How to Hide Your Listening Activity on Spotify with these Simple Tips

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Hiding your Spotify listening activity is a great way to protect your privacy, while it can also prevent your friends from making fun of you for your taste in music. By making use of the integrated privacy options Spotify has, you can get it to store less public information about you.

How to Turn Off Spotify Listening Activity

To hide the kind of music you listen to from others, open Spotify and go into Settings.

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If you have Spotify open on your computer, click on the drop-down menu next to your user name. Scroll down to the Social section and make sure you’ve toggled off the option that says “Share my listening activity on Spotify.”

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On your Android device, you need to tap on the cogwheel to access Settings. Once you’re in Settings, swipe down until you see the Social section. If you’re on your iPad (for example), you’ll need to tap on the cogwheel at the top-right -> select Social -> Listening activity.

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Make Your Spotify Playlist Private

If you don’t want to completely hide your listening activity, it’s also possible to just hide specific playlists. If you’re on your computer, there are two ways to make your playlist secret.

On the left side of the Spotify window you’ll see a list with your playlists and albums. Right-click on the playlist you want to make secret and select that option.

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If that side space is too small, it’s also possible to find the playlist by going to Spotify’s main page and scrolling down. Once you’ve seen it, right-click and choose the “Make Secret” option.

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On an Android device, the steps barely change. Find the playlist you want to make private and open it. Tap on the three dots at the top-right and swipe down until you see the “Make Secret” option. The same steps apply for iOS.

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How to Create a Private Session on Spotify

Creating a Private Session on Spotify can also keep your listening habits a secret. If you’re using Spotify on your Desktop, click the drop-down menu to the side of the username and go to Settings.

Scroll down to the Social section again, but this time toggle on the option that allows you to start a private session. On your Android device, select the cogwheel, swipe down to Social and toggle on Private session.

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On iPad you will also need to select “Social -> enable Private session.”


Privacy has always been an important issue when using the Internet, even if you’re only listening to music. With these privacy tips, you can keep your listening habits to yourself. Which ones are you going to use?

Fabio Buckell

Just a simple guy that can't enough of Technology in general and is always surrounded by at least one Android and iOS device. I'm a Pizza addict as well.