How to Play Spotify on Echo Dot for Free

By Charles Davis Updated on 2023-11-20 / Update for Spotify Tips

Echo Dot is a smart speaker with a voice controller. And it has a plethora of smart features, such as playing streaming music and audiobooks, setting alarms, and providing real-time information about daily life. Many people will use Echo Dot to enjoy streaming music at home, including the popular streaming music service Spotify.

At the same time, there are some people who are unfamiliar with the playback mechanism of Echo Dot, or who are unable to stream Spotify music to Echo Dot. To address these issues, this article provides two popular ways to help you easily play Spotify on Echo Dot. Also, you will get solutions to fix Spotify not working on Echo Dot. Let's start right now!

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Part 1. Is Spotify Available on Echo Dot?

For many people, Spotify is probably the main reason to buy an Echo Dot smart speaker. Or, at least near the top of the priority list, because as a powerful music speaker, the Amazon Echo Dot allows you to play almost any music service. With the Alexa voice assistant or a few clicks on your phone, you'll be able to play millions of songs and podcasts on your Echo Dot.

So, can you play Spotify on Echo Dot? Of course. As Spotify currently supports a range of Alexa devices, the Echo Dot being one of them. It will be possible to connect Spotify to Echo Dot for use. In addition, you only need to sign into your Spotify music account in the Alexa app, and then you are permitted to listen to Spotify music through your Echo Dot.

Part 2. How to Connect Spotify to Echo Dot with Premium

It's worth noting that not all Spotify users but only Premium users can use Spotify on Echo Dot officially. Therefore, before setting up Spotify on your Echo Dot, you should prepare in advance.

👉1. Make sure your device is compatible with Spotify and that you have a Spotify Premium subscription.

👉2. Also, you need to confirm that you had installed the Alexa app on your mobile device and your Echo Dot speaker had been connected to the Alexa app.

👉3. You need to have an Amazon account and connect your account to your Echo Dot.

After that, follow the steps below and you can connect your Spotify account to your Amazon Echo Dot and tell Alexa to play any song from Spotify.

Step 1. Open the Alexa app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android device.

Step 2. Tap the 'More' icon at the bottom of the screen, then select Settings.

go to settings on alexa app

Step 3. Next, choose the 'Music and Podcasts' option under the 'Alexa Preferences' section.

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Step 4. If you don't see the Spotify icon in the list, select 'Link New Service'.

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Step 5. Next, click the 'Spotify' option, then tap to 'Link Account' to Alexa to link Spotify to Echo Dot.

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Step 6. Tap 'Enable to use' and sign in to your Spotify Premium account. In turn, you can simply and freely play any Spotify music you wish on Echo Dot via voice command.

Extra Tips: How to Set Spotify as Default Application on Echo Dot

When you ask Echo Dot to play music via voice commands, it will sometimes play music from other music services like Amazon Music on your device. In this case, you may try to set Spotify app as your default music player on Echo Dot. Here you can see how to do that.

set spotify as default service in alexa app for echo dot

Step 1. Start the Alexa app on your mobile device.

Step 2. Go to the 'Settings' section and click on the 'Music and Podcasts' option.

Step 3. Choose 'Default Services' and choose 'Spotify' as the default music service.

Part 3. How to Play Spotify on Echo Dot without Premium

As we all know, Spotify music are protected, only Premium users can download Spotify music for offline listening, and connect Spotify with Echo Dot. Some free users will often complain about not being able to listen to Spotify on Echo Dot. In this case, AudFree Spotify Music Converter will be a good choice.

Whether you need to download Spotify music as MP3 or convert them to those popular audio formats, AudFree SpoDable is well equipped to do the job. What's more, it enables you to download and convert Spotify music at 5X faster speed and lets you enjoy all the Premium features, including ad-free and offline listening. Furthermore, this professional and popular Spotify music converter gives you enough privileges to play Spotify music offline without Premium on Echo Dot.

