Amazon Echo speakers let you stream music from various services and devices. Typically, you issue the command ‘Alexa, play music’ followed by the name of the streaming partner. If you use a service regularly, such as Spotify, you can avoid adding the streaming partner name to your command by making it the default provider. That’s what we will tell you in this post. Let’s see how to add Spotify as default music service on Amazon Echo..
Earlier, users from select regions enjoyed listening to Spotify on Amazon Echo as the service was limited to the Spotify Premium subscribers. In some countries, the Spotify service on Echo was unavailable for premium and free subscribers. Fortunately, that changed recently when Spotify made streaming possible for several countries for Spotify Free users in U.K., Ireland, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Japan, Mexico, and India.
Let’s see how to link Spotify to Amazon Echo and make it the default music provider.
How to Link Spotify and Choose It as Default For Music in Amazon Echo
You will need the Alexa app for this procedure. The overall idea is broken into two methods — link Spotify with Amazon and make it a default provider. Let’s check the steps.
Link Spotify to Amazon Echo
Before making Spotify the default music provider, it’s important to link the Spotify account to your Amazon Echo device. Here are the steps for the same.
Step 1: Launch the Alexa app on your smartphone. Log in to the Amazon account registered with your Echo device, in case you haven’t set it up yet. You should check our guide on how to set up the Echo like a pro.
Step 2: Tap on the three-bar icon at the top. From the menu, select Settings.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap on Music.
Step 4: Tap on Link New Service. Choose Spotify on the next screen.
Note: In case you don’t see Spotify, it might not be supported by Amazon Echo in your country. Alternatively, it might be still rolling out in your region. So try after a few hours or a day.
Step 5: You will be taken to the Spotify skill page. Tap on Enable to use.
Step 6: Now, you will have to add your Spotify account. Tap on Settings for that on the Spotify skills screen. On the next screen, tap on the Link account.
Step 7: Log in with your Spotify account details and agree to the terms and conditions. When done, you will see the confirmation screen.
Another way to link Spotify and Echo is to issue the command, ‘Alexa, enable Spotify skill’. That will add Spotify under the list of available music services in the Alexa app in Settings > Music. Then tap on Spotify and follow the steps 6 and 7 mentioned above to link accounts.
Make Spotify as Default for Music in Amazon Echo
After linking Spotify in the Alexa app, you can easily make it the default service. In case you don’t do so, you will need to use Spotify at the end of all your voice commands. For instance, ‘Alexa, play XYZ playlist on Spotify.’ If Spotify isn’t the default provider, Amazon will fetch music from its music service or another default service. Sometimes, Echo will not play any music, check various ways to fix the problem.
Here are the steps to make Spotify the default music service.
Step 1: Open the Alexa app and go to Settings from the three-bar icon.
Step 2: Tap on Music followed by Default services.
Step 3: Tap on Spotify to choose it as Default Music Library. You can also select Spotify as a default station.
How to Control Spotify on Amazon Echo
When Alexa and Spotify are linked successfully, and you start playing something, you can control that in several ways. Firstly, you can use the Alexa app or through the web on alexa.amazon.com. You can also use the Spotify app or its web version at open.spotify.com.
Lastly, you can use the following Spotify commands on your Echo device:
- Alexa, Play Spotify
- Alexa, Play (name of the playlist)
- Alexa, Like this song
- Alexa, What’s playing
- Alexa, Play my Discover weekly
- Alexa, Shuffle (playlist name) playlist
If playlists do not work as intended, say ‘Alexa, play (playlist name) playlist.’ And if Alexa plays a random playlist instead of the one created by you, add word my to your command, i.e., ‘Alexa, play my Best songs playlist.’
Tip: Avoid using punctuations, acronyms, or difficult titles as your Spotify playlist names.
Bonus: Set Spotify Alarms on Echo
Besides playing songs from Spotify, you can use Spotify to set a specified song, playlist, or artist as your alarm tone in Echo. For that, issue commands like:
- Alexa, wake me up at 7:00 am to Best songs playlist
- Alexa, wake me up at 8:30 am to Somebody’s me
Alexa Won’t Play Spotify
Sometimes, you will be bothered by the lack of communication between Alexa and Spotify. If Alexa doesn’t play from Spotify, update the Alexa app, or relink your Spotify account to Echo. You can also try disabling the Spotify Skill and then enable it back.
Competition Is Strong
We are glad that Spotify is finally available for Free users in many countries on the Echo. It was high time that Spotify introduced the feature as the competition is growing day by day. Amazon has its own music service, which offers great competition to Spotify. Even YouTube Music and Apple Music provide great services. Talking about Apple Music, you can use the same steps mentioned above to link Apple Music to Echo. The only difference is that you need to select Apple Music instead of Spotify.
Next up: Skills add power to your Amazon Echo. Check out 13 cool Echo skills that you might find interesting from the next link.
Last updated on 02 February, 2022
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