How to Block Artists on Spotify?

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Written by: Alex Popa


How to Block Artists on Spotify?

Are you tired of seeing certain artists or songs on Spotify, and you want to block them forever? Well… the thing is – you can do that on the mobile app, but it’s impossible on the desktop app.

Here’s how to block Spotify artists on the mobile app:

  1. Find an artist you don’t like
  2. Go to their profile
  3. Tap on the three-dot icon under their profile
  4. Select “Don’t play this artist

Spotify will never show that artist ever again on your phone. But this option doesn’t carry to your desktop Spotify app for some… weird reason ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.

The only thing you can do on the computer is select “I don’t like this song“, which doesn’t block that artist from appearing on your playlists in the future.

And you can only do this with the songs in the “Discover Weekly” playlist (making the solution quite useless).

That artist will still appear in your recommendations but may appear less often (that’s Spotify desktop for you…)

If any of the above confuses you (and I don’t blame you, honestly…), keep reading because I’ll get into more details below!

Block Artists on Spotify: Mobile Phones (the only way, really…)

Blocking Spotify artists on mobile is quite easy. You just have to find an artist you don’t like, then go to their profile page, tap the three-dot icon and select “Don’t play this“.

See below:

1. Find an artist you don’t like

Find an artist you don't like

First, open the Spotify app on your phone. Once you do that, just find an artist you don’t like, either in the recommendations or in your library. You can also search for their name.

Then, tap on their name, just like in the screenshot above.

2. Tap on the three-dot icon under the artist’s name

Tap on the three-dot icon under the artist's name

Tapping on the artist’s name will send you to their profile page, where you’ll see their song recommendations.

What you need is the three-dot icon next to the “Follow” button (see the screenshot above for visual aid…). Select it!

3. Select “Don’t play this artist

Select "Don't play this artist"

Once you tap that three-dot icon, a different window will open where you’ll see three options:

  • Follow
  • Don’t play this
  • Share

Tap on “Don’t play this” to prevent that artist from ever showing up in your playlists. And that’s really it. Enjoy your music without all the trash you just blocked!

For Computers

You can’t block artists on the desktop Spotify app as I said earlier. You can only select “I don’t like this song” by right-clicking on a song or artist.

Follow the steps below to see how that’s done:

1. Click on the “Discover Weekly” playlist

Click on the "Discover Weekly" playlist

With Spotify opened on your computer, find the “Discover Weekly” playlist. It should be under the “Made for [username]” section.

Once you find it, click on it.

2. Click on the “I don’t like this song” icon next to a song

Click on the "I don't like this song" icon next to a song

After you open the “Discover Weekly” playlist, you’ll see a playlist of songs from different artists. These are songs that Spotify recommends to you.

You’ll find two icons to the right of every song – a heart and a circle with a dash (see the screenshot above)

The circle with the dash in it is the “I don’t like this” icon. Click on it to tell Spotify you don’t like that song.

Spotify won't recommend songs like this next time

This won’t stop that artist from appearing in your playlist again, though!! Instead, it may appear less often. This is the best you can do… ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Which begs the question – what was the point of all this? Yeah, that’s Spotify for you…

Let’s summarize this again…

To summarize, if you want to block an artist on Spotify, you can only do it on the mobile app. The desktop Spotify app only lets you “dislike” a song.

Spotify will try not to show that song or similar songs again. But it may show songs from that artist, which is irritable, to say the least.

It then may also not show you similar songs that perhaps you would have actually liked. So, it’s a kind of a mess. But it is what it is I guess.

Maybe Spotify will implement this feature on desktops sometime in the future.

If you have any questions or if you’re still confused about anything, let me know in the comment section below!

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Alex Popa

My name is Alex and I have a knack for social media in all its shapes and forms. I’ve dealt with such things for quite some time and I noticed that many people have issues with social media and technicalities.

Unforeseen errors, bugs, and other problems make their use of social media problematic. These things will be discussed amply in the guides on Whizcase.

I'll present the facts as they are, and offer quick and easy solutions for them.

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