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Can Alexa Play Spotify Playlists? A Step-by-Step Guide for Music Lovers

In the world of voice-controlled assistants, Amazon Alexa has become a popular choice for smart homes. With its vast array of features, Alexa offers seamless integration with various music streaming services, including Spotify. If you’re wondering whether Alexa can play your beloved Spotify playlists, you’re in luck! This article guides you through connecting Alexa to Spotify and showing you how to use Alexa to play Spotify Playlists and more.

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How to Connect Alexa to Spotify

You’ll need to link your Spotify account with your Alexa device to get started. You can use either the Free version or the Premium version. Both work with Spotify, no problem. Follow these simple steps to connect Alexa and Spotify:

  1. Set up your Alexa device: If you haven’t already, unpack and configure your Alexa-enabled device by following Amazon’s instructions.
  2. Download and open the Alexa app: Install the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet from your respective app store. Launch the app and sign in with your Amazon account.
  3. Access the settings: Tap on “More” (three horizontal lines) located in the bottom-left corner of the app. From the menu, select “Settings.”
  4. Connect to Spotify: Scroll down and choose “Music & Podcasts” from the Settings menu. Next, tap on “Link New Service” and select “Spotify” from the list of available music services. <image>
  5. Sign in to Spotify: Enter your Spotify account credentials, or if you’re already logged into the Spotify app on your device, you may be prompted to grant permission for Alexa to access your account.
  6. Authorize Spotify access: Review the access permissions and grant Alexa permission to access your Spotify account once signed in. This step ensures that Alexa can retrieve and play your personalized playlists.
  7. (optional) Set Spotify as the default music provider: In the Music & Podcasts settings, you can choose to set Spotify as your default music service. This allows you to say, “Alexa, play music,” and it will automatically use Spotify. Otherwise, you must say, “Alexa, play music on Spotify.”

How to Play Spotify Playlists with Alexa

Now that your Alexa device is connected to Spotify let’s explore how to target specific playlists for playback:

  1. Invoke Alexa: Start by saying “Alexa” to activate your device. Alexa will respond with a prompt tone, indicating that it’s ready to listen to your command.
  2. Specify the playlist: Clearly state the name of the playlist you want to play. You can say, “Alexa, play my playlist on Spotify,” or “Alexa, play playlist by [username] on Spotify.”
  3. Shuffle your playlist: If you prefer a randomized order, you can say, “Alexa, shuffle my playlist on Spotify.” This command ensures a delightful and varied listening experience.
  4. Explore more options: Alexa offers additional commands to control playback, such as skipping the next song, pausing, or adjusting the volume. Feel free to experiment with these commands to enhance your listening pleasure.

Pro Tip – you can play Spotify on your friend’s Alexa too.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can Alexa play Spotify playlists without linking my account? 

No, you need to connect your Spotify account to Alexa to access your playlists.

Can I play public playlists created by other Spotify users?

Absolutely! Just specify the playlist name and, if necessary, the username when giving Alexa the command.

Can I ask Alexa to play Spotify playlists on multiple devices? 

Yes, once you’ve connected Alexa to Spotify, you can play your playlists on any compatible Alexa device within your smart home ecosystem.

Does Alexa support other music streaming services besides Spotify? 

Yes, Alexa supports a ton of different music services, including Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora, and more. You can link multiple music services to your Alexa account and choose your preferred default provider.

Can I control playback on Spotify through Alexa without specifying the playlist? 

After setting Spotify as your default music service in the Alexa app, you can say, “Alexa, play music,” and it will automatically play from Spotify.

Can I create new Spotify playlists using Alexa? 

Currently, Alexa doesn’t support creating new playlists directly. However, you can add songs to existing Spotify playlists using voice commands. For example, you can say, “Alexa, add this song to my playlist on Spotify.”

Can Alexa play specific songs within a Spotify playlist? 

Yes, you can request Alexa to play specific songs within a playlist. Just say, “Alexa, play [song name] by [artist] from my playlist on Spotify.”

Can Alexa identity Spotify songs?

Yep! Learn more.


Connecting your Alexa device to Spotify allows you to enjoy your favorite playlists effortlessly. With a few simple voice commands, you can instruct Alexa to play specific playlists or shuffle them for a varied listening experience. Remember to link your Spotify account to Alexa through the Alexa app, and feel free to explore additional playback commands to enhance your enjoyment. Now, sit back, relax, and let Alexa and Spotify bring your favorite music to life.

For more tips about getting the most out of Alexa, check out the Alexa Archive.

Source: Set up Spotify on Alexa

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