What is Spotify Connect and how does it work?
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(Pocket-lint) – Spotify is a popular music streaming service, as you probably know, available on both desktop and mobile, as well as almost any audio product in your home.
However, you don’t need to listen to Spotify through a smartphone app or a desktop app. Instead, if you’re using Spotify Connect, you can send your tunes over Wi-Fi to any speaker in your home, as long as it’s compatible. Here’s how Spotify Connect works and how to set it up.
What is Spotify Connect?
Spotify Connect lets you play high-quality Spotify music (at 320kbps) through any compatible wireless audio product – including Wi-Fi connected speaker, soundbar, AV receiver, TV, a Chromecast, a PC and more. And it requires no messy Bluetooth pairing between devices every time you want to listen to music. It also doesn’t directly use the Spotify app on your smartphone or desktop computer.
Your music will play from Spotify’s servers to your connected audio product, allowing you to use your smartphone for other tasks. You can make and receive calls without stopping the music, switch devices without wasting time and save your phone battery.
That’s great because it means you can listen to your music in more places and with more devices.
How does Spotify Connect work?
- You will need a phone, laptop or tablet with the latest Spotify app.
- Another device that supports Spotify (like a speaker).
- Connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi network and connect to Spotify.
Similar to Apple’s AirPlay technology, Spotify Connect works over Wi-Fi. It searches for compatible wireless audio products, which must be on the same Wi-Fi network with it, then it can connect to them wirelessly to stream. music. To start using Spotify Connect, you need a smart device, such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer, that has the Spotify app installed.
Compatible audio product
You also need a compatible audio product. Spotify Connect supports over 300 wireless audio products from over 80 brands. These range from small smart speakers like the Amazon Echo range to large AV amplifiers like the Arcam AVR850. You can find the full list of compatible products here. Remember that Spotify Connect works on one device at a time, unless you’re using a multi-room system, such as Sonos.
You will also need a Spotify Premium account. Spotify Connect does not work with a Spotify Free subscription. Spotify comes in two main tiers: Free and Premium. Spotify Premium currently costs £9.99 per month and includes access to features such as ad-free streaming, unlimited skips, extreme quality streaming and, of course, Spotify Connect. You can learn more about Spotify Premium here.
How do you set up Spotify Connect?
- Launch the Spotify app on your mobile device or desktop computer.
- Play a song and select Available Devices.
- Select your device and start listening.
Spotify Mobile Device Users
Download the latest version of the Spotify app on your smartphone or tablet, then make sure your device and the wireless audio product you’ve chosen are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. On your mobile device, launch Spotify, log in and select a song to start playing. Tap the Now Playing bar, then tap the Available Devices text at the bottom of the screen. You will then see your audio products/devices listed.
Select a product (the text will change from white to green), then your music should start playing on that device.
Spotify desktop users
Download the latest version of the Spotify app to your desktop computer or Mac, then make sure your computer and the audio product you’ve chosen are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. In the Spotify desktop app, click the Connect to device button in the bottom corner. This will bring up the menu for your connected audio products (or Device). From there, select the one you want to use and Spotify Connect will do the rest.
How do you control music playback?
- Use the Spotify mobile app as a remote.
- You can also connect Spotify to the Alexa or Google Home apps.
- Once you’ve connected the apps, you can issue voice commands.
To control music playback, you can use your phone or a desktop app. For example, if you’re streaming to your living room speakers using your phone, you can use it as a remote to adjust the volume, change tracks, or create a party playlist while listening. If you have a smart speaker – like Amazon Echo Plus, Sonos One or Google Home – you can use voice commands to play music from Spotify.
To do this, simply add your Spotify account to the list of music streaming services (via the Alexa app or Google Home). You need to select Spotify as your default music player, then just say “Alexa, play the Beatles” or “OK Google, play the Beatles”. That’s it!
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Want to know more?
Check out the Spotify Help Center.
Written by Maggie Tillman and Elyse Betters. Edited by Luke Baker.