How to play music on Alexa

It’s now possible to request music from Amazon Alexa, without having to leave your current location, simply by speaking your request out. A common request for Alexa’s abilities is the ability to play music. To get Alexa to play your music, you must first pick how you want your music to be played. You can choose from two options:

  • Use an online music service. If you’re looking for music, this is a source you may turn to. Amazon Music and Spotify are two examples of services that can be used as examples.
  • Listen to music on your phone. You can use Bluetooth to stream music stored on a smartphone or tablet to your Alexa device, so long as you have a compatible device.

How to link Alexa to a music provider like Spotify

When it comes to music, Alexa doesn’t have access on its own. Instead, you’ll need to link Alexa to your preferred music service. You may use Alexa to play music from Amazon Music, Spotify, and TuneIn, among others, depending on where you live. You must grant Alexa access to your account with the music service provider before she can use its services. To use Alexa, you must link your account to each music service you want to use. However, if you log into Amazon Music through the Alexa app, it will be instantly linked to Alexa. To connect Alexa to a music service, follow these steps:

  1. In the Alexa app, choose Menu → Settings. The Settings menu appears.
  2. Tap Music. The Alexa app displays the Music Services screen, which looks similar to the following figure. If the service you want to use requires permission to allow Alexa to access your account, you see a link to the right of the service. In the figure, for example, you see “Link account on” next to the Spotify service.
  3. Tap the link to the right of the service, and then follow the instructions that appear. In most cases, you need to log in to your music service and then tap the link or button that authorizes Alexa to access your account.
  4. When the link is complete, tap Close (X) in the upper-right corner of the app. The Alexa app displays a notification to let you know that you can use Settings to change the default music provider.
  5. If you want to change the default provider, tap the notification’s Go to Settings.

 Set up a default music provider, like Spotify, for Amazon Alexa

Using the Alexa app, you gain access to Amazon Music, which Alexa sets up as your default music provider when you link your Amazon account. When you ask Alexa to play a song or an artist, for example, she’ll pull the music from the default service, which is what the term “default” means here. If you choose to set up a certain music provider as your default, it does not preclude you from using another service in the future. Amazon Music is the default music service, but if you have a Spotify account linked to Alexa, you may still use your voice command to play music from Spotify by simply mentioning the service name. A good example is, “Alexa, play Camera Obscura from Spotify.”. As long as you’re happy with Amazon Music as your default music service, you may skip through to the next part without having to change anything. If you’d rather utilize a different music service provider as the default, you can do it by following these steps:

  1. In the Alexa app, choose Menu → Settings. The Settings menu appears.
  2. Tap Music. The Alexa app displays the Music Services screen.
  3. Tap Choose Default Music Services. The Alexa app prompts you to choose a default music library and radio station service, as shown in the following figure.
  4. Select a music service under the Default Music Library section.
  5. Select a music service under the Default Station Service section.
  6. Tap Done. The Alexa app updates your music settings.

Voice commands for controlling music on Amazon Alexa

Here we go. Let’s stomp our feet and move our bodies to the beat of your favorite song. The number of voice commands available to control and play music on Alexa’s system is staggering.

Consider these points as you proceed through the following commands:

  • Not all these commands will work on all music services. Almost all of them work as advertised on Amazon Music, but your results will vary if you try them with another provider (such as Spotify).
  • Except where noted, all these commands work on the default music service. To run a command on another service that you’ve linked to Alexa, follow the command with “on [service],” where service is the name of the music provider (for example, “on Spotify”).
  • You can replace the word song with track or
  • You can replace the word music with

How to play music by song, album, or artist

You can use the following commands to sort your music library by the name of a song, an album, or an artist:

  • “Alexa, play the song [title].”
  • “Alexa, play the song [title] by [artist].”
  • “Alexa, play the album [title].”
  • “Alexa, play music by [artist].”
  • “Alexa, play popular songs by [artist].”
  • “Alexa, play the latest [artist] album.”
  • “Alexa, play that song that goes [lyrics].” (For example, “Alexa, play that song that goes ‘Who let the dogs out.’”)
  • “Alexa, play the song I just bought.”

How to play music by mood and/or activity

Amazon Music has a unique function that allows you to request music based on your current state of mind (such as mellow or lively) or on the things you’re doing (such as relaxing or running). Online retail giant Amazon boasts that it has a library of over 500 moods and activities. For example, you can run the following commands.

