Ask Alexa to Play Podcasts on Spotify & Apple Podcasts Right Now!


Dear future/ up and coming podcasters and podcast addicts, Amazon Alexa has been taking the world by a storm, and people seem to be enjoying this virtual AI assistant. But did you know that you can ask Alexa to play podcasts on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and other podcasting applications?

So, how to make Alexa play podcasts? To make Alexa play podcasts on Apple Podcasts, follow these instructions:

  • First, open the Amazon Echo application on your smartphone.
  • Next, you are going to tap the Menu button that is in the upper-left corner of the application.
  • Then, you are going to tap on Skills & Games.
  • Finally, you are going search for the Apple Podcasts and tap on Enable to Use.

Amazon Echo, Alexa, and podcasts complement each other so well as the demand for and popularity of audio content is sky-rocketing. If you want a step by step guide that will you enable Alexa to play podcasts for you, then continue reading this blog post.

How to make Alexa play podcasts?

How to make Alexa play podcasts- Amazon Echo and Alexa

For a couple of years now, people have been able to play a podcast on Alexa. However, podcast listeners did not have a lot of options.

By default, Amazon Alexa is going to play a podcast when you ask it to play podcasts via TuneIn. This means that if you say: “Alexa, play the podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin”, Alexa is going to play you the latest episode of Happier with Gretchen via the TuneIn podcasting directory/ application.

Here is the thing, though. Unfortunately, you can not ask Alexa to play you a specific episode on TuneIn. However, you can play the episode that precedes the on that you are currently listening to. To do so, just say the following: “Alexa, play the previous episode.”

In case you ask Alexa to play another podcast or even switch to asking Alexa to play music or the audio news, Alex won’t be able to resume the podcast episode that you were listening to from the stopping point. You will have to listen to this particular podcast episode from the beginning.

Did you know that if you just ask Alexa to play a podcast without specifying which podcast you want to listen to, Alexa is going to play you any podcast episode? The thing though, you are probably going to dislike what Alexa plays you because it might not belong to your favorite niche.

Is it true that Alexa can now play podcasts on Spotify and Apple Podcasts?

Luckily, in December of 2019, it was announced that people could finally play and listen to their favorite podcasts that are on Spotify and Apple Podcasts by asking Alex to do so.

Alexa is now capable of queuing up your podcasts because Spotify and Apple Podcasts announced last month that streaming podcasts using the Spotify application and the Apple Podcast app now works with Alexa!

This means that Alexa-enabled speakers and Amazon Echo devices owners can now play the podcast that they want to listen to by just asking Alexa to do so!

This is big news because Apple Podcast is considered to be the most popular podcasting platform, with Spotify being one of its major competitors.

Let us dive deeper and learn more about how we can make Alex Play Podcasts on Spotify and Google Podcasts!

How to make Alexa play podcasts via Spotify?

Spotify

If you want Alexa to play a particular podcast via Spotify, you have to do two major things. These two things are the following:

  1. You must link your Spotify account to Alexa.
  2. You have to make the Spotify app the default music and podcast platform when you are using Alexa.

When you do these two steps, you will then be able to successfully ask Alexa to play podcasts for you from your Spotify account.

Here are the steps that you should follow to make Alexa play you podcasts via Spotify:

A) First, you have to connect your Spotify account to Alexa. Here is how you can do that:

  • First, open the Alexa application on your smartphone or just do that at alexa.amazon.com.
  • Next, go to the navigation menu and click on Music, Video, & Books.
  • Then, select Spotify, which you can find under Music. If you can not find Spotify as an option, that is probably because your Amazon account is registered outside of the USA. Unfortunately, Alexa’s Spotify integration is not available worldwide yet.
  • Finally, just follow the prompts to link your Spotify account.

Now that you have connected your Spotify account to Alexa, it is time to choose it as your preferred music service.

B) Now, you have to set Spotify as your preferred and default music service. Here is how you can do that:

  • First, open the Alexa application that is on your smartphone or just do that at alexa.amazon.com.
  • Next, go to the navigation menu and click on Settings.
  • Then, click on Music & Media, which is under Accounts.
  • After that, click on Choose default music services that is beneath the list of services.
  • Finally, click on Spotify, which is beneath the Default music library.

