Streaming Music, Podcasts, & Audio What Is Spotify Connect and How Does It Work? Use this feature to connect with a variety of devices by Robert Silva Writer Robert Silva has written about audio, video, and home theater topics since 1998. Robert has written for Dishinfo.com, and made appearances on the YouTube series Home Theater Geeks. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Robert Silva Updated on December 02, 2020 Music, Podcasts, & Audio Audio Streaming Spotify Pandora Apple Music Prime Music Music For Your Life Podcasts Radio CDs, MP3s, & Other Media Tweet Share Email 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. Marantz / Sound United 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: Open Spotify on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet and play a song. Tap Devices Available at the bottom of the screen. Tap the device you want to play the music on. Your smartphone returns to the play screen and displays the new device name at the bottom of the screen. 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: Open Spotify on your PC or laptop and play music. Select Connect to a Device in the lower-right corner of the Spotify screen. Select the device you'd like to play the music on. A green bar displays at the bottom of the screen with the words: Listening on (name of the device). 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: Open Spotify on your device from a compatible web browser (such as Chrome, Firefox, Edge, or Opera) and play music. Select Connect to a Device in the lower-right corner of the Spotify screen. Choose a device from the list. A green bar displays at the bottom of the screen with the words: You're Listening on (name of the device). 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. Wireless speakers: Sonos, B&W, Bose, and Marshall.Smart speakers: Google Home, Amazon Echo, Harman Kardon Invoke, and Sonos One.Home theater receivers and HiFi components: Select models by Anthem, Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, and Sony.Smart TVs: Select models from LG, Samsung, and Sony.Video and music streamers: Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Roku. 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. Game consoles: Nvidia Shield, Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 4.Wearables: Samsung and Google.Cars: Select models from BMW, Ford, Jaguar, and Land Rover.Check out a running list of more possibilities. 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.