Information you share with us

One of the awesome things about Spotify is that we can provide you with specialized and custom-made content by getting to know you and your listening habits.

This article provides an overview of the information you’ve allowed us to collect, and guidance for how to change the permissions on some of this information.

Tip: This article is just a guide, so be sure to read our Privacy Policy for the most comprehensive information about your relationship with us.

Your Spotify profile and content

While you have a Spotify account, certain information will always be publicly viewable:

  • Your Spotify username or your Facebook name and profile photo (if your account is connected to Facebook).
  • A list of who you follow and who follows you.
  • Your recently played artists.

Other information, while viewable by default, can be hidden from public view. This includes:

  • Playlists you follow or have created.
  • What music you play (which is published to the Friend Feed by default).
  • The top tracks and artists shown on your profile.
  • Content you post, upload, and/or contribute to the service.

To adjust the visibility of this information, check out our guide to Privacy settings.


Information that is publicly available, such as your public playlists, may be used, linked to, or re-shared by others on the service or across the web. Even if you remove a playlist or make a playlist private, others who already subscribed to or have a link to it (e.g. via a link) can likely still access it.

Also keep in mind that playlists and other information added to your Spotify profile may include information, such as your username, which could enable others to find you within the Spotify service or on other services. Please use Spotify carefully and be mindful of your settings.


You have full control over how much communication you receive from us, including notifications and marketing information. Check out our guide to managing your notifications.

Sometimes our partners will reach out to you too. These emails will always include 'Unsubscribe' links, so use these if you don’t want to receive communication like that in future.

Your device

Spotify may request permissions to use some information from your device to provide certain features (e.g. microphone access). We'll only access such information after asking your permission, which you control.

Your mobile device’s operating system may allow you to control these permissions. For more information, please visit the support site for your operating system.

3rd party app permissions

Spotify is pleased to support interaction with third-party applications to produce fresh and innovative features for you. If you connect your Spotify account to a 3rd-party application, that application may require certain permissions to function.

If you would like to remove any permissions from these apps, you can do so from your account page. Just tap Apps in the menu on the left, and REMOVE ACCESS next to the application you wish.

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