What Is Spotify Connect and How Does It Work?

Use this feature to connect with a variety of devices

The Spotify streaming service provides access to a lot of great music. Still, as you go about your day, you may not want to continue listening on the same device. When you get home from work or finish doing errands, put down your smartphone and listen to the rest of your favorite song on your PC, home audio system, or TV.

With Spotify Connect, you can do just that.

How Spotify Works

Spotify is synced to the Spotify cloud server. This means that when you listen to streaming music, it is sent from the cloud unless you use off-line mode.

The Spotify Connect feature allows you to transfer music from one compatible listening device to another. The song continues to play on the designated device without interruption, and more music will play until you decide to stop.

Spotify Connect Operation Diagram
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What You Need to Use Spotify Connect

Before you can transfer Spotify music from one device to another, you'll need the following:

  • A Spotify account.
  • Your Spotify-compatible devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • An up-to-date Spotify app on all your devices.

How to Use Spotify Connect With Smartphones and Tablets

Here's how to use your smartphone or tablet to choose the device that will play music:

  1. Open Spotify on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet and play a song.

  2. Tap Devices Available at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Tap the device you want to play the music on.

  4. Your smartphone returns to the play screen and displays the new device name at the bottom of the screen.

    Spotify Connect with Smartphone – Choosing a Device

How to Use Spotify Connect With PCs and Laptops

Here's how to use your PC or laptop to choose the device that will play music:

  1. Open Spotify on your PC or laptop and play music.

  2. Select Connect to a Device in the lower-right corner of the Spotify screen.

    Connect to a device dialog in Spotify
  3. Select the device you'd like to play the music on.

  4. A green bar displays at the bottom of the screen with the words: Listening on (name of the device).

    Spotify PC App Green Bar Device Confirmation

How to Use Spotify Connect With the Spotify Web Player

Here's how to use a web browser to choose the device that will play music:

  1. Open Spotify on your device from a compatible web browser (such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Opera) and play music.

  2. Select Connect to a Device in the lower-right corner of the Spotify screen.

    Connect to a device dialog in Spotify Web Player
  3. Choose a device from the list.

  4. A green bar displays at the bottom of the screen with the words: You're Listening on (name of the device).

    Spotify Web Player Green Bar Device Confirmation

If you're listening to Spotify on your smartphone, and you want to transfer music to your PC, make sure the PC is on and the Spotify app is open.

If you have a Premium account, Spotify Connect allows you to transfer local or Spotify music from your PC or laptop to your smartphone. The smartphone is listed as one of your available devices.

Using Spotify Connect With Free vs. Premium Accounts

Initially, Spotify Connect only worked with the Premium subscription plan (you might still see references to that effect). However, it now works with the free plan, with a catch. Not all Spotify Connect compatible devices work with the Free Service option.

Devices That Spotify Connect Works With

The following includes links to lists of devices compatible with Spotify Connect. Some are compatible with Free and Premium accounts (such as Google devices), while others only work with Premium-only accounts (such as Alexa devices). Devices with Free account compatibility are highlighted within the lists.

Roku removed Spotify as an offering in December of 2017 but added it back with its OS 8.2 and 9 updates beginning in November 2018. If your Roku device received the update, it supports Spotify Connect in the Spotify Free and Premium services.

The Bottom Line

Spotify Connect makes listening to music more convenient. As you move from location to location within the same network (such as your house or office), you can transfer music from one device to another without losing a beat.

Here are some additional benefits of Spotify Connect:

  • Make and receive phone calls without stopping the music.
  • Once you select a device, you can turn off your smartphone, PC, or laptop, and the music plays on the designated device.
  • Although Spotify Connect only allows streaming music playback transfer to one device at a time, you can use it with a multi-room audio system, such as Sonos. When you send music from Spotify to a Sonos speaker, you can play the Spotify feed on other Sonos speakers you might have at the same time. A Spotify Premium subscription is required.
  • If you have a Premium account and are listening in off-line mode (you downloaded the music), you can also use Spotify to play music on more than one device at a time.
  • Although you can use Spotify with Bluetooth instead of Spotify Connect, its quality isn't as good.
  • If you have an iPhone or iPad, in addition to Spotify Connect, you can use Spotify with Airplay if you prefer.

With Bluetooth and Airplay, your phone needs to stay on while playing music from Spotify. The reason is that the music is streamed directly from the phone to the device rather than streaming from the cloud.