What is the Private Session?

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What is the Private Session?

SpotifyUser1
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I am just wondering what is Private Session? I don't want my songs to be shared on the Spotify Activity bar next to my friend's activity. Does having Private Session checked mean I can listen withoutsharing my activity?

 

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Katerina
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Hey there folks,

 

Thanks for reaching out here in the Community about this. 

 

By default, anyone who follows you on Spotify can see what you’re listening to with Friend Activity.

 

If you'd like your activity to not be displayed there, you can switch on Private Listening. There's more info on how to do this on your device here

 

Keep in mind that a Private Session ends automatically when you restart Spotify, or after a long period of inactivity.

 

Further, anything you listen to in a Private Session may not influence your music recommendations, for example your Discover Weekly.

 

Hope this helps clarify things! If there's anything else we can help with, just give us a shout and we'll be happy to lend a hand.

 

Have a lovely day 🙂

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Peter__
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I'm pretty sure Private Session gets reset on all platforms after a set amount of time or after you log out and back in again. 

If you don't want to share, you can turn Spotify social and sharing to Facebook off from the Spotify > Preferences menu.

 

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Flick9
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So basically it is not possible to be antisocial by default on spotif? The first thing I do after launching spotify is to turn the private. Session on. Music can be a very privatethingfor a lot of people. Can't believe this policy. 

Richard
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@Flick9 wrote:

So basically it is not possible to be antisocial by default on spotif? The first thing I do after launching spotify is to turn the private. Session on. Music can be a very privatethingfor a lot of people. Can't believe this policy. 


Turning your sharing off in your Preferences as described above will do the trick. Private Sessions will expire after an amount of time or logging out, but your Preferences are saved.

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JollyDog
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So...

 

What changes when Private Session (desktop version) is turned on if I've already unchecked in preferences "Share my activity...", "Show what I listen to...", and the three "Publish" options?

 

Thank you.

 

Richard
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If that's all unchecked then you wouldn't need the Private Session. The option's there for people who want to share most of the time, but want to hide a particular few tracks.

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Flick9
Casual Listener

Thanks Richard. 

 

The problem was I kept looking fothis'll option on the iPad and couldn't find it. Hence my frustration. And on the subject of the iPad. There's no cursor in the input teleaving on the commenting on this forum. Any ideas?

pinky177
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you go to settings, then social, then private session. hope this helps!

Richard
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@Flick9 wrote:

Thanks Richard. 

 

The problem was I kept looking fothis'll option on the iPad and couldn't find it. Hence my frustration. And on the subject of the iPad. There's no cursor in the input teleaving on the commenting on this forum. Any ideas?


Is it not in the app settings?

 

And I've not heard about the cursor issue before. I'll see if I can grab an iPad to replicate it.

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Rocio
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Hello there!

 

Exactly, when you click on "Private session" that means everything you listen to on Spotify will not appear on Facebook, so no one will know about it. 

 

I hope this helps, 

 

Thanks for using this community 🙂

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_Mattystar123_
Newbie

So from the subject, it is quite confusing but what I am trying to say is how do you get 2 people listening to music at the same time but not listen to there's

 

 

adt00
Newbie

Does this also mean that no one will be able to see what I listen to on the actual spotify activity feed itself?

OviiiOne
Community Legend

As far as I know no one will be able to see what are you listening to.

donnyd51
Newbie

Is there a way of permanently enabling 'private session'?

 

maybe i'm wrong but everyt time i log into spotify my music is shared by default and i have to enable private session so that people dont see what im listening to - am i correct on this?

OviiiOne
Community Legend

No, you need to select private session everytime you start Spotify.

MattSuda
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@donnyd51 

 

In the Spotify desktop app, go to the preferences and under "Privacy" there will be 2 check boxes.

 

Make sure both "share my activity and what I listen to with my followers on Spotify" and "share my activity and what I listen to on Facebook"

 

are both UNCHECKED

 

That should stop the sharing.

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HN
Casual Listener

Is there a way to make every single session private by default?  I have to click the private session option every time when I log in.  I don't want to share what I'm listening to with others, ever.

Joe
Community Legend

In the windows client preferences you can turn off scrobbling, and activity sharing on MSN, Facebook and Spotify Social which, I think covers everything.

ajberrisfo
Newbie

Hi guys,

 

On the mac app, it seems that choosing not to share in the preferences section overrides everything so there isn't a need for a private session? Does choosing this preference automatically apply the same the android app? In the app I only see the option for a private session?

 

Cheers

Alex

meme82822
Newbie

Where do i find te Private session.. i need an urgent answer thank you

Peter__
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@meme82822 wrote:

Where do i find te Private session.. i need an urgent answer thank you


In the desktop client press on your username in the top right corner of the client and select "Private Session". 

 

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Hey Rocio,

 

Great response, however I want to add some things to this.

 

When you use a Private session option, nothing posted to Facebook, Spotify Social and Last.fm. 😉

 

Cheers.

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