How to Delete Songs on Spotify

Music fans who subscribe to a popular streaming service like Spotify or Apple Music eventually develop a taste for hoarding music. 

It is part of the cycle and cannot be helped, but the consequence is that down the line, you might end up with a sizable library of songs that you no longer want to listen to after months or years of collecting music. 

This will force you to manually skip whenever you come across them, breaking the rhythm.

A song you haven’t heard in a while may occasionally make you feel nostalgic, but how frequently does this happen? 

You are more likely to feel annoyed manually changing old songs than to feel nostalgic.

So what do you do now that you’ve reached this point? There are a few options available for you to consider. Read on as we look at how to delete songs on Spotify.

How to Delete Songs on Spotify

You can delete songs from a playlist or your Spotify music library using a computer, tablet, or mobile device. 

If you don’t want to hear a song again after adding it to a playlist and your collection, you must take it out of both.

You can also remove songs from your computer’s music library if you don’t want them to show up on Spotify.

However, you can only eliminate the entire source, such as iTunes or Windows Music Player, not a single song.

How to Delete Songs on Spotify via PC

Step 1: 

Find the song that you want to delete. 

You can find saved songs in Playlists, Artists, Albums, and Songs. Checkmarks are used to identify saved songs.

Step 2: 

The check mark next to the song title with your mouse. Click the checkmark when it turns into an X. 

This removes the song from your music library but leaves it on any associated playlists.

Step 3:

Click the song in the Spotify playlist and choose Remove from this Playlist from the context menu. 

The song is not deleted from your saved music collection or altered in any way when it is removed from a playlist.

Step 4: 

By choosing Preferences from the Edit menu, you can remove songs from Spotify that are locally stored on your computer.

Click the On/Off toggle next to the source you want to delete in the Local Files section by scrolling down. 

For instance, when Spotify’s access to iTunes is disabled, Spotify’s Local Files list is empty of all iTunes music.

How to Delete Songs on Spotify on Mobile

Step 1:

Find the song that you want to delete. You can find saved songs in Playlists, Artists, Albums, and Songs. Checkmarks are used to identify saved songs.

Step 2:

Click the checkmark next to the song title with your mouse till it turns into an X. This removes the song from your music library but leaves it on any associated playlists.

Step 3: 

Click the song in the Spotify playlist and choose Remove from this Playlist from the context menu. 

The song is not deleted from your saved music collection or altered in any way when it is removed from a playlist.

Step 4:

By choosing Preferences from the Edit menu, you can remove songs from Spotify that are locally stored on your computer. 

Click the On/Off toggle next to the source you want to delete in the Local Files section by scrolling down. 

For instance, when Spotify’s access to iTunes is disabled, Spotify’s Local Files list is empty of all iTunes music.

How to Delete All Songs on Spotify

First off, it should be noted that Spotify does not permit bulk song deletion. 

When using the desktop version, there used to be a very useful feature where you could simply click on any song, hold down Ctrl + A, and then press the delete key on your keyboard.

Sadly, that choice is no longer an option. If you haven’t updated your Spotify in a while, feel free to still give it a go. Additionally, you never know when they might reinstate the feature.

However, since most users won’t be able to use the Ctrl + A trick, deleting playlists is your best option. 

You can only find your songs there in a group and delete them all at once. This is how you do it:

How to Delete Spotify Playlist

Spotify has grown to be one of the most popular streaming services in the world thanks to its seemingly limitless selection of personalized playlists, which you can follow, download, and even share with a QR code.

With so many playlists available, it’s easy to accumulate an extremely crowded Spotify library. Spotify makes it simple to delete any playlist as a result.

Just keep in mind that deleting a playlist will only remove it from your Library; subscribers will still have access to it.

If you want to completely delete the songs, you can do so.

Here is everything you need to know about deleting a Spotify playlist from a desktop or mobile device.

How to Remove a Spotify Playlist from Your Computer

On your laptop or computer, launch Spotify.

In the left sidebar, choose the playlist you want to delete.

To open the settings menu, click the three dots next to the playlist’s name.

Choose “Delete.” To be certain, choose it once more.

How to Delete a Playlist on Spotify on a Mobile Device

Open Spotify and select the “Library” tab.

To access the settings menu, open the playlist and click the three dots.

These dots will appear beneath the playlist title on an iPhone.

They are located in the upper-right corner of Android devices.

Tap “Delete” once more to confirm.

How to Delete Favorites on Spotify

Because Spotify allows you to quickly tap the heart icon on any song you like, it’s fantastic. Songs can be kept in the “Favorites” playlist using this feature. Fortunately, you can get rid of these as you please.

Follow these instructions to remove your “Favorites,” even though doing so takes time:

Go to the Library in the lower right corner of your screen and take the following actions:

Select “Liked Songs” from the playlist.

Click the tiny green heart icon.

Click “Remove”

By doing this, you can “unlike” a song and take it out of your favorites. 

Performing this from a desktop computer might be simpler. 

Follow these steps after opening your preferred browser and logging into Spotify:

Choose “Your Library” from the menu that appears on the right.

Put your mouse over a song.

The three horizontal dots should be clicked.

Then select “Remove from Your Liked Songs.”

Although it appears to be a little quicker than using a mobile device, you still need to delete each one separately.

How to Delete Cache on Spotify

Spotify has a better option if you want to delete your songs because they are taking up too much space on your device. 

One of the most recent updates includes a feature that lets you clear the app’s cache without erasing your music.

Prior to the update, clearing the cache meant that all of your songs and data would be lost. 

That would have been the most practical way to remove every song from Spotify. 

All users who want to free up some important storage space on their device can still benefit from this feature.

The process for doing this is very easy. Simply access the Settings menu. 

You’ll find the Delete Cache option under Storage. To confirm the deletion, tap it once more.

The selection can be made from the same menu on both iOS and Android. 

It will free up a ton of room while still enabling you to enjoy your favorite music.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Delete Recently Played on Spotify

If you haven’t downloaded the most recent update on Spotify, you still have the option to remove specific songs and podcasts from your Recently Played list.

Follow this process:

Go to your Mac or PC and launch Spotify.

After scrolling down to the Recently Played section, click See All next to it.

Locate the song, album, playlist, or podcast that you want to delete from your recently listened-to list.

When the desired song is highlighted, either right-click it or choose “3 dots” from the menu that appears by placing your cursor over it.

It will be deleted.

How to Request and Download Your Complete Listening History

Here’s how to request your mobile device’s Spotify listening history.

On your mobile device, launch the Safari or Chrome web browser app.

Type “Spotify account” into the search bar and click “go” or go directly to this URL: https://accounts.spotify.com/en/login

Enter your username or email address and password, and click the login button on the Spotify login page.

From the drop-down menu, choose “Account overview.”

On the “Account Overview” page, tap the arrow button at the top of your screen.

From the drop-down menu, choose “Privacy Settings.”

To access the section labeled “Download your data,” scroll down.

Click the “Request” button.

Go to your mail app.

Open the email you just received from Spotify and click “Confirm.”

Now, Spotify will direct you to a website where it will let you know that your data will arrive in 30 days. 

You’ll probably have your data soon.

Regularly check your inbox for emails. You will eventually get an email with a link to your data in it.

On a Final Note

Some may be disappointed by the lack of bulk delete feature. Unfortunately, there are no good third-party apps that can accomplish this. If you truly want to delete all of your Spotify songs, the options listed above are your only options.

If you have too many songs to delete manually, removing each playlist is the best way to achieve your goals.

If you haven’t organized your songs into playlists, the filters can assist you in deleting songs you no longer need.

If everything else fails, you can always deactivate your account and begin again.

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