  • “Alexa, play [mood] music.”
  • “Alexa, play [activity] music.”
  • “Alexa, play music for [activity].”
  • “Alexa, play [mood] [activity] music.”

In terms of mood, you can experiment with a wide range of emotions, from cheery to downbeat and everything in between. A wide range of activities can be used for the activity, including everything from cleaning to cooking to eating dinner to going to sleep to reading to resting to running and studying to waking up to working.

How to play and control playlists

Create, populate, and play playlists with Alexa’s help with the following few simple commands:

  • “Alexa, create a playlist named [title].”
  • “Alexa, add this song to a new playlist named [title].”
  • “Alexa, add this song to the playlist named [title].”
  • “Alexa, play my playlist named [title].”
  • “Alexa, shuffle my playlist named [title].”

How to get information about music

Alexa can provide details about a certain song, album, or performer. There are a few commands you can try, such as the following:

  • “Alexa, who sings this song?”
  • “Alexa, who sings the song [title]?”
  • “Alexa, who is in the band [artist]?”
  • “Alexa, what year did [artist] release [song or album]?”

How to discover new music on Alexa

If you’re in the mood for something different, try these commands to hear the music you’ve never heard before:

  • “Alexa, play new music.”
  • “Alexa, play new music by [artist].”
  • “Alexa, play new [genre] music.”
  • “Alexa, play the song of the day.”
  • “Alexa, play [artist] station.”
  • “Alexa, play some music.”
  • “Alexa, play more songs like this.”
  • “Alexa, play songs similar to this.”
  • “Alexa, play songs similar to [title].”
  • “Alexa, play songs similar to [artist].”
  • “Alexa, play some other music I like.”
  • “Alexa, play songs I haven’t heard.”
  • “Alexa, play [artist] songs I haven’t heard.”

How to control the volume of music on Alexa

To fine-tune the music volume, try the following commands:

  • “Alexa, volume up.”
  • “Alexa, increase the volume.”
  • “Alexa, raise the volume.”
  • “Alexa, louder.”
  • “Alexa, volume down.”
  • “Alexa, decrease the volume.”
  • “Alexa, lower the volume.”
  • “Alexa, softer.”
  • “Alexa set the volume to [number from 1 through 10].”
  • “Alexa, volume [number from 1 through 10].”
  • “Alexa, mute.”
  • “Alexa, unmute.”

How to control the playback of Alexa music

The following commands can be used while Alexa is playing music:

  • “Alexa, stop.”
  • “Alexa, pause.”
  • “Alexa, play.”
  • “Alexa, resume.”
  • “Alexa, next.”
  • “Alexa, previous.”
  • “Alexa, turn shuffle on.”
  • “Alexa, turn to shuffle off.”
  • “Alexa, turn repeat on.”
  • “Alexa, turn to repeat off.”
  • “Alexa, skip back [number] seconds.”
  • “Alexa, skip forward [number] seconds.”
  • “Alexa, restart the song.”
  • “Alexa, restart the album.”
  • “Alexa, restart the playlist.”

How to access Alexa via the Amazon Music app

Music purchased through Amazon Music can be accessed via any Alexa device, as well as the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android, giving you two ways to listen to your music. As a result, all of the previous voice commands will work in conjunction with the Amazon Music app. For those who are interested, here are the first few steps:

  1.  Install and then start the Amazon Music app. The app asks you to sign in to your Amazon account.
  2. Type your Amazon email address (or mobile phone number, if you have a mobile Amazon account), type your Amazon password, and then tap Sign In.
  3. If you have two-step authentication turned on, enter the code you were sent and then tap Sign In.
  4. Tap the Alexa icon in the bottom toolbar. The first time you access Alexa, the app asks your permission to use your mobile device’s microphone.
  5. Tap Allow Microphone Access.
  6. Tap OK (iOS) or Allow (Android). The Amazon Music app is now ready to accept voice commands. Either way, “Alexa,” or tap the Alexa icon, and then say your command.

You may use your Alexa device to play Amazon Music content. Here are the actions to take:

  1. Tap the Menu icon (the three vertical dots) in the upper-right corner of the Amazon Music app.
  2. Tap Connect to a Device. The Amazon Music app displays a list of available devices, which includes any Alexa devices on your network, as shown.
  3. Tap the Alexa device you want to use for playback. Your Amazon Music content now plays through your Alexa device.



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