Recently played artist not updating

My Question or Issue

Since five days back, my recently played artists as seen on my profile are not updating properly. Before, it was instantaneous, now maybe 7-8 hours delay. Sometimes my library updates, but not the artists shown in my profile. Same with friends profile, very annoying. I see some old topics with this and that is has been "fixed" - any solution anyone? I have tried deactivating in settings and activating, restarting, reinstalling, nothing works.




iPhone 7

Operating System

iOS and Windows 10




Hey there everyone, 


We really appreciate your patience while our tech teams are looking into this!


If you're having troubles seeing any updates in the Recently Played Artists section of your profile page, please  try the following first:

  • Try connecting to a different internet connection to stream music
  • Restart your device
  • Try listening from a different device to see if that section updates
  • Make sure that the app and your device's software is updated to the latest version available (you can also try a quick reinstall of the app with these steps)

If you're still having troubles after that, make sure to add your +VOTE and let us know the following details so we can pass them along to the right teams:

  • Your device's make, model and operating system
  • The exact Spotify app version you're on
  • The troubleshooting steps that have been tried so far

We'll let you know as soon as we have any updates to pass on, thanks!

Rock Star 16
Rock Star 16

Hey there @Wordflow,

thanks for reaching out !


The Recently Played should update once a session is re-opened.

This means that if you are done listening, the Recently Played won't update right away.

It will update once you start a new listening session.


Hope this helps 🙂

Casual Listener

Thanks for replying!

How would you define a listening session? Because until one week back it used to show up instantly as I or a friend changed artist, but now the lag is 6-8 hours. 

Rock Star 16
Rock Star 16

Hey @Wordflow

thanks for the update!


Can you please confirm that this is happening across all of your devices, including desktop? having another user like a friend can help as well.


Waiting on your update 🙂

Casual Listener

Yes. On all devices!

Casual Listener
I am having the same issue myself on all platforms

My "Recently Play Artists" section on my public profile stopped updating and managed to fix it. Unfortunately I don't know what actually fixed it, but here's what I did (in order). It was most likely either 6 or 7, I'd suggest starting save time but I'm including 1 - 5 incase it's a combination of one of them with 6 and/or 7:

1) fiddling with the settings for a few days. Turning off the "share my listening activity" and "show my recently played artists" and "private session", listening to some albums, then turning it back on.

2) logged out of everything - my phone, tablet, desktop app and web browser.

3) uninstalled and reinstalled app on my desktop.

4) played music on all my devices. Phone, Kindle, web browsers (firefox and microsoft edge), desktop app

5) tried another free account on all these devices and Recently Played Artists started updating again. Confirming it probably wasn't the device.

- None of those things alone fixed it, so it's likely one of these 2:

6) I reset my password

7) I went to my account overview on the Spotify website, and on the left menu at the bottom of the list is a tab called "Apps" with a puzzle piece icon. It's all the Apps that I gave permission to access to my Spotify account.

- the app permissions I REMOVED were:

a) a 3rd party app called that I used to use for more in depth new releases. I think it was this one because I removed it from my bookmark toolbar around the same time I started having issues. I don't know if that makes any sense, but it's one **bleep** of a coincidence if not.

b) Something about "allows the profile service to transcode images". I apoligize, I don't remember the actual name of it and I have no clue what it was.

- and the app permissions I KEPT were:

c) Spotify Advertising Cookie
d) Spotify Community
e) Spotify Mobile Web Player.

Voila, my Recently Played Artists began updating again. quicker Than before too (used to take up to 8 hours, now 10 minutes)

Casual Listener

Nope. Not updating even after 10 new sessions. 


Hey @Gina52561,

Thanks for getting back to us (and thanks @verlin_benge for providing those steps) 🙂

Judging by the fact that this is happening across all your devices, it sounds as if the issue is specific to your account.

With this in mind, could you create a new account and have a listen to see if your Recently Played Artists updates as normal?

If so, let us know and we'll let you know what to do next.

Thanks! Keep us posted 🙂



Hello Peter. I created a new account and it isn't updating either.


(Is it something to do with my Mac?)