Spotify Music

Want to check out a new artist or listen to your guilty pleasure music without anyone else knowing? Spotify’s private session feature can help. Here’s how.

I have some people who follow me on Spotify. That means they can see what I’m listening to. I like that feature because I spend a lot of time creating playlists (my Run playlist has over 82 hours worth of music), and I want others to enjoy the songs (or at least see what I’m listening to). Besides, I enjoy introducing people to artists or songs they may have yet to hear of.


However, I only sometimes want people to know what I’m listening to every single minute of the day. Here’s an example. I’ve never listened to a particular artist who is phenomenally popular because their music isn’t my jam. But one day, I get curious and want to hear what all the hype is about. I might wish my followers to refrain from following along.


After all, I have a reputation to uphold. My musical tastes lean toward more complex music. I like a lot of dissonance, challenging chord progressions, and a mixture of time signatures. My favourite artists fall in line with the likes of Rush, Devin Townsend, and Mozart.

With that said, I might not want my followers to see me taking a diversion into the realm of pop music. Don’t get me wrong…it’s not that I’d be embarrassed. Music is music, and whatever you like is fantastic. But say you’re a classical composer and want to listen to the latest song by Pink or Taylor Swift to get an idea of what’s moving modern listeners. For that, you might start a Spotify private session.


What is a private session?

A Spotify private session temporarily hides your activity from those who follow you. You manually start a private session and can end it at any time. If you don’t complete the private session manually, it will stop after six hours.

How do you start a Spotify private session? Let me show you.


How to start a Spotify private session

What you’ll need: The only thing you’ll need is the Spotify app installed and a valid account. This can be done from mobile or desktop apps, and the process is the same. I’ll demonstrate the private session feature on the desktop app.


Open Spotify

The first thing to do is open Spotify. Wait to start playing music.


Open Settings

Click your profile icon in the upper right corner and click Settings from the resulting menu.


Start a private session.

Scroll down until you see the Social section of the Settings window. Click the On/Off slider associated with Start a private session in that section.


Enjoy your private session.

You’ll see a small blue lock to the left of your profile icon during your private session. That icon will remain until you manually end the remote session or six hours pass. None of your followers can see your Spotify activity during your private session.


Once you’ve finished your private session, you can return to settings and turn off the remote session as you enabled it.

And that’s all there is to Spotify private sessions. 



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