How to Block or Unblock Artists on Spotify-[Step by Step Guide]

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Spotify is based on algorithms that analyze your habits to suggest songs and personalized playlists, keeping you engaged with the new music. However, sometimes, a particular artist’s songs you don’t like keeps appearing in your recommendations.

This situation can be frustrating. Fortunately, Spotify lets you block and unblock artists to personalize your listening experience. You can only block or unblock artists on the mobile app; this feature is not available on the desktop or web browser.

Quick Answer

To block artists on Spotify, open the artist page, click the three dots icon, and tap Don’t Play this Artist. To unblock any artist, look for the artist page, tap on the three dots icon and hit Allow to Play this Artist.

How to Block Artists on Spotify

Spotify tracks your music listening habits to improve your experience by recommending songs and artists. However, there is a possibility that you no longer like an artist because of its offensive content or anything else, but because of your previous history, Spotify keeps recommending songs from that artist. In such a case, Spotify allows you to block the artist. Here’s how to do it:

  • Open the Spotify app on your Android or iOS mobile.
  • Look for the Artist page you want to block. You can find the artist page through the search bar, browse any playlist, or by clicking on the artist’s name if any of their songs are currently playing.
  • Click on the three dots icon on the top right corner of your mobile screen.
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  • Click on the Don’t Play this Artist.
Tap on Don't play this Artist Image
  • Then, you’ll see a confirmation pop up, confirm it.

If one of the Artist’s songs is playing, it will immediately be stopped, and the next song in the queue will play.

What happens when I block an Artist on Spotify?

  • Once you block any artist on Spotify, you will see a block icon instead of the follow button on the artist page.
  • You can’t play the songs of that particular artist. But you can visit the artist page and unblock the artist.
  • If one of the songs from that particular artist you blocked appears in any playlist, it will automatically be skipped.
  • When you block an artist, their songs won’t play, but if they collaborate with any other artist you haven’t blocked, their collaborative songs might still play.

How to Block Artists on the Desktop App

Spotify has no dedicated option for blocking artists on the desktop app; this feature is only available on the mobile app. However, if you used to listen to music on the desktop app, you can reduce the appearance of a particular artist’s songs in your recommendations. Here’s how to do it:

  • Open Spotify’s curated playlists like Discover Weekly.
  • If you find the artist’s song you want to block, click on the cancel icon next to it. 
  • Once you click on the cancel button, the song will be removed from your recommendations.

If you find songs in the recommendations again, keep removing them. This way, you inform Spotify’s algorithms that you don’t like that artist. Eventually, Spotify will stop showing your songs by that artist.

How to Unblock Artists on Spotify

Sometimes, you may change your mind about an artist you previously blocked. Spotify gives you the option to unblock such artists. Once you unblock the artist, they will again reappear in your playlists and recommendations.

Like hiding or unhiding songs on Spotify, this feature is also only available on the mobile app. To unblock an artist on the Spotify:

  • Jump to the artist page by searching for them.
  • Click on the block button, or tap the three dots icon, and click on Allow to Play this Artist.
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In short, blocking and unblocking features on Spotify are a great way to personalize your listening experience on the platform. Whether you don’t like an artist due to its offensive content or want to refine your music recommendations, Spotify offers you valuable features to take control of your musical journey.

In this article, I’ve guided you on how to block artists on Spotify and how to unblock them. I hope after reading this article, you’ll be able to block or unblock any artist on the platform. If you still face any issue, feel free to ask in the comments section.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

No, this feature is only available on the mobile app. On the desktop app, you can only adjust your recommendations by hiding songs from a particular artist or by giving your feedback.

No, Spotify doesn’t send notifications or messages to the artists when they are blocked. These features only affect your recommendations.

Currently, Spotify doesn’t provide any option to block multiple artists at once. You’ll need to block all the artists manually.

When you block any artist, their existing songs will not be removed from your playlists. You’ve to remove the songs manually.

No, blocking an artist will only affect your personal account. It doesn’t impact shared playlists.

There is no limit on how many artists you can block on Spotify. You can block as many artists as you want.

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