September 21, 2020
Spotify is the go-to music app for most people when it comes to gathering music and curating playlists. On top of that, one of the main reasons people get an Amazon Alexa is so they can play music without having to dig through their account and connect their phone to some speakers. It’s no wonder so many people are frustrated they can’t get their Spotify to connect to their Echo. Using Alexa Spotify Commands would take your music experience to a whole new level.
Issues with getting Spotify to connect to the Echo is such a common problem, the app should have a guided tutorial for people who can’t get it working. Some people don’t even have trouble connecting their account and have problems with the actual voice commands.
The Alexa app can be a little confusing. When you’re connecting third party hardware, you generally have to go into the smart home settings and set up a new “Alexa skill”, but for Spotify, you have to use a completely separate feature in the “Music & Media” section in your settings. It is important to understand the Alexa settings.
After you go into music services in the settings, you should see Spotify near the top of the list. All you have to do here is log into your Spotify account and accept their terms to “connect” with Alexa. It should say that your account has been successfully linked. At this point, you’re pretty much done connecting. You can go ahead and “X” out of everything and go to the main menu.
Once you have your app connected, you should be able to play anything on your Spotify account with voice commands. You can just say “Alexa, play Spotify” if you want Alexa to play where you left off. Once you have your Spotify playing, it should show up as “now playing” on your other apps. You can always pause and change songs from your phone once it’s playing over Alexa. Amazon released information about the basic Spotify commands.
Basic Spotify Commands
Alexa, play *song title* from Spotify
Alexa, play Spotify *everywhere*
Alexa, play *song title* by *the artist* from Spotify
Alexa, play songs by *the artist* from Spotify
Alexa, play *playlist name* from Spotify
Alexa, play *genre name* from Spotify
Alexa, show me *songs, playlists, genres, albums* from Spotify
Alexa, Spotify connect or connect to Spotify
Alexa, play Spotify (plays where you left off)
You can also use the basic music commands once you have Spotify playing, including “Pause,” “Stop,” “Resume,” and “Mute.” If Alexa doesn’t recognize a song or command, you can always go into your Spotify app and find the correct media you were looking for and then simply change the output options to play on the Amazon Echo.
Basically, you just have to add “on Spotify” with anything you want to play, which can be a little tedious at times, but it’s a lot easier than actually finding the app on your phone and connecting it to your speakers. If you don’t want to have to tack on “on Spotify” every time you want to play music, you can set it as your default music app inside your Alexa settings. Just go back to “Music & Media” in your settings and tap “Choose default music services.”
If you have all your settings correct, and Alexa still won’t recognize your Spotify commands, there are a few things you can try. First off, setting it as your default music app should get rid of most of the command. Other people have solved this issue by switching the command around. For example one individual claims this is the only way to get it to work:
“Alexa, on Spotify play the *playlist name* playlist.”
Apparently, this works for a lot of people, but still may only work some of the time.
Pairing Spotify and Alexa together makes enjoying your favorite artists and discovering new music easier. Voice commands reduce the number of times you have to pause whatever it was you were doing to select, skip or repeat a song.
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Krista Bruton is a DFW-based writer who covers smart home security and consumer protection.
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