How to use Spotify's private mode

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If you don't want your followers to see what you listen to on Spotify, you need to use the private listening mode. Here's how for desktop and mobile.

It's great to share what we listen to with friends and family on Spotify; they may discover a new favorite artist or find they have similar musical tastes to yours.

However, there are times when you don't want everyone to know what you're playing. Maybe a mushy melody or an old piece of gold?



If you want to hide what you are listening to on Spotify, you will need to use the private listening feature. Fortunately, it's quick and easy to enable on both desktop and mobile devices. That's how.

What is Private Listening on Spotify

By default, anyone can follow you on Spotify and can see what you've been listening to - everything is streamed to your friends' activity feed.

Normally, that's fine. But what happens when you don't want your listening history to be public? This is where private listening comes in, a Spotify feature that allows you to have a "secret" session.

Once a private session is enabled, your activity will remain hidden until you restart Spotify or be idle for a long time.

How to enable Spotify private listening session on desktop

  • In the top right corner, click the drop down arrow next to your username.
  • click on Private session .
  • Will appear a blue padlock to show that you are in a private session.
  • Repeat this process to disable the private session.

How to enable Spotify private listening session on mobile

  • In the bottom menu, tap Home .
  • Touch the icon shaped settings gear in the upper right corner.
  • Scroll down to the section Social  .
  • Slide the private session su On .
  • Repeat this process to disable the private session.
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