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Did you know that Alexa is secretly a DJ? Give her access to your Spotify free or premium account, and she can play it, shuffle it, pump up the bass, and even pick out music based on your mood or current activity.
All you need are the magic words, and you’ll find them all right here. In this article, I’ll show you all 50 Alexa Spotify commands, examples of how to use them, and how to make Spotify your default Alexa music service.
Alexa Spotify Voice Commands
Echo devices currently support 20 commands for controlling your Spotify playback. Some of these commands are specific to the Spotify app, but most will also work for other music services like Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeartRadio, or TuneIn. And some of the commands (like volume controls), will change the Echo device settings themselves.
These commands all start with your wake word. By default, that’s Alexa, but you can change the wake word to Computer, Echo, Ziggy, or Amazon in the device settings. If you’re using one of those alternative wake words, be sure to replace them when saying the command. For example, you would say “Echo, play” instead of “Alexa, play”.
Here’s the full list of Alexa Spotify commands:
Spotify Alexa commands
|Spotify action||What to say||Example|
|Play a song||Alexa, play [song]||Alexa, play Bohemian Rhapsody|
|Play an artist||Alexa, play [artist]||Alexa, play Nickelback|
|Play a song by a certain artist||Alexa, play [song] by [artist]||Alexa, play Rap God by Eminem|
|Play an album||Alexa play the album [album] by [artist]||Alexa, play the album Abbey Road by The Beatles|
|Play a playlist||
Alexa play [playlist]
Alexa, play my [playlist] playlist
|Alexa, play Workout Mix|
|Play music for activity||Alexa, play music for [activity]||Alexa, play music for gaming|
|Play music by mood||Alexa, play [mood] music||Alexa, play angry music|
|Play weekly discover playlist||
Alexa, play discover weekly
Alexa, play my discover weekly playlist
|Play / Resume music||Alexa, play|
|Play for a period of time||Alexa, play music for [time]||Alexa, play music for 1 hour|
|Play music on all speakers||Alexa, play everywhere|
|Play music on speaker group||
Alexa, play [group]
Alexa, play on [group]
|Alexa, play downstairs|
|Pause music||Alexa, pause|
|Set music sleep timer||
Alexa, turn this off in [time]
Alexa, stop music in [time]
|Alexa, turn this off in 5 minutes|
|Go to next song||
Alexa, next song
Alexa, skip song
|Go to previous song||
Alexa, previous song
Alexa, restart song
Alexa, play this song from the beginning
|Skip forward||Alexa, skip forward [time]||Alexa, skip forward 30 seconds|
|Skip back||Alexa skip back [time]||Alexa, skip back 1 minute|
|Loop song||Alexa, loop this song|
|Loop album||Alexa, loop this album|
|Loop playlist||Alexa, loop this playlist|
|Turn loop mode on||Alexa, loop mode on|
|Turn loop mode off||Alexa, loop mode off|
|Turn song shuffle on||Alexa, shuffle|
|Turn song shuffle off||Alexa, stop shuffle|
|Give song info||
Alexa, what kind of song is this?
Alexa, what song is this?
|Give album info||Alexa, what's the album?|
|Give album release year||Alexa, when was this album released?|
|Give song release year||Alexa, what year was this song released?|
|Give artist name||
Alexa, who sings this?
Alexa, who is this?
Alexa, volume up
Alexa, volume down
Alexa, set volume to level [1–10]
Alexa, volume [1–10]
|Alexa, set volume to 9|
|Mute music||Alexa, mute|
|Unmute music||Alexa, unmute|
|Increase bass||Alexa, increase bass|
|Decrease bass||Alexa, decrease bass|
|Increase midrange||Alexa, increase midrange|
|Decrease midrange||Alexa, decrease midrange|
|Increase treble||Alexa, increase treble|
|Decrease treble||Alexa, decrease treble|
Alexa, set bass to [-6 to 6]
Alexa, set bass to minimum
Alexa, set bass to maximum
|Alexa, set bass to 4|
Alexa, set midrange to [-6 to 6]
Alexa, set midrange to minimum
Alexa, set midrange to maximum
|Alexa, set midrange to 0|
Alexa, set treble to [-6 to 6]
Alexa, set treble to minimum
Alexa, set treble to maximum
|Alexa, set treble to 1|
|Display songs (Echo Show only)||Alexa, show me songs|
|Display playlists (Echo Show only)||Alexa, show me playlists|
|Display albums (Echo Show only)||Alexa, show me albums|
|Recommend music (Echo Show only)||Alexa, recommend some new music|
How do I control Spotify with Alexa?
