Alexa Spotify Commands: A Simple Guide

Whether you want mood-setting dinner music without lifting a knife, or a morning pop-nostalgia kickstart without dropping your toothbrush – music brings both rhythm and resonance to our everyday routines. Imagine then, orchestrating this feel-good factor with simple voice commands.

Welcome to the world of Amazon’s Alexa and Spotify. Combining the powerful voice assistant from Amazon with the diverse music catalogue of Spotify can truly revolutionize your audio experience.

However, to make the most out of this dynamic duo, one needs a comprehensive understanding of the diverse commands you can use and how to properly set up your Amazon Alexa device to work seamlessly with Spotify.

This guide is created for every Spotify and Alexa user – tech-savvy enthusiasts, and those of you just dipping your toes into the smart home universe. I’ll walk you through every step, concept, command, and even troubleshoot common issues that you might run into.

So without further delay, let’s tune into the symphony of ease and automation that comes with integrating Spotify and Amazon Alexa.

Your intelligent personal DJ awaits your commands. Harmony controlled, chaos cancelled.

How to Link Spotify to Amazon Alexa

Integrating Spotify with Amazon Alexa can significantly enhance your music listening experience. You can play your favorite tunes, create playlists, control the volume, and much more – all with the sound of your voice.

Follow these simple steps to begin utilizing the full power of Alexa and Spotify together:

Step 1: Download Alexa App

If you haven’t already, download the Alexa app from the App Store if you’re an iPhone user, or Google Play Store if you’re an Android user.

Step 2: Open Alexa App

Next, open the Alexa app on your mobile device and tap on the More menu option located in the bottom right corner of your screen.

Step 3: Navigate to Settings

Go to Settings – it’s usually located at the bottom of the More menu.

Step 4: Select Music & Podcasts

In the Settings menu, look for the Music & Podcasts option and tap on it.

Step 5: Choose Link New Service

You’ll now see an option titled Link New Service. Click on that.

Step 6: Select Spotify

You’ll see a list of various music services. Tap on Spotify.

Step 7: Enable to Use

Click on Enable to Use, and you will be redirected to a sign-in page for your Spotify account.

Step 8: Log in to Spotify

Enter your account details to log in and grant Alexa access to your Spotify account.

Step 9: Set Spotify as Default

Go back to the Music & Podcasts settings, select Default Services, and choose Spotify. This will make sure Alexa uses Spotify for all music-related commands.

And voila! You’ve successfully linked Spotify to your Amazon Alexa. Now, you can enjoy a hands-free, voice-activated music experience with just a few simple voice commands. Go ahead, give it a whirl!

Basic Spotify Commands for Alexa

Let’s start with the fundamentals of operating Spotify with Alexa. Once you have connected your Spotify account to Alexa, the line of communication opens up and the magic begins.

Here are some of the most basic yet useful commands that will help you maneuver your favorite music or podcast on Spotify through your Alexa-enabled device:

  1. Play a Song or Playlist: Simply say, “Alexa, play [song/playlist name] on Spotify”. For example, “Alexa, play ‘Shape of You’ on Spotify”, or “Alexa, play ‘Morning Coffee’ playlist on Spotify.”
  2. Pause and Resume Playback: If you need to step out or take a break, say “Alexa, pause.” When you’re ready to resume, say “Alexa, resume.”
  3. Skipping a Song: Not feeling the current song? No problem. Just say, “Alexa, skip.”
  4. Rewinding a Track: If you missed part of a song or wish to hear it again, simply say, “Alexa, restart.”
  5. Adjusting Volume: To turn the volume up or down, say “Alexa, turn it up/down” or “Alexa, set volume to [desired level].”
  6. Playing Music from an Artist: Simply prompt Alexa with, “Play [artist’s name] on Spotify.”

Remember, these are just the basic commands. Later, we will dive into more advanced commands and provide several troubleshooting tips.

The goal here is to make your hands-free music listening experience as smooth and as enjoyable as possible. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and let the music flow.

Advanced Spotify Commands for Alexa

Utilizing Amazon Alexa with Spotify can greatly enhance your music experience. Beyond basic controls such as play, pause, and skip, Alexa supports a variety of advanced commands.

