[Mobile] Remove current Song from Playlist



This is a usability improvement for the Mobile devices. Sometimes I want to remove songs from a playlist. This is currently quite a long task to perform on the mobile device.


  1. I first have to select the right playlist.
  2. Then I have to locate the song, which is not listed alphabetically. They are listed in the order I built the playlist with the oldest first and newest last.Some of my playlists have up to 900 songs in them and scrolling slowly can be difficult and timeconsuming.
  3. Then click on the "pencil" icon and  delete the track I don't want.

I think it would be a better user experience if we could delete songs as easy as it is to add them to a playlist. 


So here's a suggestion for the mobile app, look there's even a space for it on the info page! Smiley LOL


Spotify Delete Track Idea






UPDATE 3 June 2017

I have been contacted by user eviljojo22 who has developed a Plugin that creates a playlist named "Remove from Spotify" and every 45 minutes minutes it deletes every song in it and also in every playlist in which that same song appears (which may not be what you want). However, this is an option that may help you before Spotify gets round to providing this very simple function. Good luck (and Thank you EvilJojo22)

Connect on https://spotify-playlist.eivo.fr



UPDATE 7 February 2019

I have been contacted by user bamboony who has developed an android app that might solve the problem in the short term:


Updated on 2019-07-09

Hey Folks, 


Since 2012, there are a couple of features that speed up removing songs from playlists. 


On Android, you can find tracks quickly by clicking the three dot menu in the playlist and heading to the 'Find in Playlist' option - this will bring a search bar where you can type the name of the song or artist. On iPhone, you can find the search bar by pulling down on the Playlist screen. Once you've found the track, you can click the three dots next to the song and click 'Remove from this Playlist' - even whilst the track is playing. The song will continue, but be removed from the playlist. 



















From the playlist menu you can also sort your playlist by Title, Recently Added, Artist, Album or Custom. 


We'll keep this idea open and if there are any updates about adding a remove song button to the menu on the 'Now Playing View', we'll post them here. 



Music Fan

If the song is currently playing, on Android, on the Now Playing screen, you can tap the name of the playlist at the top of the screen, and you'll get taken to the playlist, and it'll scroll down to the song that is currently playing, and select it.


On iOS, this doesn't happen. All they need to do is make it work the same way on iOS.


Spotify's weakness is keeping all their apps on all their various platforms in sync.


It's the weakness of most companies, when their employees have to work together and stay in sync. Different people work on each app, I'm sure.


Hi thank you for your reply . I've added the plugin and a great thx for the developer.


Yes, after 5 years and HUNDREDS of requests for this most basic of functions, it took a magnanimous and crafty developer to create a plugin that does allow us to remove a song from a playlist, so... Thanks immensely to said developer for that! There is still a drawback, in that to remove a song from a playlist necessitates that it be removed from ALL playlists in which it appears. No complaint to the developer here, he/she is only working within the constraints of spotify's ecosystem. Spotify should be ashamed of itself!️ That it not only has refused to implement this most basic, rudimentary and primary function, but has also refused to give ANY explanation for it's refusal, tells me that there is some reason too embarrasing/evil/nefarious to admit: there musty be some $$$ coming from somewhere and they know that to admit this would reveal the ultimate contemp they hold their users in. Spotify, it's time to man-up! Stop being an orwellian stereotype, and get this **bleep** done for the right reasons. Until you do, you will simply suck, and will be regarded by many, many of your potential supporters, as simply an evil, sucking, ethicall bereft, money-clutching and pathetic excuse for a company.  SHAME ON YOU!

Casual Listener

It takes 4-5 taps (and a ton of scrolling!) to remove an item from a playlist in iOS. This is ridiculous. It should realy be a swipe gesture (I find it hard to believe that the "save to library" or "add to queue" features are used that much). Or it could be a long or firm-press option since the preview functionality was removed a while ago and replaced with nothing.

Music Fan

@stefgeiger Absolutely. Good point on the preview feature. Spotify keeps putting energy in removing useful features instead of improving the apps. Then on the desktop, they integrate the remove song from playlist feature, where nobody actually needs it. What a mindboggling and cluttered mess this is.

They could also easily integrate this feature without removing anything like the add to library/queue stuff. Just use short and long swipes, like a multitude of other apps (Apple Mail, Spark Mail, Airmail, …) where a short swipe left would add or remove from library and a long swipe left would delete from playlist. 



This "delete" option should be on top of your list for developement.  Why this wasn't included when the app was originally developed is a mystery.

Thanks for listening


Love Spotity!!!! 


So, in iOS, you have a playlist with 10000 songs. You just added a song by mistake and you want to remove it from the playlist. The only option is to open the playlist, switch to edit mode, scroll down to the end (takes ages and kills your finger), and after five minutes you can eventually remove it.


It is so unusable. Moreover, what if the song is somewhere in the middle of the list?


I can't believe it is still not implemented in iOS. If it is indeed "not something we plan on building at the moment", that makes the whole playlist building experience such a pain that I will eventually quit Spotify.


Spotify, seriously! You pretend to be committed to the best user experience, but this constant neglect of BASIC PLAYLIST FUNCTION, and your avoidant explanations belie your projected nature.


Lets look at Discover Weekly. Great idea, defanged by your absurd choices. I copy all 30 weekly offerings into a growing, accumulative playlist, and as I listen to the week's songs I would delete some of them from said growing playlist IF I COULD, to end up with only the keepers. My personalized playlist.


But I can't do that, because Spotify won't enable THE MOST BASIC PLAYLIST MANAGEMENT FUNCTION!


At some level, there must be a slew of people at Spotify truly embarrassed by this failure.

And this embarrassment is deeply deserved.


Shame on you Spotify.

It sucks to be lame doesn't it?

Look at all the animosity you have rightfully earned around this particular, and avoidable, failure of yours.

Dear Spotify, It's very frustrating that you have not put this request on
top of your list. I have 600+ song and some I really need to delete. Please

As I see spotify take a **bleep** about users request, so I've decided. I dont want to be flustrated and left spotify.   

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Does anybody else see the irony in this advertisement?  I wonder if the advertiser is aware of the 'pain' associated with cleaning playlists...?