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Spotify Setup on Amazon Echo Alexa

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 Amazon Alexa Echo device, including the Dot, Echo, and the Amazon Tap. In this piece we offer instructions on Spotify Setup on Amazon Echo Alexa speakers.

With a few simple setup steps, you’ll have complete access via voice commands to your Spotify content.  And, if you’re new to Spotify, you’ll currently receive a one-month free trial, which gives you full access to their music, allowing you to fully test out your Echo device with Spotify before paying for the premium Spotify music subscription.

Spotify Setup on Amazon Echo Alexa Speakers

Preliminary Work

1a. Connect your Echo Device to Amazon Alexa

Before you can access any of the services offered by the Alexa virtual assistant service, you must set up your Alexa speaker(s) on the internet.  Then register your speaker(s) with Amazon via the Alexa app.  In fact, 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 create a Spotify account.  Make sure to take advantage of any free trial offers in effect.

Link your Spotify account to Alexa

2a. Bring Up the Alexa App on your Tablet

Alexa enables Spotify by default.  So you need not explicitly switch it on in order to set it up.  Instead, simply run the Alexa app.

We then see the Alexa app  Home   screen, something like pictured next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa App, displaying its Home screen.
Amazon Alexa App, displaying its Home screen. Spotify setup on Amazon Echo Alexa.

2b. Tap the  Settings  Link

Find the   Settings   option on the black menu on the left side of the screen.

The  Settings  page then appears, 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. Spotify setup on Amazon Echo Alexa.

2c. Tap the  Music & Media   Link

You then get the  Music and Media  screen, as shown next.

Screenshot of the Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Music Services- page, with the -Link Account to Spotify.com- link highlighted.
Alexa App on iOS, showing its -Music Services- page, with the -Link Account to Spotify.com- link highlighted.

2d. Tap the  Link Account on Spotify.com  option

Doing so brings up the   Connect Alexa to your Spotify Account   screen, as displayed next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Connect Alexa to Spotify Account- screen, with the -Log In To Spotify- button highlighted
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Connect Alexa to Spotify Account- screen, with the -Log In To Spotify- button highlighted. Spotify Setup on Amazon Echo Alexa.

2e. 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 Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the Spotify login screen, with sign In info fields and buttons highlighted.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the Spotify login screen, with sign In info fields and buttons highlighted. Spotify setup on Amazon Echo Alexa.

2f. Enter your Spotify User Id and  Password

Type in your Id and password, then tap the green   Log In   button.

Next, you should then see a screen that confirms that you’ve successfully connected to Spotify, as shown next.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa App on iOS, Displaying the -Spotify Account Linked Successfully- Screen.
Amazon Alexa App on iOS, Displaying the -Spotify Account Linked Successfully- screen. Spotify setup on Amazon Echo Alexa.

2g. Close this Confirmation Page  

Exit this page by tapping the white X button in the upper right-hand corner.

Doing so returns you to the  Music Services  screen, as shown next.  This time when viewing that screen, note that the Spotify entry no longer has the  Link account on Spotify.com   option to its right.  So this means that you’ve successfully set up your Spotify account on Alexa.

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. Spotify setup on Amazon Echo Alexa.

2h. Set Up Spotify as your Default Music Service on Alexa

If you so desire, you can make Spotify your default music provider.  To do that, press the blue   Choose default music services  button.

This then brings up the  Choose Default Music Services   page, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Choose Default Music Services- Mode of the Settings screen.
Amazon Alexa app on iOS, displaying the -Choose Default Music Services- Mode of the Settings screen. Spotify setup on Amazon Echo Alexa.

Note that in our scenario, we have two choices for our default music library.  Further,  Amazon Music   is currently selected (its radio button is blue).  The number of provider choices here depends on how many music services you’ve set up in the Alexa app.

Next, once you tap the desired radio button, press the   Save  button, which makes your selected music service the default.

You need not make Spotify the default music library.  But if you do, you may shorten your voice requests as described below.

2i. Test Spotify on your Amazon Alexa Echo Speaker

You may now speak commands to Alexa to play music, comedy, or any other recording in the Spotify library.  Just ask, as in

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

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

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

2j. Enjoy! 

You can now ask your Echo speaker to play any of the tens of millions of recordings on Spotify.  What fun!  The range of genres, artists, oldies, and newbies, is truly impressive.  It’s like having your own requests-only radio station through your home Wi-Fi network.

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References for Spotify Setup on Amazon Echo Alexa Speakers

  1. Amazon Echo Support Web Site
  2. Spotify Official Web Site

Revision History

  • 2019-02-21: Added key phrase targeting, more tags, and subheadings.
  • 2017-01-13: Originally published.