By default, if you ask an Amazon Echo to play music it will choose Amazon Music. But what if you subscribe to Spotify? Or some other music service? Here’s how to change the Amazon Echo default music service.
First, make sure that you’ve downloaded the Alexa app, which is available for both Android and iOS phones, and that your Echo device is fully set up. To test, try asking “Alexa, what’s up?” to get a chatty overview of the news.
How to change the Amazon Echo default music service
Now, open the Alexa app and click on the menu button in the top-left of the screen. (The menu button is the three horizontal lines, also known as the “burger” or “sandwich” icon.)
Tap Settings on the menu that appears and then scroll down to Music, which is underneath the “Alexa Preferences” subheading.
If you’ve already linked your Spotify account via the app, skip the next paragraph. If not, you’ll see a screen like this:
Tap “Link account on Spotify.com” next to the logo and you’ll be asked to enter your Spotify login details and then agree to a few privacy bits (such as allowing Alexa to view your Spotify account data and your activity, which is a given anyway). If the process has been successful, you’ll see the notification below and should then return to the music settings page.
Now that everything’s linked, select “Choose default music services” and tap the circle next to Spotify, rather than Amazon Music.
Once you’ve hit the big blue Done button, you’re finished! Celebrate by blasting out your four-hour Westlife Spotify playlist…