How to Stop Spotify Playing Songs Not on Playlist

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April 9, 2024

Spotify playing songs not on the playlist is a frequently emerging issue reported by many users including both Premium and Free. Sometimes you can easily fix it by turning off the Autoplay and Smart Shuffle mode. However, there are many occasions when random songs continue to appear as the next playing tracks. To address such situations, we have put together 10 effective methods to prevent Spotify from playing songs not on your playlist.


  1. Turn off Autoplay Similar Content
  2. Disable Smart Shuffle
  3. Clear the Play Queue
  4. Add More Songs to Your Playlist
  5. Clear Spotify Cache
  6. Update the Spotify App
  7. Reinstall the Spotify App
  8. Log Out of Spotify from All Devices
  9. Enable Spotify Offline Mode
  10. Download Spotify to MP3 and Listen Offline

1. Turn off Autoplay Similar Content

Spotify Autoplay is a feature that automatically plays similar songs to the tracks you are currently listening to. It works when you reach the end of an album, playlist, or selection of songs, aiming to provide continuous listening experiences.

This feature is available for both Premium and Free Spotify users. By enabling the Autoplay feature, your Spotify music never stops, and you can discover new music based on your preferences by playing similar songs to the one that just finished.

If you find that random songs are appearing at the end of your listening session, the Autoplay feature may be enabled for your Spotify account. To enjoy music just within your playlist, you need to switch Autoplay off. Here is how you can achieve it on Spotify desktop and mobile apps:

On iOS and Android

  1. Open the Spotify app, tap your profile picture at the top left, and select Settings and Privacy.
  2. Under Playback, scroll down and turn off Autoplay similar content.
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On Mac and Windows

  1. Click your profile picture at the top of the Spotify app, and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down and switch off Autoplay.
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2. Disable Smart Shuffle

Smart Shuffle is a play mode on Spotify to freshen your listening sessions by mixing in recommendations that match the vibe. When you turn the Smart Shuffle on, you’ll notice songs marked with a sparkle (✨) symbol mixed in your next playing queue, and those are recommendations Spotify thinks you may like. If there are certain recommended songs you’d rather not listen to, you can manually remove them by clicking the rounded minus button. If you want to prevent recommendations from showing up, you can disable the Smart Shuffle mode directly from the playlist.

Please note that Spotify Premium members can use the Smart Shuffle feature freely, while free users can only smart shuffle certain Spotify playlists such as those Made for You.

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When the Smart Shuffle mode is activated for a playlist, you’ll notice the Shuffle symbol under the playlist name turning green with a sparkle. To turn off Smart Shuffle on your phone and computer, follow the guide below.

On Android and iPhone

  1. Open the Spotify app and go to a playlist.
  2. Tap the green Shuffle symbol with a sparkle.

On Desktop

  1. Launch the Spotify app on your Mac or Windows computer and go to the playlist.
  2. Click on the green Shuffle symbol with a sparkle. When it turns white, the Smart Shuffle mode is turned off.
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3. Clear the Play Queue

Spotify Play Queue is a feature that allows you to see and arrange what plays next. You may already have some other playlists or songs in the queue ready to play. Sometimes they come from Spotify recommendations, especially for free users on the Spotify mobile app and when your playlist contains songs less than 15.

You can clear the play queue on Spotify to avoid playing songs not in your playlist. Some users have reported this method worked for them when turning off Autoplay doesn’t help.

While only Spotify Premium members can access the queue feature on mobile devices, it is supported by both free and paid users on the Spotify desktop app. Here is how you can clear your play queue to prevent playing random songs that are not in your playlist.

On Desktop

  1. Launch the Spotify app on your Mac or Windows and play a song.
  2. Click Play Queue from the Now Playing bar at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Click the Clear Queue button to remove all the tracks from the next playing queue.
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On Android and iPhone

Please note this method is only applicable to the Spotify Premium version.

  1. Go to the Spotify app on your phone or tablet and play a song.
  2. From the bottom of the screen, tap the Now Playing bar.
  3. Tap the Play Queue button in the bottom-right corner.
  4. To remove tracks from the next playing queue, tap Clear Queue.
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4. Add More Songs to Your Playlist

If you are on the free version of Spotify and have a playlist with fewer than 15 songs, Spotify may automatically add more songs to it. When you listen to the playlist on your phone, you can hear random songs that are not originally part of your playlist.

