It’s no secret that Apple and Spotify didn’t really get along in the past. For years, the Spotify platform felt very disconnected from the iPhone, mainly because of Siri’s incompatibility. Spotify even preferred its own voice assistant until iOS 13, when Siri was finally able to play Spotify music for Spotify users. Now, in iOS 14.5, Spotify’s integration with Siri has reached a new height: Siri’s default music player.
While you could say things like “Play my favorite songs on Spotify” and “Play [artist] on Spotify “on iOS 13 and above, iOS 14.5 lets you remove the” on Spotify “part as you can make Spotify the default music player with Siri. You can also change the default music player of Siri from Apple Music to other music apps, such as Deezer, Pandora and YouTube Music so it̵
Apple actually has a couple of ways to change Siri’s default music player, but know that it hasn’t fixed all of the issues just yet. It’s a new feature and iOS 14.5 is still in beta testing, so it can be a bit shaky. We were only able to get it to work in the public beta and not the developer beta, which is kind of odd.
Option 1: Ask Siri without giving up a music app
The first way is to simply ask Siri to play a song, artist or album without giving up the music app. Siri will then list all available audio apps on your iPhone. Choose the one you want to use and iOS will set it as the default. In this case, it is Spotify.
If you’ve never turned on the ‘Use with Siri Ask’ toggle in Spotify’s’ Siri & Search ‘settings, you’ll see a prompt that says,’ I need access to your Spotify data for this. Is that okay? Press “Yes” to continue.
Note that this list appears when you tell Siri to play something for the first time after updating to iOS 14.5, but you may occasionally see it appear differently.
Option 2: Ask Siri and specify a music app
The second way is to ask Siri to play the song, artist, or album from the desired music app. If this is your first time asking for this particular music app – in our case Spotify – iOS will set it as default without letting you know.
And just like option 1, if you’ve never turned on the ‘Use with Siri Ask’ toggle in Spotify’s’ Siri & Search ‘settings, you’ll see a prompt that says’ I need access to your Spotify data to do this. Is that okay? Press “Yes” to continue.
This position is a work in progress
Again, this feature is out of the ordinary buggy at the moment. Often times, iOS will display the full list of music apps that you can choose from, even after you’ve set your default. Sometimes iOS will switch back to Apple Music even after using one of the two methods listed here. And in our experience, it only worked in the public beta, not the developer beta. There is also no preference in the Settings app under Music, Siri & Search or Spotify, like when changing your default email client or web browser.
Hopefully, all these issues will be worked out in future updates before hitting the masses in the iOS 14.5 stable update coming this spring.
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