Amazon Echo devices are notorious for lacking native support for YouTube Music. While you may be able to use Alexa Skills to play music from Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and other streaming services, you cannot do the same with YouTube Music. While Google may be absent from Echo’s platform, there is a quick workaround that can resolve this issue. In this article, we show you how to play YouTube Music on Amazon Echo devices.
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Play YouTube Music on Amazon Echo via Bluetooth
Amazon Echo may not support YouTube Music but it still functions like any other Bluetooth speaker. You can play songs on it using the YouTube Music app simply by pairing your smartphone to the device. Here’s how.
Step 1: Scroll down from the status bar and long-press the Bluetooth icon.
Step 2: Scan for a new Bluetooth device and elect the Echo device from the list of available connections.
Step 3: Once the device has been paired, open the YouTube Music app on your phone and play the song you want.
How to play songs on Echo from other music platforms
While Amazon Echo may not have native support for YouTube Music, you can still use Alexa Skills to play music from several other streaming services like Spotify, Amazon Music, TuneIn, and Apple Music. Here’s how you can do that.
Step 1: Launch the Amazon Alexa app on your smartphone.
Step 2: Tap on ‘Play’.
Step 3: Scroll down and select ‘Manage your Services’.
Step 4: Tap on ‘Link New Service’.
Step 5: Select the music streaming platform you want to link.
You will be redirected to the music platform to link your account to Alexa. Your Echo device uses Amazon Music to play songs by default. You can change this by going to Amazon Alexa>Play>Manage Your Services>Default Services and selecting the streaming platform you desire. Once you’ve set this up, every time you request Alexa to play music, it will use the music platform you’ve set as the default player.
This is how you can play songs using YouTube Music on Amazon Echo devices. You can also use this trick to play YouTube videos on Amazon Echo. However, the audio may stop once you lock your smartphone’s screen. You can subscribe to YouTube Premium to get unhindered playback even when your smartphone display is locked. If you found this article helpful, let us know in the comments!
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