Spotify is a digital music streaming platform that allows users to access the vast majority of songs, albums and playlists from countless genres and artists. Some users may shy away from Spotify despite the perks. Perhaps you want to try something new, or you don’t like the fact that Spotify collects and uses your data for targeted advertising. Some may prefer to support artists directly by purchasing their music. Whatever your reason for wanting to leave the platform, this guide will show you how to permanently delete your Spotify account.
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Things to know before deleting Spotify account
Before continuing, please note that deleting your Spotify account will:
- Spotify does not allow reuse of usernames.
- You will lose access to playlists, saved and liked songs, downloaded content, followers, and following.
- Your account will no longer be visible to others on the Spotify network.
- All access to your Spotify account and data in any form will be lost (unless downloaded as shown below).
Cancel Spotify Premium
After reading the above, you may not be sure if you really need to delete your Spotify account. However, if you don’t want to keep paying for the Spotify Premium subscription, you can keep using the service for free. Simply cancel your premium account and convert it to a free account. To cancel Spotify Premium, please follow these steps:
- Open the Spotify client (or web player) on your PC, click the person-shaped icon in the upper right corner, and select “Account”. This example uses the Spotify desktop app for Windows.
- The Account Summary page opens in your browser. Scroll down a bit to the “Your Plan” section.
- Click the “Cancel Premium” button. Alternatively, hit the “Change Plan” button to see alternative options.
- On the next screen, Spotify explains what happens if you downgrade your account from Premium to Free. For example, you will hear an advertisement approximately every 15 minutes while listening. If you are sure you want to delete your Spotify paid account, click “Continue Canceling”.
- that’s it. Your free account is now created. Please note that Spotify will ask you to complete a survey asking why you closed his premium account.
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Save Spotify data
Spotify allows you to download your account data. This is useful for various reasons. For example, you may want to recreate your favorite playlists on another music streaming service. A Spotify account data package includes playlists, streaming history for the past year, list of items stored in your library, search queries, number of followers, accounts you follow, and more. To request data downloads from Spotify, please follow these steps:
- Open Spotify on your PC and go to the “Account Overview” page above.
- Click “Privacy Settings” in the left menu.
- Scroll down until you find the Download Data section. You can see that there are 3 options. The first is “account data”, which includes all of the above. Request to download your account data by checking the box at the bottom. This process can take up to 5 days (depending on the size of your data package).
- Alternatively, you can choose to download the “Extended Streaming History” which covers your streaming history for the lifetime of your account, but takes 30 days to compile. You can also get “Technical Log Information” if you want to access the information.
- Once you have made your selections, please press the “Request Data” button at the bottom.
- Spotify will send you an email asking you to confirm your data download request. Go to your inbox and press the green “Confirm” button to continue.
- All that’s left is to wait.[プライバシー設定]At the top of the section you will see a green banner that says “Data file is being prepared.” You will receive an email when the download is ready. ”
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How to delete Spotify account
Regardless of whether you have Spotify Premium or Free, the following steps will show you how to delete your account. Please note that you can delete your Spotify account from your PC or mobile app.
- On a PC, access the Account Overview page in your browser as described above.
- Scroll to the bottom of the page and press “Click here” under “Close Account”.
- On the next page, click the “Close your account and delete your data” option under “Premium?”
- Press the “Close account and delete data” button.
- A pop-up chat box will appear on the right. Select the “Close Account” option to continue. There is also an option to “Cancel Premium”.
- The support chatbot will check your email and even give you the option to switch to another cheaper plan. If you really want to do this, press “Close account and delete data”.
- A confirmation message will be sent to your inbox. Go to Messages and click Close Account.
- On mobile, start this same process by clicking the gear icon in the top right corner.
- Select “Premium Plan”.
- Tap “Click Here” at the bottom to open a browser window.
- After doing so, you will be directed to the “Account Closing and Data Deletion” page in your mobile browser. Repeat steps #4 through #7 above to remove your premium account.
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- Go to the Account Closure and Data Deletion page.
- Click the ‘Close account and delete data’ option under ‘If you don’t have Premium’.
- On the Are you sure you want to close? page, press Close Account.
- Confirm that this is the account you want to delete and press “Continue”.
- On the next page, check “I understand” and click “Continue”.
- Spotify will send you a confirmation email. Open it and click “Close Account”. that’s it!
- On mobile, go to Settings -> Accounts -> Click here to start the same process.
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If I change my mind later, can I reactivate my account?
Yes, but you only have 7 days to do so. After you delete your account, Spotify will send you an email with a link to reactivate your account. This is valid for 7 days. After this period, you will not be able to reactivate your account.
Can I deactivate my Spotify account?
Unlike the option to disable Facebook, you cannot disable or deactivate your Spotify account.
However, if you receive an email or error message stating that your account has been disabled, Spotify may be taking steps to disable it for one of the following reasons:
- Suspected Cheating – Any suspicious activity detected on your account or anything that violates Spotify’s Terms of Service.
- chargeback – This happens when someone reverses a payment to Spotify through their bank, credit card company, or online payment service. This will deactivate your account and switch to the free version.
What are the worthy alternatives to Spotify?
If you’re looking for alternative music streaming services, there are quite a few options. See our post on the best Spotify alternatives.
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