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From Anywhere with Love: Controlling Your Alexa Music Remotely

Wonder if Alexa can play music when you’re not home? Well, she can! 

Whether you’re at work or traveling, your Echo device doesn’t have to sit silent. I often use Spotify to keep my home filled with music, but Alexa works with other music services just as well. This guide will show you how to keep the tunes flowing from anywhere, using Spotify or your favorite music app. 

Ready to learn how to make Alexa your remote DJ? Let’s dive in.

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Setting the Stage with Spotify (or your Favorite Service) and Alexa

Getting your favorite music to play on your Echo device while you’re away is simpler than you might think. Whether Spotify is your go-to or you’re juggling between different music services, Alexa is ready to be your remote DJ. But first, you need to link Alexa with your music service. Here are a few guides to connect different services with Alexa.

  1. Apple Music
  2. Spotify
  3. Amazon Music

Play Music on Echo Devices from Anywhere

Thanks to the Alexa or Spotify App, managing your Echo devices remotely to play music is a breeze. You don’t need to be home to dictate the day’s soundtrack. Here’s how you can control your Echo devices from any location:

  1. Use the Alexa App: The Alexa app on your smartphone is your remote control. Open it to access your Echo devices from anywhere. Tap on ‘Devices’ at the bottom, then select the Echo & Alexa icon to choose which device you want to control.
  2. Select Your Tunes: Within the app, you can browse your linked music services (like Spotify) for playlists, genres, or specific songs. Choose what you want to play and on which Echo device.
  3. Adjust the Volume: No need to worry about blasting music too loud when you’re not there to hear it. You can adjust the volume directly from the Alexa app, ensuring your music plays at the perfect level.
  4. Control Playback: Play, pause, skip tracks, or change playlists—all from the app. If your plans change, you can stop the music remotely without needing to call or text someone at home.

Routines and Scheduling Music with Alexa

Here’s a cool feature to level up your music skills further. Turning your home into a musical haven doesn’t require you to be at the mercy of live commands. 

You can schedule your music to play exactly when and where you want it. Here’s how to automate your tunes:

  1. Creating Routines in the Alexa App: Open the Alexa app and head to the ‘More’ menu, then tap ‘Routines’. Here, you can create a new routine by tapping the plus icon. Name your routine something memorable, like “Morning Vibes” or “Dinner Jazz.”
  2. Set a Schedule: Choose when your routine starts—pick specific times and days that align with your schedule. 
  3. Choose Your Music Action: Add an action by selecting ‘Music’ and type in the playlist, artist, or genre you want to play, along with which music service to use. Specify which Echo device should play the music if you have multiple.
  4. Adjust and Adapt: You might find certain tunes fit different moments better over time. It’s easy to adjust your routines. Just go back into the app and tweak them as needed.

By setting up routines, you ensure that your favorite music plays at the right moments, enhancing your daily rituals without lifting a finger.

Voice Commands and Continuous Play

Harnessing the power of voice commands with Alexa brings your music experience to new heights. No app? No problem. Here’s the lowdown on getting the most out of voice commands and ensuring your music keeps playing:

  1. Starting with Voice Commands: Say, “Alexa, play ” or “Alexa, play music from [artist name].” If you’ve set your default music service to Spotify or another platform, there’s no need to mention the service. Alexa understands and jumps into action.
  2. Keep the Music Going: Wondering how to keep Alexa playing music for an extended period? Ask for a genre or a playlist with a large number of songs. Say, “Alexa, play relaxing music,” and she’ll curate a never-ending stream from your preferred service.
  3. Controlling Playback with Your Voice: To adjust the volume, skip a song, or pause the music, use voice commands. Say, “Alexa, turn up the volume,” or “Alexa, skip this song.” It’s that easy to control the music without missing a beat.
  4. For Continuous Play: If you enjoy having music on as a constant backdrop, ask Alexa to play a radio station or a playlist designed for listening for a long time. Some music services offer stations that play continuously, perfect for keeping your home filled with music.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Play Music on Alexa All Day?

Yes, playing music all day on Alexa is possible. Ask Alexa to play your preferred playlist, artist, or genre from the linked music service. Opt for a playlist with numerous songs or a radio station from your service for uninterrupted music. The Alexa app also lets you remotely adjust the volume and other playback settings, ensuring your music continues at the right level.

How Do I Make Alexa Play Music at a Specific Time?

To have Alexa play music at a specific time, create a routine in the Alexa app. Open the app, go to ‘Routines,’ and create a new one. Set your desired time and days for the music to play, choose the action to play music, and specify the playlist, artist, or genre. Remember to select which Echo device you want the music to play from. This setup allows your music to automatically start at any scheduled time, perfect for various daily activities.

Can Alexa Control Spotify on All My Devices?

Alexa can control Spotify on any device where your Alexa and Spotify accounts are linked, and Spotify is set as the default music service. This setup lets you play music on one Echo device and control it from another in a different room or even control Alexa groups, like the ‘Everywhere’ group. To control Spotify on your phone or computer through Alexa, use the Spotify or Alexa app for specific commands.


We’ve learned that Alexa can keep your music playing even when you’re not around, making your home feel alive with your favorite tunes. The process is straightforward and user-friendly, whether it’s through setting up music services like Spotify, using the Alexa app for remote control, scheduling music to play at specific times, or simply asking Alexa to play music.

 If you have any stories, tips, or feedback on using Alexa to play music or anything else smart home-related, please share them in the comments. 

For more information and helpful guides on using Alexa, check out our Alexa Archives. There’s a lot more to explore about making your home smarter with Alexa.

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