Why does Spotify Play Songs not on my Playlist

Spotify, being the top music streaming app taking an edge over Apple Music has many exciting features in it. The same features as like the Apple Music has but the feature where Spotify takes an edge is their playlist. Spotify Auto Play and Smart Shuffle feature max outs its AI (Artificial Intelligence) capability in their app. Spotify suggests a list of songs based on songs you played.

Being the main feature of this app doesn’t mean that it has to be successful every single time. Sometimes, it bothers users when Spotify play songs that are not in playlist.

Are you one among those who find it annoying when Spotify plays a different song than the playlist? Then you have chosen the right article to end up with a solution for this problem. So, let’s jump into the content!

Why is Spotify not playing my playlist

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Nutshell Answer: Spotify is not playing your playlist songs because you have enabled the Smart Shuffle feature on your mobile app, which plays random songs in between the playlist songs. Or it is possible that Spotify Auto Play is playing random songs as the playlist has ended.

Before moving on to the solution, let us find out why Spotify plays random songs. Users always used to complain about the auto playing the songs which annoys the music experience. The functionality which makes this happen is the auto play.

So what is auto play in Spotify? It is a feature where Spotify plays random songs when your playlist or album reaches the end. Spotify listens to what type of songs you heard previously. For example your playlist is full of sad genre songs.

Spotify, using its AI algorithm makes a note of what type of songs you hear. When your playlist or album comes to an end, the Spotify keeps continuing to play the songs. This might sometimes suit your taste or not. Most of the users doesn’t like this auto play feature which keeps annoying to their music experience.

The new Spotify Smart Shuffle feature is similar to Auto Play, but it plays songs in betweent the playlist.

Fix: Spotify playing songs not on playlist

1. Disable Smart Shuffle option

Step 1: Play a Spotify playlist

Step 2: Open the Spotify player

Step 3: Disable Smart Shuffle

Smart Shuffle icon is the same as Shuffle icon which can be found to the left of Previous Play icon (<). When you tap the Shuffle icon once, it changes it color to green, meaning, Shuffle songs feature is active.

When you tap it once more, the color remains the green, but the icon gets a sparkle effect. That’s how you know Smart Shuffle is enabled.

To disable it, tap on it once more. The icon turn white when Smart Shuffle is disabled.

smart shuffle songs option in Spotify

2. Disable Auto Play feature

For Spotify desktop app:

Step 1: Spotify settings

Open your Spotify app in Windows or Mac and run it. You will find the home page of the Spotify desktop app. To move on to the settings, see to the top right corner. Near to your account information, there will be a down arrowed button. Click on that and find an option for settings.

Step 2: Toggle Auto play feature

Once after opening the Spotify settings section, scroll way down and there you will find auto play section. It says, ‘Auto play similar songs when music ends’. If that is turned on, turn it off.

After all this is done, you can now enjoy your favorite playlist without any interruption. But if you love the way that Spotify picks up the songs for you and matches your taste, you can turn it on.

For Spotify mobile app:

Step 1: Spotify settings

Open the Spotify app in your mobile and login with your account. Once after logging with your account, find the settings icon in the home page. Settings can be found in the top right corner of the home page. Click on that and proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Toggle Auto play feature

Upon opening the Spotify settings, scroll all the way down to find an option auto play. Disable the option by toggling the button to turn off. After doing this, Spotify stops auto playing the songs once after your playlist or album ends based on the genre.

Auto-Play option in Spotify

But if you find the auto play feature useful to you and doesn’t interrupt your music experience, then you can turn it back on.

You have tried this method though you get the songs auto played? Then try following these alternate methods.

3. Reinstalling app

To follow this method, long press the app and drag it. You will find two options on the top of the screen. Cancel and uninstall. Drag it towards the uninstall option and the app gets deleted. Or you can try uninstalling the app by moving to the Play store (Android users) or App store (iOS users) and type Spotify. There you will find an option to uninstall.

Upon uninstalling the app, download it once again like how it was done during the very first time. If you are an Android user go ahead to Play store and download it. If you are a iOS user then locate to App store and download the Spotify app.

4. Clear cache memory

To clear Spotify’s app cache memory, you have to move on to the settings of your smartphone. There you have to search for app settings and find for Spotify app.

By clicking the Spotify app, you will be having an option to clear the app cache or system cache memory. Select clear cache memory and reboot the app once again after a couple of minutes.

5. Update the app

Sometimes, using the older version of the app can also be a root cause for this bug. So updating the app every now and then when it is available is a good practice. To update the app, move to the Play store (for android users) or App store (for iOS users) and search for Spotify app.

Upon find the results for your search, there will be an option available to update the app if there is any. Update the app if you find such option and try rebooting the app once again after a couple of minutes.

Spotify’s selection of songs based on your previous heard song may be a boon to some or a ban to some. It totally depends on the taste of the user. If the selection from Spotify matches your mood as well your taste then it will be an useful feature or else it is an unwanted one.

So for those who feels this unwanted, ab0ve are the methods to find a solution for you. I hope that you find this article insightful. Happy reading!

Further Reading:

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[4 ways to Fix] Why are some Spotify songs blocked?

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