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Are you tired of your partner’s music showing up in your Apple Music playlist? You can each get your own Apple account, but that won’t help if you’re all using the same Apple account on Alexa.
In this article, We’ll go over step-by-step directions for using Multiple Apple Music accounts on Alexa. I’ll also explain why you should be using multiple Alexa Apple accounts. Just in case, I’ve even tossed in a backup option in case you want to share an Alexa account but don’t want your musical playlists getting mixed up.
Can Alexa Have Multiple Apple Music Accounts?
You can use multiple Apple Accounts with Alexa, but you’ll need to set up multiple Amazon accounts and link each Apple Music account to a different Amazon account. That’s true whether you have individual Apple accounts or a shared Apple Music family plan.
This process takes a few minutes to set up, but there are no major downsides to it. Each Amazon account will have the same Amazon Prime benefits as long as you set them up within the same Amazon Household. You can even create children’s Amazon accounts within a household, which gives you more fine-grained parental controls.
Advantages of Having Multiple Apple Accounts on Alexa
1. Avoid mixing up your household’s music preferences
Apple Music is really good at figuring out what music and podcasts you like. Since you’re using the same Apple account on your phone, your computer, and your Amazon Echo, your musical preferences follow you everywhere you go.
I had my account perfectly attuned to my love of the Flobots and Eminem, but then someone in my apartment started playing Mariah Carey on our Echo Show. Now, Apple Music thinks I like Mariah Carey (and I do, but Apple doesn’t need to know that).
If each person has their own account, you never have to worry about someone else’s musical preferences ruining the vibe you and your Apple Music account have going.
2. Play Different Music in Each Room
You can play the same music across your Echo speakers using multi-room music. But if you want to play one song in the living room while your partner jams out to a different song in the kitchen, you’ll need multiple Apple Music accounts.
If you try to play the same Apple account on multiple Echo devices, you won’t get an error message. Instead, the music will play on the last device that got the command. The other devices will just stop playing as soon as the new device starts.
How to Add a Second Apple Music Account to Alexa
- Go to the Amazon Household page. Make sure you log in with the Amazon profile that you used to set up Alexa.
- Select Add Adult and follow the on-screen instructions to send an invite to your other household member. They’ll need to create their own Amazon login if they don’t already have one.
- Log into the Alexa app using your newly added Amazon login.
- Link Apple Music to this account by going to More -> Settings -> ‘Music & Podcasts’, clicking Link New Service, and selecting Apple Music. Then, just follow the instructions to link your accounts.
Alternative: Connect to Alexa with Bluetooth
If, for whatever reason, you can’t set up a second Amazon account, your only option is to use Echo as a bluetooth speaker. You won’t be able to use voice commands, but at least you’ll be able to play your music.
- Get your device into the Bluetooth range of your Amazon Echo, approximately 20–30 feet.
- Tell your Echo speaker to disconnect other Bluetooth devices by saying (assuming you use the default wake word) “Alexa, disconnect.”
- Set your device to Bluetooth pairing mode.
- On Android, the pairing process may depend on your device and operating system version. On most newer Androids, go into Settings -> Bluetooth and toggle the Bluetooth switch on. You’ll see a message saying that your device is visible.
- On iPhone, go into Settings -> Bluetooth and toggle Bluetooth on. You’ll see a message that says, “Now discoverable as…”
How Do I Switch Apple Music Accounts on Alexa?
To switch Apple Music accounts, you’ll need to switch user profiles on your Echo. Just say, “Alexa, switch to [Your name] profile.” Then, you can control the device any of the Alexa Apple Music voice commands. Your Echo will know to play them based on your profile’s Apple Music account instead of the other household profiles.
If you want to change the Apple account associated with your Alexa profile, you’ll need to do that in the Alexa app. Got to More -> Settings -> ‘Music & Podcasts’ -> ‘Apple Music’. You’ll need to disable the skill and re-enable it to link your profile to a different Apple Music account.
Now that you have multiple Apple Music accounts set up, it’s time to unleash the full power of your Echo speakers. And if you have any more problems with Apple Music on Alexa, you know where to find us.
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.