The integration of Spotify and Alexa is a match made in heaven. You get to listen to your favorite music, podcasts, and playlists without lifting a finger. If there’s some setting-up to make it all work.
That said, linking the two apps is straightforward. And this article takes you through the process every step of the way. Plus, there are some bonus tips at the end to take full advantage of the integration.
Before You Start
To sync Spotify and Alexa, you need a premium account on Spotify. More importantly, you need an Alexa-enabled speaker that supports streaming from this music app.
Amazon Echo owners needn’t worry, as each model allows Spotify streaming. The same goes for some other speakers like the Sonos One, but this isn’t a general rule. It’s best to double-check before you proceed.
Important Note: This article assumes you’ve already set up your smart speaker and logged in to Spotify and the Alexa app.
Linking Alexa and Your Spotify Account
The first thing to do set Spotify as the default music player for Alexa. Here are the necessary steps.
Launch the Alexa app and hit the hamburger icon in the upper left corner of the screen. Tap Settings at the bottom of the slide-in menu.
Once inside the Settings menu, choose Music beneath the Alexa Preferences tab.
On top of the Music menu, there is a “Link New Service” option. Tap on it and choose the Spotify thumbnail in the following window.
Then, log in to your Spotify account via Facebook or your email. Now, hit Okay in the next window to proceed.
When you log in, a permission screen appears asking you to allow Alexa access to Spotify. Select Allow, and a window pops up informing you that you’ve successfully connected the accounts.
Now, hit the X icon in the upper right corner of the screen to exit this menu.
Access the Music tab on the Alexa app again; Spotify appears with your account name under Account Settings.
Then, tap the “Default Services” button and choose Spotify under the “Default Music Library.” A blue checkmark shows that you’ve successfully selected the app.
When you finish, select Done, and you’re good to go.
Note on Spotify Alexa Skill
You can download and enable the Spotify skill to use on your smart speakers. The installation and set-up process is pretty similar to the one described above. You should be able to do it without any particular guidance.
However, the Spotify skill can be buggy and unresponsive to your requests. A quick way to deal with this is to restart, or soft reset the device after you enable the skill.
If the skill is still unresponsive, you might need to update Alexa or use your smartphone as described above.
Using Alexa Voice Commands
After you connect the apps and finish the set-up, Alexa will play music from Spotify by default.
To play a specific playlist, you should say: “Alexa, play [the playlist name].” You should note that there is no need to add “my” or say something like: “Alexa, play my [the playlist name.]” That might confuse the app, and Alexa would respond that it can’t do it.
Other than that, you shouldn’t have any problems playing songs, genres, playlists, or anything else with the same command.
But what if you want to use a different source? In that case, you need to name the source. For example, the command might be: “Alexa, play Work playlist from Pandora.”
The great thing is that you can also lower or raise the volume via voice commands, jump tracks, or ask Alexa to repeat a song. Also, you can get the information about a particular song in the playlist.
Connecting Alexa to Spotify offers so much more than just playing a particular playlist or song. Here are some commands and tricks you might find useful.
1. Create an Alexa Routine for a Spotify Playlist
Chances are you have a favorite playlist you listen to often. You can create a routine that triggers that playlist. Here’s the route to do it:
Alexa App > Hamburger Icon > Settings > Routines > Plus Icon > “When This Happens” > Add Action > Save
With this, you can say: “Alexa, playlist,” and the favorite one will start automatically. Of course, you can always go back to the routines section and edit your preferences. And there is an option to set routines for different playlists, though you should make sure to name them appropriately.
2. Playing Spotify Daily Mix and Discover Weekly
Since Spotify is already your default player, listening to the Daily Mix or Discover Weekly is a no-brainer. You should say: “Alexa, play + Daily Mix/Discover Weekly,” and the playback will start in an instant.
And if you like one of the songs you hear, command: “Alexa, like this song.”
Alexa, Finish This Article
Finally, there should also be an option to add a specific song to a playlist. However, we haven’t tested this out. Feel free to give it a try and tell us if it works.
What kind of playlists do you have on your Spotify? Do you use any other music app? Share your preferences with the rest of the TJ community in the comments section below.