Spotify Playing Random Songs

Perhaps disabling auto-play will remove the randomness from your songs, here's some easy fixes!

Recently, many users have reported Spotify playing random songs seemingly out of nowhere. The error can occur because your playing is too short. But don’t worry. I have some working fixes for you.

Key Takeaways

  • Spotify will randomly start playing songs in seemingly no order and without specific triggers.
  • This usually happens when your playlist is too short, and Spotify wants to make you keep listening.
  • You can fix this by disabling Autoplay, clearing the queue, and changing your password.

I suggest you give these straightforward alterations a shot before tackling complex solutions:

  1. Update System
  2. Clear Cache and Data

Clear Queue

This is the fix with the highest chance of working; therefore, this is the one I have put right up here. Spotify sometimes glitches out and adds songs to the pre-existing queue, causing it to play random songs. There’s a straightforward way to fix this, which is by clearing the line itself.

  1. Click on the queue icon. The PC is placed at the right corner at the bottom, while you can access it on the “Now Playing” window on the mobile.
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    Selecting Queue – Image Credits (Emopulse)
  2. Next, you can select the songs to remove, then tap the circle on the mobile app or tap the three dots on the PC and select “Remove.”
  3. If the queue is large, you can click the “Clear Queue” option, which will cause the line to be noticeable.
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    Clearing Queue – Image Credits (Emopulse)

Once you’re done with this process, Spotify should stop with the random songs, and you can listen to what you want.

Disable Autoplay

I’ll preface this method by saying that this will be less likely to work if Spotify starts playing random songs after the first few songs; however, if your error occurs at the end of a playlist, stick around because this one is for you. One of my team members claimed to fix this error by disabling it, which has also been a tried fix for other Reddit users.

Upon testing, I concluded this error was most persistent on playlists shorter than 12 songs. 

  1. Open the app and go to “Settings.”
    Settings - Image Credits (Emopulse)
    Settings – Image Credits (Emopulse)
  2. Go to the “Playback” section.
  3. Turn off the “Autoplay on this device.”
    Turning off Autoplay - Image Credits (Emopulse)
    Turning off Autoplay – Image Credits (Emopulse)

This should turn off the Autoplay feature on your Spotify, and your app should stop playing random songs. However, you should move on to the next fix if it continues.

Clear App Cache

I’ll show you how to remove the cache on both Android and iPhone.

  1. Go to “Settings” and “Applications/Device Maintenance.”
  2. Select Spotify among these apps and then click on “Storage.”
  3. Next, we must click on “Clear cache.”
    Clearing Cache - Image Credits (Emopulse)
    Clearing Cache – Image Credits (Emopulse)

For our iOS:

  1. Go to “Settings” and then tap your device name.
    General - Image Credits (Emopulse)
    General – Image Credits (Emopulse)
  2. Go to “iPhone Storage.”
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    Storage – Image Credits (Emopulse)
  3. Select the Spotify app and then click on “Offload App.”
    Clearing Cache - Image Credits (Emopulse)
    Clearing Cache – Image Credits (Emopulse)

Reset Account Password

If your issue still hasn’t been resolved, there’s a high probability that someone could be in your account. Please don’t panic; I’ll show you how to deal with this. You should very quickly reset your account password and change it to something more secure and personal, something that no one else knows

Remove All Third Party Connections

Someone could access your account through your 3rd Party connections, including your Facebook, Instagram, etc. Therefore, it’s safe to take care of this and remove them.

  1. Go to your account page.
  2. Proceed to “Apps” and see which ones are connected there.

Sign Out Everywhere

Finally, as a last resort and to keep the account to yourself, I recommend signing out from everywhere so that whoever has your account is kicked out.

  1. You go to the bill as mentioned on the earlier page.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and select “Sign out Everywhere.”

Start Album On PC, Continue On Phone

I know this is quite an unorthodox fix, and chances are that this will likely not work; however, this is still worth a shot. You can start listening to the album on the Spotify app on the PC, and then you can continue listening to it on the Phone. 

Final Verdict

This problem, commonly associated with the free version of Spotify, lacks a specific cause. Opting for “Spotify Premium” provides a permanent solution. While generic fixes may help, disabling the “autoplay” feature can address issues in the free version. If the problem persists, contacting Spotify support or consulting the Spotify community is recommended for further assistance.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is My Spotify Randomly Playing Songs?

When the Autoplay feature is activated, when you have songs in your queue that are not on your playlist, or when someone has access to your Spotify account, Spotify plays random tracks at the end of a playlist or album.

How Do I FIx Spotify Playing Random Songs?

Turning off Autoplay and clearing the Spotify song queue will stop Spotify from playing random tracks. By selecting the settings icon, you may shut off the Autoplay feature under the app's playback section. Then choose "clear queue" by selecting the queue icon in the now playing section's lower right corner. Spotify will no longer play random tracks in the middle of or after the playlist.

Even When I Turn Off The Autoplay, The Error Is Not Fixed. Why?

Even while Spotify plays random songs at the conclusion of playlists when Autoplay is enabled, it might still occur if you have random songs in your queue even when Autoplay is disabled. In this scenario, the songs won't even be at the end of the playlist; they'll start playing right after the song that is currently playing from it.

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