How to Change the Spotify Privacy Settings in the iPhone App

The Spotify music service includes a lot of social functionality that will try to get its users to share information with others about the music they enjoy.

This should theoretically increase the amount of time that Spotify listeners spend with the app while also introducing them to different songs, artists, and genres.

While many people who use Spotify may not care that others can view what they are listening to, other users might prefer to keep that information private.

This is a setting that you can change through the Spotify app on your iPhone, so continue below to see how to disable the setting that shares your listening activity with your Spotify followers.

How to Stop Sharing Your Spotify Activity With Your Followers

The steps below were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.2. The version of the Spotify app being used was the most current one available when this article was written (

Once you have completed the steps in this article, people who follow you on Spotify will not be able to see your listening activity.

Too many playlists? Find out how to delete them.

Step 1: Open the Spotify app.

open the spotify app

Step 2: Tap the Your Library tab at the bottom-right corner of the screen.

select the your library tab

Step 3: Tap the gear icon at the top-right corner of the screen.

tap the gear icon

Step 4: Select the Social option.

select the social option

Step 5: Tap the button to the right of Publish Activity to turn it off. You will know that the setting is turned off when there is no green shading around the button. The iPhone in the picture below is not sharing Spotify activity with followers.

how to stop sharing iPhone Spotify activity with followers

There are separate privacy settings for your iPhone that you might like to adjust as well. This article will show you how to turn off Location Services on your iPhone so that apps and services on your device will not be able to use information about your location.

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