Solved: How to Turn On/Off Smart Shuffle on Spotify

Posted by Adam Gorden on Oct 11, 2022 5:00 PM.
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how to turn on and turn off Smart Shuffle on Spotify

While the Shuffle feature on Spotify exists for a long time on Free and Premium, some users are reporting seeing a new option in the Shuffle Mode - Spotify Smart Shuffle.

Different from the normal Shuffle on Spotify, this new Smart Shuffle seems similar to Spotify's recent Enhance features for better recommendation. If you want to add or listen to some recommended songs, it's nice to see the additional buttons as "Enhanced" and "Smart Shuffle".

In this post, we'd like to share methods for how to turn on or off Smart Shuffle on Spotify.

Part 1. How to Turn On Smart Shuffle on Spotify on Mobile
Part 2. How to Turn Off Smart Shuffle on Spotify on All Devices
Bonus Tips: How to Get Full Control of Spotify Contents without Premium

Part 1. How to Turn On Smart Shuffle on Spotify on Mobile

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If you would like to try this new feature with recommended songs, you can turn on Smart Shuffle on Spotify Premium.

1. On Android or iOS, open the Spotify app for mobile.

2. Head to a playlist to start playing a song in it.

3. Above the menu bar, find Now Playing to tap it for a full-screen view.

4. In the Now Playing view, see the Now Playing bar at the bottom.

5. Tap the Shuffle icon to select the Shuffle Mode.

6. In the pop-up, choose Smart Shuffle under the Shuffle option.

After that, you will experience a different listening experience with some recommended songs in your normal playlist - via Spotify Smart Shuffle.

Part 2. How to Turn Off Smart Shuffle on Spotify on All Devices

While it's simple to have recommendations from the Spotify Smart Shuffle, some Spotify users would like to turn it off for specific streaming reasons. However, there' s no Disable option for this new added feature - the prompt appears every single time when users want a normal Shuffle mode instead, which can be annoying.

Unfortunately, there's no way to disable the Smart Shuffle pop-up until Spotify tells us how to click or tap on the Spotify buttons. Don't despair. We've collected some workarounds to cancel Spotify Smart Shuffle on your device.

2.3 Deactivate Spotify Smart Shuffle

Some mobile users reported that a repeat tap on the "Smart Shuffle" button sometimes work to deactivate Smart Shuffle mode in Spotify. You can follow the instructions above for how to turn on Smart Shuffle on Spotify so as to deactivate it.

2.2 Sign Out Everywhere in Spotify

You can log out of Spotify or sign out everywhere to disable the Smart Shuffle feature on desktop, web player and mobile.

Note: If you are using the desktop, you can use the Sign out everywhere button to logs your account out of Spotify everywhere you're logged in, including the platforms above. But it can take up to 1 hour for sign out to take effect on the web player.

For desktop to log out of the app:

Click on the Profile icon > Log out or from More button > File > Log Out.

Tips: For desktop to sign out everywhere: click on the Profile icon > Account to go to the Account Overview page, then Sign out everywhere.

sign out everywhere

For mobile to log out of the app:

On Android or iOS to go to Your Library > Settings > LOG OUT.

2.3 Update the Spotify App

Since this added Spotify Smart Shuffle feature is still in test, chances are that it will be canceled or improved after an available update. You can keep the Spotify app always update, so you don't miss any change of this Smart Shuffle feature.

For desktop to update the app:

Click the Profile icon > Update Spotify now or from the More > Help > About Spotify for more information.

update Spotify now

For mobile to update the app:

Go to App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android) > Search > Spotify > Update.

After the Spotify app was updated to the most recent version, check if the pop-up still shows the Smart Shuffle option.

2.4 Reinstall the Spotify App

You can reinstall the Spotify app to reset all the current Spotify Settings, including the enabled Smart Shuffle feature. However, you'll lose all you Spotify downloads after the reinstall of the app.

Note: A normal reinstall of the Spotify app is enough to disable the Smart Shuffle feature.

You can also try a clean uninstall of the Spotify app on Android, Windows or Mac to delete the related files before a normal reinstall.

For mobile to normal reinstall the app:

From the Home Screen > Spotify, then tap and hold the app icon until an Uninstall (Android) or Delete (iOS) button is available to continue.

Tips: On Android to clean uninstall the app: go to Settings > Apps & Applications > Manage applications > Apps > Spotify > Storage > Clear Data, then back to Storage > Android > Data, find the com.spotify.spotify.music folder to delete.

After the associated folders are deleted, normal uninstall the Spotify app from the Android device.

For desktop to normal reinstall the app:

On Mac to click Go > Utilities > Activity Monitor > Spotify processes > Quit Process, then open Finder > Applications > Spotify > Move to Trash. Or on Windows to start from Windows Search Box > Settings > Control Panel > Programs > Uninstall a program > Spotify > Uninstall.

Tips: On Mac to clean uninstall the app: click Go then hold the Option / Alt Key > Library > Caches, find the com.spotify.client and com.spotify.client.helper folders to delete. On Windows to clean uninstall the app: go to the Windows Search Box > %AppData% > AppData\Roaming, find the associated Spotify folders to delete.

appdata folder on Windows

After the associated folders are deleted, normal uninstall the Spotify desktop app from the Windows or Mac device.

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