by autoplay that you dislike, and you want to avoid them influencing your recommendations, there are alternative methods you can consider.

Part 5. How to Clear Your Spotify Listening History

Although Spotify currently doesn’t provide an option to remove songs from your Recently Played or clear your listening history, you can take alternative measures to prevent specific songs from playing in the future or reduce the impact of certain songs and playlists on your Spotify music recommendations.

Option 1. Enable Spotify Private Session

If you wish to keep certain songs from appearing in your Recently Played on Spotify, you can turn on Private Session before you listen to them on Spotify. By default, Private Session is not enabled. Once activated, the music you listen to during the Private Session will not be visible in your Recently Played, won’t be published to Friend Activity, and your Top Artists won’t be updated.

Please note that if Private Session is turned on, it will end when you restart Spotify or after an extended period of inactivity. This feature provides users with a level of privacy and control over the visibility of their listening history on Spotify.

Turn on Private Session on the Desktop

1. Go to the Spotify app on your Mac or Windows computer. Click your Profile icon at the top right and select Private session.

enable private session desktop

2. The Private Session is enabled with a padlock on the top of the screen.

private session is turned on

Enable Private Session iPhone and iPad

  1. Open the Spotify app on your iOS device. Tap your profile icon at the top left and select Settings and Privacy.
  2. Select Privacy & Social.
  3. Turn on the Private session. You can see “Private Session” shown at the bottom of your screen.

Enable Private Session Android

  1. Launch the Spotify app on your Android phone or tablet. Tap your profile icon in the top left corner and select Settings and Privacy.
  2. Enable Private Session under Privacy and Social.
enable private session android


Option 2. Exclude a Playlist from Your Taste Profile

The Taste Profile on Spotify is the platform’s understanding of your musical preferences based on your listening habits. It plays a crucial role in personalizing your music recommendations, including features like Discover Weekly and your Home page. Additionally, the Taste Profile contributes to personalized experiences such as Spotify Wrapped.

If you choose to exclude a playlist from your Taste Profile, both past and future listens from that playlist will have a reduced impact on your taste summaries and recommendations. Streams from excluded playlists will not be included in the top artist or track counts for Spotify Wrapped, but still contribute to your total listening time.

The exclusion of a playlist from your Taste Profile becomes effective within 48 hours. While some recommended content, like Discover Weekly, may not be immediately affected until the following week.

If you wish to minimize the influence of certain playlists in your listening history on your music recommendations, here’s a guide on how to exclude a playlist from your Taste Profile on Spotify. You can perform this action on your mobile and desktop Spotify app, as well as the web player.

  1. Go to your Recently Played on your Spotify Home and select the playlist you want to exclude.
  2. Tap the More icon (the three dots) of the playlist.
  3. Choose Exclude from your taste profile.
exclude from your taste profile

Option 3. Hide This Song on Spotify

If you want to prevent certain songs in your Recently Played list from being played in the future, you can use a helpful feature to hide the song from a Spotify playlist. If it’s an individual song displayed in your Recently Played, you can use the “Don’t play this” feature instead.

However, it’s important to note the following:

  • The “Hide the Song” feature is exclusively available on Spotify mobile apps, such as those on your iOS and Android phones and tablets.
  • The hidden song will no longer be played from the current playlist, but it will still be visible in other playlists.
  • The hidden song will continue to appear in the current playlist on other devices.

To hide a song in a playlist from your Recently Played, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Recently Played on your Spotify mobile app and tap the playlist containing the song you want to hide.
  2. Find the song and tap the More button (the three dots) next to it.
  3. Select Hide this song. The song will be hidden and will not be played when you listen to this playlist.

To stop a song in your listening history from being played in the future:

  1. Tap the song from your Recently Played section.
  2. Tap the More button (the three dots) of the song and select Don’t Play This. Spotify will not play this song again.
don't play this

Option 4. Download Spotify to MP3 and Listen Offline

Another effective way to prevent certain songs from appearing in your Recently Played list is to download them as MP3 files for offline listening. This approach also ensures you’re prepared for situations where an internet connection may not be available.

To download Spotify songs and playlists with or without a Premium subscription, you can explore a smart Spotify music downloader — Pazu Spotify Converter. This tool is designed for both Spotify Free and Premium users, enabling you to download all Spotify songs, playlists, or albums for offline listening. It can extract Spotify music and convert it to various high-quality formats, including MP3, M4A, AIFF, WAV, FLAC, and AAC. This allows you to enjoy Spotify Premium features within a free account and transfer the downloaded tracks to other MP3-compatible devices for added convenience. An additional benefit of using Pazu Spotify Converter is that the downloaded songs won’t be shown in your listening history.

Key features of Pazu Spotify Converter:

  • Download Spotify songs, playlists, albums, and podcasts with either Spotify’s free or premium account.
  • Built-in Spotify web player, no Spotify app needed.
  • Multiple output formats: MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV, and AIFF.
  • Download Spotify to MP3 in 320kbps.
  • Keep all ID3 tags.
  • Rename Spotify songs with titles, albums, artists, etc.
  • Multilingual interface.

Now, let’s learn how to use Pazu Spotify Music Converter to download and convert Spotify songs with a free subscription from the following tutorial.

1. Run Pazu Spotify Converter

Download, install, and run Pazu Spotify Converter on your Mac or Windows. Log in to your Spotify account with the built-in web player.

Spotify converter

2. Choose the output format

Click the gear icon on the top right corner. Here you can select the output format (AUTO[M4A], MP3, AAC, FLAC, WAV, or AIFF), choose output audio quality, customize the output path, organize the output files in various ways, rename output files, and more.

download format

3. Select Spotify music

Use the integrated Spotify web player to search the songs, albums, or playlists, you want to download. Click the Add to List button to load all songs in the album or playlist.

add to download list

4. Download and Convert Spotify Songs to Local

Click the Convert button to start downloading the Spotify songs to your local computer.

start downloading

You can download individual songs or batch-convert the entire playlist.

Download individual songs or specific songs you want

To download individual songs or specific songs of your choice, simply uncheck the ones you don’t want to download.

download individual songs-1

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Download the entire playlist/album

Check all the songs in the playlist or album to download them all.

download playlist

5. Find Your Downloads in the Local Folder

Once the conversion is done, you can find your Spotify songs downloaded as local files by clicking the folder button or directly going to the output folder you customized in the previous step.

find downloads

Note: The free trial version of Pazu Spotify Converter enables you to convert the first three minutes of each song. You can remove the trial limitation by purchasing the full version.