Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, showing a Spotify Usage Tips screen, with its Back button highlighted.

Alexa Echo Dot Spotify Instructions, Setup, Play

Here, we describe how to connect your account on Spotify to your Amazon Alexa smart speakers, play albums, playlists, genres, and specific artists.  We also cover how to disconnect your Alexa Echo Dot from Spotify.





Summary of these Alexa Echo Dot Spotify Instructions

In short, this document covers the following topics.

  1. What you Need to Play Spotify on your Alexa Echo Dot Speaker.
  2. Connecting Alexa Echo Dot speakers to your Spotify account.
  3. Moving around within your Spotify content using Alexa voice commands.
  4. How to ask Alexa to play particular songs on Spotify.
  5. How to play whole albums on Spotify via Alexa.
  6. Commands to play a group of songs by a specific artist.
  7. How to play a playlist you saved in your Spotify account.
  8. Commands to play a certain musical genre.
  9. Disconnecting your Alexa Echo Dot from Spotify.




Alexa Echo Dot Spotify Instructions

In this first section of our Alexa Echo Dot Spotify instructions, we show you how to connect your Echo Dot to Spotify.

What you’ll Need Before you Begin

  • You must first set up an Amazon account at amazon.com .  Follow the instructions on that site to do so.
  • Then, connect any Echo Dot speakers you have to your Amazon account.
  • You also need a premium Spotify account.  Set that up at spotify.com .  Again, like Amazon, the Spotify site guides you through new account creation.
  • Finally, download and install the Alexa app on a phone or tablet computer, and log into it with your Amazon account credentials.  You’ll then use the Alexa app to associate your Amazon account with your Spotify account. The app is available in the Google Play and Apple App store.

Linking your Echo Dot Alexa Account to your Spotify Account

We’re setting up Spotify on the Echo Dot using our iPad Air tablet as follows.

1. Bring up the Alexa App

Run the Alexa app on your phone or tablet. First, find the Alexa app on your mobile device, as shown next.

Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted
iOS Home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.

The app   Home   screen then appears, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app Home screen on iOS, with the main menu button highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app Home screen on iOS, with the main menu button highlighted.

2. Tap the Main Menu (Hamburger) Control

Find the hamburger button in the top left corner of the screen, pointed at by the green arrow, as shown in the last picture.

Then, the Alexa main menu appears in the left side of the screen, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its main menu, with the Settings option highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its main menu, with the Settings option highlighted.

3. Tap the  Settings  Item on the Main Menu

We highlighted this option with the green arrow in the last picture.





Then, the  Settings   screen appears, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its Settings screen, with the Music option highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying its Settings screen, with the Music option highlighted.

4. Tap the Music Item on the  Settings  Page to Continue with these Alexa Echo Dot Spotify Instructions

The   Music   option is pointed at by the green arrow in the last screen shot.

The app then displays the   Music Settings   screen as shown next.

Screen shot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its Music Settings list, with the Spotify Link Account option highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its Music Settings list, with the Spotify Link Account option highlighted.

5. Tap the   Link Account on Spotify.com   Option

Find this option on the  Music Settings  page. See this near the top right edge of the screen, pointed at by the green arrow in the last picture.

The Alexa app then prompts you to enter your Spotify account user Id (usually your email address) and account password, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, displaying its Spotify Login Prompt screen.
Alexa app on iOS, displaying its Spotify Login Prompt screen.

6. Next, Enter your Spotify Account Login Credentials

These include your user name (an email address you provided when you first set up your Spotify account), and your account password.

Note that you can eithe enter your Spotify login info, or choose the   Log In with Facebook  option if you have your Facebook account set up on your mobile device.  But due to our perhaps hyperactive security concerns. we opt to type in our Spotify account credentials directly, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing the Spotify login screen while entering the Spotify account password.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing the Spotify login screen while entering the Spotify account password.

Fill out the Spotify user Id and password fields, and then move on to the next step.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, showing the Spotify login prompt form, completely filled out.
Alexa app on iOS, showing the Spotify login prompt form, completely filled out.




7. Then, Tap the Green  Log In  Button to Continue with these Alexa Echo Dot Spotify Instructions

Find this on the last pictured screen face above.

The system then asks you to confirm that you agree to the terms under which Alexa will use your Spotify account, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its Spotify Terms of Use Agreement prompt page.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its Spotify Terms of Use Agreement prompt page.

8. Press the Green  OKAY  Button

Find the OKAY button at the   Connect Alexa to your Spotify account   prompt, as shown in the last picture.

The Alexa app, assuming you typed the correct Spotify account credentials, lets you know that your Spotify account has been linked successfully with your Alexa account, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, showing the Spotify Connection Succeeded screen, with the Close button highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS, showing the Spotify Connection Succeeded screen, with the Close button highlighted.

