Amazon Echo speakers let you stream music from a variety of services and devices. Typically, you issue the command “ Alexa, play music ” followed by the name of the streaming partner. If you regularly use a service, such as Spotify, you can avoid adding the name of the streaming partner to your order by making it the default provider. This is what we will tell you in this post. Let’s see how to add Spotify as the default music service on Amazon Echo.
Previously, users in some regions enjoyed listening to Spotify on Amazon Echo because the service was limited to Spotify Premium subscribers. In some countries, the Spotify service on Echo was not available for premium and free subscribers. Fortunately, that changed recently when Spotify made streaming possible for multiple countries for Spotify Free users in the UK, 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 general idea is divided into two methods – link Spotify to 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 out our guide on how to set up the Echo like a pro.
2nd step: Tap the three bar icon at the top. From the menu, select Settings.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap Music.
Step 4: Tap Link new service. Choose Spotify on the next screen.
Note: If you don’t see Spotify, it may not be supported by Amazon Echo in your country. Alternatively, it may still be deployed in your area. So try after a few hours or a day.
Step 5: You will be redirected to the Spotify skills page. Press Activate to use.
Step 6: Now you will need to add your Spotify account. Tap Settings for that on the Spotify skills screen. On the next screen, tap the Link account.
Step 7: Log in with your Spotify account details and accept the terms and conditions. When finished, you will see the confirmation screen.
Another way to link Spotify and Echo is to issue the “Alexa, activate the Spotify skill” command. This will add Spotify to the list of music services available in the Alexa app in Settings> Music. Then tap Spotify and follow steps 6 and 7 mentioned above to link accounts.
Set default Spotify for music in Amazon Echo
After you’ve linked Spotify in the Alexa app, you can easily make it the default service. Otherwise, you will need to use Spotify at the end of all your voice commands. For example, “Alexa, read the XYZ playlist on Spotify”. If Spotify is not the default provider, Amazon will retrieve music from its music service or another default service. Sometimes Echo won’t play music, check different ways to fix it.
Here are the steps to make Spotify the default music service.
Step 1: Open the Alexa app and go to the settings for the three bar icon.
2nd step: Tap Music, then tap Default Services.
Step 3: Tap Spotify to choose it as the default music library. You can also select Spotify as the default station.
How to control Spotify on Amazon Echo
When Alexa and Spotify are successfully linked and you start playing something, there are several ways you can control it. First, you can use the Alexa app or via the web at alexa.amazon.com. You can also use the Spotify app or its web version at open.spotify.com.
Finally, you can use the following Spotify commands on your Echo device:
- Alexa, play Spotify
- Alexa, Play (playlist name)
- Alexa, like this song
- Alexa, what plays
- Alexa, play my discovery every week
- Alexa, Shuffle (playlist name) playlist
If the playlists don’t work as expected, say “Alexa, read the playlist (playlist name)”. And if Alexa reads a random playlist instead of the one you created, add a word my at your command, that is to say “Alexa, play my playlist of best songs”.
Point: Avoid using punctuation marks, acronyms or difficult titles as Spotify playlist names.
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Bonus: set Spotify alarms on Echo
In addition to playing songs from Spotify, you can use Spotify to set a song, playlist, or artist specified as an alarm tone in Echo. To do this, issue commands like:
- Alexa, wake me up at 7 a.m. on the playlist of the best songs
- Alexa, wake me up at 8:30 am to someone from me
Alexa will not play Spotify
Sometimes you will be bothered by the lack of communication between Alexa and Spotify. If Alexa is not playing from Spotify, update the Alexa app or reconnect your Spotify account to Echo. You can also try deactivating the Spotify skill and then reactivating it.
Competition is strong
We are happy that Spotify is finally available for free users in many countries on Echo. It was high time that Spotify introduced the functionality as the competition increased day by day. Amazon has its own music service, which offers great competition to Spotify. Even YouTube Music and Apple Music offer great services. Speaking of Apple Music, you can use the same steps mentioned above to link Apple Music to Echo. The only difference is that you should select Apple Music instead of Spotify.
Skills add power to your Amazon Echo. Check out 13 interesting Echo skills you might find interesting from the following link.
Last updated on June 26, 2020
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