How to delete recently played on Spotify

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August 22, 2023

Spotify keeps a history of your listening activity, and you can access it directly through the app on your phone or the desktop app. You can see your most recently played playlists and podcasts right on the home screen, or check your entire listening activity over the last several months by digging a little deeper. You can find how to view your recently played on Spotify in the following parts.

How to delete Recently played on Mobile or Tablet?

At present, clearing the recently-played list on Spotify using your phone or tablet is not an available option. Nevertheless, there’s a workaround. You can maintain your privacy by utilizing Private Sessions and deactivating the Listening Activity feature. This will prevent your followers from seeing your recent activity. Here’s how.

  1. Open Spotify and tap Home.
  2. Tap your profile image and choose Settings and privacy.
  3. Tap Privacy & Social.
  4. Toggle “Private session” on.
  5. Toggle “Listening activity” off.

How to clear Recently played on the Desktop App?

  1. Open Spotify app.
  2. Click your profile picture on the top right corner and choose Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Social.
  4. Toggle “Start a private session” on.
  5. Toggle “Share my listening activity on Spotify” off.

How to See Most Recent Playlists and Podcasts?

Spotify makes it even easier to check an overview of your most recent playlists and podcasts. The home screen of both the mobile and desktop apps includes a recently played section with your most recent playlists and podcasts, but the mobile app is limited, and the desktop app allows you to access the complete list from there. You will see more of your history on the Desktop app.

If you want to see playlists and podcasts but not individual songs, you can follow the steps below to see your most recent playlists and podcasts on Spotify. 

  • Open the Home screen of the Spotify app and scroll down.
  • Locate the Recently played section, and tap SEE ALL.
  • All recently played playlists and podcasts appear on this page.

How to Delete Recently Played on Spotify?

This feature can be really useful if you’re looking for a song that you’ve recently listened to. It isn’t something that’s for your eyes only, but instead everyone who follows you has access to this playlist. If you want to keep your music habits secret or have a heightened sense of privacy, you can feel like this section is a bit invasive.

If you don’t want someone to see the songs you listened to, you’ll need to clear the entries from your Spotify “Recently Played” list by following these steps. However, it isn’t possible to clear your “Recently Played” list using the mobile app or Spotify web player, it is only a possibility if you’re using Spotify from the Mac or Windows desktop app. Once you delete the recently played on the desktop app, Spotify will also remove them from any linked apps (including on mobile).

  • Launch Spotify app on your PC or Mac computer.
  • On the left hand side of your screen, click on the “Recently Played” tab. 
  • In the “Recently Played” section, look through the content you recently listened to and find the song, album, playlist, or podcast that you’d like to delete. Hover your cursor over the cover and click the “…” icon, or right-click on the cover. 
  • Click “Remove from Recently Played.” 

How to Download Recently Played Songs on Spotify?

After you delete Recently played albums, artists, or playlists from Spotify, you won’t see your previously played songs. If you do not want to lose these songs, you can download them to your computer. However, the songs you download from Spotify Music with your Premium subscription account cannot be played on unauthorized devices or apps. But don’t worry. There are some simple but very effective tools to help you. Pazu Spotify Music Converter is the most stable and the best performing converter among various options.

Pazu Spotify Converter allows both the Free users and the Premium users to convert Spotify Music to different formats, including MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, M4A, and AIFF, so you can listen to songs on the go or edit them according to your needs. While you get the perfect song quality, the converted song ID3 tags will also be preserved. Pazu Spotify Music Converter adopts the most advanced decoding technology, which can support the conversion to be completed 10 times faster than ordinary converters. Now let’s find out more details about how to download and convert Spotify Music songs with Pazu Spotify Music Converter.

1. Run Pazu Spotify Converter

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

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2. Choose output format

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

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3. Select Spotify songs, albums or playlists

Use the integrated Spotify web player to search the songs, album, playlist or podcast you want to download. Click the Add to list button to load all songs in the album or playlist, uncheck the songs you don’t want to download if there are any.

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4. Download and Convert Spotify Songs to Local

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

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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. You can share the converted songs with your friends or play them on any device without the Spotify Premium account.

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.