9. Tap the X (Close Button)

The X button is pointed at by the green arrow in the last picture. Find this in the top right corner of the screen.

The Alexa app then shows a tips for Spotify usage on Alexa screen, as pictured next.

Read through this, and then press the   Back   button, located in the top left corner of the screen.

Screenshot of the Alexa app on iOS, showing a Spotify Usage Tips screen, with its Back button highlighted.
Alexa app on iOS, showing a Spotify Usage Tips screen, with its Back button highlighted.

The app then returns you to its   Settings   screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its Settings screen.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, showing its Settings screen.

10. Your Alexa Echo and Spotify Accounts are Now Linked

So you can now access your Spotify content specific to your account there, on any Alexa speaker tied with your Alexa account.  You may now exit the Alexa app if you wish.





See our  Amazon Alexa Spotify Commands for Echo Smart Speakers for a brief list of the voice commands you can issue to your Echo smart speakers, to make them play Spotify content.

Next, we cover some of the voice commands that cause Alexa to play your Spotify selections.

Alexa Echo Dot Spotify Instructions  for Navigating Around Spotify Content

Whether playing albums, songs, playlists, or genres, you control playback with the following Alexa commands.  This is by no means a comprehensive list.  But it should help get you started enjoying Spotify music on your Dot speaker.

  • Set speaker volume to zero. But playback progress continues.  “Alexa mute.”
  • Set speaker volume back to what it was prior to the last mute command issued. “Alexa unmute.”
  • Stop playback by saying, “Alexa pause.”
  • Resume playback again from where you left off when you issued the last pause command.  “Alexa resume.”
  • “Alexa play Spotify.” Starts Spotify again from where you were playing the last time you listened.
  • Stop Spotify playback.  “Alexa stop.”
Picture of the JBL Flip 4 alongside an Amazon Echo Dot 2 speaker.
JBL Flip 4 alongside an Amazon Echo Dot 2 speaker.

Alexa Echo Dot Spotify Instructions to Play a Particular Song by a Specific Artist

Got a favorite song by a specific artist? Ask Alexa Echo Dot to play that song from Spotify. The requests below all result in Alexa playing the song Fly Like an Eagle by the Steve Miller Band.

Caution

You may leave out the artist name if no other song title, artist name, or playlist has that name. But you must say the artist if Spotify has more than one item with that name. Otherwise, Alexa may play the wrong song. In the Fly Like an Eagle case though, she plays the Steve Miller version.  This in spite of versions from other artists, like Seal.

Song Name by an Artist Request Examples

  • Play a song.  Ask for title and artist.  “Alexa play Fly Like an Eagle by the Steve Miller Band on Spotify.”
  • Or, say it another way.  “Alexa play the Steve Miller Band, Fly Like an Eagle on Spotify.”
  • Finally, if the song is unique, ask for the title alone.  “Alexa play Fly Like an Eagle on Spotify.”




Alexa Echo Dot Spotify Instructions for Playing Entire Albums

Ask for a certain album by a certain artist from Spotify. The complete album then plays, with the tracks in the correct order.  Further, it plays without any inter-song gaps.

  • Ask for album title by artist.  “Alexa play Fly Like an Eagle album by Steve Miller Band on Spotify.”
  • Or, reverse the title and artist.  “Alexa play Steve Miller Band, Fly Like an Eagle album on Spotify.”
  • Finally, ask for an album specifically.  Alexa play the album Fly Like an Eagle, by the Steve Miller Band on Spotify.

Skip around within the album by asking either of the following,

  • Play the prior track to the current one.  “Alexa Previous
  • Or, hear the track after the currently playing one.  “Alexa Next” 

Alexa Echo Dot Spotify Instructions to Play a Group of Songs by Artist 

Got a favorite artist or group? Ask your Echo Dot to play all the songs by that artist that Spotify has.  The next examples demonstrate this. Here, the following requests all result in Alexa playing the songs in Spotify by the Steve Miller Band.

Caution

If the artist name is also a song title, the Alexa may not play the song you want.  E.g. The name Middle of the Road, could refer to a 1970s pop group.  But it’s also the title of a popular 1984 song by the Pretenders. You hear one or the other, depending on what you asked for previously.  So, get rid of the confusion by adding the “songs by” phrase to the above request, as in the next example.

Spotify Play Artist Command Examples

  • The shortest way to ask to play songs by a certain artist.  “Alexa play Steve Miller Band on Spotify.”
  • Or, you can say it another way.  “Alexa play songs by Steve Miller Band on Spotify.
  • “Okay Alexa play songs by Andy Gibb on Spotify.”
  • “Alexa Play Andy Gibb on Spotify.”

