How to connect Spotify to Alexa, and set Spotify as your default music player

An Amazon Echo in a kitchen, sitting next to fruit and spoons.
Connecting your Alexa device to your Spotify account helps you play music with ease. Juan Ci/Shutterstock
  • You can connect Spotify to Alexa via the Alexa app to play music with voice commands.
  • You can make Spotify your default music player to avoid having to say “On Spotify” in voice commands.
  • If desired, you can disconnect Spotify from Alexa via either the Alexa app or the Spotify website.
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An Amazon Alexa device can help you accomplish a variety of tasks, from turning on smart lights throughout your home to playing music.

If you use Alexa to play music via voice command, you can connect your Spotify account to Alexa so that all your music automatically plays from Spotify rather than another music streaming source. Here’s what you’d need to do.

How to connect Spotify to Alexa

1. Open the Alexa app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android.

2. Tap the More icon.

Screenshot of the home screen on the Alexa app
Go into the ‘More’ menu. Devon Delfino

3. Select Settings.

Screenshot of the More section on the Alexa app
Go into your ‘Settings.’ Devon Delfino

4. Choose Music & Podcasts.

Screenshot of the settings area on the Alexa app
Choose ‘Music & Podcasts.’ Devon Delfino

5. If you don’t see Spotify listed, choose Link new service. Otherwise continue to the next step.

Screenshot of the Music & Podcasts section of Alexa's app settings
Choose Spotify, if listed. Otherwise link a new service. Devon Delfino

6. Select Spotify, followed by Link account to Alexa.

Screenshot showing the final step to link up Spotify to the Alexa app
Choose ‘Spotify.’ Devon Delfino

7. Tap Enable to use and log in to your Spotify account.

How to set up Spotify as default music player with Alexa

If you don’t want to have to add the phrase “On Spotify” to your voice commands when playing music, you can make Spotify the default player:

1. Open the Alexa app.

2. Tap the More tab in the bottom toolbar.

3. Hit Settings.

4. Choose Music & Podcasts.

5. Tap Default Services.

Screenshot of the Music & Podcasts area on the Alexa app
Go into the ‘Default Services’ section. Devon Delfino

6. Tap Change next to the existing default music player, then select Spotify and then hit Done.

Screenshot showing how to change the default music player in the Alexa app
Change your default player to Spotify. Devon Delfino

How to disconnect Spotify from Alexa

You can either disconnect Spotify from Alexa via the Alexa app, or on the Spotify website.

On the Alexa app:

1. Open the Alexa mobile app, and tap More.

2. Tap Settings.

3. Tap Music & Podcasts.

4. The Music & Podcasts page lists all the services currently connected to your Alexa (and lets you link new services as well). Find Spotify in the list and tap it.

Screenshot of the Music & Podcasts section of settings in the Alexa app
Tap ‘Spotify.’ Devon Delfino

5. On the Spotify details page, tap Disable Skill and confirm your choice.

Screenshot showing the option to disable Spotify in the Alexa app
Select ‘Disable Skill’ in the Alexa app to disconnect Spotify. Devon Delfino

On the Spotify website:

1. In a web browser on your Mac or PC, go to the Spotify website and log in to your account.

2. Click Profile in the upper-right corner and then select Account.

Screenshot showing the expanded Profile menu in the Spotify website
Go into your Spotify account. Devon Delfino

3. In the list on the left, click Apps.

Screenshot highlighting the Apps section of the sidebar on a Spotify account
Go into the ‘Apps’ section of your account. Devon Delfino

4. Find Alexa in the list of apps with access to your Spotify information, and then click Remove Access. Confirm your choice.

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