4 Solutions to Stop Spotify from Playing Suggested Songs

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November 24, 2023

Spotify will play suggested songs if you turned on Autoplay, aiming to provide you nonstop listening and help you find new songs. However, there are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand people’s eyes. Not everyone likes this feature. Some people just want to listen to songs in their playlist.

However, what makes people frustrating is that Spotify still autoplays suggested songs after a playlist/album ends even though Autoplay is off. Don’t worry, here in this post we will introduce 4 effective methods to stop Spotify from playing suggested songs and reclaim control over your listening experience. Keep reading.

Option 1 Turn off Autoplay

Spotify autoplay is designed for you to enjoy nonstop listening. When your song, album or playlist ends, it will play something similar. This is convenient when you are busy on other thinngs and unable to to switch songs. However, some people don’t want to listen to music that’s not in their playlists, in such cases you can turn off Autoplay.

On desktop

It seems that Autoplay on desktop is controlling the feature’s behavior across all platforms, so try disabling it on the desktop app to see if that does the trick.

  1. Open Spotify app and click your profile icon.
  2. Click Settings.
  3. Toggle off Autoplay

On mobile

  1. Open Spotify app and tap on Settings.
  2. Under Playback, turn off Autoplay similar content.

When you turn off Autoplay, the music stops after playing the last song in the album or playlist. If you don’t want music to stop, you can turn on Repeat, so the playlist start again automatically.

On desktop

Click the below icon. When it turns green, the current playlist/album will repeat.

Option 2. Turn off Enhance/Smart Shuffle

Premium users have access to the Enhance playlist feature, which automatically adds similar songs to your playlist as long as the feature is turned on. You can turn it off by clicking on the Enhance button at the top of your playlist.

If you don’t have the Enhance button, it’s possible that the recommendations were added by the Smart Shuffle feature. This feature adds some recommended tracks to the playlist where it was activated and it’s only available for Premium users.

To turn it off, you just need to tap the Shuffle button again to gray it out. In case you want to use the regular shuffle function, make sure to select the correct option when tapping the Shuffle button again.

  • Shuffle Shuffle is off – tracks play in order
  • Shuffle active Shuffle is on – tracks play randomly
  • Shuffle smart active Smart Shuffle is on – tracks and personalized recommendations play randomly

On desktop

  1. Open the Spotify desktop application.
  2. Open the playlist you wish to play.
  3. Disable shuffle feature(grey icon means disabled ).

On mobile

  1. Open the Spotify app on your mobile device.
  2. Play a playlist or album.
  3. Disable shuffle feature(grey icon means disabled ).

However, if you are a Spotify free user, you can’t disable shuffle for most playlists. This is because Spotify free users are limited to shuffle play on mobile devices, except some playlists made for you. Luckily we have found a solution for you to disable shuffle play on mobile even with Spotify free, keep reading.

Option 3. Add more songs to your playlist

In general, if you’re using Spotify Free on your phone, and your playlist has less than 15 tracks in it, the app will automatically add new songs to the playlist so that its runtime increases and you don’t get the same songs twice. That’s why you will encounter music that’s not in your playlist. This feature cannot be disabled, but if you add more than 15 songs, the additions from Spotify would disappear.

Option 4. Play Spotify in offline mode

If you have toggled off autoplay, enhanced playlist and shuffle, but still get recommended songs queuing to play, the ultimate solution is to download Spotify playlists and play them in offline mode. When you are in offline mode, Spotify can’t recommend songs to you. When you turn on Offline mode, only your downloads will play. Anything you haven’t downloaded is now grayed out and unavailable.

Switch on Offline Mode on desktop

  1. Open Spotify.
  2. For Mac: In the Apple menu at the top of the screen click Spotify.
    For Windows: Click … at the top of the screen, then click File.
  3. Select Offline Mode.

Switch on Offline Mode on mobile

  1. Swipe left or tap your profile picture.
  2. Tap Settings and privacy.
  3. Tap Playback.
  4. Switch Offline on.

Extra Tip – How to listen to Spotify offline without Premium?

Switching on offline mode is 100% working to prevent Spotify recommendations, however, this feature is exclusive to Spotify premium users. Spotify free users can’t download music and turn on Offline Mode.

Don’t be upset. Here we will show you a tool that allows you to download Spotify music even with Spotify free. What’s more, songs are downloaded to MP3 format, so you can play them anywhere you want, even without Spotify app.

To download Spotify playlists without Premium, you can use a smart Spotify music downloader – Pazu Spotify Converter. It is specially designed for both Spotify Free and Premium users to download all Spotify songs/playlists/albums for offline listening. It’s able to extract Spotify music and convert them to MP3, M4A, AIFF, WAV, FLAC and AAC. With Pazu Spotify Music Converter, you can easily enjoy any Spotify Premium feature within a free account forever. 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.

Key features of Pazu Spotify Converter:

  • Download Spotify songs, albums, playlists and podcasts with either Spotify free or premium account.
  • Built-in Spotify web player, no Spotify app needed.
  • No need to copy&paste music links to download Spotify songs.
  • Support multiple downloads at a time.
  • Download Spotify to MP3 in 320kbps.
  • Multiple output formats: MP3, M4A, AAC, FLAC, WAV and AIFF.
  • Keep all ID3 tags.
  • Rename Spotify songs with title, album, artist, etc.
  • Archive downloaded songs by album or artist.
  • Multilingual interface.

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.

spotify converter

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.

spotify song format

3. Select Spotify music

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.

drag&drop spotify songs

4. Download and Convert Spotify Songs to Local

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

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

Now you can play the Spotify songs offline anywhere and get rid of Spotify recommended songs.

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.

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