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Solved: How to Play Spotify on Amazon Echo

By Zoe Clarke

January 25, 2018

The Amazon Echo is a handy device which can work with lots of applications like it's default service of Amazon Music or other services including Pandora, Spotify, iHeartRadio. If you want to connect Spotify account to Amazon Echo for playing songs, you need to upgrade to Premium because Spotify Free isn't supported connecting to Amazon Echo. If you aren't familiar with the process to link Spotify music with Amazon Echo, then follow this article to make it. Before that, take a quick look to the troubleshooting of syncing Spotify to Amazon Echo.


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Part 1. Problems to Sync Spotify to Amazon Echo

Q1. Alexa Spotify app support unavailable?

Currently, you can use Alexa features and services (such as the Alexa app) in the U.S., United Kingdom and Germany only. If you try to use the device in an unsupported country, some Alexa services may not work or may have limited functionality. You can fix it by going to "Amazon app > Your Account > Digital Content > Manage Content and Devices", then you'll see "Settings" and you need to change the country to US or create a new Amazon account with USA address.


Q2. Can't link Spotify to Alexa?

If Amazon and Echo will not link and just says "an error occurred while attempting to link Alexa with external provider", you can resolve this now by using a PC (not Mac) and going through the linking process via http://layla.amazon.co.uk. Or logging into your Spotify profile online and go to look at details, if your email is displaying as your username and postcode is out of date, then update it to your email address and update the password. Going back into Alexa app and the Spotify setup, tap on "not me" to start the linking process again and then log in.


Q3. Amazon Echo Dot Spotify connect breaks down?

If you've succeeded linked Spotify to Amazon Echo, and told it to play, but it responded with "Playing [Song]" and then does nothing, how to fix it? Alright, just say "Alexa Spotify connect" and it will respond with something like "choose Echo from Spotify connect list", then go in your Spotify app, choose Echo under device list and it will play Spotify Again.


If you haven't tried playing Spotify songs on Amazon Echo, follow the next part to connect Spotify to Amazon Echo.


Part 2. How to Play Spotify on Amazon Echo

Step 1. Open the Amazon Alexa app on your phone.

Step 2. Tap on the Menu button in the top-left corner. Tap on "Settings", in the "Account" list, tap on "Music & Media".

Settings Account Music Media

Step 3. Tap on "Spotify", then tap on "Link account on Spotify.com".

Link to Spotify Account

Step 4. Tap on "Log in to Spotify". If you don't already have a Spotify account, you can tap on "Sign up for Spotify". Remember that you'll need a Spotify Premium subscription for Amazon Echo integration to work.

Amazon Alexa Log in to Spotify

Step 5. Enter in your Spotify username and password, and then tap on "Log in", or tap "Log in with Facebook" if you have an account created through Facebook.

Amazon Alexa Log in with Facebook

Step 6. Tap on "OKAY" and your account will be linked to Alexa.

Connect Alexa to Your Spotify Account

Step 7. (Optional) You can make Spotify the default player by the way to "Settings" > "Customize my music service preferences" > "My preferred music source" > "Spotify" > "Done".


Now, whenever you want to listen to music from Spotify, you can simply tell Alexa something like, "Play Play Collective Soul on Spotify" and it will shuffle through various songs by Play Collective Soul on Spotify. Here are some specific Spotify commands you can give Alexa to play the songs:

"Play [song name] by [artist]".

"Play (artist name, playlist name, genre) on Spotify".

"Pause" pauses the currently playing track.

"Play [Discover Weekly] playlist".

"Volume up/down" turns volume up or down.

"Stop" stops the currently playing track.


Note: If you want to unlink your Spotify account from your Amazon account, you can follow next simple steps to get through:

1. Open the Amazon Alexa app;

2. Tap on the Menu button in the top-left corner;

3. Select "Music & Books";

4. Select "Spotify";

5. Tap on "Unlink account from Alexa";

6. Tap on "Unlink account".


Further Reading: 2 Simple Ways to Help You Enjoy Apple Music Through Amazon Echo


Part 3. Play Spotify Music on Amazon Echo Without Premium

If you're Spotify Free user or you're going to to cancel Premium, you can catch this opportunity to play Spotify music on Amazon Echo with the help of TuneFab Spotify Music Converter. It is the most professional sotfware to convert Spotify to MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC so that make offline playback possible. It means that you can listen to Spotify offline without Premium. It is easy-to-use with simple several clicks.

Step 1. Run TuneFab Spotify Music Converter

After successfully intalling the software, open TuneFab Spotify Music Converter and let it run. Don't quit Spotify because the converter needs to work with it.

Main Interface Mac

Step 2. Import Spotify Files

Drag songs, playlists, albums, tracks, etc. from Spotify by clicking "Add Files".

Add Files Mac

Step 3. Select the Desired Songs

Select the songs that you upload to the converter, then click "Add".

Drag and Drop Spotify Songs Mac

Step 4. Choose Output Format

Go to "Options > Advanced", you are free to choose MP3, M4A, WAV, FLAC as you want.

Select Output Format Mac

Step 5. Start Converting

Click "Convert" and the selected songs will begin to convert to the format you've chose.

Converting Spotify Music Mac

Step 6. Upload Songs to Amazon Music

Open your Amazon Music app and sign in, then upload the converted songs and thus you can sync Spotify songs to Amazon Echo.


Part 4. More Tips About Amazon Echo

Ever since Amazon came out with the Echo, people everywhere have been astounded by their new voice activated assistant. So we list most important things you need to know about your new Echo.

Amazon Echo Alexa

1. Help Alexa recognize your voice better. To improve Alexa's speech recognition capabilities, you can open the "Alexa app > Menu > Settings > Voice Training".


2. When you're cooking, Alexa is an amazing hands-free tool. Just say something like "Alexa, set timer for 12 minutes", "Alexa, how much time is left on my timer", "Alexa, add yogurt to my shopping list".


3. Alexa can read you a custom news briefing over breakfast. Customize your news in "Settings > Account > Flash Briefing". Then ask "Alexa, what's new?" or "Alexa, read me the news." to hear the day's top headlines.


4. Listen to the radio, a podcast, or your Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify. Commands like "Alexa, play NPR", "Alexa, play Fox Sports Radio on iHeartRadio." are working, you can try it.


5. Add your work address to ask Alexa about your daily commute like "Alexa, how is traffic?". Go to "Settings > Account > Traffic > add your home and work addresses" to activate.


6. Add your Google Calendar and Alexa can tell you what your day's like. Go to the "Alexa app > Settings > Account > Calendar" to link your Google account.


Now you can try to connect Amazon Echo to Spotify try more functions of the device. If you have other interesting discoveries, just feel free to comment and let more people know.


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