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How to use Spotify with Cortana: Set up, command list, and more

If you're interested in getting up and running with Spotify Music and Cortana, here's how.

Unfortunately, as is usually the case with Cortana, most of these features only work if her language is set to U.S. English. There's no word on whether Microsoft will ever begin taking Cortana in other markets more seriously. If you're outside of the U.S., I recommend picking up an Amazon Echo (opens in new tab) speaker instead for voice-enabled Spotify control.

Set up a Spotify account

Spotify is a free music streaming service that features millions of songs, all sorts of curated playlists, and dynamic radio stations based on your tastes. Additionally, Spotify has deep integration with Facebook and features other social systems, allowing you to follow friends to see what they're listening to (if you've all opted-in, of course).

Before you start, you need to set up a Spotify account right over here.

Join Spotify

Spotify Premium

You can also pick up Spotify Premium on Amazon (opens in new tab) starting at $30, or for $9.99 per month from Spotify itself. Premium allows you to skip and play tracks as you see fit, along with an ad-free experience and offline playback. If you're a heavy music listener, it's well worth it.

See at Amazon (opens in new tab)

You'll need to make sure Cortana is set up properly on your computer beforehand. Head over here for a full guide on how to set up Cortana on a Windows 10 PC.

How to set-up Cortana on a Windows 10 PC

You will also need to download Spotify onto your PC and sign in with your account. You can grab it from the Windows 10 Microsoft Store here. (opens in new tab)

Download Spotify from the Microsoft Store (opens in new tab)

Make sure Spotify is integrated with Cortana

Once you've signed into Spotify, you're now ready to connect Cortana and Spotify. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Open Cortana by clicking on her icon in the taskbar.
  2. Next, select her Notebook icon on the left side.
  3. Select Music.

  1. Turn on Spotify with a left click.

Play Spotify music with Cortana

Now that you're set up, you can start issuing commands to Cortana. You can do this either via her "Hey, Cortana" voice command, or simply by typing your commands in the search box. Learn how to set up Cortana for voice activation over here.

Set up Cortana's voice recognition on Windows 10

After activating Cortana, you can have her perform the following actions by issuing these commands. Parentheses denote your query.

  • ... play (song name) on Spotify.
  • ... play (artist name) on Spotify.
  • ... play (album name) on Spotify.
  • ... play (mood type) music on Spotify.
  • ... play (genre) music on Spotify.
  • ... play my (playlist name) playlist on Spotify.
  • ... play the song with ("lyrical content") in the lyrics.
  • ... pause.
  • ... play.
  • ... skip track.
  • ... previous track.

That's a wrap!

That's pretty much everything you need to know about using Spotify with Cortana, but Spotify has various other features you can use to supercharge your music experience on Windows 10 in a Groove Music-less world. Hit the links below for details.

Jez Corden is a Senior Editor for Windows Central, focusing primarily on all things Xbox and gaming. Jez is known for breaking exclusive news and analysis as relates to the Microsoft ecosystem while being powered by caffeine. Follow on Twitter @JezCorden and listen to his Xbox Two podcast, all about, you guessed it, Xbox!

13 Comments
  • Slightly related: Does anyone know if Napster works with any voice speaker?
  • doesn't work for English (Canada) or English (UK)
  • It is annoying to add "on *music app of choice*" every time. It needs to understand what music app is selected by default and just use that. I mean how hard is that, it used to work before.
  • Is this for Windows 10 only? Does it work on the Xbox? What about Android phones? 
  • I guess it's Windows 10 only for now. As for Xbox, Spotify has to be a native UWP app first. Not sure about Android.
  • Thanks! :-)
  • It's for Windows 10 and the Harmon Kardon Invoke speaker.
  • I'm useless.
  • Jez, you're wrong. Cortana and the Invoke do not work with the free version of spotify. Spotify premium is required as specified in the Cortana/Invoke menu. As a result, i am forced to just use iHeart Radio and cannot play my own music via Cortana on my Invoke. It sucks!
  • Bring Groove Music back to Cortana!
  • Wish I could do this with Cortana without changing region to US or switching to Amazon. Damn, you, Microsoft.
  • It is monumentally frustrating that the To-Do team didn't get folders and shared lists/folders on their priority list from the very beginning. How hard can folders be? I get how shared lists and collaboration can be complex, but from what I understand the To-Do team is the same team as the Wunderlist team from the acquisition. They can't reuse code to get shared functionality working? Nuts.
  • Hello from the UK. What the hell are you talking about?. You've just wasted 30 minutes of my life. That has at least taught me to read the comments first. Ridiculous!.