Let’s explore some of these commands:

  1. Playing a Specific Playlist If you have specific Spotify playlist you want to listen to, simply ask Alexa. Alexa, play on Spotify.
  2. Shuffling songs Want to add variety to your listening? Alexa can help with that too. Alexa, shuffle on Spotify.
  3. Liking Songs Found a song you like? Let Alexa know and it will save it in your liked songs. Alexa, like this song on Spotify.
  4. Playing Songs on Repeat If you can’t get enough of a particular song, you can ask Alexa to play it on repeat. Alexa, repeat this song on Spotify.
  5. Playing Music on Multiple Speakers For those who have multiple Alexa devices in their home, you can play music throughout your house. Alexa, play [song name] everywhere.
  6. Searching for Music Looking for a particular genre or a new music? Alexa can help with this. Alexa, play some new pop music on Spotify.

Remember, the more you use Alexa, the more it learns your preferences and can provide a personalized listening experience.

With these advanced commands at your fingertips, your music listening experience can be more enjoyable and intuitive than ever before.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

Troubleshooting can seem daunting especially when it comes to technology matters. However, don’t despair – we’ve got you covered. Let’s look into some common issues users often encounter when using Spotify commands with Alexa and how we can fix them.

Connectivity Issues

One of the most common issues users face is connectivity issues. Here’s what you can do to resolve such issues:

  1. Ensure that your Alexa device is connected to the internet. Try asking Alexa a question, and if your device can’t connect, it will tell you.
  2. Confirm that your Spotify app is updated to the latest version. An outdated app could cause connection problems.
  3. Try unlinking and then relinking your Spotify account with Alexa in the Alexa app.

Incorrect Song Selection

If Alexa continues to play the incorrect song, make sure you’re being clear enough with the artist and song title. Try speaking slower or faster, or use different pronunciation.

Login Errors

Can’t log into your account?

  1. Confirm that you’re entering the correct username and password. You can first try logging into your Spotify on another device to ensure the accuracy of the login details.
  2. If correct, try restarting your Alexa device and log in again.
  3. If all else fails, try contacting Amazon’s or Spotify’s customer service for further help.

Alexa Fails to Understand Commands

If Alexa keeps misunderstanding your commands, try these fixes:

  1. Work on the clarity of your speech. Sometimes, Alexa can misunderstand words and phrases, leading to erroneous functions.
  2. Try using simpler, more direct command phrases. More intricate commands can often be misunderstood by Alexa.
  3. Modify the placement of your Echo device, ensuring it’s not in a noisy place.

Remember, troubleshooting problems with Spotify and Alexa often comes down to making sure that everything is up to date, all devices are correctly connected, and that the proper commands are being given.

If all else fails, don’t hesitate to reach out to customer service – they’re there to help!


In this guide, we have explored the intricate relationship between Amazon Alexa and Spotify, two powerhouses in their respective domains.

From setting up your devices for synchronization to diving deep into an array of voice commands, we’ve covered all the bases to ensure you have an enriching, trouble-free experience.


1. Can I use Spotify Free with Alexa?

While you can use Spotify Free with Alexa, the experience is limited. For the full range of voice-activated features, a Spotify Premium account is recommended.

2. How do I unlink Spotify from Alexa?

To unlink Spotify, go to the Alexa app, navigate to ‘Settings’ > ‘Music & Podcasts’ > ‘Spotify’ and choose ‘Unlink Account.’

3. Can I use multiple Spotify accounts with one Alexa device?

Yes, you can switch between different Spotify family accounts. Use the Alexa app to manage account settings.

Useful Links

  1. Amazon Alexa Support: For detailed help articles and customer support related to Alexa.
  2. Spotify Support: For all your Spotify queries, including account issues and feature guides.
  3. Alexa and Spotify Community Forum: A community-driven space where you can discuss issues and tips related to using Spotify with Alexa.

When it comes to your home, each detail—down to the soundtrack—should be nothing less than perfect. And now, you have the tools at your fingertips to make it so.

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