The Amazon Echo and Alexa play nicely with a host of music services, and that includes the biggest - Spotify. By default, Alexa will turn to Amazon Music to handle your entertainment requests, but there's ways to make Spotify your default music service and ensure rivals are eradicated from the equation.
Not only can you use Spotify to play music with your Alexa smart speaker, Echo devices also support Spotify Connect, letting you stream tunes manually. And then, of course, thereâs voice control. Note, too, that third-party Alexa-powered speakers may well be Spotify-compatible too - and also work with Spotify Connect - so there are other options beyond the Echo.
Alexa offers full control of playback and your music library, an Alexa EQ feature to fine-tune audio, with tons of commands for seamless control of your music. But how does it all work? Letâs get into it.
Using Spotify with Alexa
1. Open the Alexa app.
2. Tap the Play icon from the bottom and you'll be in the Music & Books section.
3. Scroll down and tap the More Music Streaming Services tile.
4. Choose Spotify.
5. Log in to your Spotify Premium account with your credentials.
6. Link your accounts.
Can you use Spotify Free with Alexa?
No, you canât. You need a Spotify Premium account in order to use those features. If youâre not up for forking out there are some options. Firstly, Amazon Prime users can access a lot of Amazon Musicâs library for no extra cost (aside from the ÂŁ80 a year).
Interestingly, Google Home lets you use Spotify Free as a service, so maybe Amazon will follow suit at some point.
Make Spotify the default music service
It's great that Amazon has been open enough to let you use Spotify as your Echo's default audio provider instead of its own service.
To set things up, just fire up the Alexa app, go to Settings and scroll down to Music. Now, click on Choose default music service and then make sure Spotify is checked. Press Done, which literally describes what you are.
Can you use multiple Spotify accounts?
If you want to use multiple Spotify accounts on your Amazon Echo speaker, things get complicated.
Itâs not really possible to do this, but you can kind of fudge it. The Amazon Echo lets you switch between user profiles, so if you associate two Amazon accounts with different Spotify ones, you can get the desired effect.
To add additional accounts, you'll need to login to alexa.amazon.co.uk or alexa.amazon.com and head to Settings > Account > Household Profile. You can jump between them simply by saying "Alexa, switch profile".
Your Amazon Echo speakers all support Spotify Connect, which means you donât always have to use your voice. Choosing music can be easier using a phone or tablet, when you donât have to just pluck ideas from the tip of your tongue. In a Spotify app â on tablet, smartphone or laptop â you will see your Echo speakers listed among the sources.
So youâve got started with playing back music from Spotify â but what do you say to Alexa? Here are some essential controls, and some you might not realise you can use:
The following will work without adding âfrom Spotifyâ if youâve set the service as your default music player.
âAlexa, play [title/artist/album] from Spotify.â
âAlexa, play [playlist] from Spotify.â
âAlexa, play [genre] from Spotify.â
âAlexa, Volume up / down.â
âAlexa, set volume to level [number].â
âAlexa, stop shuffle.â
âAlexa, who is this?â
âAlexa, what song is this?â
âAlexa, when did this song/album come out?â