Songs put on the playlist by Spotify are under the “We Added” section on the playlist details page. They can be replaced by adding more songs with the following steps:

  1. Go to the playlist on the Spotify app and tap + Add to this playlist.
  2. Tap the rounded plus button to add a suggested song to your playlist, or Search for a song and then tap the rounded plus button to add it to the playlist.

5. Clear Spotify Cache

Cached data consists of temporarily stored files on your device, allowing apps to load content quickly. Sometimes, outdated cache files can retain the previous settings, causing Spotify to play randomly suggested songs beyond your playlist. Try clearing the cache files of your Spotify app to give the app a fresh start and enable it to fetch the latest data from the server.

On Mobile Devices

  1. Tap your profile image on the Spotify app and select Settings and Privacy.
  2. Choose Clear cache under Storage.
  3. Tap the Clear cache button to confirm.

On Mac and Windows

  1. Click your profile image at the top, and select Settings.
  2. Scroll down and click Clear Cache under Storage.
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6. Update the Spotify App

Using outdated apps can result in malfunctions and glitches such as Spotify playing songs that are not on your playlist. Check for Spotify updates and keep the app to the latest version to avoid potential bugs.

On Your Mobile Devices

Go to the App Store on your iPhone and iPad or Google Play Store on Android, and search for Spotify. Tap the UPDATE button if there is a new version available.

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On Your Desktop

For the Spotify app on your Windows or Mac computer, a blue dot appears next to your profile picture when there is an update available. Click your profile image and select Update Spotify now.

update spotify on desktop

7. Reinstall the Spotify App

If updating the Spotify app doesn’t help, try to uninstall and reinstall the Spotify app. If your original Spotify app is downloaded from the Spotify website, try installing the app from app stores such as Google Play or Microsoft Store. This method has proved to be useful for some users.

8. Log Out of Spotify from All Devices

Although Spotify only allows users to stream on one device at a time, there is no limit on how many devices can be signed in with your Spotify account. If multiple devices have accessed your Spotify account and someone else has control, you may experience different app settings from other devices that lead to playing random songs not in your playlist. To avoid such a situation, consider logging out of your Spotify account from all devices and only signing in to those under your control.

Logging out of Spotify on all devices needs to be done through a web browser rather than the Spotify app.

  1. Visit from a web browser and sign into your account.
  2. Click your profile image at the top right and select Account.
spotify account

  1. Scroll down and click Sign out everywhere under the Security and Privacy section.
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  1. Confirm signing out from all devices of your Spotify account.
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8. Enable Spotify Offline Mode

If you are a Premium member of Spotify, you can download playlists and albums for offline playback. Meanwhile, you can turn on the Offline Mode of Spotify to ensure that only the downloaded songs in your playlist are played. As you enjoy the downloaded tracks from Your Library without the need for an internet connection, you also prevent Spotify from playing the songs not on your playlists.

Follow these steps to enable the Offline Mode on your phone, tablet, and desktop.

On Your Phone and Tablet

  1. Go to the Spotify app on your iOS or Android device.
  2. Tap your profile icon and select Settings and Privacy.
  3. Choose Playback under Settings.
  4. Switch on the Offline mode.
offline mode mobile

On Your Mac or Windows Computer

  1. Launch the Spotify app on your computer.
  2. For Mac: Click Spotify from the top menu.
    For Windows: Click the More button(three dots at the top) > File.
  3. Select Offline Mode.
enable offline mac

9. Download Spotify to MP3 and Listen Offline

To avoid Spotify playing songs not on the playlist, you can download the tracks to MP3 and enjoy them with other media players. This also prepares you for situations where an internet connection may not be available.

Spotify does offer a download feature, but it’s only available to Spotify Premium subscribers to download albums and playlists. If you want to download individual songs, you have to add them to a playlist and download the entire playlist. Moreover, downloaded content can only be accessed through the Spotify app. Reinstalling the app may result in losing your downloads.

To download Spotify songs and playlists without a Premium subscription, you can use 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.

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.

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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.

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Download the entire playlist/album

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

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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.