How to Delete a Spotify Account

Remove your free Spotify account for good

What to Know

This article explains how to delete your Spotify account. If you don't want a free Spotify account, canceling your subscription isn't enough. You have to go through a multi-step process to permanently close your Spotify account.

How to Delete Your Spotify Account

If you really want to delete your Spotify account instead of reverting to a free account, follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to and select Account.

    Spotify help screen
  2. Select I want to close my account.

    I want to close my account
  3. Read the options and select CLOSE ACCOUNT if you really want to delete your Spotify account.

    Permanently close Spotify account

    Select KEEP FREE ACCOUNT if you would rather convert to a free Spotify account.

  4. Select CLOSE ACCOUNT.

    Confirming close account
  5. Verify you're attempting to delete the correct account, then select CONTINUE.

    Continue account deletion

    If multiple people use your computer, this step is very important. Make sure you aren't deleting a friend or family member's Spotify account on accident.

  6. Read the explanation, indicate that you have read and understand, then select CONTINUE.

    What happens next with Spotify deletion

    This option will be grayed out until you indicate you have read the page.

  7. When prompted, switch to your email client and look for an email from Spotify.

    A screenshot of the Spotify account deletion process.
  8. When the email from Spotify arrives, read it and then select CLOSE MY ACCOUNT.

    Email confirming Spotify account closure
  9. When you see the all done message, that means your account has been successfully deleted.

    A screenshot confirming that a Spotify account has been deleted.

What Happens When You Cancel Spotify?

When you cancel a Spotify account, it automatically reverts to a free account that you can continue using without any additional charge. You will still have access to all of the same music, playlists, and friend connections, with the caveat that advertisements will play in between songs. If you want to delete a Spotify account so it doesn't exist anymore, you have to follow the steps in the previous section.

If you signed up for Spotify with a student discount and you delete the account, you won't be able to re-apply until a whole year has passed.

Should You Close Your Spotify Account?

Spotify is a streaming music service that has an ad-supported free version and an ad-free premium version. If you have a premium subscription you're no longer using, you can cancel or unsubscribe from Spotify and revert to a free account. You can still use your free account on your computer, phone, smart speakers like Alexa, and elsewhere, with the caveat that you will have to listen to advertisements.

A woman permanently deletes her Spotify account using a laptop.
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When you close your Spotify account, the account is gone. Additionally, the following things happen:

  • You can never use your Spotify username again.
  • Your playlists and saved music are gone forever.
  • You lose your followers.

You can recover a deleted Spotify account within seven days of deletion. After that, it's gone for good.

What if You Change Your Mind About Deleting Spotify?

Spotify makes the account deletion procedure fairly lengthy because it's an irreversible process, so they want to give you a chance to rethink the decision before you close your account. However, there is a short grace period.

Reactivation email

If you change your mind about deleting your Spotify account within seven days, you can undo the process. Spotify sends a confirmation email after your account has been closed, and that email includes a reactivation link. If you click that link within seven days of deleting your account, you will have the option to recover the account.

Seven days after deleting your Spotify account, you will lose the option to recover your account. You can still make a new account using the same email address, but you will have to select a brand new username, rebuild your library, and obtain new followers from the ground up.

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