Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Music Service Choices screen, showing Spotify Unlink link highlighted.

Unlink Spotify from Google Home Mini Smart Speaker




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You may wish unlink (remove, delete) your Spotify account from your Google Home Mini smart speaker because either:

  • You’ve cancelled your Spotify subscription, and just want to get rid of its records from your Google Home app settings, to de clutter.
  • You’re giving the speaker to your parent / child / friend, and wish to prevent him / her from learning what you hear on Spotify. Yet you still wish to allow access to other music services set up on your Google account.
  • 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. Then, the songs you request will not be found by Google Home on Spotify, but instead, on one or more of your other active music services, which DO offer your desired song versions.

These unlink instructions assume that you’ve previously set up and linked a Spotify account to your Google Home Mini assistant. If you have not, then you do not yet require this information. But if you have, then please.  Read on.

So, to get your tablet ready for this work, be sure the Google Home app has been installed and linked to the Google account on which the Spotify account you wish to unlink is configured. Then, perform the following instructions:

 

1. Locate the Google Home app on your tablet. On our iOS based iPad, this app is located on page three of the home screen, as illustrated in the next picture by the pink arrow.

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.

 

2. Run the Google Home app. Tap the Google Home app icon on the tablet home screen. After a short pause, the app displays its home screen, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying its home screen, with the hamburger menu control highlighted.

 

3. Tap the hamburger link. Located in the top left corner of the home screen, as pointed at by the pink arrow in the previous picture. The Google Home app then displays its main menu, 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.

 

4. Tap the Music link on the main menu screen, pointed at by the pink arrow in the just previous picture. The Music Service Choices screen then appears, as shown below.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Music Service Choices screen, with linked Spotify service set as default provider, highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Music Service Choices screen, with linked Spotify service set as default provider, highlighted.

 

5. Change your default music provider if it’s currently Spotify.  You won’t be able to unlink Spotify as long as Spotify is set as the default provider.   In our demonstration here, our Spotify was indeed set to default, as pointed at by the purple arrow in the previous picture.  So, we had to make it a non default, as shown in the next picture.

Do this by simply tapping the radio button at the far left edge of the screen, that corresponds with a different music provider.

If Spotify is not set as your default music provider, jump down to step 6.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Music Service Choices screen, with Pandora selected as default provider, and Spotify no longer the default highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Music Service Choices screen, with Pandora selected as default provider, and Spotify no longer the default highlighted.

 

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Music Service Choices screen, showing Spotify Unlink link highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Music Service Choices screen, showing Spotify Unlink link highlighted.
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6. Tap the Unlink item in the Music Services list for Spotify, as displayed in the previous picture and pointed at by the purple arrow. Then, you get the Spotify Unlink Confirmation screen as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Unlink Spotify Account Confirmation Prompt- window.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the -Unlink Spotify Account Confirmation Prompt- window.

 

7. Finally, tap the UNLINK button in that confirmation window as pointed at by the pink arrow above. This removes your Spotify account information from the Google Home app and your Google Home Mini speaker device, and then returns you to the Music Service Choices screen, as displayed in the next step.

If however, you encounter an error message, someone else, who shares your Google account, may have already deleted your Spotify profile from it for you. If concerned, check with anyone who has access, just to be certain that the information was not removed due to any sort of security breach.

 

8. Verify that the Spotify music service has indeed been unlinked from your Spotify account. On the Music Service Choices screen, find the Spotify entry.  If it appears under the More Music Services heading, then it has indeed been unlinked.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Music Service Choices screen, showing Spotify as unlinked, highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying its Music Service Choices screen, showing Spotify as unlinked, highlighted.

 

You can also verify that your Google Home Mini speaker no longer plays music on Spotify, by requesting a song through it, from Spotify. For example, try something like

“Okay Google, play Little Drummer Boy by Jennifer Nettles on Spotify.”

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

“Your Spotify account needs to be linked first. You can do that in the Google Home app.”

 

9. You’re done! But if you experience a change of heart, and would like to reinstate Spotify streaming on your Google smart speakers, then simply add back your Spotify account info into Google Home.  We’ll write up a post describing how to do that presently.

Enjoy!

 

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  • 2017-12-02: Originally published.
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