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How to see your Spotify listening history

Take a look back over what you've been listening to!
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June 15, 2022
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If you’re letting Spotify play out, new songs that you haven’t heard may randomly start at the end of your last song. For many passive listeners, this is fine. However, sometimes a song may stick in your head, and you may want to look back at what it was. Whatever the case may be, Spotify allows you to review your listening history at any time. Let’s discuss how to see and clear your Spotify listening history.

Thankfully, no. Spotify allows you to see your listening history whether you’re subscribed or not.

THE SHORT ANSWER

To see your Spotify listening history, you must go to Recently played. There is a dedicated button for this on Android and iOS, found on the home screen. On the desktop app, you must click the Queue button and click Recently played at the top of the interface.


KEY SECTIONS

How to see your Spotify listening history on Android and iOS

You can find your Spotify listening history in Recently played. This section is found on both the mobile app for Android and iOS and the desktop app. In the Spotify web player, you can access recently played artists, albums, and playlists.

Other users who follow you can see what music you are currently playing on the Spotify desktop app, unless you are in private session mode or have turned that setting off. However, they cannot see your Recently played list, as that information is not public.

To access your Recently played list on the Spotify mobile app, select the Recently played button from the Home screen. This is found in the top right next to the Settings button and looks like a clock outlined by a counterclockwise rotating arrow.

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Alternatively, you can scroll down on the Home screen until you see a section marked Recently played. Here, you will find your recently played albums, artists, and playlists.

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How to see Spotify listening history on desktop

Select the Queue button from the Home screen to access your Recently played list on the Spotify desktop app. You can find this in the bottom playback bar.

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You will see two options at the top of the interface: Queue and Recently played. Click Recently played to view your listening history.

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Alternatively, you can scroll down on the Home screen until you see a section marked Recently played. Here, you will find your recently played albums, artists, and playlists.

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Spotify does not show your Recently played list to the public. However, users can visit your user profile and see your Recently played artists, if you have turned that setting on. Turning off Recently played artists in Settings will hide your recently played artists from your public Spotify profile.

Web player

You cannot currently access your Recently played list from the web player. However, if you scroll down on the Home screen, you will see a section marked Recently played, where you can find recently played albums, artists, and playlists.

Can you delete songs from your Spotify listening history?

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As things currently stand, there is no way to remove songs from your recently played list on the Spotify desktop app. If you select song options or right-click a song within the list, there is no option to remove it.

You can download songs in your Recently played list by adding them to your Liked Songs or a playlist, and then downloading that collection of songs as a whole.