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How do I recover deleted Spotify playlists?

Recover deleted Spotify playlists
Rediscover your old, discarded tunes

If your Spotify is splitting at the seams with playlists, it can be tempting to do a musical spring clean – but what if you delete that cherished Simply Red mixtape by accident? Never fear, you can bring it back with a few clicks. Here’s how to recover deleted Spotify playlists.

A quick note before we start: you won’t be able to do this via the Spotify app (in any of its forms) so we’d recommend cranking up your laptop or PC.

How to recover deleted Spotify playlists

To begin, sign into your Spotify account homepage and scroll down to the “Recover playlists” option in the left-hand menu. 

Recover deleted Spotify playlists

This will reveal a rogue’s gallery of all of the playlists you have ever deleted – no matter how embarrassing…

Recover deleted Spotify playlists

As you can see, as well as the title, you also theoretically get the date of deletion and the number of songs contained in the binned playlist.

Why theoretically? Well, after the first few months, Spotify put every deletion date at “27/08/2018” for me – even though most of them are from five years ago or more. If the correct dates are there for you, please let us know in the comments section below.

Once you’ve hunted down the playlist you wish to resurrect, simply click the green RESTORE next to the listing. You’ll then be given a notification that the process has been successful.

Recover deleted Spotify playlists

Your restored playlist should immediately appear in your Spotify – no matter whether you’re using the desktop, Android or iOS app. However, if it doesn’t appear, try the old IT trick of logging out and then logging back in again.

Interestingly, once I had restored old playlists, I could see the date I first added songs to them – and recoiled in horror at one from nearly eight years ago. 

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Max Figgett

Max has written for numerous websites and magazines over the years. Whether it’s about ancient hardware or software secrets, no Big Tech Question is too obscure for him to tackle.

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