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Original Google Home Smart Speaker Spotify Commands List




Through the Google Home assistant via the Google Home speaker, you can control your music listening on Spotify with your voice!  Ask Google Home to play a song, and album, or a public playlist or one of your own private playlists.  Google home works quite well with Spotify, giving you access to all your specific Spotify account content, just by asking.

In order to play Spotify music on your Google Home connected device, you first must link your Google account to your Spotify Premium account.  See our post  Spotify Setup on Google Home Speaker Instructions  for details on how to do that.  Your speaker must also be connected to the internet via WiFi.

 

Spotify Navigation Commands on Google Home

Whether playing albums, songs, playlists, or genres, you can control playback with the following Alexa Spotify commands.

  • Hey Google, mute.
  • Hey Google, silence.  These commands sets speaker volume to zero, but playback progress continues.  To undo these and raise the volume again, use the Google Home volume commands, such as: Hey Google, set volume 40, or Hey Google, raise volume, et al.
  • Hey Google, stop.     Stops Spotify playback.
  • Hey Google, quiet.
  • Hey Google, be quiet. 
  • Hey Google, shut up.
  • Hey Google, pause.  Stops playback, but does not change the volume setting.  Nor does playback within the current track continue.  Stops playback.  Say Hey Google, resume to undo the stop
  • Hey Google, resume.  Picks up playback again from where you left off when you issued the last pause command.
  • Hey Google, play Spotify.  Plays music from Spotify, although not necessarily what you were listening to during your last listening session.
  • Hey Google, what’s playing?  She’ll then speak the currently playing song title and artist.

 

How to Play a Particular Song by a Particular Artist on Spotify

Got a favorite song by a specific artist?  Ask your Google Home Speaker to play that song from Spotify as in the following examples.  The requests below all result in the home assistant playing the song Fly Like an Eagle in Spotify, by the Steve Miller Band.

Caution

You may omit the artist name from the request, if no other song title, artist name, or playlist has the same name.  However, you must add the artist qualifier if there are more than one items in Spotify with the same name.  Otherwise, Google Home may play the wrong song.  In the Fly Like an Eagle scenario though, she does play the Steve Miller version, even though versions from other artists such as Seal are also present on Spotify.

Spotify Song Title by an Artist Request Examples

  • Hey Google, play Fly Like an Eagle by the Steve Miller Band on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play the Steve Miller Band, Fly Like an Eagle on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play Fly Like an Eagle on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play Spotify, Fly Like an Eagle.
  • Hey Google, play Spotify, Steve Miller Band, Fly Like an Eagle.

 

How to Play a Certain Album on Spotify

You can request a specific album by a specific artist from Spotify, as shown in the examples next.  The requested album then plays, in the correct order, from beginning to end.

You may also omit artist / group names for albums with unique names in Spotify.  However, to ensure that you hear what you intended, we always stating the album and the artist, since many albums in the Spotify library have the same names these days.

Caution

However, you may hear a short silence (inter-song gaps) in those albums that feature one long continuous recording, that’s subdivided into tracks for easier navigation (such as live albums or certain studio recordings like Pink Floyd’s The Wall album).  The Alexa speakers provide truly gapless playback of these albums.

Asking for specific track numbers within the album does not yet work.

  • Hey Google, play Fly Like an Eagle album by Steve Miller Band on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play Steve Miller Band, the album Fly Like an Eagle on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play Steve Miller Band, Fly Like an Eagle, the album, on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play the album Fly Like an Eagle, by the Steve Miller Band on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play the album Fly Like an Eagle on Spotify.

 

How to Play a Group of Songs by a Specific Artist / Composer on Spotify

Got a favorite artist or group?  Ask Google Home to play all the songs by that artist that Spotify has, as in the following examples.  Here, the following requests all result in the speaker playing the songs in Spotify by the Steve Miller Band.

Caution

If the artist name you’re requesting is also a popular title of a song (the group name Middle of the Road for example, is also the title of a popular 1984 song by the Pretenders), then the smart speaker may again, play the wrong song.  To eliminate the confusion, just add the “songs by” phrase to the request, as in the next examples.

Spotify Play Artist Request Examples

  • Hey Google, play Steve Miller Band on Spotify
  • Hey Google, play Steve Miller Band songs on Spotify
  • Hey Google, play songs by Steve Miller Band on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play songs by the Bee Gees on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, Play the Bee Gees on Spotify.

 

How to Play a Playlist on Spotify

If you’ve created personal playlists in your Spotify account, or if you just want to play the public Spotify playlists already out there (such as the Spotify Teen Party playlist), you can ask Google Home to play them as follows.  You just need to know the name of the playlist you wish to hear, and then ask her to play that playlist.

Spotify Playlist Requests by Playlist Name

  • Hey Google, play my Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep playlist on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play Spotify playlist Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep.
  • Hey Google, play Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep playlist on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play the Spotify Teen Party playlist.
  • Hey Google, play the Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play Spotify playlist, Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep.
  • Hey Google, play Spotify playlist, Teen Party.

 

How to Play a Specific Musical Genre on Spotify

Just ask for the genre you wish, and Google Home will play a bunch of songs from that genre from the Spotify albums that she believes conform to that genre.  No telling what you’ll get though, unless you’ve already tried this once so that you know what’s coming. Also, what you’ll hear will frequently change, as new music is added and categorized and tagged on Spotify.

Spotify Play Genre Request Examples

  • Hey Google, play some jazz on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play popular music on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play country music on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play dance music on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play 90s music on Spotify.

 

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Revision History

  • 2017-02-23: Updated tags list.
  • 2017-02-11: Originally published.