How to Make Tidal Alexa Work Together in 2 Available Ways

By Miley Swift Updated on 2024-02-18 / Update for Tidal Tips

As a fan-centered music streaming service, Tidal allows you to play high-fidelity songs on its app and web player conveniently. Also, Tidal cooperates with several compatible devices like Amazon Echo. To connect Tidal to Amazon devices, you can use Alexa to help you. Alexa serves as the virtual assistant that powers Amazon-developed devices with Tidal through a Tidal Alexa skill called 'Music Skills API', which means Tidal songs can directly be played on Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show 5, etc.

In this post, we will tell you how to connect Tidal to Alexa with a Tidal HiFi/HiFi Plus account officially. Besides, an out-performing tool that can guide you to do that without Tidal subscriptions will be introduced.

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Part 1. Does Tidal Work with Alexa

Yes. As stated above, due to the 'Music Skill API' for Tidal and Alexa, you can use Alexa to link Tidal and stream unparalleled music from Tidal. With this Tidal Alexa skill, music enthusiasts and audiophiles can enjoy awesome spatial audio from Tidal on Amazon Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show 5 via Alexa. But the premise is that you need to subscribe to Tidal HiFi or HiFi Plus in advance.

On top of that, please check whether Tidal showing on Alexa in your region and country on grounds of protection of copyright. Currently, Tidal is only supported on Alexa in the United States. That means to play Tidal playlist on Alexa devices, a US account is requisite. If you are living in other countries such as the UK, France, Germany alike countries in Europe, Alexa Tidal is not supported in your region now.

Part 2. How to Play Tidal on Alexa without Tidal Plans

To connect Tidal to Alexa, you need to be an active HiFi or HiFi Plus Tidal subscriber. But what if you don't want to pay the high subscription fee or don't live in the USA? Don't worry, we will show you how to link Tidal to Alexa without Premium and region restrictions.

Since Alexa allows users to upload local music via Bluetooth and a USB driver for streaming, you can first download Tidal music locally. And the necessary tool you need is AudFree Tidal Music Converter. It enables you to remove the protection of Tidal and download Tidal songs as local audio files. Once downloaded, you can export them to an external storage or transfer them to other devices including your Alexa devices.

With advanced technology, the AudFree Tidal Music Converter allows you to convert Tidal music to popular audio formats. And it supports six formats including MP3, FLAC, AAC, M4A, M4B, and WAV. Once converted, you can enjoy Tidal tracks with 100% sound quality preserved. Then you can transfer them to your Alexa for offline playback without Tidal plans.

AudFree Tidal Music Converter

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With AudFree Tidable, you can easily download and save Tidal songs locally on your computer. Now let's see how to use this tool to play Tidal on Alexa without subscriptions step by step:

1.1 Download Music from Tidal for Alexa

Step 1Add Tidal songs to AudFree Tidal Music Converter
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Get started by downloading and installing AudFree Tidal Music Converter. Then launch it and the Tidal app will be opened automatically. Copy the URL of the Tidal track or playlist that you want to listen to on Amazon Alexa devices. Then paste the link to the search bar in AudFree's main window. Don't remember to click the '+' icon to load the track. Alternatively, you can directly drag and drop songs from Tidal to this software's main interface.
Step 2Adjust output format for Tidal Alexa Integration
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Next, locate the 'menu' icon at the top bar and follow by tapping the 'Preferences' > 'Convert' option. Here, freely adjust the output format and customize audio quality including bit rate, sample rate, channel, etc. To connect Tidal to Alexa, you can choose to convert Tidal music to AAC, MP3, WAV, or FLAC output format. Once set up, touch 'OK'.
Step 3Convert Tidal for Alexa
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Finally, hit the 'Convert' icon at the lower right bottom and AudFree software will begin to convert the Tidal tracks. Please check the converted Tidal songs in the target folder after conversion. Until now, you have gotten the compatible Tidal audio files with Alexa.

1.2 Cast Local Tidal Music to Alexa Devices

Now, you are supposed to add your device to Alexa and transfer the local Tidal music files to Alexa-enabled devices. Here, we will take Echo as an example to guide you on how to play Tidal playlist on Alexa. You can operate on your computer directly or transfer Tidal downloads to your mobile via USB cable.

✔ Way 1: Play Tidal on Alexa Devices via Bluetooth

Step 1. Connect your phone/tablet to the Echo

Open the Alexa app on your phone or tablet and say 'Alexa, pair'. Then the Echo will turn to pair mode. Turn on the 'Bluetooth' of your phone or tablet. A few seconds later, the Echo name will appear on the waiting list of the pairing named 'Echo-XXX' on your phone or tablet. Choose the name, and then Alexa will tell you that the connection is done once these two devices are linked.

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Step 2. Add Echo to Alexa App

Go back to the Alexa app and proceed to click 'Devices' > 'Echo & Alexa'. Choose the Echo you would like to pair with your mobile device from the list. Then go to 'Pair Alexa Gadget'. Open the Bluetooth settings window on your device and choose the name shown for your Echo. Then the connection is done.

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Step 3. Play Local Tidal Songs on Alexa Device

Just use the Alexa Tidal voice commands with the activation word 'Alexa' to ask Alexa to play certain songs, playlists, or artists on Tidal. And it will stream Tidal on Amazon Echo automatically.