Now that you are done with all of that, it is time for you to test some commands. Here are a few commands that you can try:

  1. “Alexa, play Happier with Gretchen Rubin on Spotify.”
  2. “Alexa, resume playing The Garyvee Audio Experience on Spotify.”
  3. “Alexa, play Detail Therapy with Amy Landino on Spotify.”

Now that you can ask Alexa to play podcasts for you via Spotify, let us talk about how you can make Alexa play you your favorite podcasts via Apple Podcasts.

How to ask Alexa to play podcasts via Apple Podcasts

Apple Podcasts

Because Apple Podcasts is considered to be the best podcasting platform, it is suggested that you make it your default platform for podcasts on Alexa.

If you do that, this is going to allow you to as Alexa to play your favorite podcasts without saying “on Apple Podcasts” when you ask Alexa to play you a podcast episode. That’s not the only perk, though!

Setting Apple Podcasts as your default platform for podcasts on Alexa is also going to enable Alex to resume podcast episodes that you have already started listening to on your smartphone or other devices.

For example, you will be able to say: “Alexa, resume playing Happier with Gretchen Rubin Podcast,” and the episode that you have previously started will continue right where you have left off.

However, this is not necessary. You can still ask Alexa to play you a podcast on Apple Podcasts without choosing Apple Podcasts as your default podcasting platform. However, you will have to say “on Apple Podcasts.”

How to set up Apple Podcasts with Alexa?

  • First, open the Amazon Alexa application.
  • Next, tap on the menu button that is in the upper-left corner.
  • Then, click on Skills & Games.
  • After that, just search for the Apple Podcasts skill.
  • Finally, click on Enable to Use.

Now that you are done with all of that, it is time for you to test some commands. Here are a few commands that you can try:

  1. “Alexa, play Detail Therapy with Amy Landino on Apple Podcasts.”
  2. “Alexa, play Happier with The Garyvee Audio Experience on Apple Podcasts.”

How to set up Apple Podcasts as your default podcast service on Alexa?

  • First, open the Amazon Alexa application, and click on the menu button that is in the upper-left corner.
  • Next, click on Settings.
  • Then, click on Music & Podcasts.
  • Under Services, click on Link New Service.
  • After that, link your Apple Podcasts account by signing in with your Apple ID.
  • Then, after you successfully sign in, click on the X icon that is in the upper right corner.
  • After that, choose Default Service.
  • Finally, choose Apple Podcasts as your default podcast service.

Now that you are done with all of that, it is time for you to test some commands. Here are a few commands that you can try:

  1. “Alexa, play Detail Therapy with Amy Landino.”
  2. “Alexa, play Happier with Gretchen Rubin.”
  3. “Alexa, resume playing The Garyvee Audio Experience.”

Other questions related to how to make Alexa play podcasts

Can you play podcasts using Alexa?

Yes, you can play podcasts via Alexa. By default, Alexa is going to play podcasts via TuneIn. So, if you say: “Alexa, play Happier with Gretchen Rubin podcast,” the latest episode of the podcast will start playing via TuneIn.

That’s it for today’s post. You should now be able to ask Alexa to play your favorite podcast via Apple Podcasts by doing the following steps:

  • First, open the Amazon Echo application on your smartphone.
  • Next, you are going to tap the Menu button that is in the upper-left corner of the application.
  • Then, you are going to tap on Skills & Games.
  • Finally, you are going search for the Apple Podcasts and tap on Enable to Use.

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Till next time,

Ayah

Ayah Assem

I am a creator and a consumer of many forms of artistic content. With podcasting leaving its mark and declaring its significance in the current content world, I have decided to learn everything related to how to create a podcast. Who knows, maybe in the near future I will start uploading and sharing my creative work in the audio format. Join me on my journey of understanding the podcasting world, as I will be sharing with you all of the information that I am going to learn. Feel free to share with me your podcasting journey at podcastingdiaries@gmail.com and keep an eye on all of the music, books, podcasts, movies, tv shows, and YouTube channels that I always reference.

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