Alexa Echo Dot Spotify Instructions to Play a Playlist

If you’ve created playlists in your Spotify account, just ask Alexa to stream them.  Or, to play public Spotify playlists, again, simply ask for them by name, as follows.

Spotify Playlist Requests by Playlist Name

These Alexa Spotify commands play the recordings in the Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep playlist.

  • The personal way to ask.  “Alexa play my Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep playlist on Spotify.”
  • Or, put the Spotify service first.  “Alexa play Spotify playlist Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep.”
  • Less personal way to ask.  Eliminate the word, ‘my.’  “Alexa play Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep playlist on Spotify.”
  • Or, bundle Spotify with the playlist name.  “Alexa play the Spotify Teen Party playlist.”
  • Use stop words freely, like ‘a’, ‘the’, ‘to’, and so on.  “Alexa play the Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify.”

Alexa Echo Dot Spotify Commands to Play a Genre

Also, ask for the genre you wish. Then, Alexa plays songs from that genre. Beware though.  No telling what music you’ll get, unless you’ve already tried this already. Further, what you hear frequently changes, as Spotify adds new music.  So, prepare to hear a unique blend of music in the requested genre.

Spotify Play Genre Request Examples

  • Ask for some jazz.  “Alexa play some jazz on Spotify.”
  • Or, how about some pop music.  “Alexa play popular music on Spotify.”
  • But then again, perhaps the Country genre is your favorite.  “Alexa play country music on Spotify.”
  • Maybe you’re in the mood to dance.  “Alexa play dance music on Spotify.”
  • Finally, perhaps you just don’t care what kind of music you want.  Any kind and mix up will do.  “Alexa play 90s music on Spotify.”




Disconnecting Alexa Echo Dot from Spotify Instructions

1. Again, Find the Alexa App on your Mobile Device

On our iOS based iPad, we find the Alexa app page three of the  Home   screen.  See this in the next picture.

Screenshot of the iOS 11 home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted
iOS Home screen, showing the Amazon Alexa app Icon highlighted.

2. Run the Alexa App

Tap the Alexa app icon on the tablet home screen.

The Alexa app  Home  screen then displays, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa App, displaying its Home screen.
Amazon Alexa App, displaying its Home screen. How to unlink Spotify from Alexa.

3. Tap the  Settings   Link

Located in black and white menu at left side of the Alexa app home screen.

The Alexa app then shows its  Settings  screen, as seen next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app, displaying the Settings screen, with the Music & Media link highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app, displaying the Settings screen, with the Music & Media link highlighted.

4. Tap the  Music & Media  Link to Continue with these Alexa Echo Dot Spotify Instructions

Find this link pointed at by the pink arrow in the just previous picture.





The   Media Services   screen then displays, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Spotify Settings- screen, with the -Unlink Account from Alexa- option highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Spotify Settings- screen, with the -Unlink Account from Alexa- option highlighted.

5. Tap the  Spotify   Item in the  Media Services   List

See this option displayed in the last picture.

Then, you get the Spotify Settings screen as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Spotify Settings- screen, with the -Unlink Account from Alexa- option highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Spotify Settings- screen, with the -Unlink Account from Alexa- option highlighted.

6. Tap the   Unlink Spotify from Alexa   link.

The   Unlink Spotify Confirmation Prompt   screen should then appear, as follows.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Unlink Spotify Confirmation Prompt- window.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Unlink Spotify Confirmation Prompt- window.

7. Finally, Tap the   Unlink   Button to Continue with these Alexa Echo Dot Spotify Instructions

Find this button in that confirmation window.

This removes your Spotify account information from the Alexa app.

Then Alexa returns you to the   Media Services   screen, as displayed in the next step.

You might receive an error message though.  Why?  Because someone else who shares your Amazon account may have already deleted your Spotify profile.





8. Check that you Indeed Unlinked your Spotify Account

On the   Media Services  page, find the Spotify entry and look to the right of it.  If there’s a blue   Link Account on Spotify.com   option, then you successfully deleted your Spotify account info from Alexa.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the Music Services mode of the Settings screen, with the Link Spotify Account option highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the Music Services mode of the Settings screen, with the Link Spotify Account option highlighted.

You can also see that your Alexa Echo Dot speaker no longer plays Spotify music. Try asking for a song on Spotify.  For example, say something like

  • Alexa, play Hey Brother by Avicii on Spotify.

If you successfully removed your Spotify profile the Alexa assistant, she’ll say back,

“To play Spotify, first link your premium account using the Alexa app.”

9. Done with these Alexa Echo Dot Spotify Instructions ! 

But if you change your mind, and would like to re enable Spotify access on your Echo smart speakers, then simply add back your Spotify account info in the Alexa app, as we explain how to do here.





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Revision History

  • 2020-04-06: Added tags.
  • 2019-03-04: First posted.
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