How To Delete All Spotify Songs
Many music lovers who use a huge streaming service such as Spotify or Apple music have a tendency to turn into hoarders at some point. After months, or years, of collecting music, you might end up with a huge library filled with a ton of songs that you may no longer want to listen to, causing you to skip whenever you stumble upon them, ruining your flow.
Sure, sometimes the nostalgia kicks in and you’re glad to hear a song you haven’t heard for a long time, but how often does this happen? A much more likely scenario is one when you get frustrated by having to manually choose the songs that you want to listen to among so many of them that you have to skip.
So, what can you do when you get to this point? Well, there are a few options for you to try out.
Deleting a Playlist
- Deleting a Playlist
- Filtering Songs
- Deleting Favorites
- Clearing Cache
- Frequently Asked Questions
- The Final Word
First of all, it should be said that Spotify doesn’t allow you to delete your songs in bulk. In the past, there was a very convenient option in the desktop version where you could just click on a random song, hold down Ctrl + A, and then hit the delete button on your keyboard.
Unfortunately, that option is long gone. Feel free to still give it a shot if you haven’t updated your Spotify in a while, though. You never know when they might add the feature back in, either.
But, since the majority of users won’t be able to use the Ctrl + A trick, your best bet is to delete playlists. It’s the only place where you can find your songs in a group and mass delete them. Here’s how to do it:
Select Delete Playlist.
The above method is shown on an Android phone, but it’s pretty much the same for iOS, with an added convenience that makes deleting multiple playlists easier. Instead of a three-dot icon, you’ll see an Edit option. Once you touch it, here’s what you should see:
From here, you can delete a playlist easily by tapping the red minus sign on the left and confirming the deletion. Every song that is in the playlist will be removed. But if the song or songs are in multiple playlists, they will stay in your library until you’ve deleted all the relevant playlists.
If you’re using the Desktop app for Windows or macOS you can simply right-click on your playlist and select ‘Delete.’
Even though this isn’t exactly mass deletion, it can help you declutter your library all the same. Once you scroll to the top of your music playlists, you’ll see a filter icon along with the search bar.
From there, you can look for specific playlists and music that you want to remove or sort them based on various criteria. This is particularly handy if you are trying to delete a certain artist, album, or genre.
You can choose to filter the following options:
- Downloads – This is any song that you’ve downloaded for offline playing
- Relevance – These are the songs most relevant to your listening habits
- Name – Places your playlists in alphabetical order
- Recently Played – These are the songs you’ve played, well, recently
- Recently Added – Filter to the songs you’ve added in chronological order
Keeping ‘Downloads’ checked; you can add any of the above-listed filters narrowing down your search to those that are actually taking up space.
You may have loved ska in high school, but it’s not exactly what you want to listen to on your morning commute. Filtering makes navigating through your music a lot more convenient and helps you remove unwanted clutter faster.
Spotify is great because it allows you to quickly tap the heart icon on any song you like. This feature can be used to store songs in the ‘Favorites’ playlist. Fortunately, it is possible to remove these as you’d like.
Although it does take time deleting them one by one, follow these instructions to delete your ‘Favorites’:
Go to the Library located in the lower right-hand side of your screen and follow these steps:
Tap on the ‘Liked Songs’ playlist
Tap on the small green heart icon
This will “un-like” the song and remove it from your favorites. It may be easier to do this from a desktop. Going to your favorite browser log into Spotify and follow these steps:
- Click on ‘Your Library’ located on the right-hand side
- Hover your cursor over a song
- Click on the three horizontal dots
- Click ‘Remove from Your Liked Songs’
Performing this action seems to be slightly faster than from a mobile device, but you will still have to delete them individually.
If you want to remove your Spotify songs because they are taking up too much space on your device, Spotify has a better option. There’s a feature in one of the most recent updates that allow you to clear the app’s cache without losing your music.
Before the update, clearing the cache meant that your data was lost and all your songs are gone. That would have been the most convenient way of deleting all Spotify music. However, this feature is still useful to everyone that wants to free up some valuable space on their device.
The way to do this is very simple. Just navigate to the Settings menu. Under Storage, you’ll see the Delete Cache option. Tap on it and confirm the deletion.
The option is available on both Android and iOS and can be found within the same menu. It will clear up a ton of space and still let you have your favorite music.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are a lot of things you can do to reclaim control of your Spotify account. Just in case we didn’t answer all of your questions above, we have some more information here just for you!
How do I cancel my Spotify subscription?
If you’re done with Spotify it is simple to cancel our subscription. You’ll first need to know how you’re paying for it of course. For example, if you set up your account through iTunes then you’ll need to cancel the subscription through iTunes.
For a more detailed explanation to help you cancel your Spotify account we have an article for your here.
Can I make my playlists private?
Yes. One really neat feature of Spotify is the ability to share your playlist with other users. If you’d like to keep some of your favorite songs private you can by clicking on the three vertical dots in the upper right-hand corner. Click the option to “Make Secret.”
Doing this means that other users won’t have access to that playlist. You will need to do this for each playlist that you’d like to keep secret.
I accidentally deleted a playlist. What can I do?
If you changed your mind or accidentally deleted a playlist don’t worry. You can easily recover it on a web browser. Simply visit Spotify’s website and log in. It should take you to the account page, but if not tap on the profile icon in the upper right-hand corner and tap on ‘Account.’ On the left-hand side you’ll see an option to ‘Recover Playlist.’
You deleted playlist will show in the center of the screen. Simply click to recover it and refresh your browser after confirmation. The playlist will now appear in your Spotify library.
The Final Word
The lack of a bulk delete feature is certainly disappointing for some. Sadly enough, there aren’t any good 3rd party apps that can make this happen either. If you really want to get rid of all your Spotify songs, the above options are the only ones open to you.
If you have too many songs for manual deletion, removing each playlist is the best way to accomplish your goals. If you haven’t organized your songs into playlists, the filters can help you delete the songs that you no longer need. When all else fails, you can always deactivate your account and start over.