What is a Spotify Private Session and How to Use it

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Private sessions on your computer and phone with a bonus alternative on both devices!

A private session on Spotify is a private listening session with no revelations. Your followers will not know what you’re listening to at the moment. You will listen to songs anonymously without anyone tracking your listening activity.

Spotify’s private session will also block out your friends and followers from viewing your ‘Recently Played’ music as well. This is a great way to indulge in guilty pleasures, listen to sad music, or even get a sensual playlist on the record without anyone peering into your music activity.

Here’s how you can start a Spotify private session on your PC and your phone.

Start a Spotify Private Session on PC

Switching to a private session on your computer is super easy. There are two ways you can do this, and one way is the shortcut. We’ll start with the longer route.

Launch Spotify on your computer and tap your username to the top right of the home screen. Now, select ‘Settings’ from the drop-down.

Scroll through the ‘Settings’ page to find the ‘Social’ section. Here, tap the toggle adjacent to the option that says ‘Start a private session to listen anonymously’ to turn it green – thus enabling it.

You will now notice a blue lock icon to the left of your username. Tapping this icon will inform you that you are in a private session.

The shortcut. Tap your username to the top right of your Spotify window and select ‘Private session’ to tick it, thus select it.

This will show the same blue lock icon next to your username indicating that you’re in a private session.

Another semi-shortcut to start a private session on PC. Click the ellipsis icon (three horizontal dots) to the top left corner of the screen. Select ‘File’ from the drop-down and then, click ‘Private session’.

This will tick the option and the blue lock icon will appear next to your username.


Start a Spotify Private Session on Mobile

There’s no shortcut to a private session on mobile devices. There’s one straightforward method via Spotify settings. To start a private session on your phone, first, open Spotify. Then, tap the ‘Settings’ icon (gear icon) at the top right corner of the screen.

Scroll through the ‘Settings’ page to find the ‘Social’ section. Here, tap the toggle next to the option ‘Private session’ to turn it green.

You will now be running a private session on your phone’s Spotify.


Disabling Sharing Spotify Listening Activity

An alternative to a private session is not sharing your listening activity with your followers. Only, in a private session, you’re untraceable for a while. But when you disable sharing your listening activity, your music activity is untraceable until the setting is enabled.

Though this is not a permanent setting, it’s not as easily switchable on your PC. It takes the same procedure and time on your phone.

However, you can have only one of the two options. When you’re having a private session, the option to disable sharing your listening activity will be inaccessible and vice versa.

Disable sharing your listening activity on your computer. Click your username to the top right of your Spotify window. Select ‘Settings’ from the menu.

Now, reach the ‘Social’ section on the ‘Settings’ screen and click the toggle next to the option – Share my listening activity on Spotify. A grey toggle corresponds disabling the setting.

Your listening activity is now disabled from being shared on your account.

Disable sharing your listening activity on your phone. Tap the ‘Settings’ icon (gear icon) to the top right corner of your Spotify screen.

Scroll through the ‘Settings’ window to the ‘Social’ section. Here, if the toggle next to ‘Listening activity’ is green, tap it to turn it grey – thus disabling this setting.

Your listening activity on both devices will be yours henceforth.


And there you have it! The method to starting a private session on your computer and your phone and the perfect alternative to it. You deserve lots of YOU time when it comes to music, and we hope this guide was helpful in getting you some.