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[Mobile] [Other] Smart Shuffle toggle setting in settings menu

Smart shuffle is a fun way to discover new songs, but it comes at a cost. Want to reshuffle your queue? Bam, wait a few seconds longer. Want to unshuffle your playlist? Bam, no longer works, and goes to a completely random place in the playlist.


To me this is an unwanted complication, and I'd much rather be able to choose in the settings menu whether I want to enable the Smart Shuffle feature, or disable it.

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This is especially bad while I'm driving with Android Auto. It is very slow to turn off and then I have to look down to see if It finally changed so I can turn back on regular shuffle.


Adding a comment to hopefully get this suggestion back on the front page for a bit.  This feature absolutely needs to happen and I can not understand what the delay is.  Coding isn't that difficult.  It would take one guy 1 hour to add this toggle.


Users should have the option to disable smart shuffle altogether (turning the shuffle button back into an on/off toggle instead of being smart/on/off).


It just adds a nuisance (an extra click EVERY time I want to shuffle adds up) and it's not good. It never recommends similar songs, only songs by similar artists, and more importantly: I just don't want it, I don't like it, it's just another annoying lazy AI feature that I don't want and wouldn't want even if it DID work well. I'm sure some people love it, but it would sure be great to be able to turn it off permanently and not have to cycle through it every single time I want to shuffle a playlist

  • I’ve been paying premium for 5+ years definitely more cause I’ve used since before high school and i graduated in 2019. This smart shuffle being an extra option pisses me off, and the fact yall keep raising prices but don’t make the service better in return is sickening. There’s also an issue that makes Spotify clunky specifically because of smart shuffle. When you set a genre selection in liked songs, if smart shuffle is on and you turn it off, it removes the genre filter from the queue, even though it still says it’s on, it will start playing pop and rock when I clicked country, or piano without lyrics when I chose rap. Please stop being kno heads and give us a way to permanently disable the feature from settings. In the past few months my premium plan for student was deleted by Spotify not me, and could no longer find the plan on the website so now instead of paying $4.99 I’m paying like $12.99 so If yall need my money so bad fix the app so it’s not always broken in some way or another.






(iPhone 8, Samsung Galaxy 9, Macbook Pro late 2016)

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(iOS 10, Android Oreo, Windows 10,etc.)


My Question or Issue



How is this not already resolved? If I wanted spotify to shove their suggestions into my playlists I'd specifically ask them to do so. The fact that I cannot simply start spotify and shuffle my playlist without toggling through their forced recommendations is absurd.


Another way to implement this (if not already mentioned) would be to have a setting to have smart shuffle active only when connected to WiFi. I wouldn't want to waste my mobile data on songs I didn't even choose to listen to, while I have a huge playlist downloaded already!

Btw, the "feature" doesn't turn off at all on my phone. Even when the shuffle button shows "no shuffle", the suggestions still remain in the list and get played.


Stop the enshittification.  Just let users disable it.



It's really dangerous to turm off smart shuffle when i am driving. Just let user choose to use it or not.


Making the only signifier of this a barely distinguishable icon change to the well-known shuffle icon is really unhelpful. It took me 15 minutes to work out how to turn this off during which time it kept playing random songs that I didn’t want? I would prefer this to be a separate button, or a settings option. It’s only because I happened to recognise that the icon was slightly different and didn’t just put it down to some sort of visual refresh.


Can we please get the**bleep** shuffle off button? How its not resolved after so much time, votes and comments?

How come spotify**bleep** at listening to simple feedback