Back in 2021, a Spotify update on the desktop app version removed the option of making a Spotify playlist private. This has probably had an unfavorable response from the 422 million active Spotify users.

Spotify has since reinstated the feature of switching between making Spotify playlists public or private for all their users. Now, in 2022, you can make your Spotify playlists private, wherein only you can access playlists and the songs within them.

Plus, there is now the option to remove a playlist from your Spotify profile, so the Spotify playlist will not be visible to people who visit your Spotify profile.

This short read will discuss how you can keep parts of your Spotify private using different devices like your desktop PC or any mobile device.

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Why Make a Spotify Playlist Private?

The matter of making a Spotify playlist private could be due to a lot of motives, but only one main reason: privacy. This may sound redundant, but why else would you want anything to be only available to yourself?

Here are some reasons that might reinforce your reasons why you would need to keep a Spotify playlist private:

  • To not be judged for the music we like – We all have music that we consider guilty pleasures that we don’t need to justify to anyone. By setting Spotify playlists to private, we relieve our lives. How bad is your Spotify? It does not matter. Your musical tastes should not be affected by what other people think.
  • To enhance monetization odds – Artists and producers shop around for Spotify profiles that could carry and play their songs. If you are a Spotify user that aims to monetize their Spotify, you can instead hide playlists that may not be streamlined to attract these artists and producers.
  • To make listening activity private – Some people don’t want to broadcast everything they do on social media. These people also don’t care to announce what music they are currently listening to with Spotify followers if they don’t feel the need to. Making playlists private help with keeping listening activity to yourself.

How to Make Your Spotify Playlist Private

How to make Spotify playlist private is a matter of following a few simple steps. Whether you access Spotify through PC or mobile, these easy steps will make any Spotify playlist private.

Make a Spotify playlist private using the Spotify desktop app

Follow these steps to make a Spotify playlist private if you use the Spotify desktop app.

  1. Open the Spotify desktop app.
  2. Click on the ‘Your Library’ tab on the left-most menu on the Spotify main screen.
  3. Locate the Spotify playlist that you want to set to private.
  4. Right-click on the Spotify you want to make private.
  5. Click on the ‘Make private’ option.
  6. A notification will appear saying “Playlist has been made private.”
  7. To make the Spotify playlist on your Spotify profile invisible, click ‘Remove from the profile’ on the right-click menu.
  8. A notification will appear saying, “Playlist is no longer displayed on your profile.”

Make a Spotify playlist private using the Spotify mobile app

  1. Tap and open the Spotify app on your mobile device’s home screen.
  2. Tap on the ‘Your Library’ option at the bottom of the Spotify mobile app home screen.
  3. Scroll and locate the Spotify playlist that you want to set as private.
  4. Tap on the Spotify playlist to open it.
  5. Tap on the 3 dot menu just below the Spotify playlist’s name.
  6. Choose the ‘Make private’ option.
  7. Confirm by tapping the ‘Make private’ option when Spotify shows you a privacy setting confirmation window.
  8. A “Playlist is now private” notification will appear.
  9. To make the Spotify playlist invisible on your profile, click on the 3 dots menu and tap ‘Remove from profile.’

Some FAQs

Q: Can Friends See Your private Playlists on Spotify?

A: Followers on your Spotify will not be able to see your private Spotify playlists. They will not be able to share these Spotify playlists with other people who are not your friends on Spotify. 

Q: Can You Make a Collaborative Playlist Private?

A: Yes, you can. Your invited collaborators for your Spotify playlists will be able to see your private playlists.

Q: Will You Be Able to See Who Likes Spotify Playlist You Create? 

A: You will be able to see how many people follow your playlists, but you will not know who they are, specifically.

In Conclusion

Making a Spotify playlist private is easy to do. Just make sure you set only the playlists you want to be hidden private. Otherwise, you might be stifling the growth of Spotify playlists that you intend to garner views on.

With this new ability of hiding playlists through privacy settings, you can now present your Spotify to the world exactly how you want to.

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