Many music lovers that 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 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
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:
Tap the playlist that you want to remove.
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.
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 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 help you remove the unwanted clutter faster.
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 allows 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.
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, deleting an entire playlist at a time is the way to go. And 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.