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Are you tired of your partner’s music showing up in your Spotify playlist? You can each get your own Spotify account, but that won’t help if you’re all using the same Spotify account on Alexa.
In this article, We’ll go over step-by-step directions for using Multiple Spotify accounts on Alexa. I’ll also explain why you should be using multiple Alexa Spotify 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 Spotify Accounts?
You can use multiple Spotify Accounts with Alexa, but you’ll need to set up multiple Amazon accounts and link each Spotify account to a different Amazon account.
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 Spotify Accounts on Alexa
1. Avoid mixing up your household’s music preferences
Spotify is really good at figuring out what music and podcasts you like. Since you’re using the same Spotify 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, Spotify thinks I like Mariah Carey (and I do, but Spotify 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 Spotify 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 Spotify accounts.
If you try to play the same Spotify 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 Spotify 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 Spotify to this account by going to More -> Settings -> ‘Music & Podcasts’, clicking Link New Service, and selecting Spotify. Then, just follow the instructions to link your accounts.
An alternative: Spotify Connect
If, for whatever reason, you can’t set up a second Amazon account, you’ll have to rely on Spotify connect. Basically, this is a service from Spotify that syncs your current music between devices, including Alexa speakers.
- Make sure the Spotify app is closed on your phone (or whatever device you use to run the app). Otherwise, the initial connection may not work properly.
- Say (using the right wake word) “Alexa, Spotify connect” to your Echo speaker. It will respond with details about how to connect, but you can just follow the rest of these steps.
- Open the Spotify app on your smartphone and start playing a song.
- Press the device icon on the Now Playing bar.
- Select your Echo speaker from the list of devices. This should transfer the currently playing song to Alexa.
The initial voice command may not work if you have a Spotify account connected to your Echo speaker. In that case, your only other option is to connect Echo to your phone as a Bluetooth speaker.
How Do I Switch Spotify Accounts on Alexa?
To switch Spotify accounts, you’ll need to switch user profiles on your Echo. Just say, “Alexa, switch to [Your name] profile.” Then, you can use any of the Alexa Spotify voice commands. Your Echo will know to play them based on your profile’s Spotify account instead of the other household profiles.
If you want to change the Spotify account associated with your Alexa profile, you’ll need to do that in the Alexa app. Got to More -> Settings -> ‘Music & Podcasts’ -> Spotify. You’ll need to disable the skill and re-enable it to link your profile to a different Spotify account.
Now that you have multiple Spotify accounts set up, it’s time to unleash the full power of your Spotify music and Echo speakers. Did you know that you can, for example, sync your Hue lights with your Spotify music? That was one of my favorite new features that I discovered when I compared Hue vs Wiz smart lights.