✔ Way 2: Add Tidal to Alexa Devices by the Amazon Music app

Step 1. Launch the Amazon Music App on Your Computer. You are able to sync 250 Tidal downloads from your computer to Amazon Music if you don't subscribe to an Amazon Music Unlimited plan.

Step 2. On your Amazon Music app, click 'Settings' > 'Automatically Import Music From' and then choose the 'Select Folder' button. Simply find and import your downloaded Tidal music into the local folder.

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Step 3. Then, you can go to 'Library' > 'Music' > 'SONGS' > 'Locations' to find your Tidal audio. Therefore, you can stream Tidal on Alexa by the Amazon Music app.

See also: How to Play Amazon Music on Alexa

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✔ Way 3: Connect Tidal to Alexa Devices by Plex

Step 1. Launch the Alexa app on your device. Go to the 'Skills & Games' section from the 'More' bar and search for 'Plex' in the search bar. Select the Plex skill from the search results. Next, hit 'Enable' to enable the Plex skill and follow the prompts to link your Plex account to Alexa.

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Step 2. Open the Plex app on your smartphone or computer. Go to 'Settings' > 'Music Libraries' > 'Manage' to choose 'Add Library' and select your converted Tidal folder as the library type.

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Step 3. Once your Tidal songs are imported to Plex, you can ask Alexa to play them using voice commands, like "Alexa, ask Plex/Emby to play [song/artist/album] from my PC music library".

Part 3. How to Connect Tidal on Alexa with Tidal Plans

With the support of the Alexa Tidal skill, you can easily listen to Tidal on Alexa platforms. But you need to make sure that you have subscribed to Tidal before the connection.

Step 1. Launch the Amazon Alexa App on your phone. Next, navigate to 'Settings' > 'Music & Podcasts'.

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Step 2. Choose 'Link New Service' > 'TIDAL', then hit 'Enable to Use' and connect your TIDAL account.

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Step 3. Go back to 'Settings' > 'Music & Podcasts' and select 'TIDAL' as 'Default Services'.

When the connection is done, you are available to ask Alexa to play Tidal songs by voice commands. For example, you can click 'Enable' and say "Alexa, open Tidal" and ask Alexa to find your favorite music.

Part 4. How to Fix Tidal Not Showing on Alexa Issue

Some users complain that Alexa says Tidal is unavailable. Don't fret. Please refer to the following fixes:

🔑 Check whether you have a US account. Such an issue mainly results from geographical reasons. As the statement aforementioned, Tidal is available to Alexa only when you have a US account. If you live in other countries such as the UK and use it in the US, the Alexa you purchased is hardcoded to the origin country UK.

So, check your account status to fix Tidal not showing on Alexa UK. You have to reset your Alexa device first and then change the country settings to the US from the Amazon account web page. Just press and hold the action button for approximately 12 seconds until the device's right light is on amber. Then repeat the steps in Part 3 to link Tidal to the Alexa device.

🔑 Update Tidal Skill. On the Alexa app, 'More' > 'Skills & Games'. Search for and select 'Tidal' to 'Update'.

🔑 Restart Alexa Device/Alexa-compatible Device. If you find Tidal not available on Alexa, try restarting your Alexa device by unplugging it from the power source. Wait for a few seconds and then plug it back in.

🔑 Update the Alexa App and Device. If you can't find Tidal on Alexa, why not power off your devices and restart them again? Once the device has restarted, check if Tidal is working properly.

Part 5. FAQs about Tidal Alexa

Q1: When Will Tidal Come to Alexa UK?

A: Currently, Tidal for Alexa is only available in the United States. You can stay tuned to find out when Tidal will come to Alexa UK.

Q2: How Can I Control Alexa to Play Tidal?

A: You need to first make Tidal your default music service. Then you can easily ask Alexa to play Tidal music. For example, you can say 'Alexa, play (song name)'. Then Alexa will automatically play the song you ask.

Q3: What Can I Do When I Can't Find Tidal on Alexa?

A: If you can't find Tidal on the Amazon Alexa companion app, try another way to play Tidal on Alexa. That is you can use AudFree Tidal Music Converter to download Tidal songs first. Then transfer them to Alexa via Bluetooth. One advantage is that this method doesn't need a HiFi or HiFi Plus Tidal account.

Q4: Why Is Tidal Not Supported on Alexa?

A: You can use Alexa Tidal in the US. Apart from this region, there could be technical limitations or challenges in other countries such as the UK, France, and Germany in integrating Tidal with Alexa devices.

Part 6. In Conclusion

Both methods above are able to favor you to play Tidal on Alexa. Using AudFree Tidal Music Converter is the best shot because this third-party gadget endows you with the ability to listen to Tidal songs offline on Alexa devices without any issues or region restrictions. With the lossless sound quality of Tidal music preserved, you can resume enjoying original immersive Tidal converted audio on the Amazon Alexa speakers or displays. Besides, if you have a paid Tidal plan, you can use Tidal Alexa integration directly to connect Tidal to Alexa.

Miley Swift

Miley Swift

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Miley Swift is a professional content creator in the field of music entertainment and tech. Passionate about Tidal streaming technology, she is adept in offering and updating relevant tech skills and tools of Tidal music.

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