Amazon Echo Speaker lets you stream music from various services and devices. Usually, you issue the command ‘Alexa, play music’ followed by the name of the streaming partner. If you use services regularly, like Spotify, you can avoid adding the name of the streaming partner to your command by making it the default provider. That’s what we will convey to you in this post. Let’s see how to add Spotify as the default music service on Amazon Echo .
Previously, users from certain regions enjoyed listening to Spotify on Amazon Echo because this service was limited to Spotify Premium customers. In some countries, the Spotify service on Echo is not available for premium and free customers. Fortunately, that changed recently when Spotify allowed streaming for several 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 connect Spotify and choose it as the default for music on Amazon Echo
You need the Alexa application for this procedure. The whole idea is broken down into two methods – Spotify with the Amazon link and make it the default provider. Let’s check the steps.
Spotify link to Amazon Echo
Before making Spotify your default music provider, it’s important to link your Spotify account to your Amazon Echo device. These are the steps for the same thing.
Step 1: Launch the Alexa application on your smartphone. Log in to the Amazon account registered with your Echo device, just in case you haven’t set it up. You should check our guide on how to set up Echo like a pro.
Step 2: Tap the three bars icon at the top. From the menu, select Settings.
Step 3: Scroll down and tap Music.
Step 4: Tap on the New Service Link. Select Spotify on the next screen.
Step 5: You will be taken to the Spotify skills page. Tap Activate to use.
Step 6: Now, you must add your Spotify account. Tap on Settings for that on the Spotify skill screen. On the next screen, tap the Link account.
Step 7: Login with your Spotify account details and agree to the terms and conditions. When finished, you will see a confirmation screen.
Another way to link Spotify and Echo is to issue an order, ‘Alexa, activate the Spotify skill’. That will add Spotify under the list of music services available in the Alexa application in Settings> Music. Then tap Spotify and follow the steps 6 and 7 mentioned above to link accounts.
Make Spotify the Default for Music on Amazon Echo
After linking Spotify in the Alexa app, you can easily make it the default service. If you don’t, you must use Spotify at the end of all your voice commands. For example, ‘Alexa, play XYZ playlists on Spotify.’ If Spotify is not the default provider, Amazon will take music from its music service or other standard services. Sometimes, Echo won’t play music, check various ways to fix the problem.
Following are the steps to make Spotify the default music service.
Step 1: Open the Alexa application and go to Settings from the three-bar icon.
Step 2: Tap on Music followed by Default service.
Step 3: Tap Spotify to select it as the Default Music Library. You can also choose Spotify as the default station.
How to Control Spotify on Amazon Echo
When Alexa and Spotify are successfully linked, and you start playing something, you can control it in several ways. First, you can use the Alexa application or through the web at alexa.amazon.com. You can also use the Spotify application or its web version at open.spotify.com.
Finally, you can use the following Spotify command on your Echo device:
- Alexa, Play Spotify
- Alexa, Play (playlist name)
- Alexa, like this song
- Alexa, what is playing
- Alexa, Play Discover me every week
- Alexa, Random playlist (playlist name)
If the playlist doesn’t work as intended, say ‘Alexa, playlist (playlist name).’ And if Alexa plays a random playlist instead of what you made, add my word to your command, which is, ‘Alexa, play the song list of my best songs. ‘
Bonus: Set Spotify Alarm on Echo
In addition to playing songs from Spotify, you can use Spotify to set songs, playlists, or artists that are determined as your alarm tone in Echo. For that, give commands like:
- Alexa, wake me up at 7:00 in the morning for the best song list
- Alexa, wake me up at 8:30 a.m. for my someone
Alexa Won’t Play Spotify
Sometimes, you will be interrupted by a lack of communication between Alexa and Spotify. If Alexa isn’t playing from Spotify, update the Alexa app, or link your Spotify account back to Echo. You can also try disabling the Spotify Skill and then reactivating it.
We are glad that Spotify is finally available to free users in many countries in Echo. It is time for Spotify to introduce this feature because competition is increasing every day. Amazon has its own music service, which offers intense competition for Spotify. Even YouTube Music and Apple Music provide 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 have to choose Apple Music over Spotify.