Before you can play Spotify on your Echo devices, you’ll need to install the Spotify Alexa skill (Skills are Alexa’s version of an app). You could search for the skill and install it manually, but I’ll show you an easier method here. This method also works for installing all the other music and podcast Alexa skills, including Apple Podcasts and Sirius XM.
- Open the More Tab in the Alexa app.
- Click Settings from the list.
- Select Music & Podcasts under the Alexa Preferences section.
- Click Link New Service.
- Select Spotify from the list of music services. This will bring you to the Spotify skill.
- Click Enable To Use.
- Log in with your Spotify account.
- Click Agree at the bottom of the permissions list.
- Click Close to finiffsh the process.
At that point, you’ll be given an option to change your default music service. You can complete that process now or come back to it later using the process in the next section.
How to Make Spotify Your Default Music Player
I highly recommend setting Spotify as your default music service for your Alexa account, assuming its the app you usually use for your favorite tunes. You can do that by going to More -> ‘Music & Podcasts’ -> Default Services in the Alexa smartphone app.
You’ll see three sections, and I recommend setting all of them to Spotify. That’s the only way to get every Echo Spotify commands working fully. If Spotify isn’t listed under any of the three headers, click Change and select Spotify from the popup list.
If Spotify isn’t your default music app, you can still use play Spotify music on your Echo. The only thing that changes is that you’ll have to add “…on Spotify” to the end of most of the commands. So instead of “Alexa, play Pitbull” you would say “Alexa, play Pitbull on Spotify”.
Edit: Spotify now allows you to set Family defaults as well as defaults for your individual profile. For simplicity, I suggest setting both sets of defaults to Spotify if that is your primary music service.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can Alexa skip songs on Spotify?
Yes, Alexa can skip songs on Spotify. Just use the command “Alexa, skip song” or “Alexa, next song”. You can also go back to the previous song, restart your song, or skip around within a song.
Can Alexa play playlists from Spotify?
Yes, Alexa can play all of your Spotify playlists. You just need to say “Alexa, play ” or “Alexa, play my playlist” with the name of your favorite playlist. So to play your “Get Pumped” playlist, you would say “Alexa, play my Get Pumped playlist”.
If Spotify isn’t your default Alexa music service, you’ll need to add “…on Spotify” to the command. So you would say “Alexa, play my Get Pumped playlist on Spotify”. That’s a mouthful, so I suggest following the instructions in this article to set Spotify as your default Alexa music service.
How do I ask Alexa to shuffle on Spotify?
You can have Alexa turn shuffle mode on by saying “Alexa, shuffle” while your music is playing. The current song will continue to play, but the rest of the playlist will be shuffled.
Given the cost of Alexa speakers, Amazon Echo makes an excellent home speaker system. Pair that with Spotify and their vast library, and you have an easy-to-use, touchless music experience that will last you ages.
There’s a lot more you can do to enhance your smart home sound system, too. Recently, I’ve been looking into ways to play Alexa and a Bluetooth speaker at the same time. You can also sync your Spotify music with your Hue lights, which is one of the biggest advantage of Philips Hue vs Wiz or other budget smart light brands.
And, of course, Spotify isn’t the only service you can control with Alexa. You can, for example, virtually replace your remote with Alexa Fire TV commands. Beyond entertainment, Roomba Alexa commands can help you spot clean or stop your robot vacuum from eating your cables. Is there anything Alexa can’t do?
Zak has spent 12 hears in the tech industry focusing on automation, analytics, and cybersecurity. His passion is tech education; he uses his industry expertise and STEM PhD to break down complicated concepts into simple step-by-step guides. When he’s not writing or coding, you can find him binging anything Star Trek or Marvel or reading far too many sci-fi novels.