Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Link Spotify Prompt- window.

Spotify Setup on Original Google Home Smart Speaker Instructions




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If you’re a Spotify streaming service subscription holder, you can now listen to your playlists and request songs from the Spotify library to play on your Google Home smart speaker.  However, Google Home will not play Spotify recordings until you link it up with a (free at least) Spotify account.  Indeed, with a few simple setup steps, you’ll gain full access via voice commands to your Spotify content through your speaker.  And, if you’re new to Spotify, you’ll currently receive a one-month free trial, which grants you full access to their recordings, allowing you to fully test Google Home with Spotify before paying for the premium Spotify music subscription.

 

Linking Your Spotify Account to Google Home Speaker

Preliminary Work

1a. Connect your Google speaker to the Google Home service.  Before you can access any of the services offered by the Google smart assistant service, you’ll need to connect it to the internet, and then register it with Google via the Google Home app. See our piece  here  for details on how to perform these tasks.

1b. Set up a Spotify account.  If you do not have one already, head on over to the Spotify web site   here,   and follow their screen prompts to establish a Spotify account.  Make sure to take advantage of any free trial offers that may be in play.

 

Connect your Spotify account to Google Home

2a. Bring up the Google Home app on your tablet.  On our iPad, the Google Home app is found on page three of the home pages.

Picture of the Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.
Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.

The app then runs and displays its home screen, as shown next.

 

Picture of the Google Home App on iOS, displaying its Home screen after successful smart speaker setup.
Google Home App on iOS, displaying its Home screen after successful smart speaker setup.

 

2b. Bring up the Google Home main menu.  Tap the hamburger item, located in the top left corner of the home screen displayed above (the three stacked horizontal lines).  The main menu then displays, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Main menu, with the Music item highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Main menu, with the Music item highlighted.

 

2c. Tap the Music link in main menu.  You then get the  Music Service Choices  screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Music Service Choices- screen, showing the unlinked Spotify service highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Music Service Choices- screen, showing the unlinked Spotify service highlighted.
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2d. Tap the LINK option.  Doing so brings up the Link your Spotify Account window, as displayed next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Link Spotify- prompt window.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Link Spotify- prompt window.

2e. Tap the  LINK ACCOUNT  link.  This brings up the Connect Google to your Spotify account  screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Connect Google to Spotify Options- screen, with the -Log in to Spotify- option highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Connect Google to Spotify Options- screen, with the -Log in to Spotify- option highlighted.

 

2f. Tap the green ‘Log in to Spotify’ button.  If you followed all the steps above, then you now have a Spotify account.  So, no need to sign up for a new one here.  Therefore, choose this option that allows you to sign in with credentials from an existing account. Then, you get the Spotify Login screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Spotify Login- screen.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Spotify Login- screen.

2g. Enter your Spotify user Id and password.  Once entered, tap the LOG IN  button.  The   Spotify Account Confirmation   screen then displays, which shows the name on the account to which you just logged in, and gives you the choice to either confirm or cancel (back out of) linking this particular account to your Google Home devices.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Spotify Account Confirmation- screen.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Spotify Account Confirmation- screen.

2h. Tap the green  OKAY  button.  Then, if all goes well, Google Home returns you to the Music Service Choices screen, as shown next.  This time when viewing that screen, note that the Spotify entry no longer has the LINK option underneath, but instead, displays an UNLINK link.  This indicates that you’ve successfully linked your Spotify account to Google Home.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Music Service Choices- screen, showing the successfully linked Spotify service highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Music Service Choices- screen, showing the successfully linked Spotify service highlighted.

Note that Google Home has also set Spotify as the default music service provider.  However, you need not leave Spotify as the default.  But if you do, you may shorten your voice requests for Spotify content as described below.

2i. Test out Spotify on your Google Speaker.  You may now speak commands to your speaker to play music, comedy, or any other recording in the Spotify library.  Just ask, as in

  • Okay Google, play Bob Dylan, Rainy Day Woman on Spotify.
  • Hey Google, play some party music on Spotify.
  • Okay Google, play Harold Perry on Spotify.

Or, if you have made Spotify your default music service as discussed above, you can omit the ‘…on Spotify’ part on the request.  E.g.

  • Hey Google, play Bob Dylan, Rainy Day Woman.
  • Hey Google, play some party music.
  • Okay Google, play Harold Perry.

 

2j. Enjoy!  You will now be able to ask your Google speaker device to play any of the millions of recordings in the Spotify library.  Love all that music!  The range of genres, artists, old songs, and new songs, is truly moving.  You may even be able to sell of your popular music collection for space savings, since most anything you may wish to play, Spotify will likely either already have, or will get in short order.

 

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Revision History

  • 2017-01-27: Updated the tags list.
  • 2017-01-15: Originally published.
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