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How to Change Alexa’s Default Music Service

How to Change Alexa's Default Music Service
Amazon lets you link Alexa to your Spotify Premium account, but by default she wants to play music from Amazon. This obscure setting in the Alexa app will save you lots of frustration if you prefer to stream from Spotify.

Scene: You’re tired. You’ve had a long day. You walk into the house, and you ask Alexa to play a song for you, knowing full well that it’s available in Spotify. Her reply: it’s not available on Prime Music. Now you’re angry. Alexa should know you have your Spotify account linked up, but still it seems like you have to jump through hoops to get her to play music from that service.

There’s a way to make this easier, but you have to dig for it. You can change Alexa’s default music services.

Step 1: Link

First, you need to link your paid Spotify Premium account in the Alexa app. You must have a Premium account to use Spotify on your Alexa-powered devices. If you haven’t already does this, you’ll probably do it in the Music, Video, & Books section of the Alexa app. We say “probably” because that’s the easiest place to find it. It doesn’t matter which Alexa device appears in the header.

Step 2: Choose

Next, if you want Spotify to be Alexa’s first choice for music, you have to set it as your default music service. That’s possible, but it’s buried on a completely different screen.

From the side menu, select Settings. Scroll past all your Alexa devices, down to the Alexa Preferences heading, and select Music & Media.

How to Change Alexa's Default Music Service

Next, look below the music services (this is the other place where you can configure those) to Account Settings, and select Choose default music service.

Music & Media Account Settings

Here you’ll see the default settings. Most likely, Amazon is your default music library and your default station service. If you’ve linked your Spotify account, you make it your default library. When you’ve made your changes, just select Done.

Alexa's Default Music Services

Step 3: Ask and Enjoy

From this point forward, Alexa will first check Spotify when you ask her to play music. No need to specifically tell her you want music from Spotify!

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Richard Gunther

Richard is a digital technology consultant with a life-long interest in consumer electronics. He has been immersed in smart home tech for decades now and hosts The DMZ's home automation podcast, Home: On and co-hosts Entertainment 2.0 with Josh Pollard. Richard looks at products through an experience lens, always seeking the right mix of utility and delight.