How To Use Spotify With Alexa

For a bunch of folks, Spotify is the big cheese when it comes to reasons for grabbing an Amazon Echo speaker. I mean, who can resist the allure of millions of songs and podcasts at your beck and call, right? So, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of using Spotify with Amazon Alexa, be it on an Echo or any other smart speaker.


Want to connect Spotify to Amazon Alexa? Piece of cake! Just whip out your Android, iPhone, or iPad and open the Alexa app. Tap More > Settings. Choose Music and Podcasts. If you see the option, use tabs to pick either personal or Family settings. Tap Link New Service and select Spotify. Lastly, follow the prompts to link with Alexa, which includes logging into your Spotify account.

Before you dive in, you’ll need Spotify and Amazon accounts and a speaker equipped with Alexa like the Echo Studio or Sonos Beam. Spotify Free and Premium accounts are good to go, but only Premium subscribers can listen ad-free or play any song or album on-demand. Free listeners can only shuffle playlists or mixes based on an artist, album, or track.

Here’s the lowdown on linking Spotify to Alexa

  1. Open the Alexa app on your Android, iPhone, or iPad.
  2. Tap the More button in the bottom toolbar.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Scroll down and select Music and Podcasts.
  5. If the option is available, use tabs to select between personal (your name) and Family defaults. Personal defaults are triggered when Alexa recognizes you — Family defaults trigger whenever someone without an Alexa profile or linked personal service tries to play something.
  6. Tap Link New Service, and follow the prompts, including signing into your Spotify account.

If you don’t want to add “on Spotify” every time you ask Alexa to play something, you must set it as a default service. Within the Music and Podcasts menu above, open Default Services. You can make separate selections for on-demand music, artist/genre stations, and podcasts. You might, for example, set Spotify as the default for stations and on-demand music, but use Apple Podcasts so your history syncs with Apple’s native Podcasts app.

How do you play Spotify music on Alexa devices?

Once Spotify and Alexa are buddies, the easiest way is to ask your Alexa speaker to play an artist, album, song, podcast, or playlist. Just a heads up, when set to English, Alexa often gets tripped up by non-English names and titles.

Here are some phrases you could try:

“Alexa, shuffle music by Godspeed You Black Emperor.”
“Alexa, play The Crow by DJ Food.”
“Alexa, shuffle The Best Ambient Playlist You’ll Find on Spotify.”
“Alexa, play the latest episode of Fire Escape Cast.”
“Alexa, play the album From Sleep by Max Richter.”

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If you want to play music in a specific room (other than the one you’re in), on a group of speakers, or everywhere in your home, you’ll need to add that information to your request.

For example:

“Alexa, play music by Flying Lotus in the Kitchen.”
“Alexa, play my Release Radar playlist everywhere.”
Of course, voice commands aren’t always the most convenient option, whether because Alexa doesn’t understand you or you want to queue several songs in a row. In that case you can start playback in the Spotify mobile or desktop apps, then tap or click on the Spotify Connect button, which looks like a speaker in front of a TV. This will bring up a list of Spotify-compatible devices on your local Wi-Fi network, including any Alexa speakers.

Just a note, you can only have one stream going per Spotify account. If you’re jamming to a song on your phone, for instance, and someone asks your Echo to play another, the music will switch there. You can dodge this by joining multiple Amazon accounts in an Amazon Household, and giving each person their own Spotify account. But they’ll have to ask Alexa to switch profiles each time they want to use their own library.

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John Miller


July 8, 2024