Spotify now lets you block other users from seeing your playlists & activity

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What you need to know

  • Spotify is allowing people to block other users in-app.
  • Blocking users prevents them from seeing playlists and activity.
  • Previously, people had to go through customer service.

Spotify is making it easier for people to block others from seeing their playlists and activity, according to a new report. Previously, the only way to block someone was to contact customer services and ask them to do it.

That's all changing according to an Engadget report, with Spotify now making the blocking something people can do themselves in-app. And yes, the process is completely reversible should you find yourself wanting to unblock someone again in the future.

To block someone on Spotify, simply visit their profile and click the ... button. Select "Block," or "Block User" on mobile, and that person will no longer be able to access your page, public playlists or see your listening activity. As you might expect, there's an "Unblock" option should you ever change your mind.

Spotify says that this change is just part of its ongoing efforts to make its service safer for people to use when listening to music and podcasts. The new block button will begin rolling out to customers this week, so don't fret if you aren't seeing it yet — it'll arrive eventually.

Spotify is what many would consider to be the best iPhone music app, despite the availability of Apple Music and the Apple One subscription bundle. That's a matter of personal taste, but we can all agree that features like this are a good move for everyone.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.