One of the most appealing aspects of popular streaming platforms is the ability to customize your content to your tastes. This means that you can create personalized playlists, which Spotify makes accessible on your mobile device or computer. The web app, Android devices, and iPhone devices alike can work with your music library. Unfortunately, this can create a clogged Spotify library and you might need to remove some of them.
Creating and following playlists in your iPhone’s Spotify app lets you easily customize the type of music you want to listen to. You can even add and remove songs from those playlists in the future if you grow tired of a song or find something new that you want to add.
But over time you may find that you have too many playlists in your account, making navigation difficult. Fortunately, you are able to delete a Spotify playlist from your iPhone and start clearing out that section of the app. You can alternatively choose to stop following a playlist if the playlist you want to remove is one that you did not create yourself.
The steps in this article are going to show you how to delete a playlist from the Spotify app on your iPhone 11.
How to Delete Spotify Playlists on an iPhone 11
- Open Spotify.
- Select the Your Library tab.
- Choose the playlist that you want to delete.
- Tap the three dots at the top-right.
- Scroll down and choose Delete playlist.
- Touch the Delete button to confirm.
How to Remove a Playlist from Spotify on an iPhone 11 (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 11 in iOS 13.1.3, using the most current version of the Spotify app. These steps will also work on other iPhone models in other versions of iOS that are using this same version of Spotify.
Step 1: Open the Spotify app.
Step 2: Touch the Your Library tab at the bottom-right of the screen.
Step 3: Choose the playlist to delete.
Step 4: Tap the icon with three dots at the top-right of the screen.
Step 5: Scroll down and select the Delete playlist option to delete playlists that you don’t need anymore.
Note that if this is a playlist that you did not create, you will need to select the Stop following option instead.
Step 6: Touch the Delete button to confirm the removal of the playlist from your account.
Our guide continues below with additional information on removing playlists from the Spotify iPhone app.
How to Delete Songs from Spotify Playlist on iPhone
If you aren’t ready to delete the entire playlist from your account, but would rather edit it a bit to remove the songs you don’t want, then you are able to do that as well.
As with the previous section you will need to be working with a playlist that you created. You can’t remove songs from a playlist that you are following.
Use these steps to remove individual songs from a playlist in Spotify on an iPhone:
- Open Spotify.
- Select the Your Library tab.
- Choose your playlist.
- Tap the three dots next to a song to remove.
- Select Remove from playlist.
You can repeat this for any song that is part of a playlist that you created.
That menu that you open by tapping the three dots next to a song in a playlist has a number of other useful options as well. They include:
- Remove from playlist
- Add to playlist
- Add to queue
- Go to radio
- View album
- View artist
- Song credits
Additionally, if you swipe to the left on a song in a playlist then it will “Like” that song, and if you swipe to the right it will add the song to your queue. These actions can be helpful as a quick means to interact with those features in the Spotify app.
More Information on How to Delete a Playlist on Spotify on an iPhone
Now that you know how to delete playlists and remove songs from playlists in Spotify on an iPhone, you may need to know how to free up the storage space that is being used by Spotify.
There are a couple of different ways that you can do this. The first option is to select the Home tab at the bottom-left of the screen, then tap the gear icon at the top-right of the screen. There is a “Storage” option on this menu with a “Delete Cache” button. This can free up some storage space that Spotify is using.
Another option is to choose the Your Library tab, then swipe to the left in the bar at the top of the screen and choose the Downloaded option. You can then choose one of the items there and tap the green down arrow to remove it as a download from the device.
Any personalized playlists that you delete from your Spotify account, whether it’s the mobile app or the Spotify desktop app, will be removed from your Spotify library.
If you decide after you click Delete that you would like to keep the playlist, then you do have a way to recover playlists. You can do so by going to https://spotify.com in a Web browser, signing into your Spotify account, then navigating to the Spotify account page.
There you will see a Recover Playlists tab at the left sidebar of the window that lists your recently deleted playlists. You can click on the Restore button next to any deleted playlist that you want to add back to your Spotify library.
If you delete your own playlists and no one is following them, then those playlists will be gone. However, if you delete a shared playlist, then the other people with whom the playlist was shared will still have access to it.
Find out how to delete an app on your iPhone if you are running out of storage space, or if you simply have apps on your iPhone that you no longer use.
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