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How to connect Spotify to Alexa

Soon you'll be able to play Spotify with your voice.
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January 27, 2022

Listening to music is, of course, one of the primary use cases for smart speakers. Once you’ve linked Spotify to Amazon Alexa, you can ask an Alexa-enabled speaker to play songs, albums, playlists, podcasts, and stations. Here’s how to connect Spotify to your Alexa device.

Read more: How to set up and use Amazon Alexa

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To link Spotify to Amazon Alexa, download the Alexa app and head to Settings. Tap Music & Podcasts, select Spotify, tap Enable Skill, and then follow login prompts. If you don't see a Spotify button, try Link New Service.


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List of supported devices

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Spotify is supported by the length and breadth of Alexa speakers. Seriously ― if a product supports Alexa, Spotify is onboard. There are instances where functionality might be limited, such as on the Ecobee Smart Thermostat Premium, where you can’t use voice controls unless you pay for Spotify Premium.

How to connect Spotify to Alexa

  • Download the Alexa app on your iPhone or Android smartphone to connect Spotify to Alexa.
  • Tap the More button and head to the Settings sub-menu.
  • Scroll down to the Music & Podcasts option under Alexa Preferences to proceed.
  • Tapping the Link New Service option will present you with all the music streaming services you can link with your Alexa device.
  • Tap the Spotify button, and then Enable To Use.
  • Tapping the button will show a pop-up in your browser of choice. If there is no pop-up, choose the settings button and select the Link Account button.
  • Both options will take you to a browser tab where you must Log in to Spotify. You must agree with all the permissions settings, including the ability to view your activity on Spotify, account data, and to take actions on Spotify.
  • Tap the Agree button to link your Spotify account with Alexa.

You can now use Alexa to play music from Spotify. Try phrases like “Alexa, play The Crow by DJ Food on Spotify,” “Play ambient music on Spotify,” or simply “Alexa, play music on Spotify.”

Set Spotify as default music app on Alexa

If you don’t want to add “on Spotify” every time you ask for music and/or podcasts, you’ll need to set it as a default service.

Head back to Settings > Music & Podcasts. Now tap Default Services. From here, you can select separate defaults for general music, podcasts, and artist and genre stations. You might, for example, choose Spotify for music, but use Apple Podcasts so your playback history syncs with your Apple devices.

How to disconnect Spotify from Alexa

  • To disconnect Spotify from your Alexa devices, head to the Settings page.
  • Tap Music & Podcasts.
  • Tap the Spotify button and then select Disable Skill.
  • This will remove Spotify from Alexa.

Read more: How to connect Spotify to Google Home

FAQs

Can I listen to multiple Spotify accounts on my Alexa device?

Yes, but it’s a little tricky. If you’ve set up an Amazon Household, you can assign separate Spotify accounts to each connected Alexa profile. You’ll have to say “Alexa, switch profile” to a speaker every time you want to flip accounts.

How can I play a Spotify playlist with Alexa?

Listening to a playlist is simple. In many cases you can use the command “Alexa, play (playlist name),” here assuming that Spotify has been set as your default music service. This can backfire if there’s an album or song with the same title, so you might try something like “Alexa, play the playlist (playlist name)” instead. For variety, you can ask Alexa to “shuffle” a playlist ― try “Alexa, shuffle The Best Ambient Playlist You’ll Find on Spotify.”

Is Spotify free on Alexa?

You can now use both Spotify Free and Spotify Premium on Alexa, barring device-specific restrictions like the ones on Ecobee products. You’ll still need Premium in order to play individual songs.