How to Unlink Spotify from Alexa




You may wish unlink your Spotify account from an Alexa host device because,



  • You’re giving an Echo Dot to your child, and wish to prevent him / her from listening to adult content on Spotify, yet still allow her access to other features of your Amazon Alexa account.
  • You’ve cancelled your Spotify subscription, and just want to clear it our of your Alexa settings to minimize clutter.
  • You like different versions of music than what Spotify offers, and so, you temporarily wish to remove Spotify from your list of searchable music sources.  This way, the songs you request will not be found on Spotify, but instead, on one or more of your other active music services, which DO offer the song versions you want.

Get tablet ready for this.  Be sure the Alexa app has been installed and linked to the Amazon account on which the Spotify account you wish to unlink is configured. Then, perform the following procedure:

1. Locate the Alexa app on your tablet.  On our iOS based iPad, the Alexa app is located on page three of the home screen, as illustrated in the next picture.

Picture of the iOS Home screen with the Alexa App highlighted.
iOS Home screen with Alexa App highlighted.

2. Run the Alexa app. Tap the Alexa app icon on the tablet home screen, and 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.



3. Tap the Settings link.  Located in black and white menu at left side of the Alexa app home screen.  The Alexa app then displays its Settings screen, as shown 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 on the Settings screen, pointed at by the pink arrow in the just previous picture. The Media Services screen is then displayed, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the Music Services screen, showing that a Spotify account has been linked to successfully.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the Music Services screen, showing that a Spotify account has been linked to successfully.

5. Tap the Spotify item in the Media Services list, as displayed in the previous 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   in that confirmation window.  This removes your Spotify account information from the Alexa app, and then returns you to the Media Services screen, as displayed in the next step.

If however, you receive an error message, someone else who shares your Amazon account may have already deleted your Alexa Spotify profile.

8. Verify that Spotify Account has indeed been unlinked.  On the Media Services screen, find the Spotify entry and look to the right of it.  If there’s a blue Link Account on Spotify.com option, then your Spotify account information has been successfully deleted 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 verify that Alexa no longer plays music on Spotify, by requesting a song on Spotify.  For example, try something like

  • Alexa, play Hey Brother by Avicii on Spotify.

If your Spotify profile has successfully been removed from the Alexa assistant, she’ll say back,

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

9. You’re done!  But if you change your mind, and would like to reinstate Spotify access on your Amazon smart speaker devices, then simply add back your Spotify account info in the Alexa app, as we explain how to do here.



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  • 2017-01-14: Originally published.