How to change your default music service

You won’t be stuck with Amazon Music for your streaming needs anymore.

Amazon’s Echo devices are the most popular home assistive devices on the market, thanks to the company’s wide range of options and years of experience. Along with controlling your lights and other smart devices, playing music is one of the main uses for smart speakers and displays. By default, Echo devices use Amazon Music, but what if you prefer Spotify, Apple Music or Tidal? Luckily, you can change the default music service.

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What music services do Amazon Echo devices support

Amazon has a full list of supported services, but let’s talk about the elephant in the room: YouTube music is MIA. YouTube support on Amazon devices has been an ongoing saga for years, and you still can’t access YouTube Music on an Amazon Echo unless you connect it to your phone as a Bluetooth speaker and turn it on. read that way, losing voice commands and other features. However, the other popular services are all here, including:

  1. Amazon Music
  2. Apple Music
  3. Deezer
  4. iHeartRadio
  5. pandora
  6. SiriusXM
  7. Spotify
  8. Tide
  9. Listen to the radio

How do I change the default music app for my Amazon Echo?

To change the default music provider, you’ll need the Amazon Alexa app on your phone and logged in with the same Amazon account your Echo device is linked to. From there, the steps are simple:

  • In the to play tab, scroll down and tap manage your services.
  • Faucet bind a new service.
  • Tap the service you want to link.
  • Faucet allow to use.
  • Follow the sign-in process for the service you selected.
  • When the app says your account is linked, tap close.
  • The app will ask you if you want to choose a default music service. Faucet visit music settings.
  • Change the default services by tapping change for each category with which you wish to use this service.

If you have already associated the service of your choice and need to change the default, the steps are slightly different:

  • In the to play tab, scroll down and tap manage your services.
  • Faucet default services.
  • Change the default services by tapping change for each category with which you wish to use this service.

Echo plays by your rules

One of the benefits of Alexa is that you can have different default services depending on the action. If you want, you can ask Amazon Music to play the songs you specifically request, Spotify Playstations or Playlists, and Apple Podcasts to play your podcasts. The settings are all there in the Alexa app.


Amazon has a host of devices in its ecosystem, and now is a great time to get started. If you’re thinking of Amazon and Alexa for smart home integration, you’ll want to learn about the new smart home standard called Matter.

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