How to Delete a Playlist on Spotify [Easiest Way]

Learn how to delete Spotify playlist in a matter of seconds. Verified method, guaranteed to work.
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You need to know several functions to properly manage your Spotify account, and one of them is how to delete a Spotify playlist.

This is actually one of the easiest Spotify options but there are few details not everyone is 100% sure about. For example, can you recover a Spotify playlist after deleting it? Or – is it possible to delete a collaborative playlist?

We’ll cover all that and much more in our in-depth guide. The guide will include mobile and desktop devices. Let’s go!

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How to Delete Spotify Playlist: Easiest Solution

The fastest way to delete Spotify playlist is to open the playlist, tap the three-dot symbol, and then select “Delete” – that’s it, your Spotify playlist is deleted!

How to Delete a Spotify Playlist (Desktop Web or App)

To delete Spotify playlist on desktop and laptop devices, just follow these steps. The guide is valid both for the Spotify app and web players, Mac or Windows.

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  • 1. Open the Spotify playlist you wish to delete.
  • 2. Click the three-dot symbol (on the right side of the green Play button).
  • 3. Select “Delete” from the menu.
  • 4. Click Delete to confirm your decision.

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How to Delete a Playlist on Spotify on iPhone (or Other Smartphone)

The steps to delete a Spotify playlist on iPhone or any Android phone (or mobile device in general) are pretty similar to the desktop guide. Here goes:

  • 1. Open your Spotify app.
  • 2. Open Your Library in the bottom right corner.

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  • 3. Find the playlist you want to delete and open it.
  • 4. Tap the three dots.

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  • 5. Find “Delete playlist” in the menu – and tap it. Verify your decision when asked.

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How to Remove Playlist From Spotify Library

When someone asks how to delete a Spotify playlist, they sometimes mix it up with just removing a playlist from a Spotify library. This doesn’t delete a playlist from Spotify, but just from your library.

As you might expect, you can only delete Spotify playlists that you created, while removal is for public playlists that you added to your collection. Anyhow, to remove a playlist from your Spotify playlist, do this:

Open the playlist, and click on the green checkmark. It says “Remove from Your Library” if you hover your cursor over it. That’s it!

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Alternatively, you can click the three-dot symbol and then select “Remove from Your Library”.

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Or, if you don’t want to open the playlist, another way to remove a playlist from your Spotify library is to right-click on it in Your Library, and then once again – select “Remove from Your Library”.

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How to Recover Deleted Spotify Playlist

If you accidentally deleted a Spotify playlist or simply want to recover it after a while, worry not! To recover a Spotify playlist, just follow these steps.

  • 1. Click your profile avatar in the top-right corner.
  • 2. Select “Account”. This will redirect you to your profile on the official Spotify site.

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  • 3. Go to “Recover playlists”.

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  • 4. Find the playlist you deleted and click the “Restore” button next to it. You’ll be notified that the playlist has been restored.

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How to Permanently Delete a Spotify Playlist

As pointed out on the official Spotify website, no Spotify playlist is deleted permenently – which is why the Spotify Recover Playlist feature is an option after all.

This is because permanent deletion would mean you could delete the playlist from the accounts of people who followed it.

So the closest thing to permanently deleting your Spotify playlist is to 1) remove all songs from the playlist; and 2) make the playlist private.

To remove all songs from a Spotify playlist, first open the playlist, select the first song in it, scroll to the bottom, press Shift and click on the last song in the playlist while still holding the Shift button. Then, right-click anywhere in the selected area, and click “Remove from this playlist”.

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To make a Spotify playlist private, open it, click the three dots, and select “Make private”.

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Read more: How to Move Songs in a Spotify Playlist

How to Move Spotify Playlist to Another Streaming Service Before Deleting It

If you’re deleting Spotify playlists because you want to move to another streaming platform, you’ll be happy to know that you can transfer those playlists to your new musical home instead of manually recreating them.

You can do it in less than a minute using Tune My Music. This is how it’s done.

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  • 3. Load the playlist from your Spotify account or by using the Spotify playlist URL.
  • 4. Select the playlist or playlists to move and click “Choose Destination”.

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  • 5. Set the destination service. You can also export the playlist to file.

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  • 6. Click “Start Transfer” and that’s it!

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Troubleshooting: Why Can’t I Delete a Playlist on Spotify?

As you can see from our guide, it’s pretty easy to delete a playlist on Spotify. But – you can’t delete all Spotify playlists.

In short, you can only delete a Spotify playlist that you created. And even then, you won’t remove it from the profiles of users who followed it.

Here are a few points on how to delete a Spotify playlist and the limitations that come with it:

  • – You can’t delete a Spotify playlist that you didn’t create; only remove it from Your Library.
  • – You can’t delete a collaborative Spotify playlist. Even if you created a collaborative Spotify playlist, “deleting” it will only remove it from your library. The playlist will remain available to other collaborators.
  • – You can’t remove your Spotify playlist from other users’ profiles if they followed it. The most you can do here is make the playlist private or manually remove songs from the playlist. Your followers will still see the playlist, but since it’s either private or empty, won’t be able to do much with it (and thus might unfollow).

People Often Ask

How to Delete a Playlist on Spotify That Isn’t Yours?

It is not possible to delete a Spotify playlist that you didn’t create. You can only remove this playlist from your Spotify library if you follow it.

How to Delete a Shared Playlist on Spotify?

If by this you mean “how to delete a collaborative playlist on Spotify?”, it is not entirely possible to delete a shared or collaborative playlist on Spotify. If you “delete” it, you will just remove it from your library. Other collaborators will still see the playlist – and your contributions to it. They will also be able to continue contributing.

How to Delete Playlists from Spotify Folders?

You can remove a playlist from Spotify folders simply by dragging it out of the folder or by right-clicking on it and selecting “Delete”.

Can I Delete a Spotify Playlist on Mobile?

Yes, of course. The Delete Playlist Spotify feature is available on all Spotify platforms, including the desktop/laptop app, the web player, and the Spotify mobile app on all iOS and Android smartphones and tablets.

Summary: How to Delete Playlist (Spotify Verified)

That’s it for today, guys! So again, the fastest way to delete a Spotify playlist is to simply open it, click those three dots, and then click “Delete” – easy, right?

But – it’s not all that simple because people who follow your playlist will still see it. To avoid that, you can make your playlist private and/or remove all the songs before deleting it.

For more content, feel free to check out our How To articles. Stay safe and have a good one!