Even with intense competition in the music streaming space, Spotify remains the preferred choice among users. Amazon is leads with Echo devices and Alexa integration in the Smart Home. On the Echo devices, default music streaming service is set to Amazon Music. However, you can easily use other options like Apple Music and Spotify with Alexa. Here’s how.
In our dedicated comparison, we concluded Spotify is better than Amazon’s offering. You can make your Echo speaker tune into Spotify instead of the Amazon Prime music service. You can always link your Spotify account to Alexa and set it as the default option on mobile and web.
Link Spotify to Alexa
The ability to change the default music streaming service is available on Alexa mobile apps and the web. But first, you must link Spotify to Alexa using the iOS or Android app. Amazon offers a similar Alexa app on Android and iPhone. We will use the Alexa iOS app in the screenshots below. You can follow the same steps on the Android app and link Spotify on your Echo speaker.
Step 1: Download and install the Alexa mobile app on your Android or iPhone. Sign in with your Amazon account.
Step 2: Go to the ‘More’ tab.
Step 3: Open Settings.
Step 4: Select Music & Podcasts under Alexa Preferences.
Step 5: Select Spotify under the Services menu.
Step 6: Tap Enable to Use.
Step 7: Sign in with your Spotify account details for authorization.
You have successfully linked your Spotify account with Alexa. Now, it’s time to set it as the default option. You can do it via the app or the web.
Set Spotify as Default Music Streaming Service
Follow the steps below to change the default music service on Alexa mobile app.
Alexa Mobile Apps
Step 1: Open Music & Podcasts menu in Alexa Settings (refer to the steps above).
Step 2: Select Default Services.
Step 3: Tap Change under Music.
Step 4: Select Spotify from the bottom menu.
If you want to use Spotify to listen to your favorite playlists, you should change the default podcast app to Spotify from the same menu.
Step 5: Tap Change under podcasts and select Spotify.
If you are getting some work done on the desktop, you can make the same tweak using the Alexa web version.
Alexa’s mobile app is quite feature-rich. The same isn’t true for the web version. It’s basic at best. You can easily set Spotify as the default music player with Alexa on your Amazon Echo. Here’s what you need to do.
Step 1: Visit Alexa on the web. Log in with your Amazon account details. The company may ask for two-factor authentication if you have enabled it.
Step 2: Click Settings from the left sidebar.
Step 3: Select Music & Media under Alexa Preferences.
Step 4: Select ‘Choose default music services.’
Step 5: Select the radio button beside Spotify and click Done.
Now that you have set Spotify as the default music streaming service, use the following commands to play your favorite tracks and podcasts.
- “Alexa, play Today’s Top Hits on Spotify.”
- “Alexa, play an Oral History of The Office podcast on Spotify.”
- “Alexa, play Workout Mix.”
- “Alexa, play Rap God by Eminem.”
- “Alexa, play discover weekly.”
Play Spotify on Amazon Echo via Bluetooth
If you want to play a few tracks on your friend’s Amazon Echo, you don’t need to go through the lengthy process mentioned above. You can connect your phone to Amazon Echo via Bluetooth and play your favorite Spotify playlists. You can check your Amazon Echo device from the Alexa mobile and web and connect it to any phone using Bluetooth.
Alexa Mobile Apps
Step 1: Open Alexa and head to the Devices tab.
Step 2: Select your Echo device.
Step 3: Tap ‘Connect a device.’
Step 4: Enable Bluetooth on your phone and connect it to Amazon Echo.
After a successful connection, open Spotify and start playing your favorite playlist and podcast.
You can connect any phone to your Amazon Echo using the web version.
Step 1: Open Alexa Settings on the web.
Step 2: Select your Amazon Echo under the Devices tab.
Step 3: Click ‘Bluetooth.’
Step 4: Select ‘Pair a New Device.’
Step 5: Connect your phone to Amazon Echo via Bluetooth.
Using the same trick, you can play YouTube Music on Amazon Echo.
Enjoy Spotify Playlists on Your Amazon Echo
After connecting your phone to Amazon Echo via Bluetooth, you can’t use any Alexa commands to play music or podcast. For the best experience, we recommend linking your Spotify account to Alexa.
Last updated on 26 September, 2022
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