AudFree Spotify Music Converter

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  • Losslessly remove limitation from Spotify OGG Vorbis music
  • Convert all contents on Spotify to MP3 supported by Echo Dot
  • Get Spotify Premium free PC/Mac for offline playback
  • Work at 5X fast speed, support to edit audio parameters
Step 1Import Spotify Music to AudFree SpoDable
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Launch AudFree Spotify Music Converter on your computer, while the Spotify application will open automatically. Select your preferred songs, podcasts, playlists, albums, etc. in the Spotify app. Then you can add them directly to the converter's conversion window by dragging and dropping. Besides, copying and pasting Spotify music links into the search bar of AudFree SpoDable is the second method.
Step 2Define Spotify Music Output Format
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In order to define the output format, click Menu bar > Preferences to open a new window where you can start setting the output audio format for Spotify music. For example, you can choose to convert Spotify to MP3 supported by Echo Dot. Moreover, you can also adjust other output parameters such as bit rate, sample rate and channels. Then remember to click the OK button to save the settings.
Step 3Download and Convert Spotify Music for Echo Dot
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When all the above settings meet your requirements, please click the Convert button to start downloading and converting Spotify music. After the conversion is done, you can find all the downloaded Spotify music files in your local folder on your computer. After that, you can freely play the music on your Echo Dot offline.
Step 4Play Spotify Music on Echo Dot
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To listen to Spotify on Echo Dot, you can simply transfer the converted Spotify music to Windows Media Player or iTunes, and then you can sync Spotify music to Amazon Music. After a successful upload, you can simply say 'Alexa, play Amazon Music' to the Echo Dot and it will automatically start playing the converted Spotify music. Or you can use any other media player to play Spotify music directly and connect your device to the Echo Dot via Bluetooth.

Part 4. Can't Play Spotify on Echo Dot - Solutions to Fix It

People often complain, "My Echo Dot Can't play Spotify!" If you've recently encountered the same situation, you're not alone. Let's take a look at some simple solutions to fix Spotify won't connect to Echo Dot problem.

Fix 1. Make Sure You Are Logged into Your Spotify Premium Account

This can be a fairly common reason, if you're not logged into your Spotify account, your Alexa won't be able to access your music or podcasts. So, please check this issue first. If you've been logged in, it's recommended that you can unlink Spotify from Alexa and then connect them again. Follow the steps below to make it.

Step 1. Go to the Settings section in the Alexa app on your mobile device.

Step 2. Click on the 'Music & Media' option under the 'Account' section.

go to music and media option in alexa app

Step 3. Choose 'Spotify' and tap 'Unlink account from Alexa'.

choose unlink spotify account from alexa

Step 4. Touch 'Unlink' to confirm disconnect your Spotify account from Alexa.

unlink spotify from alexa to fix spotify on echo dot not working issue

After that, you can follow the steps in Part 1 to re-connect Spotify to Echo Dot. Then check if the Spotify not working on Echo Dot issue is fixed or not.

Fix 2. Check the Names of Your Echo Dot

If you have more than one speaker, make sure your speakers have different names from each other. You'll be able to verify the names of speaker groups in the Devices option of Alexa app. Meanwhile, you can use the Alexa app to set up one or more speakers, so specific Echo Dot will play music within a Smart Home Group.

Fix 3. Check the Default Music Service Settings of the Alexa App

Open the Alexa app and in turn go to 'Music and podcast' settings. Here, you will find that you are allowed to select Spotify as your default option. In this case, when you say "Alexa, play music", Echo Dot will automatically play Spotify music instead of any other streaming music.

Fix 4. Reset the Echo Dot

This is called a "last resort" and resetting your Echo Dot will remove any settings you've made for Alexa. Just press the volume down button and the microphone button for at least 30 seconds. At this point, you will notice an orange ring around the Echo Dot, this means that the reset has been successful. After that, you can get ready to play Spotify music on Echo Dot again.

Fix 5. Update Spotify App and Alexa App

If you are using the outdated Spotify app and Alexa app, then you will meet the Echo Dot not showing up on Spotify and play Spotify music. In this case, you need to go to App Store or Google Play Store on your mobile device to update both apps to the latest version first.

Part 5. In Conclusion

What is clear is that playing Spotify music on Echo Dot is not a difficult task. And you can make it a reality through the two convenient methods above. It's worth mentioning that AudFree Spotify Music Converter helps you effortlessly play Spotify on Amazon Echo Dot without Premium, which achieves true music freedom. You can download and save Spotify playlists, podcasts, audiobooks, albums, etc. as local files by using this tool. After that, you can listen to Spotify offline anywhere without a Spotify premium account.

Charles Davis

Charles Davis

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Charles Davis is the chief-editor of AudFree Company, who writes a variety of tech articles and music reviews, such as hot software releases and Spotify music tips.

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