Spotify will be able to show what friends are listening to. Then, this information can be used to improve a music library and also enjoy the same tunes as pals. So, how to see Friends Activity on Spotify Web Player?
How to Follow and See Friends Activity on Spotify Web Player?
Spotify comes with a feature called ‘Friend Activity’ which allows you to view the listening activity of friends you have followed on Spotify. Originally, this feature was enabled by default, and displayed activities of your friends automatically, unless they had explicitly turned on the Private session.
After Spotify is connected to Facebook, and while still in ‘Settings,’ you are able to scroll down to ‘Display Options’ and enable ‘See what your friends are playing.’ This will show up the Friend Activity feature on the right. Under ‘Social,’ you are able to switch the ‘Share my listening activity on Spotify’ toggle to green to enable. Then, you are able to start following Facebook friends on Spotify by tapping the ‘Add Friends’ icon on the top-right corner of the Friend Activity sidebar and then hitting the ‘Add Friend’ button next to someone’s name. In alternative, friends can also be followed through the Spotify mobile apps. Simply, you are able to tap on the gear icon at the top-right corner of the page and then hit ‘View Profile.’ Please tap the three-dot icon at the top-right corner, then select ‘Find Friends.’ After that, you are able to hit ‘Follow All’ or the ‘Add Friend’ icon next to someone specific.
The Friend Activity on Spotify Desktop will show what a listener’s friends are listening to. If not, it shows the last song they heard, and how long ago it was played. Clicking on their current or last-played track’s details is going to bring up the page for the song, the artist, the album, or the playlist it’s included in. You are able to play a sample. If you like it, just save it to your own Spotify library or download it for offline listening. If the Friend Activity sidebar does not seem to be updating in real-time, you are able to update the desktop app or the desktop computer’s operating system, restarting the application, logging out of Spotify then back in. Or you are able to reinstall Spotify Desktop altogether. Also, ensure friends have their own Friend Activity options enabled on their end.
Several friends may not be using Spotify with a Facebook account. However, you are still able to check out and copy their playlists by adding them as a friend via their Spotify username. Simply you are able to type ‘spotify:user:username’ in Spotify Desktop’s search bar, replacing ‘username’ with their moniker, then hit enter. If the username exists, it will pull up their profile page. Please hit ‘Follow’ and have them show up on the Friend Activity sidebar. Next, ask them to follow back and enable the necessary Display and Social options under Spotify Desktop’s settings.
“Friend Activity Not Showing” on Spotify – Here’s How to Fix
Recently there are some complaints by the users that they cannot see friend activity on the app, even when the option is enabled in Settings. In this guide, we are going to explain how to fix it.
Method 1: Double-Check with Your Friends
Anyone who is broadcasting their listening activity with Friend Activity Feed without explicitly opting-in will have their own broadcasting turned off. If you want to see your Friend’s activity, they need to opt-in again. Need to know that recently Spotify has changed all accounts to “do not share” since sharing the activity was considered a privacy problem since the users had to explicitly choose ‘Private mode’ if they did not want their friends to see their activity.
We highly recommend that you have to double-check with your friends to make sure that they have not enabled the ‘do not share’ mode on their accounts. But if your friends have already configured the settings, you are able to move to the next step below.
Method 2: Exclude Spotify from Firewall
In a case of a firewall with custom rules, your local Spotify installation may not be able to communicate with your server. This probably causes problems with certain features of the application, like the friend activity feature. Some affected users who were previously dealing with this problem have already reported that they were able to solve it by establishing an exception rule for Spotify so that the firewall would not block it.
Here’s how to do:
- At the first step, you have to open up a Run dialog box by pressing Windows key + R.
- After that, you are able to type ‘control firewall.cpl’ in the text field of the dialog box and hit Enter.
- This is going to launch the Defender window. From there, you are able to click on Allow an app or feature through Windows Defender firewall.
- In the next window, you have to click on the Change settings button.
- Please find Spotify in the list of apps mentioned on your screen, and ensure both the Public and Private boxes associated with it are check-marked.
- After doing so, you are able to restart your PC and check if the friend activity problem persists.
Method 3: Reinstall Spotify
If you cannot fix your problem with the method above, now you may need to reinstall Spotify. Doing that will address the bugs and other corruption errors which might be causing the error. Hopefully, this can solve the Friends Activity problem once and for all.
Here is what to do:
- Firstly, log in with your administrator account in Windows if you use a standard user account.
- After that, type Control Panel in the search area of your taskbar and then click Open.
- Now, you are able to click on Uninstall a program.
- Afterwards, you are going to see a list of applications installed on your computer. Find Spotify in that list and right-click on it.
- Please choose Uninstall from the context menu and then follow the on-screen procedure to complete the process.
After you have uninstalled Spotify, it is time for you to delete its data from the system.
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