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What is Spotify Connect and how to use it

Spotify Connect lets you remotely stream music on Spotify to all your compatible devices so you never miss a beat.
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January 18, 2022

Spotify has become the world’s most popular music streaming service to date. But there are times when you want to stream music through something other than your desktop or phone. That’s where Spotify Connect comes in. The feature allows you to use one device, such as a smartphone, to remotely control listening on any compatible audio product you have in your home. Spotify Connect is easy to use, only requiring two presses of a button, and avoids the hassle of Bluetooth pairing. Here’s everything you need to know about Spotify Connect.

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Spotify Connect is a feature of the Spotify app, allowing you to stream music over Wi-Fi to any compatible audio device. Spotify Connect works on one device at a time and streams directly from the Spotify servers, leaving you free to multitask on your smartphone. With listening sessions synced to the cloud, you can control where and how your music plays.


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What is Spotify Connect?

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Spotify Connect rolled out in September 2013 as a way to let users remotely control the vast library of songs from their phones, tablets, and speakers. Devices compatible with Spotify Connect soon started filtering into the market, and these days you won’t find many streaming-enabled products without it. And it’s not just speakers — Spotify Connect also works on PCs and mobile devices, so you can use your phone to control the playback on your laptop or tablet for instance.

While it was initially a feature exclusive to Spotify Premium, Spotify Connect is now available to all Spotify service plans.

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Spotify Connect is one of several methods enabling you to listen to music from your phone through a stereo system. Others include Bluetooth, Apple’s Airplay and Google’s Chromecast. However, the most significant difference between Spotify Connect and those others is that it continuously streams in 320kbps, which is less susceptible to dropouts, sounds better, and has a much wider range.

Although Spotify Connect is part of the Spotify app on your smartphone, it allows your speaker or music system to stream music directly from Spotify servers rather than from your mobile device. In other words, you don’t have to worry about draining your smartphone’s battery if you’re planning to jam out for hours; it simply acts as a remote control.

Another big advantage of using Spotify Connect (especially with devices that supports it natively) is that when you launch the app or switch between devices, it will always automatically adjust the volume for the chosen audio product. Pretty cool, eh?

How to use Spotify Connect

You’ll first need a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer with the Spotify app downloaded to use Spotify Connect. For this step-by-step guide, I’ll be using the Android app. Launch the application, then log into your Spotify account.

Now, you just need the right product to play music. Chances are you might already have a smart speaker or amp that supports Spotify Connect. You can find a complete list of compatible devices here, many of which are regularly featured in our deals hub.

Make sure both the device you are using Spotify from and the audio device you wish to play music through are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Next, select your favorite song to play.

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Once the app detects compatible speakers, a Devices Available icon appears at the bottom left of the screen. The same icon will appear in the bottom-right corner of the Spotify desktop app. Clicking this brings up a list of compatible devices on your network. Select the one you’d like to use, and music will start playing from it. There may be a tiny delay in between, but it’s much quicker than always having to pair devices.

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Now you’re all set, and your smartphone or computer becomes the remote control: select a song or playlist, pause, skip or shuffle through Spotify’s vast catalogue.

Keep in mind that devices you have previously synced with will appear on the list as well, regardless of how far away you are. It’s a feature that comes in handy sometimes, such as confusing your pets while you’re away.


Read more: How to get the most out of your Spotify subscription

FAQs

The Devices Available icon isn’t appearing. What do I do?

If the Devices Available icon doesn’t appear, you can try going to Settings and then select Show Available Devices. Double-check that everything is on the same network if that doesn’t work. Unfortunately, there’s no syncing process to add your device manually. It either connects, or it doesn’t.

What if my audio device doesn’t support Spotify Connect?

Don’t worry if your amplifiers, speakers, or stereos don’t have Spotify Connect onboard. An inexpensive dongle, such as the Amazon Echo Input, can be used as a receiver to bring you quickly and cheaply into the Spotify Connect ecosystem.

Does Spotify Connect work with voice control?

If you use a smart speaker, such as the Amazon Echo, Sonos One or Google Nest Audio, you can use voice commands to play music from Spotify on them. First, select Spotify as your default music player, so you don’t have to specify which service to use each time. Then simply say, “Alexa, play the new Post Malone album” or “OK Google, play the Interstellar soundtrack,” and your smart speaker will do the rest.