How to Use Siri on Spotify

Take advantage of Spotify Siri shortcuts

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Spotify is one of the most popular music apps available in the App Store. The streaming service provides access to millions of songs, artists, podcasts, and more. Want an easier way to use Spotify? Through Apple's recent updates, users can now create Siri shortcuts that can better control Spotify using voice.

The instructions in this article apply to iOS 12 devices with access to Siri Shortcuts. Once shortcuts are created, they can be used on Apple Watch Series 3 and 4.

How to Install the Spotify Siri Shortcut

Before you can use Siri with Spotify, you must install and create a Siri Shortcut specifically for Spotify. Currently, Siri is unable to interact with Spotify beyond opening the app by request. By using the Siri Shortcuts app, you can create a Spotify shortcut simply.

  1. Download the Shortcuts app from the App Store.

  2. In your iPhone browser, tap the Spotify Siri download link found here.

  3. Tap Get Shortcut to install it, then tap Open to open the Shortcuts app.

  4. In your library, you'll find the Spotify Siri shortcut. Tap the three dots to open the editing screen, then tap the Settings icon.

  5. Tap Add to Siri to enable the Spotify Siri shortcuts.

    Creating a Spotify Siri shortcut using the Shortcuts app
  6. On the next screen, tap the record icon to record your initial Siri phrase. You can choose something like "Spotify Siri" or "Play Spotify".

  7. Tap Done twice.

  8. Now, when you activate Siri and say your shortcut phrase, Siri will open Shortcuts and display a box called Dictation Text. Finally, say the song or artist you're looking for and Siri will open Spotify and take action.

How to Use Spotify Siri Commands

Once you're finished installing the Spotify Siri shortcut, you're ready to use a few basic Siri commands to control your Spotify app.

Using Siri Shortcuts can seem a bit daunting until you get the hang of it. However, Apple is working hard to create and release new and simpler shortcuts to help you control third-party apps.

Find an Artist Using Spotify Siri Shortcuts

  1. Activate Siri and speak your Spotify Siri command.

    You can also use your Siri Shortcut by opening the Shortcuts app and tapping the shortcut you wish to use.

  2. Once the Dictation Text box opens inside Siri Shortcuts, speak the name of the artist you're looking for.

    Using the Spotify Siri shortcut to search for an Artist in Spotify
  3. Siri will open Spotify and search for that artist, playing the top track, if applicable.

Find a Song Using Spotify Siri Shortcuts

You can also follow this same process to look for specific albums you wish to play by speaking them into your Siri Shortcut.

  1. Activate Siri and say your Spotify command.

  2. Once the Dictation Text box opens inside Siri Shortcuts, speak the name of the song you're looking for.

    Finding a specific song using a Siri Shortcut for Spotify

    It's important to be as specific as possible here, saying the exact title of the song with the artist.

  3. Siri will open Spotify and search for that song, playing it once located.

Install & Use Additional Shortcuts for Spotify

In the Shortcuts library, there are additional Spotify shortcuts, including:

  • Play Spotify Album
  • Play Spotify Track
  • Search Spotify Playlist
  • Search Spotify Artist

To use these shortcuts, simply search for and install them in the same way you installed the first Spotify Siri Shortcut.

Although you can find both tracks, artists and albums by using the Spotify Siri Shortcut, these additional shortcuts allow you to skip the original Spotify Siri command.

Search for a Playlist Using the Search Spotify Playlist Shortcut

  1. Activate Siri and say your Spotify command to search for a playlist.

  2. Once the Dictation Box opens, say the playlist you wish to search. Be as specific as possible.

  3. Siri will open Spotify and the playlist you search for. Using this search shortcut, Siri won't start playing a track until you find the one you're looking for.

    Using Siri Shortcuts to search for a playlist on Spotify

Search an Artist Using the Search Spotify Artist Shortcut

This shortcut is different than searching for an artist. Instead, this one allows you to search an artist first, without playing an album or a track.

  1. Activate Siri and say your command to search for an artist.

  2. Once the Dictation Box opens, say the artist you wish to search.

  3. Siri will open Spotify and the artist you chose. Using this search shortcut, Siri won't start playing a track or an album until you select one.

    Using Siri Shortcut to search for an artist on Spotify