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Getting rid of a Facebook based Spotify account

So you think Facebook sucks, and you don’t like how everything in the web is connected you your Facebook account, like your Spotify? Here’s how to solve at least this problem.

There are two possibilities how your Spotify account is potentially connected to Facebook:

  1. It is a “normal” e-mail based account and it is just linked to Facebook.
  2. It is a Facebook based account, meaning the whole account was created based on your Facebook identity.

Getting rid of option 1) is quite easy, while 2) is a bit more complicated. See here how to solve both issues.

Unlink your Spotify account from Facebook

For case 1) as stated above:

  1. Open the Spotify desktop app.
  2. In the top-right corner, click , then Settings.
  3. Under Social, click DISCONNECT FROM FACEBOOK.

 

Transfer to a non-Facebook account

If your account is based on your Facebook identity (case 2) there is no straight forward way to switch that account to a “normal” one. You will have to create a new account. Sounds worse than it is, as your playlists and such can be transferred. Do the following:

  1. Create a fresh new Spotify account. The email address for that cannot be the same one you use with your existing account. With some email providers like Googlemail, you have the option to modify your address by adding special characters before the @ or using an alternative domain, eg. joe.doe@gmail.com is the same like joe.doe+spotify@googlemail.com . This will do the trick.
  2. Open up a support ticket with Spotify via the contact form: https://support.spotify.com/us/contact-spotify-support/
  3. Ask them to transfer your old to your new account. This will move friends, playlists, your saved songs and basically everything which is relevant. Your payment subscription will not be moved! Give them the email addresses of both accounts.
  4. Wait 2-3 days.
  5. Sometime in between, cancel the subscription of your old account and get a new one for your new account.
  6. If everything has been transferred, reach out to support once more and ask them to delete your old account.
  7. You’re done!

I ran through this process in the last days. I had some issues with the transfer of my library/saved songs, but Spotifys support was always very prompt and helpful and after starting the transfer once more, all went well.

What about Facebook

If you haven’t lived under a rock, you probably heard that Facebook did come under some fire recently. There is this ongoing story with Cambridge Analytica, which somehow suggests that Facebook did indeed play a certain role in the US election and that they generally are not too careful with the personal data they own. Well, and there have been some other things in the past.

For some general overview whats going on at Facebook, I recommend this excellent article on Wired.

So what can you do if you want to leave the game, or at least minimize your personal footprint within Facebook?

Obviously deleting the complete account is the ultimate solution. But be careful, there is a difference between deactivating and deleting your account. Read more about this and how to really get rid of all your data here.

If you’re, like me, not ready yet to say byebye to Zuckerborg, you can limit the data Facebook shares with 3rd parties, as described here. But read closely, this can lead to some unwanted side effects.

And finally, there is the nice Social Book Post Manager plugin for the Chrome browser (I’m using this), which helps you to delete your old posts and likes – you don’t really believe someone is interested in your post from three years ago or that you’ll check out your own Facebook history when you’re retired, do you?

 

from now on: enjoy franks farrago with the comforting feeling that everything you read and post is encrypted with a quality certificate from let’s encrypt.

Falcon Heavy Demo Launch

space geeks, mark the date. tuesday, february 6th has the potential to be a groundbreaking day in space flight. space x will for the first time shoot its falcon heavy into space and it will either be a spectacular firework or an unbelievable sight, when two stages return and land in parallel.

planned liftoff: 13:30-16:30 EST (18:30-21:30 UTC; 19:30-22:30 CET).

get your updates here.

German Content: Für die, die es noch nicht kennen  – Sascha Lobos Replik auf Volker Kauder.

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